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Peter Sellers Biography

Birth Name:
Richard Henry Sellers
Birth Place:
Southsea, Hampshire, England
Profession
Actor, comedian, writer, director

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

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

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