Spike Milligan
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Being There
Eric Sykes
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Lynne Frederick
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Peter Sellers

Knowledge Identifier: +Peter_Sellers


Peter Sellers

British comedianadd

Category: Movies & TV

Born in 1925.

Countries: United Kingdom (45%), United States (29%), (10%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Spike Milligan, Blake Edwards, The Party (film)

Linked to: The Observer, The Sunday Times, Daily Mail, British Film Institute




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Peter Sellers was born in 1925 add something


He performed at age five at the burlesque Windmill Theatre in the drama Splash Me/, which featured his mother. add something


By the end of the war in 1945, more than four out of five British entertainers had worked for ENSA, whose focus was on boosting morale of soldiers and factory workers. add something


After his discharge and return to England in 1948, Sellers supported himself with stand-up routines in variety theatres whose impresarios needed to legitimise their business. add something


Carol White - She played minor roles in films from 1949 until the late 1950s, when she began to play more substantial supporting roles in films such as "Carry on Teacher" and "Never Let Go" in which she played the girlfriend of Peter Sellers


Comedy film - By the middle of the decade, some of the 1950s generation of American comedians, such as Jerry Lewis, went into decline, while Peter Sellers found success with international audiences in his first American film "The Pink Panther"


George Martin - Martin produced comedy and novelty records in the early 1950s, working with the likes of Peter Sellers and Spike Milligan


BBC - Older domestic UK audiences often refer to the BBC as "the Beeb", a nickname originally dubbed by Peter Sellers in "The Goon Show" in the 1950s, when he referred to the "Beeb Beeb Ceeb"


George Sanders - Sanders' smooth voice, urbane manner and upper-class British accent inspired Peter Sellers' character "Hercules Grytpype-Thynne" in the famous 1950s BBC radio comedy series "The Goon Show


Dick Bentley - In 1951, during the run of "Take It From Here", Bentley briefly returned to Australia to star in a ten-episode radio comedy series, "Gently Bentley", commissioned to celebrate the silver jubilee of the ABC. In 1956, he starred in "And So To Bentley", a sketch-format comedy show for the BBC, co-starring Peter Sellers


Spike Milligan - In late 1952, possibly exacerbated by suppressed tensions between the Goons' stars, Milligan apparently became irrationally convinced that he had to kill Sellers, but when he attempted to gain entry to Sellers's neighbouring flat, armed with a potato knife, he accidentally walked straight through the plate-glass front door


Dany Robin - She performed with Peter Sellers in "The Waltz of the Toreadors" and co-starred opposite Kirk Douglas in the 1953 romantic drama "Act of Love"


Spike Milligan - "The Idiot Weekly, Price 2d" starring Peter Sellers was the first attempt to translate Goons humour to TV; it was followed by "A Show Called Fred" and "Son of Fred", both made during 1956 and directed by Richard Lester, who went on to work with The Beatles


Peggy Mount - Her other films included "The Naked Truth" alongside Terry-Thomas and Peter Sellers in 1957 and "Ladies Who Do" alongside Harry H. Corbett, Jon Pertwee and Robert Morley in 1963


Eric Sykes - In 1957 he wrote and appeared in an edition of "Val Parnell's Saturday Spectacular", the first of two shows in this series that he wrote for Peter Sellers


The Best of Sellers album cover (first released in 10" format in 1958 and his debut LP) pictured him polishing a Rolls-Royce motor car. add something


Eric Sykes - The first went out under the title of "Eric Sykes Presents Peter Sellers", and the second, in 1958, was called "The Peter Sellers Show"


The Songs for Swinging Sellers album, released in 1959, whose title parodied Frank Sinatra's album Songs for Swinging Lovers, contained material written by Frank Muir and Denis Norden, and featured Sellers performing "Puttin on the Style" (a parody of the skiffle movement's performer Lonnie Donegan). add something


Wolf Mankowitz - Mankowitz's 1960 film, "The Millionairess", starring Sophia Loren and Peter Sellers, was nominated for a BAFTA *award


Matt Monro - Prior to producing the Peter Sellers album "Songs for Swinging Sellers" in 1960, George Martin asked Monro to record a satirical ditty to help the comedian imitate the song with a Frank Sinatra-type styling


Eric Sykes - These included a remake of the 1960s episode "Sykes and a Stranger", which had originally featured Leo McKern but the new version saw Peter Sellers taking the role of a childhood sweetheart of Hattie's who arrives on the Sykes's doorstep claiming Hattie as his fiancé


Michael Fish (fashion designer) - "Peculiar to Mr Fish" became a fashion icon known for designing flamboyant, attention-getting clothing for notable celebrities of the 1960s and 1970s such as Peter Sellers, Lord Snowden, The Rolling Stones and David Bowie


The Millionairess - "'The Millionairess"' is a 1960 British romantic comedy film set in London, directed by Anthony Asquith and starring Sophia Loren and Peter Sellers


In 1962, Stanley Kubrick asked Sellers to play the role of Clare Quilty in Lolita opposite James Mason and Shelley Winters. add something


From 1963, Sellers was cast as the bumbling Chief Inspector Clouseau in The Pink Panther movies. add something


In 1963, Sellers worked with Anthony Newley, Leslie Bricusse and Joan Collins to produce the LP Fool Britannia. add something


Joan Collins - Collins teamed up with Peter Sellers and her then-husband Anthony Newley in 1963 to record the album "Fool Britannia", which made the UK Top 10


Director Billy Wilder hired Sellers to co-star with Dean Martin for the ribald 1964 comedy Kiss Me, Stupid, but six weeks into filming, Sellers suffered a heart attack. add something


In the spring of 1964, at age 38, Sellers suffered a series of heart attacks while working on the set of Billy Wilder's Kiss Me, Stupid, and he was replaced by Ray Walston. add something


Dr. Strangelove - Cold War - Strangelove"', is a 1964 black comedy film that satirizes the cold war fears of a nuclear conflict between the U.S. and the US. The film was directed, produced, and co-written by Stanley Kubrick, stars Peter Sellers and George C. Scott, and features Sterling Hayden, Keenan Wynn, and Slim Pickens


Nunnally Johnson - In 1964, Johnson adapted daughter Nora Johnson's novel "The World of Henry Orient" into a film of the same title, starring Peter Sellers


Peter O'Toole - In 1965, he demonstrated his straight-man comedic abilities alongside legendary British comic-actor Peter Sellers in the Woody Allen scripted feature-comedy What's New Pussycat


Eddra Gale - She appeared in the role of Peter Sellers' wife, Anna Fassbender, in "What's New Pussycat-" , as a guest in "Hotel Paradiso" , and in two dozen other small parts in television and film until 1980


Dickie Valentine - In 1966 Valentine partnered with Peter Sellers on the ATV sketch show "The Dickie Valentine Show"


Maria Grazia Buccella - In 1966, she played the beauty Miss Okra in the Peter Sellers film "After the Fox"


Dave Cash (disc jockey) - After Parliament outlawed pirates, Cash joined Radio Luxembourg, in 1967 he became one of the first-day DJs on Radio One. Cash's popular Sunday show "Cash At Four" attracted guest such as Peter Sellers, Spike_Milligan, John Cleese, Lady Antonia Fraser, Rolf Harris, and David Bellamy


Steve Carell - He has several other projects in the works, including a remake of the 1967 Peter Sellers film "The Bobo"


Jean Carson - Carson earned fourth billing in the 1968 Peter Sellers comedy "The Party", perhaps her best known film


Leigh Taylor-Young - Her first film role came opposite Peter Sellers in the 1968 comedy, "I Love You, Alice B. Toklas"


Claudine Longet - In 1968, Longet costarred with Peter Sellers in the MGM motion picture "The Party", a box office hit that Blake Edwards wrote, produced, and directed


Denny Miller - In 1968, Miller appeared as "Wyoming" Bill Kelso in the Peter Sellers film "The Party", which he remembers as the part he most enjoyed


I Love You, Alice B. Toklas - "'I Love You, Alice B. Toklas"' is a 1968 romantic comedy film starring Peter Sellers, directed by Hy Averback with music by Harpers Bizarre


The Party (film) - "'The Party"' is a 1968 comedy film directed by Blake Edwards, starring Peter Sellers and Claudine Longet


Sellers appeared in an episode of the American television series It Takes a Thief in 1969. add something


Mr Freedom (fashion) - Celebrities such as Mick Jagger, Elton John and Peter Sellers wore designs from the shop which was at 430 King's Road in Chelsea from 1969-70 and at 20 Kensington Church Street in Kensington 1970-72


Vivien Leigh - In 1969, a plaque to Leigh was placed in the "Actors' Church", St Paul's, Covent Garden; in 1985, a portrait of her was included in a series of postage stamps, along with Alfred Hitchcock, Charlie Chaplin, Peter Sellers and David Niven to commemorate "British Film Year"


By the early 1970s he faced a downturn, however, and was dubbed "box office poison". add something


Terry Southern - Peter Sellers made few significant films during the 1970s, but he scored a hit with "Being There"


Sinead Cusack - In 1970, she starred with Peter Sellers in the film "Hoffman"


Gabrielle Drake - She played a nude artist's model in the 1970 film "Connecting Rooms", and was one of Peter Sellers' conquests in the film "There's a Girl in My Soup"


During a BBC interview in 1971, Sellers said that more than anything else, he wanted to play the role of Chance. add something


He was invited to appear on Michael Parkinson's eponymous chat show in 1974, but agreed under the condition that he could appear in character. add something


He returned to the character for three more sequels from 1975 to 1978. add something


Rene Goscinny - In 1975 Goscinny's made script titled  "Le Maître du Monde" which he sent to Peter Sellers asking if he would be interested in playing the main role


In late 1977, he suffered a second major heart attack, resulting in his being fitted with a pacemaker to regulate his heartbeat. add something


Sellers appeared on The Muppet Show television series in 1977. add something


Lynne Frederick - She was married to Peter Sellers on 18 February 1977; they divorced in 1980


In 1979 he released a new gatefold album entitled Sellers' Market (the cover shows him standing next to traders reading the Financial Times and the Wall Street Journal whereas Sellers is reading the Finchley Press) which included comic singing and a feature called the "All England George Formby Finals" where he parodies the late George Formby and his ukulele playing. add something


In 1979, Sellers played the role of Chance, a simple gardener addicted to watching TV, in the black comedy Being There, considered by some critics to be the "crowning triumph of Peter Sellers's remarkable career," as well as a great achievement for novelist Jerzy Kosinski. add something


Oteil Burbridge - Burbridge had a bit part, as a teenager, as a street thug named Lolo in the 1979 Peter Sellers movie "Being There"


Lynne Frederick - Her last role came in the 1979 film "The Prisoner of Zenda", in which she worked with her first husband Peter Sellers


Symphony No. 8 (Schubert) - In the opening scene of the 1979 film Being There, the first movement of the Unfinished Symphony is on a television broadcast that wakes the central character Chance the Gardner, played by Peter Sellers


A reunion dinner was scheduled in London with his Goon Show partners, Spike Milligan and Harry Secombe, for 25 July 1980. add something


At the time of his death, he was scheduled to undergo heart surgery in Los Angeles on 30 July 1980. add something


He died in a London hospital just after midnight on 24 July 1980, aged 54. add something


On 21 July 1980, Sellers arrived in London from Geneva add something


He was taken to the Middlesex Hospital, London, and died just after midnight on 24 July 1980, aged 54 add something


Blake Edwards - Five of the those involved Edwards and Sellers in original material, while "Trail of the Pink Panther", made after Sellers died in 1980, was made up of unused material from "The Pink Panther Strikes Again"


John Fortune - He appeared with Peter Sellers in a Barclays Bank advertisement in 1980 shortly before Sellers' death; the infamous Monty Casino ads


John Le Mesurier - His final film appearance was with Peter Sellers in the 1980 film "The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu", which was Sellers's last film before his death in July 1980


In 1982, Blake Edwards tried to continue with "Romance of the Pink Panther" and offered the role of Clouseau to Dudley Moore, who turned it down add something


After her death in 1994, the ashes of his widow Frederick were co-interred with his add something


The stage play "Being Sellers" premiered in Australia in 1998, three years after release of the biography by Roger Lewis, "The Life and Death of Peter Sellers" add something


Ray Ellington - Lance Ellington appeared in tributes to Peter Sellers, in the film "The Life and Death of Peter Sellers", where he played his father, and took his father's part in a the Goon Show '50th Anniversary Cardboard Replica' first broadcast on 12 April 2001, the day after Harry Secombe died


In 2004, the book was turned into an HBO film with the same title, starring Geoffrey Rush add something


Emily Watson - In 2004, Watson received a Golden Globe nomination for her role as Peter Sellers's first wife, Anne Howe, in the HBO film "The Life and Death of Peter Sellers"


Lynne Frederick - In the 2004 book, The Life and Death of Peter Sellers, Rodger Lewis claimed that "there is yet to find a single person to say a good thing about Lynne"


In a 2005 poll to find "The Comedian's Comedian", Sellers was voted 14 in the list of the top 20 greatest comedians by fellow comedians and comedy insiders add something


Sellers's only son, Michael, died of a heart attack at 52 during surgery on 24 July 2006, 26 years to the day after his father's death add something


Steve Martin - He starred in the box office hit "The Pink Panther" in 2006, standing in Peter Sellers's shoes as the bumbling Inspector Clouseau, a role which he reprised in 2009's "The Pink Panther 2"


The play premiered in New York in December 2010 add something