Peter Ustinov

Peter Ustinov

Highest Rated: 100% Harper (1966)

Lowest Rated: 9% The Bachelor (1999)

Birthday: Apr 16, 1921

Birthplace: London, England, UK

By his mid-20s, this multi-faceted talent had achieved considerable success in both theater and cinema directing, writing and acting in cultivated, witty comedies. Peter Ustinov later won international acclaim and reached the peak of his fame in the early 1960s for his appearances in sweeping epics and lighthearted romps. He won two Best Supporting Actor Oscars, for his clown in "Spartacus" (1960) and his engaging con man in "Topkapi" (1964). Ustinov has also earned critical praise for his directorial efforts (which he also produced, starred in and wrote): "Romanoff and Juliet" (1962), a biting Cold War satire based on his own play, the bracing "Billy Budd" (1962) and the "Faust"-inspired Elizabeth Taylor-Richard Burton vehicle "Hammersmith Is Out" (1972). The spotlight fell on Ustinov as a personality, too. Throughout the 1960s and early 1970s, he was a favored raconteur on talk shows whether or not he was publicizing a film.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Winter Solstice Hughie McLellan (Character) - 2003
45% 74% Luther Frederick the Wise (Character) $5.7M 2003
No Score Yet 77% Victoria & Albert King William IV (Character) - 2001
40% 38% Animal Farm Old Major (Voice) - 1999
9% 28% The Bachelor Grandad Shannon (Character) $21.7M 1999
33% 62% Alice in Wonderland Walrus (Character) - 1999
38% 40% Stiff Upper Lips Horace (Character) $71.8K 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Phoenix and the Magic Carpet Grandfather/Phoenix (Voice) - 1995
No Score Yet 45% The Old Curiosity Shop Grandfather (Character) - 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Bible According to Hollywood Unknown (Character) - 1994
92% 80% Lorenzo's Oil Professor Nikolais (Character) $6.9M 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet The French Revolution André-Boniface-Louis Riquetti (Character) - 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet The French Revolution: The Terrible Years André-Boniface-Louis Riquetti, vicomte de Mirabeau (Character) - 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet The French Revolution: The Light Years André-Boniface-Louis Riquetti, vicomte de Mirabeau (Character) - 1989
No Score Yet 48% Appointment With Death Hercule Poirot (Character) $603.6K 1988
No Score Yet 42% Dead Man's Folly Hercule Poirot (Character) - 1986
No Score Yet 39% Murder in Three Acts Hercule Poirot (Character) - 1986
No Score Yet 31% Thirteen at Dinner Hercule Poirot (Character) - 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Memed My Hawk Abdi Aga (Character),
Director
- 1984
90% 72% Evil Under the Sun Hercule Poirot (Character) - 1982
76% 78% The Great Muppet Caper Truck Driver (Character) - 1981
33% 32% Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen Charlie Chan (Character) - 1981
No Score Yet 62% Grendel Grendel Grendel Grendel (Voice) - 1980
No Score Yet 26% Ashanti Suleiman (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet 73% Tarka the Otter Narrator - 1979
76% 78% Death on the Nile Hercule Poirot (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Metamorphoses Narrator - 1978
No Score Yet 44% The Thief of Baghdad The Caliph (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Purple Taxi Taubelman (Character) - 1977
45% 62% The Last Remake of Beau Geste Markov (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet 60% The Mouse and His Child Manny the Rat (Voice) - 1977
62% 67% Logan's Run Ballard:The Old Man (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet 44% Treasure of Matecumbe Dr. Ewing T. Snodgrass (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet 68% One of Our Dinosaurs Is Missing Hnup Wan (Character) - 1975
54% 81% Robin Hood Prince John/King Richard (Voice) - 1973
29% 57% Hammersmith Is Out Doctor (Character),
Director
- 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Storm in Summer Abel Shaddick (Character) - 1970
No Score Yet 62% Viva Max General Maximilian Rodrigues De Santos (Character) - 1969
82% 72% Blackbeard's Ghost Captain Blackbeard (Character) - 1968
67% 74% Hot Millions Marcus Pendleton/Caesar Smith (Character) - 1968
27% 48% The Comedians Ambassador Manuel Pineda (Character) - 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet Barefoot in Athens Socrates (Character) - 1966
100% 74% Harper Screenwriter - 1966
29% 31% Lady L Prince Otto of Bavaria (uncredited) (Character),
Director,
Screenwriter
- 1965
No Score Yet 18% John Goldfarb, Please Come Home King Fawz (Character) - 1965
90% 67% Topkapi Arthur Simon Simpson (Character) - 1964
No Score Yet 55% Women of the World English Narration (Character) - 1963
No Score Yet 42% Mondo Cane II Narrator - 1962
90% 86% Billy Budd Edwin Fairfax Vere (Character),
Director,
Producer,
Screenwriter
- 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Romanoff and Juliet The General (Character),
Director,
Producer
- 1961
75% 62% The Sundowners Rupert Venneker (Character) - 1960
93% 87% Spartacus Lentulus Batiatus (Character) $1.7M 1960
No Score Yet 67% Adventures of Mr. Wonderbird Wonderbird (Voice) - 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Man Who Wagged His Tail Mr. Bossi (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wanderers Don Alfonso Pugliesi (Character) - 1956
No Score Yet 82% We're No Angels Jules (Character) - 1955
82% 77% Lola Montes Circus Master (Character) $107.3K 1955
No Score Yet 60% The Egyptian Kaptah (Character) - 1954
No Score Yet 55% Beau Brummell Prince of Wales (Character) - 1954
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mr. Wonderbird Wonderbird (Voice) - 1952
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hotel Sahara Emad (Character) - 1951
88% 73% Quo Vadis? Nero (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet 50% Odette Lt Alex Rabinovich/Arnauld (Character) - 1950
No Score Yet 40% Vice Versa Director - 1947
No Score Yet No Score Yet School for Secrets Director,
Writer
- 1946
No Score Yet No Score Yet Secret Flight Director - 1946
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Immortal Battalion Rispoli (Character) - 1944
100% 71% The Way Ahead Rispoli (Character),
Screenwriter
- 1944
No Score Yet 33% The Goose Steps Out Krauss (Character) - 1942

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tribunal de Brujas Unknown (Character) 2003
No Score Yet No Score Yet Alice in Wonderland Walrus (Voice) 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Around the World in 80 Days Unknown (Character) 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet Johnny Carson Unknown (Character) 1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1974 1966 1963 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Danny Kaye Show Guest 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet I've Got a Secret Guest 1960

QUOTES FROM Peter Ustinov CHARACTERS

Old Major says: And when our usefulness has come to an end, we are slaughtered with hideous cruelty!

Old Major says: Remove man and the root cause of hunger and over-work is abolished forever! Remove man and the produce of our labour shall be our own. Remove man and overnight, we will become free and equal!

Hercule Poirot says: Oh Madam. A word of advice as they say in America "Take it h-easy".

Hercule Poirot says: Oh Madam. A word of advice as they say in America 'Take it h-easy'.

Rosalie Otterbourne says: We'll try.

Andrew Pennington says: What the hell is going on?

Hercule Poirot says: We are going through your private papers Sir Isn't that obvious?

Prince John says: MOMMY! [sucks on thumb]

Trucker says: What are you doing here?

Oscar the Grouch says: A very brief cameo.

Trucker says: Me too.

Old Man says: The naming of cats is a difficult matter.

Daphne Castle says: The "Arlena Stewarts" of this world do not count; their domination is of the moment. Really to count, a woman must have either goodness or brains.

Daphne Castle says: The 'Arlena Stewarts' of this world do not count; their domination is of the moment. Really to count, a woman must have either goodness or brains.

Hercule Poirot says: The 'Arlena Stewarts' of this world do not count; their domination is of the moment. Really to count, a woman must have either goodness or brains.

Hercule Poirot says: Little boys laugh easily if it keeps them away even for a moment from their study of Latin.

Hercule Poirot says: Little boys laugh easily if it keeps them away even for a moment from their study of Latin.

Hercule Poirot says: The sky is blue, the sun is shining, and yet you forget that everywhere there is evil under the sun.

Nero says: "Tigellinus, the weeping vase!"

Nero says: Tigellinus, the weeping vase!

Lentulus Batiatus says: A good body with a dull brain is as cheap as life itself.