Peter Cook

Peter Cook

Highest Rated: 98% The Princess Bride (1987)

Lowest Rated: Not Available

Birthday: Nov 17, 1937

Birthplace: Torquay, Devon, England, UK

Cited as "the funniest man who ever drew breath" by no less of an authority that actor-writer Stephen Fry, Peter Cook was the acerbic, absurdist father of modern British comedy, which he launched in 1960 with longtime partner Dudley Moore in the stage show "Beyond the Fringe," as well as a series of groundbreaking television series and recordings. Cook broke down the accepted model of comedy, tossing away joke structures and punch lines in favor of lengthy, improvised monologues built around bizarre characters and sketches that flowed into each other without reaching conclusions. In doing so, he served as the influence for dozens of subsequent comedy groups, including Monty Python's Flying Circus, who themselves influenced such American comedy outfits as Mr. Show, The State, Human Giant, and The Whitest Kids U' Know. Offstage, Cook was plagued by a misanthropic streak and a dependency on alcohol that eventually claimed his life in 1995, but his greatest work set the stage for modern comedy, which ensured his status in the pantheon of popular humor.

Highest rated movies

The Princess Bride
The Wrong Box
Black Beauty
Bedazzled
Getting It Right
Without a Clue
The Bed Sitting Room
Yellowbeard

Photos

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet 25% Beauty and the Beast: A Dark Tale Duke Edward (Character) - 2010
50% 42% Bedazzled Writer,
Screenwriter
$37.9M 2000
80% 76% Black Beauty Lord Wexmire (Character) $4.2M 1994
67% 73% Getting It Right Mr. Adrian (Character) $73.2K 1989
No Score Yet 67% The Secret Policeman's Biggest Ball Unknown (Character) - 1989
64% 72% Without a Clue Norman Greenhough (Character) $7.3M 1988
98% 94% The Princess Bride The Impressive Clergyman (Character) $26.9M 1987
No Score Yet 62% Whoops Apocalypse Sir Mortimer Chris (Character) $9.9K 1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Secret Policeman's Private Parts Self - 1984
9% 26% Supergirl Nigel (Character) - 1984
22% 64% Yellowbeard Lord Percy Lambourn (Character),
Screenwriter
- 1983
No Score Yet 83% The Secret Policeman's Ball Unknown (Character) - 1979
0% 40% The Hound of the Baskervilles Sherlock Holmes (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Find the Lady Lewenhak (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet 50% The Adventures of Barry McKenzie Dominic (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet 67% The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer Michael Rimmer (Character),
Writer
- 1970
64% 62% The Bed Sitting Room Inspector (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet 61% Those Daring Young Men in Their Jaunty Jalopies Major Dawlish (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet 50% A Dandy in Aspic Prentiss (Character) - 1968
78% 74% Bedazzled George Spiggott/The Devil (Character) - 1967
88% 70% The Wrong Box Morris Finsbury (Character) - 1966

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Room 101 Guest 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet Whose Line Is It Anyway? Unknown (Character) 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Comic Strip Presents Unknown (Character) 1988
No Score Yet 44% Saturday Night Live Host 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1962