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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.

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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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Death on the Nile (1978) with

By Greg Orypeck on May 15, 2014 From Classic Film Freak

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:

Lieutenant Seymour: Aye sir, that is your right.
Captain Vere: It's no right. Which one of us here have rights? It's my duty and I must perform it.


Marcus Pendleton: 'Ere! You watch your tongue! Any idiot can steal. *I* been em-*bezz*-lin'!


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


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Peter Ustinov Facts
He played the Prince of Wales (the future King George IV) in Beau Brummell (1954), his younger brother and eventual successor King William IV in Victoria & Albert (2001) (TV) and their great-nephew King Edward VII in "Strumpet City" (1980).

Made a comedy record in the late 1950s, "Mock Mozart" and "Phoney Folk Lore". He had been performing these as party pieces. Overdubbing allowed Ustinov to sing multiple parts. His producer was George Martin, future producer of The Beatles. (Martin later described Ustinov as "Britain's answer to Orson Welles.")

His mother was artist Nadia Benois, the niece of Alexandre Benois. Both were designers for the Mariinsky Opera and Ballet in St. Petersburg, Russia. Both also worked for the "Russian Seasons" and "Ballets Russes" productions by impresario Sergei Diaghilev.

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