History Creator / PeterSellers

22nd Sep '17 8:07:31 AM ClintEastwood
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Another point debunking Sellers' claims of the Loren affair is that he made similar claims about ''at least'' two more co-stars later in his career (Dany Robin and Shirley [=MacLaine=], to be specific). However, despite official denials, there ''is'' rather more truth to Sellers' proud assertion that he had an affair with the Queen's sister, Princess Margaret. At the time he was in-between wives and her marriage to Lord Snowdon was breaking down amid infidelities and recriminations on all sides.

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Another point debunking Sellers' claims of the Loren affair is that he made similar claims about ''at least'' two more co-stars later in his career (Dany Robin and Shirley [=MacLaine=], Creator/ShirleyMacLaine, to be specific). However, despite official denials, there ''is'' rather more truth to Sellers' proud assertion that he had an affair with the Queen's sister, Princess Margaret. At the time he was in-between wives and her marriage to Lord Snowdon was breaking down amid infidelities and recriminations on all sides.
22nd Sep '17 8:07:31 AM ClintEastwood
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26th Aug '17 3:32:46 AM MarkLungo
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Sellers was a notorious ManChild, partially because he had an [[MyBelovedSmother overbearing stage mother]] and was used to being coddled; stories of on-and-off-set tantrums are legion. He was also something of a fabulist and fantasist. In the modern Internet age he might well be called a {{Catfish}}. It appears absolutely certain now that Sellers never had the affair he claimed he had with Italian actress Sophia Loren. He was deeply infatuated with her after they filmed together, and she was taken with his comic persona. To this day, she adamantly denies what Sellers adamantly asserted: her marriage has been happy and monogamous, and Loren had no reason to be unfaithful. Sellers was again acting as what, today, would be termed a stalker, and this would put an end to his own first marriage, which was having enough problems as it was. The worst stories told about that period and his second marriage to Britt Ekland claim he was a DomesticAbuser.

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Sellers was a notorious ManChild, partially because he had an [[MyBelovedSmother overbearing stage mother]] and was used to being coddled; stories of on-and-off-set tantrums are legion. He was also something of a fabulist and fantasist. In the modern Internet age he might well be called a {{Catfish}}. It appears absolutely certain now that Sellers never had the affair he claimed he had with Italian actress Sophia Loren.Creator/SophiaLoren. He was deeply infatuated with her after they filmed together, and she was taken with his comic persona. To this day, she adamantly denies what Sellers adamantly asserted: her marriage has been happy and monogamous, and Loren had no reason to be unfaithful. Sellers was again acting as what, today, would be termed a stalker, and this would put an end to his own first marriage, which was having enough problems as it was. The worst stories told about that period and his second marriage to Britt Ekland claim he was a DomesticAbuser.
26th Aug '17 3:31:30 AM MarkLungo
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In 1964, not long after the release of most of the above, he suffered multiple heart attacks that left him clinically dead for 2½ minutes. He was eager upon recovery to go back into film work, but as popular as he had become, he did an increasing number of projects unworthy of his talent or simply uncommercial (e.g., ''Film/TheMagicChristian''). Worse, his demanding style and resultant disagreements with directors and producers, particularly on ''Film/{{Casino Royale|1967}}'', got him a lot of bad press. He was also notorious for his gratuitous bad behaviour on the sets of TV commercials -- he and Milligan behaved with true outstanding brattishness on the set of a cigarette commercial, to a point where observers asserted they were trying to out-do each other for sheer rudeness and bad behaviour. Nevertheless, he did have the clout to encourage the release of Creator/MelBrooks' ''Film/TheProducers'' when its studio tried to meddle in 1968. And he collaborated successfully with Creator/BlakeEdwards on a standalone film project, ''Film/TheParty'', which became known for its minimal script and reliance on {{Improv}}.

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In 1964, not long after the release of most of the above, he suffered multiple heart attacks that left him clinically dead for 2½ minutes. He was eager upon recovery to go back into film work, but as popular as he had become, he did an increasing number of projects unworthy of his talent or simply uncommercial (e.g., ''Film/TheMagicChristian''). Worse, his demanding style and resultant disagreements with directors and producers, particularly on ''Film/{{Casino Royale|1967}}'', ''Film/CasinoRoyale1967'', got him a lot of bad press. He was also notorious for his gratuitous bad behaviour on the sets of TV commercials -- he and Milligan behaved with true outstanding brattishness on the set of a cigarette commercial, to a point where observers asserted they were trying to out-do each other for sheer rudeness and bad behaviour. Nevertheless, he did have the clout to encourage the release of Creator/MelBrooks' ''Film/TheProducers'' when its studio tried to meddle in 1968. And he collaborated successfully with Creator/BlakeEdwards on a standalone film project, ''Film/TheParty'', which became known for its minimal script and reliance on {{Improv}}.



Not to be confused with [[Franchise/WallaceAndGromit Peter]] ''[[Series/LastOfTheSummerWine Sallis]]''.

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Not to be confused with [[Franchise/WallaceAndGromit Peter]] ''[[Series/LastOfTheSummerWine Sallis]]''.Sallis]]''.
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9th Jul '17 12:23:41 PM Mdumas43073
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19th Mar '17 10:42:39 AM jamespolk
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His film breakthrough was a supporting role to Creator/AlecGuinness in ''Film/TheLadykillers'' in 1955.[[note]]Sellers made his own tape recording of the film's audio track, performing every role himself in all of the actors' voices, and then played it to the unsuspecting cast and crew over a loudspeaker. Producer Michael Falcon recalled it was spooky to listen to.[[/note]] He became firmly established as a film star in 1959 with two of his biggest successes. One was ''I'm All Right, Jack'', for which he won the British Academy Award for Best Actor - and he wasn't even the lead. ''Film/TheMouseThatRoared'' was his first international hit in which he played ''three'' lead roles.

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His film breakthrough was a supporting role to Creator/AlecGuinness in ''Film/TheLadykillers'' in 1955.[[note]]Sellers made his own tape recording of the film's audio track, performing every role himself in all of the actors' voices, and then played it to the unsuspecting cast and crew over a loudspeaker. Producer Michael Falcon recalled it was spooky to listen to.[[/note]] He became firmly established as a film star in 1959 with two of his biggest successes. One was ''I'm All Right, Jack'', for which he won the British Academy Award for Best Actor - and he wasn't even the lead. ''Film/TheMouseThatRoared'' was his first international hit in which he played ''three'' lead roles.
roles. His short film ''Film/TheRunningJumpingAndStandingStillFilm'', made at this same time in collaboration with Milligan and Creator/RichardLester, got nominated for an Oscar and got Lester a gig directing ''Film/AHardDaysNight''.
17th Mar '17 9:56:20 PM jamespolk
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On the other hand, he originated a BreakoutCharacter, Inspector Jacques Clouseau, in the first two entries of ''Franchise/ThePinkPanther'' series. Clouseau and some of his other characters were excellent examples of TheFool, but Sellers was adept at making them sympathetic. Clouseau is also a typical example of Sellers' gift for playing different nationalities and ethnicities, in this case a Frenchman. While he played plenty of different Brits in his career (and could convincingly essay a variety of UK accents), he also played American, German, Indian, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, and Chinese characters. Some boiled down to [[FunnyForeigner funny foreigners]] but others didn't.

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On the other hand, he originated a BreakoutCharacter, Inspector Jacques Clouseau, in the first two entries of ''Franchise/ThePinkPanther'' series.Franchise/ThePinkPanther series, ''Film/{{The Pink Panther|1963}}'' and ''Film/AShotInTheDark''. Clouseau and some of his other characters were excellent examples of TheFool, but Sellers was adept at making them sympathetic. Clouseau is also a typical example of Sellers' gift for playing different nationalities and ethnicities, in this case a Frenchman. While he played plenty of different Brits in his career (and could convincingly essay a variety of UK accents), he also played American, German, Indian, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, and Chinese characters. Some boiled down to [[FunnyForeigner funny foreigners]] but others didn't.
15th Jan '17 1:41:36 PM Xtifr
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Born '''Richard Henry Sellers''' but ultimately adopting his nickname, the actual name of his parents' short-lived first child, '''Peter Sellers''' (September 8, 1925 -- July 24, 1980) is widely regarded as one of Britain and cinema's great comic actors.

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Born '''Richard Richard Henry Sellers''' Sellers but ultimately adopting his nickname, the actual name of his parents' short-lived first child, '''Peter Sellers''' Peter Sellers (September 8, 1925 -- July 24, 1980) is widely regarded as one of Britain and cinema's great comic actors.
18th Oct '16 3:26:19 AM AgProv
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Sellers was a notorious ManChild, partially because he had an [[MyBelovedSmother overbearing stage mother]] and was used to being coddled; stories of on-and-off-set tantrums are legion. He was also something of a fabulist and fantasist. In the modern Internet age he might well be called a Catfish. It appears absolutely certain now that Sellers never had the affair he claimed he had with Italian actress Sophia Loren. He was deeply infatuated with her after they filmed together, and she was taken with his comic persona. To this day, she adamantly denies what Sellers adamantly asserted: her marriage has been happy and monogamous, and Loren had no reason to be unfaithful. Sellers was again acting as what, today, would be termed a stalker, and this would put an end to his own first marriage, which was having enough problems as it was. The worst stories told about that period and his second marriage to Britt Ekland claim he was a DomesticAbuser.

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Sellers was a notorious ManChild, partially because he had an [[MyBelovedSmother overbearing stage mother]] and was used to being coddled; stories of on-and-off-set tantrums are legion. He was also something of a fabulist and fantasist. In the modern Internet age he might well be called a Catfish.{{Catfish}}. It appears absolutely certain now that Sellers never had the affair he claimed he had with Italian actress Sophia Loren. He was deeply infatuated with her after they filmed together, and she was taken with his comic persona. To this day, she adamantly denies what Sellers adamantly asserted: her marriage has been happy and monogamous, and Loren had no reason to be unfaithful. Sellers was again acting as what, today, would be termed a stalker, and this would put an end to his own first marriage, which was having enough problems as it was. The worst stories told about that period and his second marriage to Britt Ekland claim he was a DomesticAbuser.
4th Sep '16 10:36:58 PM erforce
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[[caption-width-right:275: From back row to front, going from left to right: Clare Quilty (''Film/{{Lolita}}''), Grand Duchess Gloriana XII (''Film/TheMouseThatRoared''), Chief Inspector Jacques Clouseau (''Film/ThePinkPanther''), Chance the Gardener (''Film/BeingThere''), ''Film/DrStrangelove'', and the actual (?) Peter Sellers]]

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[[caption-width-right:275: From back row to front, going from left to right: Clare Quilty (''Film/{{Lolita}}''), Grand Duchess Gloriana XII (''Film/TheMouseThatRoared''), Chief Inspector Jacques Clouseau (''Film/ThePinkPanther''), (''Franchise/ThePinkPanther''), Chance the Gardener (''Film/BeingThere''), ''Film/DrStrangelove'', and the actual (?) Peter Sellers]]



The early 1960s yielded his best-known work. On the one hand, he worked with Creator/StanleyKubrick twice: as Clare Quilty in ''Lolita'' and as three leads in ''[[DrStrangelove Dr. Strangelove, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb]]'' [[labelnote:Note]]Notably, Kubrick, who was otherwise known for being a notorious perfectionist and keeping actors on a very tight leash, allowed Sellers to freely improvise and even kept a camera on him at all times during filming, just in case he would suddenly say or do something funny.[[/labelnote]] for which he received an Oscar nomination for Best Actor. LoadsAndLoadsOfRoles were a constant throughout his career; indeed, if Sellers wasn't playing multiple roles in a film, there was a good chance his character was a MasterOfDisguise or at least a wannabe, leading a double life, or some combination thereof. In ''The Naked Truth'' his character disguised himself to protect his double life; in ''Film/TheFiendishPlotOfDrFuManchu'', he played two roles, one of whom used the occasional PaperThinDisguise.

On the other hand, he originated a BreakoutCharacter, Inspector Jacques Clouseau, in the first two entries of ThePinkPanther series. Clouseau and some of his other characters were excellent examples of TheFool, but Sellers was adept at making them sympathetic. Clouseau is also a typical example of Sellers' gift for playing different nationalities and ethnicities, in this case a Frenchman. While he played plenty of different Brits in his career (and could convincingly essay a variety of UK accents), he also played American, German, Indian, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, and Chinese characters. Some boiled down to [[FunnyForeigner funny foreigners]] but others didn't.

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The early 1960s yielded his best-known work. On the one hand, he worked with Creator/StanleyKubrick twice: as Clare Quilty in ''Lolita'' and as three leads in ''[[DrStrangelove ''[[Film/DrStrangelove Dr. Strangelove, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb]]'' [[labelnote:Note]]Notably, Kubrick, who was otherwise known for being a notorious perfectionist and keeping actors on a very tight leash, allowed Sellers to freely improvise and even kept a camera on him at all times during filming, just in case he would suddenly say or do something funny.[[/labelnote]] for which he received an Oscar nomination for Best Actor. LoadsAndLoadsOfRoles were a constant throughout his career; indeed, if Sellers wasn't playing multiple roles in a film, there was a good chance his character was a MasterOfDisguise or at least a wannabe, leading a double life, or some combination thereof. In ''The Naked Truth'' his character disguised himself to protect his double life; in ''Film/TheFiendishPlotOfDrFuManchu'', he played two roles, one of whom used the occasional PaperThinDisguise.

On the other hand, he originated a BreakoutCharacter, Inspector Jacques Clouseau, in the first two entries of ThePinkPanther ''Franchise/ThePinkPanther'' series. Clouseau and some of his other characters were excellent examples of TheFool, but Sellers was adept at making them sympathetic. Clouseau is also a typical example of Sellers' gift for playing different nationalities and ethnicities, in this case a Frenchman. While he played plenty of different Brits in his career (and could convincingly essay a variety of UK accents), he also played American, German, Indian, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, and Chinese characters. Some boiled down to [[FunnyForeigner funny foreigners]] but others didn't.
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