Peter Ustinov

Peter Ustinov


4/16/1921, London, England



Birth Name

Peter Alexander von Ustinow



Also Known As

Perer Ustinov, <B>Sir Peter Ustinov</B>
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Born and raised in England, though conceived in Leningrad (now once again called St Petersburg), Peter Alexander Ustinov spoke French, German, Italian, Russian and Spanish fluently and could get by in Turkish and Greek. He was educated in London at Westminster School and began acting at seventeen. During…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Peter was the only actor in a film directed by Stanley Kubrick to win an Oscar, for Best Supporting Actor in Spartacus (1960).

    • Peter acted as producer for the following films:

      School for Secrets (1946)
      Vice Versa (1948)
      Private Angelo (1949)
      Romanoff and Juliet (1961)
      Billy Budd (1962)

    • Peter was large as an infant as well; at birth he weighed 12 pounds.

    • Peter recorded a comedy album in 1958, "The Grand Prix At Gibraltar," in which he supplied the voices of all characters, and car engine noises as well.

    • Peter turned down the role of Grandpa Joe in Charlie And The Chocolate Factory (2005) due to poor health.

    • Peter published two autobiographies; Dear Me (1977), and My Russia (1996).

    • Peter was President of the World Federalist Movement from 1991 until his death.

    • Peter was the original choice for Inspector Jacques Clouseau, in The Pink Panther (1963).

    • Peter's Emmy Awards/Nominations:

      Best Actor, Lead or Support in a Single Performance, for the Omnibus episode "The Life Of Samuel Johnson." (1958) (won)
      Outstanding Single Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Drama, for the TV-movie "Barefoot In Athens." (1966) (won)
      Outstanding Single Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, for the TV-movie "A Storm In Summer." (1970) (won)
      Outstanding Individual Achievement in Informational Programming, for his role as host of Omni, The New Frontier. (1981) (nominated)

    • Peter's Golden Globe Awards/Nominations:

      Best Supporting Actor, Quo Vadis (1952) (won)
      Best Supporting Actor, Spartacus (1960) (nominated)
      Best Motion Picture Actor in a Musical/Comedy, Topkapi (1964) (nominated)

    • Peter's Academy Awards/Nominations:

      Best Supporting Actor, Quo Vadis (1952) (nominated)
      Best Supporting Actor, Spartacus (1960) (won)
      Best Supporting Actor, Topkapi (1964) (won)
      Best Writing, Story and Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen, Hot Millions (1968) (nominated, shared with Ira Wallach)

    • Peter was Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF from 1968 until his death.

    • Peter was awarded Commander Of The Order Of The British Empire in 1975.

    • Peter was knighted Sir Peter Ustinov in 1990.

    • Peter was 5 feet 11 1/2 inches tall.

  • Quotes

    • Peter Ustinov: I am an international citizen conceived in Russia, born in England, working in Hollywood, living in Switzerland, and touring the world.

    • Peter Ustinov: Contrary to general belief, I do not believe that friends are necessarily the people you like best, they are merely the people who got there first.

    • Peter Ustinov: Unfortunately, the balance of nature decrees that a super-abundance of dreams is paid for by a growing potential for nightmares.

    • Peter Ustinov: The point of living and of being an optimist, is to be foolish enough to believe the best is yet to come.

    • Peter Ustinov: People who reach the top of the tree are only those who haven't got the qualifications to detain them at the bottom.

    • Peter Ustinov: I'm convinced there's a small room in the attic of the Foreign Office where future diplomats are taught to stammer.

    • Peter Ustinov: Did you know that every two hours the nations of this world spend as much on armaments as they spend on the children of this world every year?

    • Peter Ustinov: The only reason I did commercials for American Express was to pay off my American Express bill.

    • Peter Ustinov: I think knowing people is the best way of getting rid of prejudices. When I was young, I was brought up in an atmosphere which was just loaded with prejudices.

    • Peter Ustinov: In America, through pressure of conformity, there is freedom of choice, but nothing to choose from.

    • Peter Ustinov: If the world should blow itself up, the last audible voice would be that of an expert saying it can't be done.

    • Peter Ustinov: It is our responsiblities, not ourselves, that we should take seriously.

    • Peter Ustinov: Critics search for ages for the wrong word, which, to give them credit, they eventually find.

    • Peter Ustinov: Children are the only form of immortality we can be sure of.

    • Peter Ustinov: I imagine hell like this: Italian punctuality, German humor and English wine.

    • Peter Ustinov: World government is not only possible, it is inevitable; and when it comes, it will appeal to patriotism in its truest, in its only sense, the patriotism of men who love their national heritages so deeply that they wish to preserve them in safety for the common good.

    • Peter Ustinov: People are annoyed with the Chinese for not respecting more human rights. But with a population that size it's very difficult to have the same attitude to human rights.

    • Peter Ustinov: I was irrevocably betrothed to laughter, the sound of which has always seemed to me to be the most civilized music in the world.

    • Peter Ustinov: The habit of religion is oppressive, an easy way out of thought.

    • Peter Ustinov: Terrorism is the war of the poor, and war is the terrorism of the rich.

    • Peter Ustinov: Beliefs are what divide people. Doubt unites them.

    • Peter Ustinov: Comedy is simply a funny way of being serious.

    • Peter Ustinov: A diplomat these days is nothing but a head waiter who's allowed to sit down occasionally.

    • Peter Ustinov: The great thing about history is that it is adaptable.