Peter Ustinov Overview:

Legendary actor, Peter Ustinov, was born Peter Alexander Freiherr von Ustinov on Apr 16, 1921 in London, UK. Ustinov died at the age of 83 on Mar 28, 2004 in Genolier, Switzerland and was laid to rest in Bursins Cemetery in Nyon, Vaud, Switzerland.

HONORS and AWARDS:

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Peter Ustinov was nominated for four Academy Awards, winning two for Best Supporting Actor for Spartacus (as Batiatus) and Topkapi (as Arthur Simpson) in 1960 and 1964 respectively.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1951Best Supporting ActorQuo Vadis (1951)NeroNominated
1960Best Supporting ActorSpartacus (1960)BatiatusWon
1964Best Supporting ActorTopkapi (1964)Arthur SimpsonWon
1968Best WritingHot Millions (1968)N/ANominated
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On Blu-ray: Stewart Granger, Elizabeth Taylor, and in Beau Brummell (1954)

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Of all the screen adaptations of Beau Brummell, the 1954 MGM production is the most lavish. With grand settings, gorgeous costumes, and attractive stars, it is drawn directly from the studio’s basic blueprint for glossy historical dramas. Now available on Blu-ray from Warner Archive, the film ... Read full article


Death on the Nile (1978) with

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Share This! ?Do not allow evil into your heart, it will make a home there.???Hercule Poirot It is easy to write about the 1978 screen version of Agatha Christie?s?Death on the Nile.??The obvious, summarizing comment is that it isn?t as good as?Murder on the Orient Express, made four years earlier?no... Read full article


Birthday of the Week: (1)

By Beth Daniels on Apr 15, 2014 From Mildred's Fatburgers

Born Peter Alexander, Baron Von Ustinow April 16, 1921 - March 28, 2004 Memoir Dear Me, By , Penguin, 1979 Renaissance Mensch While looking for the perfect picture of , I was struck by how many of them included Muppets*. Was that a thing? Then again... Read full article


Birthday of the Week: (2)

By Beth Daniels on Apr 15, 2014 From Mildred's Fatburgers

Born Peter Alexander, Baron Von Ustinow April 16, 1921 - March 28, 2004 Memoir Dear Me, By , Penguin, 1979 Renaissance Mensch While looking for the perfect picture of , I was struck by how many of them included Muppets*. Was that a thing? Then again... Read full article


Agatha Christie, Sue Grafton, and (Oh my!)

By Rick29 on Feb 16, 2014 From Classic Film & TV Cafe

In the 1980s, CBS broadcast several contemporary adaptations of Agatha Christie novels for U.S. television. , who first played Hercule Poirot in the theatrical Evil Under the Sun (1982), reprised his portrayal in three made-for-TV films starting with 1985's Thirteen for Dinner. Helen Ha... Read full article


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Peter Ustinov Quotes:

Marcus Pendleton: Patty asks Marcus what are assets. Marcus replies "Little female donkeys" with a cackle.


Arthur Simon Simpson: It's not a question of losing my nerve; I never *had* nerve!


Captain Vere: Master-at-Arms, you possess too much knowledge for such a lowly post.
Master At Arms Claggert: Why, thank you, Sir.
Captain Vere: [impatiently] It's no flattery, Mr. Claggert. It's a melancholy fact!


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Peter Ustinov Facts
Winning a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his portrayal of Lentulus Batiatus in Spartacus (1960), Ustinov stands as the only actor to win an Oscar for a Stanley Kubrick film. In fact, Peter Sellers is the only other actor to receive so much as a nomination.

Both his father and uncle were officers in the German army and fought Britain in WWI.

Was knighted Sir Peter Ustinov. [1990]

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