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Peter Ustinov

Highest Rated:   100% Billy Budd (1962)
Lowest Rated:   9% The Bachelor (1999)
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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.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Salem Witch Trials
  • William Stoughton
2003
44% Luther
  • Prince Frederick the Wise
$5.7M 2003
No Score Yet Charlie Chaplin: The Forgotten Years
  • Actor
2003
85% 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
88% Le Plaisir (House of Pleasure)
  • Narrator English Version [The House Of Madame Tellie
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
94% Lorenzo's Oil
  • Prof. Gus Nikolais
1992
No Score Yet Granpa
  • Narrator
1991
No Score Yet Around the World in 80 Days
  • Actor
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
83% Evil Under the Sun
  • Hercule Poirot
1982
40% Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen
  • Charlie Chan
1981
75% 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
80% 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 Jesus of Nazareth
  • Herod the Great
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
52% 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
No Score Yet Hot Millions
  • Screenwriter
  • Marcus Pendleton / Caesar Smith
1968
80% Blackbeard's Ghost
  • Captain Blackbeard
1968
27% The Comedians
  • Ambassador Pineda
1967
17% Lady L
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
  • Prince Otto
1965
No Score Yet John Goldfarb, Please Come Home
  • King Fawz
1965
89% 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
78% 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
87% 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
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

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