Peter Cushing

Peter Cushing

Highest Rated: 95% Hamlet (1948)

Lowest Rated: 0% The Uncanny (1978)

Birthday: May 26, 1913

Birthplace: Kenley, Surrey, England

Imperious, intellectual-looking British actor Peter Cushing studied for a theatrical career under the guidance of Cairns James at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Cushing supported himself as a clerk in a surveyor's office before making his first professional stage appearance in 1935. Four years later, he came to America, where he was featured in a handful of Broadway plays and Hollywood feature films. He had a small part in The Man in the Iron Mask (1939) and also doubled for Louis Hayward in the "twin" scenes; he was among the rather overaged students in Laurel and Hardy's A Chump at Oxford (1940); and he was second male lead in the Carole Lombard vehicle Vigil in the Night (1940). After closing out his Hollywood tenure with They Dare Not Love (1941), he returned to stage work in England. His next film appearance was as Osric in Laurence Olivier's Hamlet (1948), which also featured his future co-star Christopher Lee in a nonspeaking bit (Cushing and Lee's paths would cross again cinematically in Moulin Rouge [1952], though, as in Hamlet, they shared no scenes).In the early '50s, Cushing became a TV star by virtue of his performance in the BBC production of George Orwell's 1984. Still, film stardom would elude him until 1957, when he was cast as Baron Frankenstein in Hammer Films' The Curse of Frankenstein. It was the first of 19 appearances under the Hammer banner; Cushing went on to play Van Helsing in Horror of Dracula (1958) and Sherlock Holmes in The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959), roles which, like Baron Frankenstein, he would repeat time and again. Though his horror film appearances brought him fame and fortune, Cushing ruefully commented that he'd prefer not to be so tightly typecast: It is significant that his entry in the British publication Who's Who in the Theatre lists all of his theatrical credits, but only one title -- Hamlet -- in his film manifest. In 1975, after a decade's absence, Cushing made a return to the theater in Washington Square, ironically playing the role originated on Broadway by fellow Sherlock Holmes interpreter Basil Rathbone. Many of Cushing's later film assignments were in the tongue-in-cheek category, notably his sneeringly evil Governor Tarkin in Star Wars (1977) and his backwards-talking librarian in Top Secret! (1984). Retiring from the screen in 1986, Peter Cushing penned two volumes of memoirs: An Autobiography (1986) and Past Forgetting (1988).

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Cinemaker Actor 2004
50% Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell Baron Victor Frankenstein 2003
40% The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires Professor Laurence Van Helsing 2003
No Score Yet Flesh and Blood: The Hammer Heritage of Horror Actor 1994
39% Innocent Blood Van Helsing 1992
No Score Yet Biggles: Adventures in Time Air Commodore William 1988
No Score Yet Monsters and Maniacs Actor 1988
No Score Yet Sword of the Valiant Seneschal 1984
77% Top Secret! Bookstore Owner 1984
No Score Yet Helen Keller: The Miracle Continues Prof. Copeland 1984
No Score Yet The Masks of Death (Sherlock Holmes and the Masks of Death) Sherlock Holmes 1984
No Score Yet Silent Scream Actor 1984
No Score Yet House of the Long Shadows Sebastian Grisbane 1983
No Score Yet Mystery on Monster Island Kolderup 1981
No Score Yet A Tale of Two Cities Dr. Alexander Manette 1980
No Score Yet Arabian Adventure Wazir Al Wuzara 1979
No Score Yet Count Dracula & His Vampire Bride Actor 1978
No Score Yet Hitler's Son Heinrich Haussner 1978
0% The Uncanny Wilbur Gray 1978
No Score Yet Shock Waves SS Commander 1977
92% Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope Tarkin 1977
No Score Yet Land of the Minotaur Baron Corofax 1976
25% At the Earth's Core Dr. Abner Perry 1976
No Score Yet Choice of Weapons Sir Edward Gifford 1976
No Score Yet The Great Houdini Actor 1976
No Score Yet Shatter Paul Rattwood 1975
No Score Yet The Ghoul (The Thing in the Attic) Dr. Lawrence 1975
No Score Yet Devil's Undead Actor 1975
No Score Yet Legend of the Werewolf, (Plague of the Werewolves) Paul Catflangue 1975
No Score Yet The Seven Brothers Meet Dracula Actor 1974
No Score Yet The Beast Must Die Dr. Christopher Lundgren 1974
No Score Yet Madhouse Herbert Flay 1974
20% The Satanic Rites of Dracula Actor 1974
70% Horror Express Dr. Wells 1974
80% Creeping Flesh Emmanuel Hildern 1973
60% And Now the Screaming Starts Dr. Pope 1973
40% From Beyond the Grave Proprietor 1973
No Score Yet Dracula: The Satanic Rites Prof. Lorrimer Van Helsing 1973
No Score Yet Asylum (House of Crazies) Actor 1972
22% Dracula A.D. 1972 Prof. Van Helsing 1972
63% Dr. Phibes Rises Again Captain 1972
89% Tales From the Crypt Grimsdyke 1972
No Score Yet Nothing But the Night (The Devil's Undead) (The Resurrection Syndicate) Sir Mark Ashley 1972
No Score Yet I, Monster Utterson 1971
85% The House That Dripped Blood Philip Grayson 1971
No Score Yet One More Time Dr. Frankenstein 1971
79% Twins of Evil Gustav Weil 1971
64% The Vampire Lovers Gen. Spielsdorf 1970
62% Scream and Scream Again (Screamer) Maj. Benedict Heinrich 1970
No Score Yet Incense for the Damned (Bloodsuckers)(Doctors Wear Scarlet)(Freedom Seekers) Dr. Walter Goodrich 1970
No Score Yet Blood Beast Terror Actor 1969
No Score Yet The Blood Beast Terror Actor 1969
70% Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed Baron Frankenstein 1969
67% Corruption Sir John Rowan 1968
No Score Yet Torture Garden Lancelot Canning 1968
No Score Yet Blood Beast Terror Detective Inspector Quennell 1967
No Score Yet Night of the Big Heat (Island of the Burning Damned) Dr. Vernon Stone 1967
No Score Yet The Mummy's Shroud Narrator 1967
67% Frankenstein Created Woman Actor 1967
No Score Yet Island of Terror (Night of the Silicates) (The Creepers) Dr. Brian Stanley 1966
80% Daleks - Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. Dr. Who 1966
No Score Yet The Skull Prof. Christopher Maitland 1965
47% Dr. Who and the Daleks Dr. Who 1965
No Score Yet She Maj. Horace Holly 1965
No Score Yet Dr. Terror's House of Horrors Dr. Terror/Dr. W.R. Schreck 1965
64% The Gorgon Dr. Namaroff 1965
57% The Evil of Frankenstein Baron Frankenstein 1964
No Score Yet The Hellfire Club Actor 1963
No Score Yet The Man Who Finally Died Actor 1963
No Score Yet Captain Clegg (Night Creatures) Dr. Blyss 1962
No Score Yet Cash On Demand Fordyce 1962
No Score Yet The Naked Edge Mr. Wrack 1961
No Score Yet The Flesh and The Fiends Dr. Robert Knox 1961
No Score Yet Hellfire Club Merryweather 1961
No Score Yet Sword of Sherwood Forest Sheriff of Nottingham 1960
75% The Brides of Dracula Dr. J. Van Helsing 1960
No Score Yet Trouble In The Sky Capt. Clive Judd 1960
94% The Hound of the Baskervilles Sherlock Holmes 1959
No Score Yet John Paul Jones Capt. Pearson 1959
89% The Mummy John Banning 1959
89% Horror of Dracula Van Helsing 1958
87% The Revenge of Frankenstein Dr. Victor Stein 1958
No Score Yet Violent Playground Priest 1958
78% The Curse of Frankenstein Baron Victor Frankenstein 1957
No Score Yet Time Without Pity Jeremy Clayton 1957
No Score Yet The Abominable Snowman of the Himalayas Dr. John Rollason 1957
No Score Yet Magic Fire Actor 1956
0% Alexander the Great Memnon 1956
No Score Yet The Black Knight Sir Palamides 1954
80% The End of the Affair Henry Miles 1954
No Score Yet 1984 Actor 1954
78% Moulin Rouge Marcel de la Voisier 1952
95% Hamlet Osric 1948
No Score Yet Vigil in the Night Joe Shand 1940
No Score Yet The Howards of Virginia Actor 1940
No Score Yet A Chump at Oxford Student 1940
No Score Yet The Man in the Iron Mask Second Officer 1939


66% Space: 1999
Appearing 1975
No Score Yet Hammer House of Horror
Martin Blueck
No Score Yet Tales of the Unexpected
Von Baden
No Score Yet The Avengers (1961)
Paul Beresford


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Grand Moff Tarkin says: Your sad devotion to that ancient religion has not given you the ability to conjure up the stolen data plans!

Gen. Motti says: Your sad devotion to that ancient religion has not given you the ability to conjure up the stolen data plans!

Dr. Abner Perry says: (after shooting down a fire-breathing toad) Bull's eye!

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