Peter Sellers

Peter Sellers

"Past lives leaking through and confusing him in this life." (Shirley Maclaine on Sellers in "Playboy interview).

Mel Brooks considered him for - and he expressed interest in - the role of "Leo Bloom" in The Producers (1968), but nothing ever came of it, and the role eventually went to Gene Wilder. However, Sellers was instrumental in the success of the film. After its release, he happened, almost by accident, to see a private screening of it and was so impressed that the next day he took out two full-page newspaper ads at his own expense proclaiming that it was one of the greatest comedies he had ever seen. This exposure helped promote the film at a critical time when it appeared that it was destined to sink without a trace.

Prince Charles had been a fan of Sellers since "The Goon Show". In 1975, after he had seen The Return of the Pink Panther (1975) in Montreal, Charles wrote to Sellers that he'd laughed so hard he had wet the dress of the woman in the next seat.

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

At the time of his death, Sellers was set to play Inspector Clouseau again in "Romance of the Pink Panther". The script had been written by Sellers and Jim Moloney and the film was to be directed by Clive Donner. Pamela Stephenson was to have played the female lead. Also in the pipeline were the leads in Lovesick (1983) and Unfaithfully Yours (1984). Both these roles were taken over by Dudley Moore.

Became friends with The Beatles, and visited them at Abbey Road Studios. Was given a tape of rough mixes from the "White Album", which was auctioned (and bootlegged) after his death.

Before his death he spoke very highly of Robin Williams and Steve Martin, both considered that a great honor.

Born at 6:00am-BST

Claimed in a 1980 interview with Rolling Stone that he had fathered a son by a girlfriend while serving in the Royal Air Force during World War II, and abandoned them.

Claims to have had a near-death experience during a heart attack, in which he saw Heaven.

Died a few days after filming a "Barclays Bank" commercial, which was never aired.

Died at 12:26am - BST after being in a coma for more than 30 hours after suffering a massive heart attack.

Duet with Sophia Loren, "Goodness Gracious Me," was released in 1960 and reached the top four. Also with Loren, "Bangers and Mash" peaked at 22 in the UK charts in 1961.

Father, with actress Britt Ekland, of actress Victoria Sellers.

Father, with Anne Howe, of Michael Sellers and Sarah Sellers.

First actor to be nominated for a single Academy award (best actor) for a film in which he potrayed three different characters in the same film: Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964).

He was awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in 1966 for his services to drama.

He was fitted with a pacemaker in the late 1970s for his failing heart.

He was one of the favorite actors of Elvis Presley who always had Sellers' Pink Panther films with him on the airplane while he was on tour.

He was voted the 41st Greatest Movie Star of all time by Premiere Magazine.