Fast Facts

  • Descendant of 19th-century British prime minister Benjamin Disraeli.
  • His parents were both vaudeville performers, and his first appearance on stage came when his parents brought him out at 2 days old.
  • His birth name was Richard Henry Sellers, but his parents eventually renamed him Peter in honor of his stillborn older brother.
  • Acted as a concert entertainer for the British Royal Air Force during World War II.
  • Originally considered going into the music business as a jazz drummer rather than acting.
  • Played bumbling Chief Inspector Jacques Clouseau in five Pink Panther movies from 1963 to 1978.  After his death, a sixth film, 1982's Trail of the Pink Panther, used outtakes and old footage from the previous films.
  • First person to be nominated for an Oscar for playing multiple characters in one movie, for 1964's Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.

Awards

  • 1963, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1977, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1965, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1978, Emmy — Outstanding Continuing or Single Performance by a Supporting Actor in Variety or Music: Nominee
  • 1976, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1963, BAFTA Film Awards — Best British Actor: Nominee
  • 1959, Oscar — Best Short Subject (Live Action): Nominee
  • 1964, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1980, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Winner
  • 1979, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1981, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actor: Nominee
  • 1960, BAFTA Film Awards — Best British Actor: Winner
  • 1965, BAFTA Film Awards — Best British Actor: Nominee

Relationships

  • Bill Sellers — Father
  • Lynne Frederick — Wife
  • Agnes Sellers — Mother
  • Michael Sellers — Son
  • Victoria Sellers — Daughter
  • Peter Sellers — Brother
  • Susan Sellers — Daughter
  • Britt Ekland — Ex-wife
  • Anne Howe — Ex-wife
  • Miranda Quarry — Ex-wife

Details

  • Birth Name: Richard Henry Sellers
  • Birth Place: Southsea, Hampshire, England
  • Died: July 24, 1980
  • Profession: Actor, Comedian, Writer, Director

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