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Peter Cushing

Lowest Rated:   0% The Uncanny (1978)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Satanic Blood-Thirsty Horror
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Cinemaker
  • Actor
2004
40% Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell
  • Baron Victor Frankenstein
2003
No Score Yet The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires
  • Professor Laurence Van Helsing
2003
No Score Yet Tales of Frankenstein
  • Actor
2001
No Score Yet Flesh and Blood: The Hammer Heritage of Horror
  • Actor
1994
41% 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 Masks of Death
  • Actor
1986
No Score Yet Sword of the Valiant
  • Seneschal
1984
76% Top Secret!
  • Bookstore Owner
1984
No Score Yet Helen Keller: The Miracle Continues
  • Prof. Copeland
1984
No Score Yet Silent Scream
  • Actor
1984
No Score Yet The Masks of Death (Sherlock Holmes and the Masks of Death)
  • Sherlock Holmes
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
0% The Uncanny
  • Wilbur Gray
1978
No Score Yet Hitler's Son
  • Heinrich Haussner
1978
No Score Yet Shock Waves
  • SS Commander
1977
93% Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope
  • Tarkin
1977
No Score Yet Land of the Minotaur
  • Baron Corofax
1976
33% 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 Night of the Ghoul
  • Actor
1975
No Score Yet Legend of the Werewolf, (Plague of the Werewolves)
  • Paul Catflangue
1975
No Score Yet Devil's Undead
  • Actor
1975
No Score Yet The Ghoul (The Thing in the Attic)
  • Dr. Lawrence
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
No Score Yet The Satanic Rites of Dracula
  • Actor
1974
57% Horror Express
  • Dr. Wells
1974
80% Creeping Flesh
  • Emmanuel Hildern
1973
No Score Yet From Beyond the Grave
  • Proprietor
1973
60% And Now the Screaming Starts
  • Dr. Pope
1973
No Score Yet Dracula: The Satanic Rites
  • Prof. Lorrimer Van Helsing
1973
60% Asylum
  • Mr. Smith
1972
No Score Yet Asylum (House of Crazies)
  • Actor
1972
25% Dracula A.D. 1972
  • Prof. Van Helsing
1972
50% Dr. Phibes Rises Again
  • Captain
1972
88% 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 Fear in the Night (Dynasty of Fear) (Honeymoon of Fear)
  • Michael Carmichael
1972
No Score Yet I, Monster
  • Utterson
1971
78% The House That Dripped Blood
  • Philip Grayson
1971
No Score Yet One More Time
  • Dr. Frankenstein
1971
78% Twins of Evil
  • Gustav Weil
1971
56% The Vampire Lovers
  • Gen. Spielsdorf
1970
64% 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
50% Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed
  • Baron Frankenstein
1969
67% Corruption
  • Sir John Rowan
1968
No Score Yet Torture Garden
  • 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
60% Frankenstein Created Woman
  • Actor
1967
No Score Yet Island of Terror (Night of the Silicates) (The Creepers)
  • Dr. Brian Stanley
1966
No Score Yet Daleks - Invasion Earth 2150 A.D.
  • Dr. Who
1966
No Score Yet The Skull
  • Prof. Christopher Maitland
1965
25% 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
67% The Gorgon
  • Dr. Namaroff
1965
No Score Yet Dr. Who and the Daleks
  • Actor
1965
50% 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
73% The Brides of Dracula
  • Dr. J. Van Helsing
1960
No Score Yet Trouble In The Sky
  • Capt. Clive Judd
1960
100% The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • Sherlock Holmes
1959
No Score Yet John Paul Jones
  • Capt. Pearson
1959
100% The Mummy
  • John Banning
1959
91% Horror of Dracula
  • Van Helsing
1958
92% The Revenge of Frankenstein
  • Dr. Victor Stein
1958
No Score Yet Violent Playground
  • Priest
1958
80% 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
No Score Yet The End of the Affair
  • Henry Miles
1954
No Score Yet 1984
  • Actor
1954
75% Moulin Rouge
  • Marcel de la Voisier
1952
91% 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
No Score Yet Violent Play Ground
  • Actor

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