Peter Sellers

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  • Birth Name: Richard Henry Sellers
  • Birth Place: Southsea, Hampshire, England
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 09/08/1925, Virgo
  • Date of Death: 07/24/1980
  • Profession: Actor; comedian; writer; director
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Peter Sellers 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.
  • Peter Sellers Relationships:
  • Peter Sellers - Brother
  • Susan Sellers - Daughter
  • Miranda Quarry - Ex-wife
  • Britt Ekland - Ex-wife
  • Anne Howe - Ex-wife
  • Michael Sellers - Son
  • Victoria Sellers - Daughter
  • Bill Sellers - Father
  • Lynne Frederick - Wife
  • Agnes Sellers - Mother
  • Peter Sellers Awards:
  • 1959 BAFTA Film Awards: Best British Actor - Winner
  • 1962 BAFTA Film Awards: Best British Actor - Nominee
  • 1964 BAFTA Film Awards: Best British Actor - Nominee
  • 1980 BAFTA Film Awards: Best Actor - Nominee
  • 1976 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy - Nominee
  • 1979 Oscar: Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role - Nominee
  • 1964 Oscar: Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role - Nominee
  • 1959 Oscar: Best Short Subject (Live Action) - Nominee
  • 1978 Emmy: Outstanding Continuing or Single Performance by a Supporting Actor in Variety or Music - Nominee
  • 1963 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture - Nominee
  • 1980 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy - Winner
  • 1965 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy - Nominee
  • 1977 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy - Nominee

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