39 Facts About Peter Sellers

1. Peter Sellers was a genius, whose unique mastery created enduring comic characters.

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2. Peter Sellers currently serves as the vice president An overview of the program can be found here.

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3. Peter Sellers reacted to comments from White House trade advisor Peter Navarro who nixed the idea of a possible solution to the trade dispute.

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4. Peter Sellers was born in Southsea, Hampshire, in southern England, where by chance his parents were performing in a local vaudeville show, on.

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5. On 21 July 1980 Peter Sellers arrived in London from Geneva.

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6. Peter Sellers had recently started to rebuild his relationship with his son Michael after the failure of the latter's marriage.

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7. Peter Sellers was again ill in Cannes, returning to his residence in Gstaad to work on the script for his next project, Romance of the Pink Panther.

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8. In a BBC interview in 1971, Peter Sellers had said that more than anything else, he wanted to play the role, and successfully persuaded the author of the book, Jerzy Kosinski, to allow him and director Hal Ashby to make the film, provided Kosinski could write the script.

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9. In March 1976 Peter Sellers began dating actress Lynne Frederick, whom he married on 18 February 1977.

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10. On 20 April 1972, Peter Sellers reunited with Milligan and Harry Secombe to record The Last Goon Show of All, which was broadcast on 5 October.

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11. Peter Sellers portrayed Sir Guy Grand, an eccentric billionaire who plays elaborate practical jokes on people.

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12. Peter Sellers attempted to have De Sica fired, causing tensions on the set.

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13. Peter Sellers became a close friend of Antony Armstrong-Jones, 1st Earl of Snowdon, a photographer who was then married to Princess Margaret.

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14. Peter Sellers found the part and the director, Anatole Litvak, uninspiring; the producers brought in Blake Edwards to replace Litvak.

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15. For his performance in all three roles, Peter Sellers was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor at the 37th Academy Awards, and the Best British Actor award at the 18th British Academy Film Awards.

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16. Peter Sellers played Muffley as a bland, placid intellectual in the mould of Adlai Stevenson; he played Mandrake as an unflappable Englishman; and Dr Strangelove, a character influenced by pre-war German cinema, as a wheelchair-bound fanatic.

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17. Peter Sellers was especially anxious about successfully enacting the role of Kong and accurately affecting a Texan accent.

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18. Peter Sellers was initially hesitant about taking on these divergent characters, but Kubrick prevailed.

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19. Peter Sellers portrayed an ex-schoolmaster in a small French town who turns to a life of crime to obtain wealth.

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20. In 1961 Peter Sellers made his directorial debut with Mr Topaze, in which he starred.

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21. Peter Sellers was not interested in accepting the role until he learned that Sophia Loren was to be his co-star.

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22. In 1960 Peter Sellers portrayed an Indian doctor, Dr Ahmed el Kabir in Anthony Asquith's romantic comedy The Millionairess, a film based on a George Bernard Shaw play of the same name.

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23. In preparation for his role as Fred Kite, Peter Sellers watched footage of union officials.

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24. Peter Sellers was a member of the Grand Order of Water Rats, the same exclusive theatrical fraternity founded by Leno in 1890.

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25. Peter Sellers appeared in The Goons until the last programme of the ten-series run, broadcast on 28 January 1960.

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26. In 1949, Peter Sellers started to date Anne Howe, an Australian actress who lived in London.

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27. Peter Sellers wrote to the BBC in 1948, and was subsequently auditioned.

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28. In March 1948 Peter Sellers gained a six-week run at the Windmill Theatre in London, which predominantly staged revue acts: he provided the comedy turns in between the nude shows on offer.

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29. Peter Sellers continued his drumming and was billed on his appearance at The Hippodrome in Aldershot as "Britain's answer to Gene Krupa".

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30. In 1946, Peter Sellers made his final show with ENSA starring in the pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk at the Theatre Marigny in Paris.

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31. Peter Sellers became a member of the Entertainments National Service Association, which provided entertainment for British forces and factory workers during the war.

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32. While at St Aloysius College, Peter Sellers began to develop his improvisational skills.

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33. Peter Sellers recalled that a teacher scolded the other boys for not studying, saying: "The Jewish boy knows his catechism better than the rest of you!".

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34. Peter Sellers became a top student at the school, excelling in drawing in particular.

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35. At one time Peter Sellers planned to use Mendoza's image for his production company's logo.

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36. Peter Sellers was born on 8 September 1925, in Southsea, a suburb of Portsmouth.

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37. Peter Sellers was married four times, and had three children from his first two marriages.

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38. In his personal life, Peter Sellers struggled with depression and insecurities.

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39. Born in Portsmouth, Peter Sellers made his stage debut at the Kings Theatre, Southsea, when he was two weeks old.

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