Peter Sellers Biography
Peter Sellers Biography
Peter Sellers Biography
Peter Sellers Biography
Peter Sellers Biography
Peter Sellers Biography
Peter Sellers Biography

Peter Sellers Biography

Peter Sellers

Born: 8 September 1925

Died: 24 July 1980 (aged 54)

Occupation: Actor | Comedian

Years active: 1925–1980

Peter Sellers CBE (born Richard Henry Sellers; 8 September 1925 – 24 July 1980) was an English actor and comedian. He first came to prominence performing in the BBC Radio comedy series The Goon Show, featured on a number of hit comic songs and became known to a worldwide audience through his many film roles, among them Chief Inspector Clouseau in The Pink Panther series.

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Early performances

Born in Southsea, Portsmouth, Sellers made his stage debut at the Kings Theatre, Southsea, when he was two weeks old. He began accompanying his parents in a variety act that toured the provincial theatres. He first worked as a drummer and toured around England as a member of the Entertainments National Service Association (ENSA). He developed his mimicry and improvisational skills during a spell in Ralph Reader's wartime Gang Show entertainment troupe, which toured Britain and the Far East. After the war, Sellers made his radio debut in ShowTime, and eventually became a regular performer on various BBC radio shows.

During the early 1950s, Sellers, along with Spike Milligan, Harry Secombe and Michael Bentine, took part in the successful radio series The Goon Show, which ended in 1960.

Film career

Sellers began his film career during the 1950s. Although the bulk of his work was comedic, often parodying characters of authority such as military officers or policemen, he also performed in other film genres and roles.

Sellers's versatility enabled him to portray a wide range of comic characters using different accents and guises, and he would often assume multiple roles within the same film, frequently with contrasting temperaments and styles. Satire and black humors were major features of many of his films, and his performances had a strong influence on a number of later comedians.

Part of his work:

I'm All Right Jack (1959)

Stanley Kubrick's Lolita (1962)

Dr. Strangelove (1964)

What's New, Pussycat? (1965)

Casino Royale (1967)

The Party (1968)

Being There (1979)

5 films of the Pink Panther series (1963–1978)

Honor & Award

Sellers was nominated three times for an Academy Award, twice for the Academy Award for Best Actor, for his performances in Dr. Strangelove and Being There, and once for the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film for The Running Jumping & Standing Still Film (1959). He won the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role twice, for I'm All Right Jack and for the original Pink Panther film, The Pink Panther (1963) and was nominated as Best Actor three times.

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