September 8, 1925
July 24, 1980
5 ft 8 in | 173 cm
79 kg | 175 pounds
Peter Sellers was born in Portsmouth, United Kingdom, on September 8, 1925, was an English actor, comedian and singer.
Young Peter Sellers landed his stage debut, at the Kings Theatre, Southseaand, when he was two weeks old.
He first started his career as a drummer, with several jazz combos, at the age of 16.
He toured Britain and the Far East as a member of the Entertainments National Service Association and Gang Show entertainment troupe, during World War II.
He made his radio debut in ShowTime.
He got his first big break on the BBC radio program "The Goon Show" (1951-1960), he played several characters, including: Major Bloodnok, Hercules Grytpype-Thynne, Bluebottle and Henry Crun, also he recorded a number of hit comic songs.
He made his television debut in comedy movie New To You (1948).
He made his big screen debut in comedy film Penny Points to Paradise (1951) in role as The Major / Arnold Fringe.
Peter's breakthrough performance came as Harry Robinson in black comedy crime movie The Ladykillers (1955) opposite Alec Guinness.
He played three roles in political satire black comedy film Dr. Strangelove (1964), for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor and he won a BAFTA Award for Best British Actor:
Group Captain Lionel Mandrake, a British RAF exchange officer
President Merkin Muffley, the President of the United States
Dr. Strangelove, the wheelchair-using nuclear war expert and former Nazi
He was nominated for the Academy Award, a BAFTA Award and he won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor for his role as Chance the gardener in comedy drama film Being There (1979).
He portrayed Chief Inspector Clouseau in The Pink Panther movie series:
The Pink Panther (1963), for which he won a BAFTA Award and was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor
A Shot in the Dark (1964)
The Return of the Pink Panther (1975), for which he was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor
The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976), for which he was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor
Revenge of the Pink Panther (1978)
Trail of the Pink Panther (1982)
He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film for sketch comedy short film The Running Jumping & Standing Still Film (1959).
He won the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his performance as Fred Kite in comedy film I'm All Right Jack (1959).
He was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Clare Quilty in comedy drama film Lolita (1962), directed by Stanley Kubrick.
He was nominated for the British Academy Film Award for Best British Actor for his role as John Lewis in comedy movie Only Two Can Play (1962).
He won a San Sebastián International Film Festival for Best Actor for his role as General Leo Fitzjohn in comedy movie Waltz of the Toreadors (1962).
After the Fox (1966) comedy with Britt Ekland
The Party (1968) comedy directed by Blake Edwards
Casino Royale (1967) spy comedy opposite Woody Allen, Ursula Andress and Orson Welles
The Wrong Box (1966) comedy with Michael Caine and Dudley Moore
Murder by Death (1976) satirical mystery comedy in role as Inspector Sidney Wang
What's New Pussycat (1965) romance comedy with Peter O'Toole, Woody Allen and Romy Schneider
The Mouse That Roared (1959) comedy in three roles as Grand Duchess Gloriana XII / Prime Minister Count Rupert Mountjoy / Tully Bascombe
Attended the North London Roman Catholic school St. Aloysius College.
He was good friends with George Harrison and Ringo Starr.
He recorded an album with Italian actress Sophia Loren, "Peter & Sophia" (1960).
Was a vegetarian.
He was awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the 1966.
Sellers died on July 24, 1980, Middlesex Hospital, London, at age of 54.
He was married to:
Anne Howe (1951-1963), they had one son and one daughter
Lynne Frederick (1977-1980)
Miranda Macmillan (1970-1974)
Britt Ekland (1964-1968), they had one daughter
He dated Julie Ege (1977), Liza Minnelli (1973), Mia Farrow (1968), Princess Margaret (1966-1969) and Capucine (1963).