Peter Ustinov

Highest Rated: 100% Billy Budd (1962)
Lowest Rated: 9% The Bachelor (1999)
Birthday: Apr 16, 1921
Birthplace: Not Available
Hirsute, puckish "renaissance man" Peter Ustinov was born in England to parents of Russian lineage. Trained at the London Theatre Studio, Ustinov was on stage from the age of 17, performing sketches written by himself in the 1939 revue Late Joys. In 1940, the year that his first play, Fishing for Shadows, was staged, the 19-year-old Ustinov appeared in his first film. Just before entering the British army, Ustinov penned his first screenplay, The True Glory (1945). School for Secrets (1946) was the first of several films starring, written, and directed by Ustinov; others include Vice Versa (1946), Private Angelo (1949), Romanoff and Juliet (1961) (adapted from his own stage play), and Lady L (1965). Perhaps Ustinov's most ambitious film directorial project was Billy Budd (1962), a laudable if not completely successful attempt to transfer the allegorical style of Herman Melville to the screen. As an actor in films directed by others, Ustinov has sparkled in parts requiring what can best be described as "justifiable ham" -- he was Oscar-nominated for his riveting performance as the addled Nero in 1951's Quo Vadis and has won the Best Supporting Actor prize for Spartacus (1961) and Topkapi (1964). Never one to turn down a good television assignment, Ustinov has appeared on American TV in such guises as King George and Dr. Samuel Johnson, winning the first of his three Emmy awards for the latter characterization; he is also a frequent talk show guest, regaling audiences with his droll wit and his mastery over several dialects. While he has never starred on-camera in a weekly TV series, his voice could be heard essaying virtually all the roles on the 1981 syndicated cartoon series Dr. Snuggles. The closest he has come to repeating himself was with his frequent theatrical film and TV-movie appearances as Agatha Christie's Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot, in the late '70s and early '80s. The author of several plays (the most popular of which included Love of Four Colonels and Photo Finish) and books (including two autobiographies), Peter Ustinov was still going strong into the 1990s, making a long-overdue return to Hollywood in the 1992 film Lorenzo's Oil.


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Salem Witch Trials William Stoughton 2003
45% Luther Prince Frederick the Wise $5.7M 2003
No Score Yet Charlie Chaplin: The Forgotten Years Actor 2003
86% Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures Actor 2001
No Score Yet Victoria & Albert William IV 2001
9% The Bachelor Grandad 1999
40% Animal Farm Old Major 1999
33% Alice in Wonderland Walrus 1999
No Score Yet My Khmer Heart Narrator 1999
38% Stiff Upper Lips Horace 1998
No Score Yet The Phoenix and the Carpet Actor 1997
No Score Yet The Old Curiosity Shop Grandfather 1995
No Score Yet Mozart: Don Giovanni Actor 1995
No Score Yet Mozart: Cosi Fun Tutte Actor 1995
No Score Yet The Phoenix and the Magic Carpet Grandfather/Voice of Phoenix 1994
No Score Yet The Bible According to Hollywood Actor 1994
No Score Yet Pavarotti in Confidence with Peter Ustinov Interviewer 1994
92% Lorenzo's Oil Prof. Gus Nikolais 1992
No Score Yet Granpa Narrator 1991
No Score Yet Around the World in 80 Days Detective Wilbur Fix 1989
No Score Yet Monet: Legacy of Light Monet 1989
No Score Yet Appointment with Death Hercule Poirot 1988
No Score Yet The Search for Santa Claus Actor 1988
No Score Yet Omni: The Real E.T. Actor 1988
No Score Yet The Secret Identity of Jack the Ripper Host 1988
No Score Yet Memed My Hawk Abdi Aga Director 1987
No Score Yet The Ballerinas Actor 1987
No Score Yet Agatha Christie's 'Murder in Three Acts' Hercule Poirot 1986
No Score Yet Dead Man's Folly Hercule Poirot 1986
No Score Yet Agatha Christie's 'Thirteen at Dinner' Hercule Poirot 1985
No Score Yet Murder with Mirrors Actor 1985
No Score Yet Doctor Snuggles Doctor Snuggles 1984
86% Evil Under the Sun Hercule Poirot 1982
40% Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen Charlie Chan 1981
76% The Great Muppet Caper Truck Driver 1981
No Score Yet Grendel, Grendel, Grendel Grendel 1981
No Score Yet Ashanti Suleiman 1979
No Score Yet Tarka the Otter Narrator 1979
No Score Yet Strumpet City Actor 1979
No Score Yet Winds of Change Actor 1979
No Score Yet Einstein's Universe Actor 1979
82% Death on the Nile Hercule Poirot 1978
No Score Yet The Thief of Baghdad The Caliph 1978
No Score Yet The Mouse and His Child Manny 1977
33% The Last Remake of Beau Geste Markov 1977
No Score Yet A Purple Taxi (Un taxi mauve) Taubelman 1977
No Score Yet The Mermaid Frolics Actor 1977
No Score Yet Treasure of Matecumbe Dr. Snodgrass 1976
68% Logan's Run Old Man 1976
No Score Yet One of Our Dinosaurs Is Missing Hnup Wan 1975
54% Robin Hood Prince John 1973
40% Hammersmith Is Out Director Doctor 1972
No Score Yet Marshal of Madrid Actor 1972
No Score Yet Viva Max! General Maximilian Rodrigues De Santos 1969
60% Hot Millions Screenwriter Marcus Pendleton / Caesar Smith 1968
82% Blackbeard's Ghost Captain Blackbeard 1968
27% The Comedians Ambassador Pineda 1967
29% Lady L Director Prince Otto Screenwriter 1965
No Score Yet John Goldfarb, Please Come Home King Fawz 1965
90% Topkapi Arthur Simpson 1964
No Score Yet La Donna nel mondo (Women of the World) Narrator 1963
100% Billy Budd Screenwriter Producer Edwin Fairfax Vere Director 1962
No Score Yet Romanoff and Juliet The General Producer Screenwriter Director 1961
80% The Sundowners Venneker 1960
96% Spartacus Lentulus Batiatus 1960
No Score Yet School for Scoundrels Screenwriter 1960
No Score Yet Les Espions (The Spies) Michael Kiminsky 1957
81% Lola Montès Circus Master 1955
No Score Yet We're No Angels Jules 1955
No Score Yet Beau Brummell Prince of Wales 1954
No Score Yet The Egyptian Kaptah 1954
89% Le Plaisir (House of Pleasure) Narrator English Version [The House Of Madame Tellie 1954
No Score Yet The Magic Box Industry Man 1952
88% Quo Vadis? Nero 1951
No Score Yet Odette Arnaud 1950
No Score Yet Vice Versa Director Screenwriter 1947
100% The Way Ahead (The Immortal Battalion) Rispoli 1945
No Score Yet The Goose Steps Out Krauss 1942
No Score Yet One of Our Aircraft Is Missing Priest 1942
No Score Yet The Ghost of St. Michael's na 1941
No Score Yet After Mein Kampf? Actor 1940


No Score Yet Jesus of Nazareth
Herod the Great
  • 1977
100% The Muppet Show
  • 1976