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ABOUT PETER SELLERS
Growing up in the ’70s, we had to go to a theater to see a movie. Like decades before us, cable was really in its infancy and there weren’t many choices.
When I think about some of my favorite movies, Peter Sellers’ comes to mind. Not just his Clouseau character, but other movies too.
Peter Sellers was born Richard Henry Sellers on September 8th, 1925. He passed away of a heart attack on July 24th 1980.
Born in Portsmouth, Sellers made his stage debut at the Kings Theatre, Southsea, when he was two weeks old. He began accompanying his parents in a variety act that toured the provincial theatres.
He first worked as a drummer and toured around England as a member of the Entertainments National Service Association (ENSA). He developed his mimicry and improvisational skills during a spell in Ralph Reader’s wartime Gang Show entertainment troupe, which toured Britain and the Far East.
After the war, Sellers made his radio debut in ShowTime, and eventually became a regular performer on various BBC radio shows. During the early 1950s, Sellers, along with Spike Milligan, Harry Secombe and Michael Bentine, took part in the successful radio series The Goon Show, which ended in 1960.
Sellers began his film career during the 1950s. Although the bulk of his work was comedic, often parodying characters of authority such as military officers or policemen, he also performed in other film genres and roles. Films demonstrating his artistic range include I’m All Right Jack (1959), Stanley Kubrick’s Lolita (1962) and Dr. Strangelove (1964), What’s New, Pussycat? (1965), Casino Royale (1967), The Party (1968), Being There (1979) and five films of the Pink Panther series (1963–1978).
Sellers was nominated three times for an Academy Award, twice for the Academy Award for Best Actor, for his performances in Dr. Strangelove and Being There, and once for the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film for The Running Jumping & Standing Still Film (1959). He won the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role twice, for I’m All Right Jack and for the original Pink Panther film, The Pink Panther (1963) and was nominated as Best Actor three times. In 1980 he won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for his role in Being There and was previously nominated three times in the same category.
Enjoy our favorites below
Starring: Shelly Winters, James Mason, Sue Lyon
Box office: Budgeted at 2 million dollars, grossed over 9 million dollars
Dr. Strangelove or How I Loved To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb (1964)
Starring: George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden, Keenan Wynn
Slim Pickens, Tracy Reed
Box office: 1.8 Million dollars, grossed over 9.4 million dollars
The Pink Panther (1963)
Starring: David Niven, Robert Wagner, Capucine, Claudia Cardinale
Box Office: The movie did almost 11 million dollars
A Shot In The Dark (1964)
Starring: Peter Sellers, Elke Sommer, Herbert Lom, Burt Kwouk
Box Office: The movie did almost 12.5 million dollars
What’s New Pussycat (1965)
Starring: Peter Sellers, Peter O’Toole, Romy Schneider, Capucine, Paula Prentiss. Woody Allen, Ursula Andress
Box office: The movie grossed over 18 million dollars
Casino Royale (1967)
Starring: Peter Sellers, Barbara Bouchet, David Niven, Woody Allen, Ursula Andress, Orson Welles, Burt Kwouk
Box Office: The movie was budgeted at 12 million dollars and did over 41 million dollars
The Party (1968)
Starring: Peter Sellers, Claudine Longet
Box office: Budgeted at 1.9 million dollars, the movie did 2.9 million dollars
I Love You Alice B. Toklas (1968)
Starring: Peter Sellers, Jo Van Fleet, Leigh Taylor-Young, Joyce Van Patten, David Arkin
Box Office: The movie grossed almost 2 million dollars
The Return Of The Pink Panther (1975)
Starring: Peter Sellers, Christopher Plummer, Catherine Schell, Herbert Lom, Burt Kwouk
Box Office: The movie was budgeted at 5 million dollars and did almost 42 million dollars
Murder By Death (1976)
Starring: Peter Sellers, Peter Falk, Truman Capote, Alec Guinness, Nancy Walker, James Coco, Eileen Brennan, Elsa Lanchester
Box Office: The movie grossed over 32 million dollars
The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976)
Starring: Peter Sellers, Herbert Lom, Lesley-Anne Down, Burt Kwouk, Leonard Rossiter
Box Office: Budgeted at 6 million dollars, the movie did over 33 million dollars
Revenge Of The Pink Panther (1978)
Starring: Peter Sellers, Herbert Lom, Robert Webber, Dyan Cannon, Robert Loggia
Box Office: The movie was budgeted at 12 million dollars and did almost 50 million dollars
Being There (1979)
Starring: Peter Sellers, Melvyn Douglas, Shirley MacLaine, Jack Warden
Box Office: Budgeted at 7 million dollars, the movie did over 30 million dollars