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Peter Sellers

Highest Rated:   100% I'm All Right Jack (1960)
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Birthplace:   Southsea, Hampshire, England, UK
One of the greatest comic talents of his generation, Peter Sellers had an exceptional gift for losing himself in a character -- so much so that, beyond his remarkable skill as a performer and his fondness for the humor of the absurd, it's difficult to draw a connection between many of his best performances. While his fondness for playing multiple roles in the same film may have seemed like a stunt coming from many other actors, Sellers had the ability to make each character he played seem distinct and different, and while he was known and loved as a funnyman, only in a handful of roles was he able to explore the full range of his gifts, which suggested he could have had just as strong a career as a dramatic actor.Born Richard Henry Sellers on September 8, 1925, Sellers was nicknamed "Peter" by his parents, Bill and Agnes Sellers, in memory of his brother, who was a stillbirth. Bill and Agnes made their living as performers on the British vaudeville circuit, and Sellers made his first appearance on-stage only two days after his birth, when his father brought out his infant son during an encore. As a child, Sellers studied dance at the behest of his parents when not occupied with his studies at St. Aloysius' Boarding and Day School for Boys. Sellers also developed a knack for music, and in his teens began playing drums with local dance bands. Shortly after his 18th birthday, Sellers joined the Royal Air Force, and became part of a troupe of entertainers who performed at RAF camps both in England and abroad. During his time in the service, Sellers met fellow comedians Spike Milligan, Harry Secombe, and Michael Bentine; after the war, they found work as performers with the British Broadcasting Corporation, and Sellers hoped to follow suit. After several failed auditions, Sellers struck upon the idea of calling Roy Speer, a BBC producer, posing as one of the network's top actors. Sellers gave Sellers an enthusiastic recommendation, and Speer gave him a spot on the radio series Show Time.After he signed on with the BBC, Sellers became reacquainted with Milligan, Secombe, and Bentine, and together they comprised the cast of The Goon Show, which upon its debut in 1949 became one of Great Britain's most popular radio shows; the absurd and often surreal humor of the Goons would prove to be the first glimmer of the British Comedy Movement of the '60s and '70s, paving the way for Beyond the Fringe and Monty Python's Flying Circus. The Goon Show provided Sellers with his entry into film acting, as he appeared in several short comedies alongside Milligan and Secombe, as well as the feature film Down Among the Z Men (aka The Goon Movie). Sellers also married for the first time during the height of Goon-mania, wedding Anne Howe in the fall of 1951. Sellers won his first significant non-Goon screen role in 1955, with the classic Alec Guinness comedy The Ladykillers, but his first international hit would have to wait until 1958, when he appeared in George Pal's big-budget musical Tom Thumb. In 1959, Sellers appeared in the satiric comedy I'm All Right, Jack, which earned him Best Actor honors from the British Film Academy; the same year, Sellers enjoyed a major international success with The Mouse That Roared, in which he played three different roles (one of them a woman). While a bona-fide international comedy star, Sellers had a hard time finding roles that made the most of his talents, and it wasn't until after a handful of unremarkable features that he received a pair of roles that allowed him to truly shine. In 1961, Sellers starred as an Indian physician in The Millionairess opposite Sophia Loren, based on a play by George Bernard Shaw (Sellers and Loren would also record a comic song together, "Goodness Gracious Me," which was a hit single in Britain), and a year later Stanley Kubrick cast him as Claire Quilty in his controversial adaptation of Vladimir Nabokov's novel Lolita.1964 would prove to be a very big year

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Filmography

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RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Orders Are Orders
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Mozart: Zaide
  • Director
2008
No Score Yet Legends of British Comedy
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet The Unknown Peter Sellers
  • Actor
2000
25% Trail of the Pink Panther
  • Inspector Jacques Clouseau
1982
20% The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu
  • Dennis Nayland Smith/Dr. Fu 'Fred' Manchu
1980
96% Being There
  • Chance
1979
No Score Yet The Prisoner of Zenda
  • Prince Rudolph/Sydney Frewin/old king
1979
82% The Revenge of the Pink Panther
  • Chief Insp. Jacques Clouseau
1978
No Score Yet To See Such Fun
  • Actor
1977
83% The Pink Panther Strikes Again
  • Chief Insp. Jacques Clouseau
1976
65% Murder by Death
  • Insp. Sidney Wang
1976
No Score Yet America at the Movies
  • Actor
1976
89% The Return of the Pink Panther
  • Inspector Clouseau
1975
No Score Yet The Great McGonagall
  • Queen Victoria
1975
No Score Yet Soft Beds, Hard Battles (Party for Hitler) (Undercovers Hero)
  • SchroderPrincMaj. RobinsonGen. LatourAdolf Hitler
1975
No Score Yet The Block House
  • Actor
1974
No Score Yet Ghost in the Noonday Sun
  • Dick Scratcher
1974
No Score Yet The Blockhouse
  • Roquet
1973
No Score Yet Where Does It Hurt?
  • Albert T. Hopfnagel
1972
No Score Yet Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
  • March Hare
1972
No Score Yet The World of Peter Sellers
  • Actor
1971
56% The Magic Christian
  • Sir Guy Grand
1970
No Score Yet Hoffman
  • Benjamin Hoffman
1970
No Score Yet There's a Girl in My Soup
  • Robert Danvers
1970
No Score Yet A Day at the Beach
  • Actor
1970
17% I Love You, Alice B. Toklas
  • Harold
1968
79% The Party
  • Hrundi V. Bakshi
1968
No Score Yet The Bobo
  • Juan Bautista
1967
No Score Yet Woman Times Seven
  • Jean
1967
29% Casino Royale
  • Evelyn Tremble
1967
88% The Wrong Box
  • Dr. Pratt
1966
71% After the Fox (Caccia alla volpe)
  • Aldo Vanucci
1966
No Score Yet Alice In Wonderland
  • King of Hearts
1966
31% What's New, Pussycat?
  • Dr. Fritz Fassbender
1965
No Score Yet Carol for Another Christmas
  • Imperial Me
1964
93% A Shot in the Dark
  • Jacques Clouseau
1964
89% The World of Henry Orient
  • Henry Orient
1964
99% Dr. Strangelove Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
  • Group Captain Lionel Mandrake / President Merkin Muffley / D
1964
No Score Yet Never Let Go
  • Actor
1963
No Score Yet The Wrong Arm of the Law
  • Pearly Gate/"M. Jules"
1963
90% The Pink Panther
  • Insp. Clouseau
1963
No Score Yet Heavens Above!
  • Rev. John Smallwood
1963
No Score Yet The Dock Brief
  • Morgenhall
1962
No Score Yet Waltz of the Toreadors (The Amorous General)
  • Gen. Leo Fitzjohn
1962
No Score Yet The Case of the Mukkinese Battle-Horn
  • Actor
1962
95% Lolita
  • Clare Quilty
1962
No Score Yet The Road to Hong Kong
  • Guest Star
1962
No Score Yet Only Two Can Play
  • John Lewis
1962
No Score Yet Two Way Stretch
  • Dodger Lane
1960
No Score Yet The Millionairess
  • Dr. Ahmed el Kabir/Parerga
1960
No Score Yet Carlton-Browne of the F.O. (Man in a Cocked Hat)
  • The Prime Minister
1960
100% I'm All Right Jack
  • Sir John KennawayFred Kite
1960
No Score Yet The Running Jumping & Standing Still Film
  • Director
  • Photographer
1960
No Score Yet Never Let Go
  • Lionel Meadows
1960
No Score Yet The Battle of the Sexes
  • Mr. Martin
1959
89% The Mouse That Roared
  • Tully Bascombe, Grand Duchess Gloriana XII, Prime Minis
1959
No Score Yet Carlton Browne of the F.O.
  • Actor
1959
100% tom thumb
  • Antony
1958
No Score Yet Up the Creek
  • Chief Petty Officer Doherty
1958
No Score Yet The Smallest Show on Earth
  • Percy Quill
1957
No Score Yet The Naked Truth
  • Sonny MacGregor
1957
100% The Man Who Never Was
  • Voice of Winston Churchill
1956
No Score Yet Case of the Mukkinese Battle Horn
  • Actor
1956
100% The Ladykillers
  • Harry Robinson
1955
No Score Yet John and Julie
  • Police Constable Diamond
1955
No Score Yet Down Among the Z Men (Stand Easy) (The Goon Show Movie)
  • Maj. Bloodnock
1952
No Score Yet Let's Go Crazy
  • Actor
  • Screenwriter
1951
No Score Yet Penny Points to Paradise
  • The Major/Arnold P'Fringe
1951

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