Peter Sellers

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Peter Sellers

Born

9/8/1925, Southsea, Hampshire, England, UK

Died

7/24/1980

Birth Name

Richard Henry Sellers

Gender

Male

Also Known As

Peter
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Biography

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Richard Henry Sellers was born on September 8, 1925 in Southsea, Hampshire, England to vaudeville entertainers Agnes (Peg) and Bill Sellers. Even at only two days old, Peter made his stage debut when he was carried onto the stage at King's Theatre with his parents. He spent his…more

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Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Peter's parents, Agnes (Peg) and Bill Sellers, called him Peter in memory of his stillborn older brother.

    • Peter was 5' 8½" tall.

    • In 1962, Peter won the Prize San Sebastián for Best Actor at the San Sebastián International Film Festival for: Waltz of the Toreadors (1962).

    • In 1959, Peter won the Golden Gate Award for Best Fiction Short for: The Running Jumping & Standing Still Film (1959). He shared it with:
      Richard Lester.

    • In 1979, Peter won the NBR Award for Best Actor for: Being There (1979).

    • In 1981, Peter won a Special Achievement Award at the London Critics Circle Film Awards for his performance in: Being There (1979).

    • In 1965, Peter was nominated for a Golden Laurel award for Comedy Performance, Male for: The Pink Panther (1963). He made 4th place.
      For the Male Star award he made 8th place.


    • In 1966, Peter was nominated for a Golden Laurel for Comedy Performance, Male for: What's New, Pussycat (1965). He made 4th place.
      For the Male Star award he made 14th place.

    • In 1970, Peter won the 3rd place for the Golden Laurel award for Male Comedy Performance for: I Love You, Alice B. Toklas! (1968).

    • In 1963, Peter was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor
      for: Lolita (1962).

    • In 1965, Peter was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Actor - Musical/Comedy for: The Pink Panther (1963).

    • In 1976, Peter was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Actor - Musical/Comedy for: The Return of the Pink Panther (1975).



    • In 1977, Peter was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Actor - Musical/Comedy for: The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976).

    • In 1980, Peter won the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Actor -Musical/Comedy for: Being There (1979).

    • In 1981, Peter won the Fotogramas de Plata for Best Foreign Performance.

    • In 1977, Peter won the Evening Standard British Film Award for Best Actor for: The Return of the Pink Panther (1975).

    • In 1978, Peter was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Continuing or Single Performance by a Supporting Actor in Variety or Music for: The Muppet Show (1976). Guest appearance in episode 2.19.

    • In 1960, Peter won the BAFTA Film Award for Best British Actor for: I'm All Right Jack (1959).

    • In 1963, Peter was nominated for the BAFTA Film Award for Best British Actor
      for: Only Two Can Play (1962).

    • In 1965, Peter was nominated for the BAFTA Film Award for Best British Actor for: The Pink Panther (1963).

    • In 1965, Peter was nominated for the BAFTA Film Award for Best British Actor
      for: Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964).

    • In 1981, Peter was nominated for the BAFTA Film Award for Best Actor
      for: Being There (1979).

    • In 1960, Peter was nominated for an Oscar for Best Short Subject, Live Action Subjects for: The Running Jumping & Standing Still Film (1959).

    • In 1965, Peter was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role
      for: Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964).

    • In 1980, Peter was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role
      for: Being There (1979).

    • One afternoon, the doorbell rang in Peter's London flat. As Sellers was busy in his study, his wife Anne went to the door, where she was handed a telegram. The message on the telegram was: "Bring me a cup of coffee. Peter."

    • At the time of Peter's death, he was due to undergo heart surgery.

    • Peter was portrayed by Geoffrey Rush in The Life and Death of Peter Sellers (2004).

    • Peter was voted the 41st Greatest Movie Star of all time by Premiere Magazine.

    • Peter turned down the role of George Webber in Blake Edwards 10 (1979) (George Segal was cast instead but eventually replaced by Dudley Moore). Sellers made a cameo appearance but it was cut out of the movie.

    • Peter's third wife, Miranda Quarry, is now "The Countess of Stockton."

    • Peter was the first ever male to appear on the cover of Playboy magazine, in April 1964.

    • Peter was a vegetarian.

    • Peter was the first actor to be nominated for a single Academy award (Best Actor) for a film in which he potrayed three different characters in the same film: Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964).

    • Peter also enjoyed success in the UK music charts, with "Any Old Iron" reaching #17 in 1957 and a cover of the Beatles' "A Hard Day's Night" released in 1965 and reaching #14.

    • Peter was appointed a CBE (Commander of the British Empire) in 1966.

    • Peter's duet with Sophia Loren, Goodness Gracious Me was released in 1960 and reached the top four. Also with Loren, Bangers and Mash peaked at 22 in the UK charts in 1961.

    • Peter, Spike Milligan, Michael Bentine and Harry Secombe performed on BBC Radio as The Goon Show in the early 1950s.

    • Peter was interred at Golders Green Crematorium, London, England, UK.

    • Peter was the father of actress Victoria Sellers.

    • Peter married four times over the course of his life. First to Anne Howe from 1951-1961, they had two children together. Then to actress Britt Ekland 1964-1968, the marriage produced one child. Miranda Quarry was next, 1970-1974, and finally to Lynne Frederick from 1977 until his death in 1980.

  • Quotes

    • Peter Sellers: I feel ghostly unreal until I become somebody else again on the screen.

    • Peter Sellers: Conversation like television set on honeymoon... unnecessary.

    • Peter Sellers: If you ask me to play myself, I will not know what to do. I do not know who or what I am.

    • Peter Sellers: There used to be a me behind the mask, but I had it surgically removed.

    • Peter Sellers: To see me as a person on screen would be one of the dullest experiences you could ever wish to experience.

    • Peter Sellers: I'm a classic example of all humorists - only funny when I'm working.

    • Peter Sellers: Women are more difficult to handle than men. It's their minds.

    • Peter Sellers: I writhe when I see myself on the screen. I'm such a dreadfully clumsy hulking image. I say to myself, "Why doesn't he get off? Why doesn't he get off?" I mean, I look like such an idiot. Some fat awkward thing dredged up from some third-rate drama company. I must stop thinking about it, otherwise I shan't be able to go on working.

    • Peter Sellers: (On Blake Edwards' smash hit "10") I turned down the lead role many, many times. I just didn't feel I was right for the part.

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    10
    Peter Sellers will allways remain in our hearts as the geatest comedy actor ever.

    He started his carrèr on the radio, in a comedy talk show. Later on he Acted in Dr. Strangelove, which is a awsome movie. But his real "from the heart" character was Inspector Jauques Clouseau in the Pink Panther movies. Which is one of the funniest movie series ever made!

    And Sadly he died Mutch too young.
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    10
    We miss you Peter, you were so great and one of the best actor ever.