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->''"[[Film/HorrorOfDracula Killed Dracula with a pair of candle stick holders.]] [[Film/ANewHope Blew up Alderaan.]] [[Film/DrWhoAndTheDaleks Fought Daleks.]] [[Franchise/SherlockHolmes Outsmarted Moriarty.]] [[Film/ANewHope Verbally bitch-slapped Darth Vader.]] [[BadassBoast I beg your pardon, but do you really think Chuck Norris can top that?]]"''
-->-- '''[[http://i.imgur.com/BfQ2o.jpg Peter Cushing Motivational Poster]]'''

'''Peter Wilton Cushing''' (May 26, 1913 -- August 11, 1994) was an English actor famous for his roles in Horror films. He starred opposite Creator/ChristopherLee as Victor Frankenstein in the 1957 HammerHorror film ''Film/TheCurseOfFrankenstein'' and as Van Helsing in 1958's ''Dracula'' (called ''Film/HorrorOfDracula'' in the US). The two would become lifelong friends and appear together in films throughout the years. He is also recognisable for playing Grand Moff Tarkin in ''Film/StarWars'' (he'd also been considered to play Obi-Wan Kenobi), where he was apparently allowed to play the role in his slippers because the uniform boots didn't fit him. He also played Series/DoctorWho[[note]]As in, for these movies, the character ''was'' [[IAmNotShazam actually called "Doctor Who", instead of the canon "The Doctor"]][[/note]] in [[TheFilmOfTheSeries two non-canon films]], ''Film/DrWhoAndTheDaleks'' and ''Film/DaleksInvasionEarth2150AD''.

Before he was launched by Hammer, Cushing appeared with Creator/LaurelAndHardy in ''A Chump at Oxford'' and played the small part of Osric in LaurenceOlivier's 1948 film of ''{{Hamlet}}'', as well as several notable roles in television, including Winston Smith in the 1954 adaptation of ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'' and Darcy in the 1952 adaptation of ''PrideAndPrejudice''. He returned to television several times after his film career took off, starring as Lije Bailey in a 1964 adaptation of Creator/IsaacAsimov's ''Literature/TheCavesOfSteel'' and SherlockHolmes in the 1968 TV series. He also appeared several times with MorecambeAndWise, complaining that he hadn't been paid for the first time.

He was made an officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1989.

He died of prostate cancer on the 11th of August, 1994, aged 81. In an interview after his death Christopher Lee remarked: "I don't want to sound gloomy, but, at some point of your lives, every one of you will notice that you have in your life [[HeterosexualLifePartners one person, one friend whom you love and care for very much. That person is so close to you that you are able to share some things only with him. For example, you can call that friend, and from the very first maniacal laugh or some other joke you will know who is at the other end of that line. We used to do that with him so often.]] And then when that person is gone, there [[TearJerker will be nothing like that in your life ever again".]]

Cushing was often a RealLife/MeanCharacterNiceActor, in that he often played characters who were either very driven or villanous, but Cushing in RealLife was a very kindly gentleman who was [[HappilyMarried devoted to his wife]] and friends. Near the end of his life, he was given a surprise by Jimmy Saville on his show ''Jimm'll Fix It'' -- a breed of rose was named after his late wife. It caused him to burst into tears on camera. Creator/CarrieFisher recalls that she could not generate the level of hatred that Princess Leia would have been feeling towards Grand Moff Tarkin, because Fisher had to deliver those lines to Cushing.
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