Peter Sellers

Richard Henry Sellers, CBE (8 September 1925 – 24 July 1980), known as Peter Sellers, was a British comedian and actor best known as Chief Inspector Clouseau in The Pink Panther film series, for playing three different characters in Dr. Strangelove, as Clare Quilty in Lolita, and as the man-child and TV-addicted Chance the gardener in his penultimate film, Being There. Leading actress Bette Davis once remarked of him, "He isn't an actor—he's a chameleon." Sellers rose to fame on the BBC Radio comedy series The Goon Show. His ability to speak in different accents (e.g., French, Indian, American, German, as well as British regional accents), along with his talent to portray a range of characters to comic effect, contributed to his success as a radio personality and screen actor and earned him national and international nominations and awards. Many of his characters became ingrained in public perception of his work. Sellers' private life was characterized by turmoil and crises, and included emotional problems and substance abuse. Sellers was married four times, and had three children from the first two marriages. An enigmatic figure, he often claimed to have no identity outside the roles that he played, but he left his own portrait since, "he obsessively filmed his homes, his family, people he knew, anything that took his fancy right to the end of his life—intimate film that remained undiscovered until long after his death in 1980." The director Peter Hall has said: ...

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Casino Royale (1967)

Sir James Bond is called back out of retirement to stop SMERSH. In order to trick SMERSH, James thinks up the ultimate plan - that every agent will be named 'James Bond'. One of the Bonds, whose real name is Evelyn Tremble is sent to take on Le Chiffre in a game of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Huston  •  Joseph McGrath  •  Ken Hughes  •  Val Guest  •  Robert Parrish  •  Richard Talmadge
CAST:  David Niven  •  Peter Sellers  •  Ursula Andress  •  Orson Welles

Sir James Bond is called back out of retirement to stop SMERSH. In order to trick SMERSH, James thinks up the ultimate plan - that every agent will be named 'James Bond'. One of the Bonds, whose real name is Evelyn Tremble is sent to take on Le Chiffre in a game of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Huston  •  Joseph McGrath  •  Ken Hughes  •  Val Guest  •  Robert Parrish  •  Richard Talmadge
CAST:  David Niven  •  Peter Sellers  •  Ursula Andress  •  Orson Welles

Dr. Strangelove (1964)

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After the insane General Jack D. Ripper initiates a nuclear strike on the Soviet Union, a war room full of politicians, generals and a Russian diplomat all frantically try to stop the nuclear strike.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stanley Kubrick
CAST:  Peter Sellers  •  George C. Scott  •  Sterling Hayden  •  Slim Pickens

After the insane General Jack D. Ripper initiates a nuclear strike on the Soviet Union, a war room full of politicians, generals and a Russian diplomat all frantically try to stop the nuclear strike.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stanley Kubrick
CAST:  Peter Sellers  •  George C. Scott  •  Sterling Hayden  •  Slim Pickens

A Shot in the Dark (1964)

Inspector Jacques Clouseau investigates the murder of Mr. Benjamin Ballon's driver at a country estate. A Shot in the Dark is the second and more successful film from the Pink Panther film series where both animated and real life sequences are mixed. A cult ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Blake Edwards
CAST:  Peter Sellers  •  Elke Sommer  •  George Sanders  •  Herbert Lom

Inspector Jacques Clouseau investigates the murder of Mr. Benjamin Ballon's driver at a country estate. A Shot in the Dark is the second and more successful film from the Pink Panther film series where both animated and real life sequences are mixed. A cult ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Blake Edwards
CAST:  Peter Sellers  •  Elke Sommer  •  George Sanders  •  Herbert Lom

After the Fox (1966)

A criminal mastermind sets up a phony film production as part of a plan to smuggle stolen gold.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Vittorio De Sica
CAST:  Peter Sellers  •  Victor Mature  •  Britt Ekland  •  Martin Balsam

A criminal mastermind sets up a phony film production as part of a plan to smuggle stolen gold.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Vittorio De Sica
CAST:  Peter Sellers  •  Victor Mature  •  Britt Ekland  •  Martin Balsam

Beat the Devil (1953)

The script, which was written on a day-to-day basis as the film was being shot, concerns the adventures of a motley crew of swindlers and ne'er-do-wells trying to lay claim to land rich in uranium deposits in Kenya as they wait in a small Italian port to travel ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Huston
CAST:  Humphrey Bogart  •  Jennifer Jones  •  Gina Lollobrigida  •  Robert Morley

The script, which was written on a day-to-day basis as the film was being shot, concerns the adventures of a motley crew of swindlers and ne'er-do-wells trying to lay claim to land rich in uranium deposits in Kenya as they wait in a small Italian port to travel ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Huston
CAST:  Humphrey Bogart  •  Jennifer Jones  •  Gina Lollobrigida  •  Robert Morley

Being There (1979)

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A simple-minded gardener named Chance has spent all his life in the Washington D.C. house of an old man. When the man dies, Chance is put out on the street with no knowledge of the world except what he has learned from television.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Hal Ashby
CAST:  Peter Sellers  •  Shirley MacLaine  •  Melvyn Douglas  •  Jack Warden

A simple-minded gardener named Chance has spent all his life in the Washington D.C. house of an old man. When the man dies, Chance is put out on the street with no knowledge of the world except what he has learned from television.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Hal Ashby
CAST:  Peter Sellers  •  Shirley MacLaine  •  Melvyn Douglas  •  Jack Warden

Hoffman (1970)

A businessman blackmails his attractive young secretary into spending a weekend with him. Though he's a creep throughout, he gradually emerges as a sympathetic character.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alvin Rakoff
CAST:  Peter Sellers  •  Sinéad Cusack  •  Ruth Dunning  •  Jeremy Bulloch

A businessman blackmails his attractive young secretary into spending a weekend with him. Though he's a creep throughout, he gradually emerges as a sympathetic character.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alvin Rakoff
CAST:  Peter Sellers  •  Sinéad Cusack  •  Ruth Dunning  •  Jeremy Bulloch

I'm All Right Jack (1959)

Naive Stanley Windrush returns from the war, his mind set on a successful career in business. Much to his own dismay, he soon finds he has to start from the bottom and work his way up, and also that the management as well as the trade union use him as a tool in ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Boulting
CAST:  Peter Sellers  •  Ian Carmichael  •  Terry-Thomas  •  Richard Attenborough

Naive Stanley Windrush returns from the war, his mind set on a successful career in business. Much to his own dismay, he soon finds he has to start from the bottom and work his way up, and also that the management as well as the trade union use him as a tool in ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Boulting
CAST:  Peter Sellers  •  Ian Carmichael  •  Terry-Thomas  •  Richard Attenborough

Let It Be (1970)

Documentary film about The Beatles rehearsing and recording songs for the album Let It Be in January 1969. The film features an unannounced rooftop concert by the group, their last performance in public. Released just after the album, it was the final original ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Lindsay-Hogg
CAST:  John Lennon  •  Paul McCartney  •  George Harrison  •  Ringo Starr

Documentary film about The Beatles rehearsing and recording songs for the album Let It Be in January 1969. The film features an unannounced rooftop concert by the group, their last performance in public. Released just after the album, it was the final original ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Lindsay-Hogg
CAST:  John Lennon  •  Paul McCartney  •  George Harrison  •  Ringo Starr

Lolita (1962)

Humbert Humbert is a middle-aged British novelist who is both appalled by and attracted to the vulgarity of American culture. When he comes to stay at the boarding house run by Charlotte Haze, he soon becomes obsessed with Lolita, the woman's teenaged daughter.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stanley Kubrick
CAST:  James Mason  •  Sue Lyon  •  Shelley Winters  •  Peter Sellers

Humbert Humbert is a middle-aged British novelist who is both appalled by and attracted to the vulgarity of American culture. When he comes to stay at the boarding house run by Charlotte Haze, he soon becomes obsessed with Lolita, the woman's teenaged daughter.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stanley Kubrick
CAST:  James Mason  •  Sue Lyon  •  Shelley Winters  •  Peter Sellers

Murder by Death (1976)

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Lionel Twain invites the world's five greatest detectives to a 'dinner and murder'. Included are a blind butler, a deaf-mute maid, screams, spinning rooms, secret passages, false identities and more plot turns and twists than are decently allowed.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Moore
CAST:  Eileen Brennan  •  Truman Capote  •  James Coco  •  Peter Falk

Lionel Twain invites the world's five greatest detectives to a 'dinner and murder'. Included are a blind butler, a deaf-mute maid, screams, spinning rooms, secret passages, false identities and more plot turns and twists than are decently allowed.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Moore
CAST:  Eileen Brennan  •  Truman Capote  •  James Coco  •  Peter Falk

Revenge of the Pink Panther (1978)

Chief Inspector Jacques Clouseau is dead. At least that is what the world—and Charles Dreyfus—believe when a dead body is discovered in Clouseau's car after being shot off the road. Naturally, Clouseau knows differently and, taking advantage of not being alive, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Blake Edwards
CAST:  Peter Sellers  •  Andrew Sachs  •  Herbert Lom  •  Burt Kwouk

Chief Inspector Jacques Clouseau is dead. At least that is what the world—and Charles Dreyfus—believe when a dead body is discovered in Clouseau's car after being shot off the road. Naturally, Clouseau knows differently and, taking advantage of not being alive, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Blake Edwards
CAST:  Peter Sellers  •  Andrew Sachs  •  Herbert Lom  •  Burt Kwouk

The Ladykillers (1955)

Five oddball criminals planning a bank robbery rent rooms on a cul-de-sac from an octogenarian widow under the pretext that they are classical musicians.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alexander Mackendrick
CAST:  Alec Guinness  •  Cecil Parker  •  Herbert Lom  •  Peter Sellers

Five oddball criminals planning a bank robbery rent rooms on a cul-de-sac from an octogenarian widow under the pretext that they are classical musicians.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alexander Mackendrick
CAST:  Alec Guinness  •  Cecil Parker  •  Herbert Lom  •  Peter Sellers

The Mouse That Roared (1959)

The Duchy of Grand Fenwick decides that the only way to get out of their economic woes is to declare war on the United States, lose and accept foreign aid. They send an invasion force (in chain mail, armed with bows and arrows) to New York and they arrive during a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jack Arnold
CAST:  Peter Sellers  •  Jean Seberg  •  William Hartnell  •  David Kossoff

The Duchy of Grand Fenwick decides that the only way to get out of their economic woes is to declare war on the United States, lose and accept foreign aid. They send an invasion force (in chain mail, armed with bows and arrows) to New York and they arrive during a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jack Arnold
CAST:  Peter Sellers  •  Jean Seberg  •  William Hartnell  •  David Kossoff

The Party (1968)

Hrundi V. Bakshi, an accident-prone actor from India, is accidentally put the name on the guest list for an upcoming party at the home of a Hollywood film director. Unfortunately, from the moment he arrives, one thing after another goes wrong with a compounding affect.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Blake Edwards
CAST:  Peter Sellers  •  Claudine Longet  •  Natalia Borisova  •  Jean Carson

Hrundi V. Bakshi, an accident-prone actor from India, is accidentally put the name on the guest list for an upcoming party at the home of a Hollywood film director. Unfortunately, from the moment he arrives, one thing after another goes wrong with a compounding affect.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Blake Edwards
CAST:  Peter Sellers  •  Claudine Longet  •  Natalia Borisova  •  Jean Carson

The Pink Panther (1963)

The trademark of The Phantom, a renowned jewel thief, is a glove left at the scene of the crime. Inspector Clouseau, an expert on The Phantom's exploits, feels sure that he knows where The Phantom will strike next and leaves Paris for the Tyrolean Alps, where the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Blake Edwards
CAST:  Peter Sellers  •  David Niven  •  Robert Wagner  •  Capucine

The trademark of The Phantom, a renowned jewel thief, is a glove left at the scene of the crime. Inspector Clouseau, an expert on The Phantom's exploits, feels sure that he knows where The Phantom will strike next and leaves Paris for the Tyrolean Alps, where the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Blake Edwards
CAST:  Peter Sellers  •  David Niven  •  Robert Wagner  •  Capucine

The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976)

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Charles Dreyfus, who has finally cracked over inspector Clouseau's antics, escapes from a mental institution and launches an elaborate plan to get rid of Clouseau once and for all.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Blake Edwards
CAST:  Peter Sellers  •  Herbert Lom  •  Lesley-Anne Down  •  Burt Kwouk

Charles Dreyfus, who has finally cracked over inspector Clouseau's antics, escapes from a mental institution and launches an elaborate plan to get rid of Clouseau once and for all.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Blake Edwards
CAST:  Peter Sellers  •  Herbert Lom  •  Lesley-Anne Down  •  Burt Kwouk

The Return of the Pink Panther (1975)

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The famous Pink Panther jewel has once again been stolen and Inspector Clouseau is called in to catch the thief. The Inspector is convinced that 'The Phantom' has returned and utilises all of his resources – himself and his Asian manservant – to reveal the identity ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Blake Edwards
CAST:  Peter Sellers  •  Christopher Plummer  •  Herbert Lom  •  Catherine Schell

The famous Pink Panther jewel has once again been stolen and Inspector Clouseau is called in to catch the thief. The Inspector is convinced that 'The Phantom' has returned and utilises all of his resources – himself and his Asian manservant – to reveal the identity ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Blake Edwards
CAST:  Peter Sellers  •  Christopher Plummer  •  Herbert Lom  •  Catherine Schell

The Smallest Show on Earth (1957)

Jean and Bill are a married couple trying to scrape a living. Out of the blue they receive a telegram informing them Bill's long-lost uncle has died and left them his business—a cinema in the town of Sloughborough. Unfortunately they can't sell it for the fortune ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Basil Dearden
CAST:  Virginia McKenna  •  Bill Travers  •  Margaret Rutherford  •  Peter Sellers

Jean and Bill are a married couple trying to scrape a living. Out of the blue they receive a telegram informing them Bill's long-lost uncle has died and left them his business—a cinema in the town of Sloughborough. Unfortunately they can't sell it for the fortune ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Basil Dearden
CAST:  Virginia McKenna  •  Bill Travers  •  Margaret Rutherford  •  Peter Sellers

The World of Henry Orient (1964)

A mischievous, adventuresome fourteen-year-old girl and her best friend begin following an eccentric concert pianist around New York City after she develops a crush on him.  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Roy Hill
CAST:  Peter Sellers  •  Paula Prentiss  •  Angela Lansbury  •  Tom Bosley

A mischievous, adventuresome fourteen-year-old girl and her best friend begin following an eccentric concert pianist around New York City after she develops a crush on him.  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Roy Hill
CAST:  Peter Sellers  •  Paula Prentiss  •  Angela Lansbury  •  Tom Bosley
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