Job Actor, comedian and singer
Years active 1948-1980
Top Roles Capt. L. Mandrake/ Pres. Merkin Muffley/ Dr. Strangelove, Henry Orient, Fred Kite / Sir John Kennaway, Jacques Clouseau, Insp. Jacques Clouseau
Top GenresComedy, Drama, Crime, Romance, Film Adaptation, War
Top TopicsBook-Based, Slapstick, Romance (Comic)
Top Collaborators (Director), , ,
Shares birthday with May McAvoy, Sid Caesar, Henry Wilcoxon  see more..

Peter Sellers Overview:

Legendary actor, Peter Sellers, was born Richard Henry Sellers on Sep 8, 1925 in Southsea, England. Sellers died at the age of 54 on Jul 24, 1980 in London, England and was laid to rest in Golders Green Crematorium Cemetery in Golders Green, Greater London, England.


Plump-faced, dark-haired, apprehensive-looking British comic actor who sprang to fame as a man of many funny voices on radio, then hit his stride in a hilarious series of comedies from 1957 to 1963, before his talent began to overreach itself. Recovered from a serious heart attack in 1964, but only occasionally regained his old brilliance. Married to Britt Ekland from 1963 to 1968 and Lynne Frederick (1954-1994) from 1977, second and fourth wives, and suffered several minor heart attacks before another major one killed him. Oscar nominee for Dr. Strangelove and Being There.

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Film Stars).



Although Sellers was nominated for two Oscars, he never won a competitive Academy Award.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1964Best ActorDr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)Group Captain Lionel Mandrake/President Muffley/Dr. StrangeloveNominated
1979Best ActorBeing There (1979)John Chance, the gardener (aka Chauncey Gardiner)Nominated

Peter Sellers's handprints and footprints were 'set in stone' at Grauman's Chinese Theater during imprint ceremony #127 on Jun 3, 1964.

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Film Albums: and Sophia Loren (1960)

By The Metzinger Sisters on Apr 13, 2024 From Silver Scenes - A Blog for Classic Film Lovers

This month's featured film album is a departure from the usual soundtrack LP and features two popular stars of the 1960s - and Sophia Loren - joining forces for a rollicking good time on a self-titled album. Peter displays his ability to change his voice for various characters on some ... Read full article


By Dan Day, Jr. on Jun 12, 2022 From The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog

There's always been a fascination over terrible films. Whether it's a no-budget turkey with no proficient technical values whatsoever, or a major-budget blockbuster disaster, the stories behind the making of lousy movies are often times more compelling than watching a well-made cinematic story. THE ... Read full article

and Neil Simon? It's After the Fox!

By Rick29 on Apr 27, 2020 From Classic Film & TV Cafe

The Fox masquerades as a director. Imagine starring in a comedy written by Neil Simon and directed by Vittorio De Sica (Bicycle Thieves)! A talented trio, to be sure--but also a seemingly unlikely one. And yet they teamed up in 1966 to make the Italian comedy After the Fox. It's almo... Read full article

: cem personagens, zero Oscars

By L? on Feb 27, 2016 From Critica Retro

: cem personagens, zero Oscars Uma institui??o antiga, muito conservadora, envolvida em algumas pol?micas e que n?o acompanha as mudan?as do mundo na mesma velocidade em que elas acontecem. De quem estamos falando? Da Igreja Cat?lica? N?o. Da fam?lia tradicional? N?o. Da classe p... Read full article

Cattin’ Around With , Peter O’Toole, And Woody Allen – What’s New Pussycat? (1965)

By Michael on May 1, 2015 From Durnmoose Movie Musings

A quick hit of Google shows the word “farce” defined as “a comic dramatic work using buffoonery and horseplay and typically including crude characterization and ludicrously improbable situations”, and I can think of no more apt description of 1965’s What’s New Pus... Read full article

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Peter Sellers Quotes:

Dr. Fritz Fassbender: My darling! Your face is like the pale autumn moon!

Mrs. Emma Bulstrode, Dress Shop Proprietor: We have to perform miracles to make beauties out of these girls.
Gen. Leo Fitzjohn: That's more than their mother could do.

Clouseau: There is no doubt in my mind, whatsoever, Hercule. Maria Gambrelli is most definitely protecting someone. Find that somebody, and you have found the murderer. And I shall find the murderer before the day is out.

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Peter Sellers Facts
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).

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.

His performance as Chance the Gardener in Being There (1979) is ranked #49 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time.

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