53 Facts About Peter Cushing

1. Peter Cushing played a version of The Doctor in two films in the '60s.

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2. Peter Cushing continued to play the roles of Dr Frankenstein and Dr Van Helsing, as well as other horror characters, in Hammer films for the next twenty years.

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3. At an early age, Peter Cushing was attracted by the performance, inspired by his favorite aunt, who was an actress of the time.

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4. Peter Cushing won roles in a number of films such as Vigil in the Night and Hamlet (1948) before returning to England where he spent much of the 1950s on both the big and small screens.

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5. Peter Cushing worked the worked at the repertory theatre in Worthing, Sussex before appearing in his first Hollywood production The Man in the Iron Mask.

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6. Peter Cushing teamed with Vincent Price in movies including Scream and Scream Again, Dr Phibes Rises Again (1972), Madhouse (1974), which plays an evil agent movie.

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7. Peter Cushing repeated the role of the man who lost family in other horror films, including Asylum, The Creeping Flesh (1973), and The Ghoul (1975).

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8. Peter Cushing had a great interest in ornithology and wildlife in general.

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9. In total, Peter Cushing appeared in more than 100 films throughout his career.

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10. Peter Cushing was rushed to the Kent and Canterbury Hospital when his left eye had swollen to nearly three times its normal size, a side effect of the cancer.

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11. Peter Cushing wrote a children's book called The Bois Saga, a story based on the history of England.

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12. In 1987, a watercolour painting Peter Cushing painted was accepted by Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and auctioned at a charity event he organized to raise funds for The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme.

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13. Peter Cushing wished for a strain of rose to be named after his wife, and Savile arranged for the "Helen Cushing Rose" to be grown at the Wheatcroft Rose Garden in Edwalton, Nottinghamshire.

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14. Peter Cushing made a cameo appearance as himself in a 1980 Christmas special hosted by the comedians Morecambe and Wise.

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15. Peter Cushing got along well with the entire cast, especially his old co-star David Prowse and Fisher, who was appearing in her first major role as Princess Leia Organa.

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16. Peter Cushing joined the cast in May 1976, and his scenes were filmed at Elstree Studios in Borehamwood.

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17. Peter Cushing wrote the forewords to two books about the detective: Peter Haining's Sherlock Holmes Scrapbook and Holmes of the Movies: The Screen Career of Sherlock Holmes (1976), by David Stuart Davies.

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18. In 1976, Peter Cushing appeared in the television film The Great Houdini as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes.

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19. In 1975, Peter Cushing was anxious to return to the stage, where he had not performed in ten years.

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20. Peter Cushing was forced to withdraw from the film to care for His wife, and was ultimately replaced by Andrew Keir.

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21. In July 1969, Peter Cushing appeared as the straight man in a sketch comedy show hosted by comedians Morecambe and Wise.

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22. Peter Cushing tried to keep his performance identical to his portrayal of Holmes from The Hound of the Baskervilles.

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23. In 1965, Peter Cushing appeared in the Ben Travers farce play Thark at the Westminster's Garrick Theatre.

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24. Peter Cushing starred as Parson Blyss, the local reverend of an 18th-century English coastal town believed to be hiding his smuggling activities with reports of ghosts.

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25. The next year, Peter Cushing starred as an Ebenezer Scrooge-like manager of a bank being robbed in the Hammer thriller film Cash on Demand.

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26. Peter Cushing turned it down, in part because he did not like the script by Jimmy Sangster, and the lead role was taken instead by Anton Diffring.

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27. Peter Cushing portrayed an English botanist searching the Himalayas for the legendary Yeti.

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28. Peter Cushing appeared in the 1957 horror film The Abominable Snowman, a Hammer adaptation of a BBC Sunday Night Theatre television play from 1955 which Cushing had starred in.

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29. In 1959, Peter Cushing agreed to reprise the role of Van Helsing in the sequel, The Brides of Dracula.

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30. Peter Cushing played the lead role twice more in Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed and Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell (1974).

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31. Peter Cushing returned for The Evil of Frankenstein, where the Baron has a carnival hypnotist resurrect his monster's inactive brain, and Frankenstein Created Woman (1967), in which the Frankenstein's monster is a woman played by Playboy magazine centrefold model Susan Denberg.

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32. Peter Cushing reprised the role of Baron Victor Frankenstein in five sequels.

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33. Peter Cushing was cast in the lead role of The Curse of Frankenstein, marking the first of twenty-two films he made for Hammer.

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34. Peter Cushing was about twenty years older than Baron Frankenstein as he appeared in the original novel, but that did not deter the filmmakers.

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35. Peter Cushing won best actor awards from the Guild of Television Producers in 1955, and from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts in 1956.

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36. Peter Cushing earned praise for playing the lead male role of Fitzwilliam Darcy in the BBC's 1952 television miniseries production of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.

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37. Peter Cushing accepted the role, and Hamlet marked his British film debut.

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38. Peter Cushing was not cast because he insisted he could not perform in an American accent.

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39. Peter Cushing found a modest success in a 1945 production of Sheridan's The Rivals at Westminster's Criterion Theatre, which earned him enough money to pay off some growing debts.

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40. Peter Cushing eventually had to leave the ENSA due to lung congestion, an ailment his wife helped him recover from.

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41. Peter Cushing moved to New York City in anticipation of his eventual return home, during which time he voiced a few radio commercials and joined a summer stock theatre company to raise money for his voyage back to England.

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42. Peter Cushing appeared in the episode Your Hidden Master as a young Clive of India, well before the soldier established the military and political supremacy of the East India Company.

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43. In 1941, Peter Cushing was cast in one of a series of short films in the MGM series The Passing Parade, which focused on strange-but-true historical events.

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44. Peter Cushing continued to work in a few Hollywood engagements, including an uncredited role in the war film They Dare Not Love, which reunited him with director James Whale.

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45. Peter Cushing appeared only briefly in A Chump at Oxford and his scenes took just one week to film, but he was proud to work with whom he called "two of the greatest comedians the cinema has ever produced.

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46. Peter Cushing visited the company, which was only a few days away from filming the 1939 film The Man in the Iron Mask, the James Whale-directed adaptation of the Alexandre Dumas tale based on the French legend of a prisoner during the reign of Louis XIV of France.

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47. Peter Cushing met a Columbia Pictures employee named Larry Goodkind, who wrote him a letter of recommendation and directed him to acquaintances Goodkind knew at the company Edward Small Productions.

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48. Peter Cushing continued to persistently pursue a scholarship, writing exactly twenty-one letters to the school, until actor and producer Bill Fraser finally agreed to meet Cushing in 1935 simply so he could ask him in person to stop writing.

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49. Peter Cushing eventually applied for a scholarship at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.

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50. Peter Cushing played the lead in nearly every school production during his teenage years, including the role of Sir Anthony Absolute in a 1929 staging of Richard Brinsley Sheridan's comedy of manners play, The Rivals.

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51. Peter Cushing appeared in several other Hammer films, including The Abominable Snowman, The Mummy and The Hound of the Baskervilles, the last of which marked the first of many times he portrayed the famous detective Sherlock Holmes throughout his career.

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52. Peter Cushing often appeared alongside actor Christopher Lee, who became one of his closest friends, and occasionally with the American horror star Vincent Price.

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53. Peter Cushing earned particular acclaim for his lead performance in a 1954 adaptation of George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four.

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