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Richard Henry Sellers, CBE (8 September 1925 – 24 July 1980), known as Peter Sellers, was a British comedian and actor best known as Chief Inspector Clouseau in The Pink Panther film series, for playing three different characters in Dr. Strangelove, as Clare Quilty in Lolita, and as the man-child and TV-addicted Chance the gardener in his penultimate film, Being There. Leading actress Bette Davis once remarked of him, "He isn't an actor—he's a chameleon." Sellers rose to fame on the BBC Radio comedy series The Goon Show. His ability to speak in different accents (e.g., French, Indian, American, German, as well as British regional accents), along with his talent to portray a range of characters to comic effect, contributed to his success as a radio personality and screen actor and earned him national and international nominations and awards. Many of his characters became ingrained in public perception of his work. Sellers' private life was characterized by turmoil and crises, and included emotional problems and substance abuse. Sellers was married four times, and had three children from the first two marriages.

An enigmatic figure, he often claimed to have no identity outside the roles that he played, but he left his own portrait since, "he obsessively filmed his homes, his family, people he knew, anything that took his fancy right to the end of his life—intimate film that remained undiscovered until long after his death in 1980." The director Peter Hall has said: "Peter had the ability to identify completely with another person, and think his way physically, mentally and emotionally into their skin. Where does that come from? I have no idea. Is it a curse? Often. I think it's not enough though in this business to have talent. You have to have talent to handle the talent. And that I think Peter did not have."

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Richard Henry Sellers, CBE (8 September 1925 – 24 July 1980), known as Peter Sellers, was a British comedian and actor best known as Chief Inspector Clouseau in The Pink Panther film series, for playing three different characters in Dr. Strangelove, as Clare Quilty in Lolita, and as the man-child and TV-addicted Chance the gardener in his penultimate film, Being There. Leading actress Bette Davis once remarked of him, "He isn't an actor—he's a chameleon." Sellers rose to fame on the BBC Radio comedy series The Goon Show. His ability to speak in different accents (e.g., French, Indian, American, German, as well as British regional accents), along with his talent to portray a range of characters to comic effect, contributed to his success as a radio personality and screen actor and earned him national and international nominations and awards. Many of his characters became ingrained in public perception of his work. Sellers' private life was characterized by turmoil and crises, and included emotional problems and substance abuse. Sellers was married four times, and had three children from the first two marriages.

An enigmatic figure, he often claimed to have no identity outside the roles that he played, but he left his own portrait since, "he obsessively filmed his homes, his family, people he knew, anything that took his fancy right to the end of his life—intimate film that remained undiscovered until long after his death in 1980." The director Peter Hall has said: "Peter had the ability to identify completely with another person, and think his way physically, mentally and emotionally into their skin. Where does that come from? I have no idea. Is it a curse? Often. I think it's not enough though in this business to have talent. You have to have talent to handle the talent. And that I think Peter did not have."

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Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 86

Birthday 1925-09-08

Day of Death 1980-07-24

Place of Birth Southsea, Hampshire, England, UK

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Also Known As

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

2014 Spike Milligan: Love, Light and Peace as Himself (archive footage)
2009 The World of Peter Sellers
1992 Funny Business(6 episodes)
1990 The Very Best of Peter Sellers
1984 Ghost in the Noonday Sun as Dick Scratcher
1982 Trail of the Pink Panther as Chef Inspektor Jacques Clouseau
1980 The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu as Fu Manchu / Nayland Smith
1979 Being There as Chance
1979 The Prisoner of Zenda as Rudolf IV/Rudolf V/Sidney Frewin
1978 Revenge of the Pink Panther as Insp. Clousseau
1976 The Pink Panther Strikes Again as Inspector Clouseau
1976 The Muppet Show(1 episode)
1976 Murder by Death as Sidney Wang
1975 The Great McGonagall as Queen Victoria
1975 The Return of the Pink Panther as Inspector Clouseau
1974 Undercovers Hero as Général Latour / Major Robinson / Herr Schroeder / Adolf Hitler / The President / Prince Kyoto
1973 The Optimists of Nine Elms as Sam
1973 The Blockhouse as Rouquet
1972 Where Does It Hurt? as Dr. Albert T. Hopfnegal
1972 The Last Goon Show of All
1972 A Day at the Beach as The Salesman (as A. Queen)
1972 Alice's Adventures in Wonderland as The March Hare
1971 V.I.P. Schaukel(1 episode)
1970 There's a Girl in My Soup as Robert Danvers
1970 Simon Simon as Man with two cars
1970 Hoffman as Benjamin Hoffman
1969 The Magic Christian as Sir Guy Grand KG, KC, CBE
1969 One Pair of Eyes - No, But Seriously
1969 This is Tom Jones(1 episode)
1969 The Beatles: Get Back...Winter of Discontent
1968 I Love You, Alice B. Toklas! as Harold Fine
1968 The Party as Hrundi V. Bakshi
1968 Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In(3 episodes)
1967 The Bobo as Juan Bautista
1967 Woman Times Seven as Jean
1967 Casino Royale as Evelyn Tremble
1966 Alice in Wonderland as King of Hearts
1966 ABC Stage 67(1 episode)
1966 The Wrong Box as Doctor Pratt
1966 After the Fox as Aldo Vanucci / Federico Fabrizi
1965 Birds, Bees and Storks as Narrator (voice)
1965 What's New Pussycat? as Dr. Fritz Fassbender
1964 A Carol for Another Christmas as Imperial Me
1964 I Say I Say I Say
1964 A Shot in the Dark as Jacques Clouseau
1964 The World of Henry Orient as Henry Orient
1964 Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb as Group Capt. Lionel Mandrake / President Merkin Muffley / Dr. Strangelove
1963 The Pink Panther as Insp. Jacques Clouseau
1963 The Telegoons(27 episodes)
1963 Heavens Above! as The Rev. John Smallwood
1963 The Wrong Arm of the Law as Pearly Gates
1962 Trial and Error as Wilfred Morgenhall
1962 Lolita as Clare Quilty
1962 Only Two Can Play as John Lewis
1962 The Road to Hong Kong as Indian Neurologist (uncredited)
1962 Waltz of the Toreadors as Gen. Leo Fitzjohn
1961 I Like Money as Auguste Topaze
1960 Two Way Stretch as Dodger Lane
1960 The Millionairess as Dr. Kabir
1960 The Battle of the Sexes as Mr. Martin
1960 Never Let Go as Lionel Meadows
1959 The Running Jumping & Standing Still Film
1959 I'm All Right Jack as Fred Kite
1959 The Mouse That Roared as Grand Duchess Gloriana XII / Prime Minister Count Rupert Mountjoy / Tully Bascombe
1959 Carlton-Browne of the F.O. as Prime Minister Amphibulos
1958 Tom Thumb as Antony
1958 Up the Creek as CPO Doherty
1957 The Naked Truth as Sonny MacGregor
1957 The Smallest Show on Earth as Percy Quill
1957 Yes, It's The Cathode-Ray Tube Show!(6 episodes)
1956 Son of Fred(8 episodes)
1956 A Show Called Fred(5 episodes)
1956 The Idiot Weekly, Price 2d(2 episodes)
1956 The Case of the Mukkinese Battle-Horn as Assorted
1955 The Ladykillers as Harry, alias 'Mr. Robinson'
1955 This Is Your Life(1 episode)
1955 John and Julie as Police Constable Diamond
1954 And So To Bentley(6 episodes)
1954 Orders Are Orders as Pvt. Goffin
1953 Our Girl Friday as Voice of Parrot
1953 Beat the Devil as Billy Dannreuther (voice) (uncredited)
1953 The Slappiest Days of Our Lives
1952 Down Among the Z Men as Major Bloodnok
1951 Let's Go Crazy as Multiple Roles
1951 Penny Points to Paradise as The Major / Arnold Fringe
1948 The Ed Sullivan Show(1 episode)

Directing

1980 The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu ManchuDirector
1964 I Say I Say I SayDirector
1961 I Like MoneyDirector
1959 The Running Jumping & Standing Still FilmDirector

Crew

1969 The Magic ChristianAdditional Writing
1956 The Case of the Mukkinese Battle-HornAdditional Writing

Editing

1959 The Running Jumping & Standing Still FilmEditor

Production

1959 The Running Jumping & Standing Still FilmProducer

Writing

1959 The Running Jumping & Standing Still FilmWriter

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