Peter Cushing

Peter Cushing

Highest Rated: 100% Dr. Terror's House of Horrors (1965)

Lowest Rated: 0% The Uncanny (1977)

Birthday: May 26, 1913

Birthplace: Surrey, England, UK

A prolific presence in films and on television for nearly five decades, British actor Peter Cushing, OBE, became an international icon as the star of countless horror films, including "Curse of Frankenstein" (1956), "Horror of Dracula" (1958), "The Hound of the Baskervilles" (1959), "The Mummy" (1959), "The Vampire Lovers" (1970) and "Horror Express" (1973). Frequently cast opposite his longtime friend, Sir Christopher Lee, Cushing gave definitive portrayals of monster maker Victor Frankenstein and vampire hunter Dr. Van Helsing for England's Hammer Films throughout the 1960s and 1970s while appearing in numerous other horror films for international companies. The worldwide success of Hammer minted Cushing as a horror star, not unlike Boris Karloff or Vincent Price, though in real life, he was a gentlemanly figure who adored his wife and spent his off-screen hours bird watching. After nearly two decades onscreen, he enjoyed a genuine blockbuster in "Star Wars" (1977), which cast him as the reptilian Grand Moff Tarkin. The use of CGI and a stand-in actor to recreate this character for scenes in "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" (2016) raised philosophical questions about the use of deceased actors in posthumous films. Illness curtailed his career in the early 1980s, and he would enjoy one final collaboration with Lee as co-narrators of a documentary on Hammer Films before his death in 1994. A fan favorite for his magnetic and always-believable screen presence, his roles for Hammer became the stuff of horror movie legend.

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet 42% The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires Unknown (Character) - 2003
No Score Yet 30% Sword of the Valiant Seneschal - Gaspar (Character) - 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet Helen Keller: The Miracle Continues Professor Charles Copeland (Character) - 1984
No Score Yet 56% Sherlock Holmes and the Masks of Death Sherlock Holmes (Character) - 1984
75% 80% Top Secret! Sven Jorgensen, the Sweden Bookstore Owner/Resistance Member (Character) - 1984
No Score Yet 42% House of the Long Shadows Sebastian Grisbane (Character) - 1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet Silent Scream Martin Blueck (Character) - 1981
No Score Yet 10% Mystery on Monster Island William T. Kolderup (Character) - 1981
No Score Yet 35% A Tale of Two Cities Dr. Alexander Manette (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet 36% Arabian Adventure Wazir Al Wuzara (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet No Secrets Commissioner Potts (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hitler's Son Heinrich Haussner (Character) - 1978
0% 23% The Uncanny Wilbur (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet 39% Shock Waves SS Commander (Character) - 1977
92% 96% Star Wars Grand Moff Tarkin (Character) $345 1977
33% 34% At the Earth's Core Dr. Abner Perry (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dirty Knight's Work Sir Edward Gifford (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet 28% Shatter Paul Rattwood (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Great Houdinis Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Call Him Mr. Shatter Paul Rattwood (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet 3% Land of the Minotaur Baron Corofax (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Devil's Undead Unknown (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet 30% The Ghoul Dr. Lawrence (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet 31% Legend of the Werewolf Prof. Paul (Character) - 1975
60% 37% The Beast Must Die Dr. Christopher Lundgren (Character) - 1974
40% 50% Madhouse Herbert Flay (Character) - 1974
57% 48% Frankenstein and the Monster From Hell Baron Victor Frankenstein aka Dr. Carl Victor (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet 25% The Seven Brothers Meet Dracula Prof. Van Helsing (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tender Dracula MacGregor (Character) - 1974
83% 53% The Creeping Flesh Emmanuel Hildern (Character) - 1973
20% 30% The Satanic Rites of Dracula Prof. Lorrimer Van Helsing (Character) - 1973
60% 62% From Beyond the Grave The Proprietor (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet 32% Nothing but the Night Sir Mark Ashley (Character) - 1973
50% 46% And Now the Screaming Starts Dr. Pope (Character) - 1973
59% 57% Dr. Phibes Rises Again Captain (Character) - 1972
79% 52% Horror Express Dr. Wells (Character) - 1972
90% 69% Tales from the Crypt Arthur Edward Grimsdyke (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fear in the Night The Headmaster (Character) - 1972
67% 48% Asylum Mr. Smith (Character) - 1972
22% 40% Dracula A.D. 1972 Professor Van Helsing (Character) - 1972
79% 65% Twins of Evil Gustav Weil (Character) - 1971
92% 57% The House That Dripped Blood Philip Grayson (Character) - 1971
No Score Yet 41% I, Monster Frederick Utterson (Character) - 1971
71% 60% The Vampire Lovers General von Spielsdorf (Character) - 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bloodsuckers Dr. Walter Goodrich (Character) - 1970
63% 29% Scream and Scream Again Major Heinrich Benedek (Character) - 1970
70% 68% Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed Baron Frankenstein (Character) - 1969
67% 26% Corruption Sir John Rowan (Character) - 1968
No Score Yet 24% The Blood Beast Terror Detective Inspector Quennell (Character) - 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet Island of the Burning Doomed Dr. Vernon Stone (Character) - 1967
62% 56% Frankenstein Created Woman Baron Frankenstein (Character) - 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet Some May Live John Meredith (Character) - 1967
No Score Yet 45% Torture Garden Lancelot Canning (Character) - 1967
No Score Yet 58% Island of Terror Dr. Brian Stanley (Character) - 1966
67% 53% Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. Dr. Who (Character) - 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet In Saigon: Some May Live John Meredith (Character) - 1966
No Score Yet 28% She Holly (Character) - 1965
100% 62% Dr. Terror's House of Horrors Dr. Sandor Schreck (Character) - 1965
No Score Yet 56% The Skull Dr. Christopher Maitland (Character) - 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet The "She" Story Unknown (Character) - 1965
42% 41% Dr. Who and the Daleks Dr. Who (Character) - 1965
57% 36% The Evil of Frankenstein Baron Frankenstein (Character) - 1964
64% 48% The Gorgon Dr. Namaroff (Character) - 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Man Who Finally Died Dr. Peter von Brecht (Character) - 1963
No Score Yet 40% The Hellfire Club Mr. Merryweather (Character) - 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fury at Smugglers Bay Squire Trevenyan (Character) - 1963
No Score Yet 75% Cash on Demand Harry Fordyce (Character) - 1962
No Score Yet 60% Night Creatures Rev. Dr. Blyss (Character) - 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Trouble in the Sky Capt. Clive Judd (Character) - 1961
No Score Yet 59% The Naked Edge Mr. Evan Wrack (Character) - 1961
No Score Yet 39% Sword of Sherwood Forest Sheriff of Nottingham (Character) - 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cone of Silence Capt. Clive Judd (Character) - 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Risk Professor Sewell (Character) - 1960
76% 61% The Brides of Dracula Dr. J. Van Helsing (Character) - 1960
No Score Yet 33% John Paul Jones Captain Richard Pearson (Character) - 1959
94% 72% The Hound of the Baskervilles Sherlock Holmes (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet 69% Mania Dr. Robert Knox (Character) - 1959
89% 64% The Mummy John Banning (Character) - 1959
90% 80% Horror of Dracula Doctor Van Helsing (Character) - 1958
87% 67% The Revenge of Frankenstein Dr. Victor Frankenstein aka Dr. Victor Stein and Dr. Franck (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet 53% The Abominable Snowman of the Himalayas Dr. John Rollason (Character) - 1957
80% 77% The Curse of Frankenstein Victor Frankenstein (Character) - 1957
80% 58% The End of the Affair Henry Miles (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Black Knight Sir Palamides (Character) - 1954
No Score Yet 71% 1984 Winston Smith (Character) - 1954
95% 80% Hamlet Osric (Character) - 1948
No Score Yet 85% A Chump at Oxford Student (Character) - 1940
No Score Yet 53% Vigil in the Night Joe Shand (Character) - 1940
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dreams First Dreamer (Character) - 1940
No Score Yet No Score Yet Laddie Robert Pryor (Character) - 1940

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tales of the Unexpected Unknown (Character) 1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hammer House of Horror Unknown (Character) 1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet Aliens in the Mind John Cornelius (Character) 1977
66% 83% Space: 1999 Raan (Guest Star) 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Avengers Unknown (Guest Star) 1967

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