Peter Sellers

Peter Sellers

  • Born on
    • September 8th, 1925
  • Died on
    • July 24th, 1980
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." Description above from the Wikipedia article Peter Sellers, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

Starring Peter Sellers on Plex


Acting (48 Credits)

1982Trail of the Pink Panther as Chief Insp. Jacques Clouseau (archive footage)
1980The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu as Fu Manchu / Nayland Smith
1979The Prisoner of Zenda as Rudolf IV/Rudolf V/Sidney Frewin
1979Being There as Chance
1978Revenge of the Pink Panther as Chief Inspector Clouseau
1976The Pink Panther Strikes Again as Chief Inspector Clouseau
1976Murder by Death as Sidney Wang
1975The Return of the Pink Panther as Inspector Clouseau
1974Undercovers Hero as Général Latour / Major Robinson / Herr Schroeder / Adolf Hitler / The President / Prince Kyoto
1972Alice's Adventures in Wonderland as The March Hare
1970Hoffman as Benjamin Hoffman
1970There's a Girl in My Soup as Robert Danvers
1969The Magic Christian as Sir Guy Grand KG, KC, CBE
1968I Love You, Alice B. Toklas! as Harold Fine
1968The Party as Hrundi V. Bakshi
1967The Bobo as Juan Bautista
1967Casino Royale as Evelyn Tremble
1967Woman Times Seven as Jean
1966After the Fox as Aldo Vanucci / Federico Fabrizi
1966Alice in Wonderland as King of Hearts
1966The Wrong Box as Doctor Pratt
1965What's New Pussycat as Dr. Fritz Fassbender
1964Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb as Group Capt. Lionel Mandrake / President Merkin Muffley / Dr. Strangelove
1964The World of Henry Orient as Henry Orient
1964A Shot in the Dark as Jacques Clouseau
1964Carol for Another Christmas as Imperial Me
1963Heavens Above! as The Rev. John Smallwood
1963The Wrong Arm of the Law as Pearly Gates
1963The Pink Panther as Insp. Jacques Clouseau
1962Trial and Error as Wilfred Morgenhall
1962Only Two Can Play as John Lewis
1962Waltz of the Toreadors as Gen. Leo Fitzjohn
1962The Road to Hong Kong as Indian Neurologist (uncredited)
1962Lolita as Clare Quilty
1960Two Way Stretch as Dodger Lane
1960The Battle of the Sexes as Mr. Martin
1960The Millionairess as Dr. Kabir
1960Never Let Go as Lionel Meadows
1959The Mouse That Roared as Grand Duchess Gloriana XII / Prime Minister Count Rupert Mountjoy / Tully Bascombe
1959I'm All Right Jack as Fred Kite
1959Man in a Cocked Hat as Prime Minister Amphibulos
1959The Running Jumping & Standing Still Film
1958Tom Thumb as Antony
1957Your Past Is Showing as Sonny MacGregor
1957Big Time Operators as Percy Quill
1955The Ladykillers as Harry, alias 'Mr. Robinson'
1953Beat the Devil as Billy Dannreuther (voice) (uncredited)Watch Free
1950The Black Rose as Lu Chung (voice)

Himself (2 Credits)

2020Kubrick by Kubrick as Self (archive footage)
1969Let It Be as Self (scenes deleted)


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