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  • Peter Sellers

    Born on September 8, 1925 in Southsea, Hampshire, England

awards & nominations

Being There (1979)

Peter Sellers as "Chance ('Chauncey Gardiner')"

Simple-minded Chance (Peter Sellers), a gardener who has resided in the Washington, D.C., townhouse of his wealthy employer for his entire life and been educated only by television, is forced to vacate his home when his boss dies. While wandering the streets, he encounters business mogul Ben Rand (Melvyn Douglas), who assumes Chance to be a fellow upper-class gentleman. Soon Chance is ushered into high society, and his unaffected gardening wisdom makes him the talk of the town.

British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1980) Nominated Actor
Academy Award (1979) Nominated Best Actor
Golden Globe (1979) Won Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical

The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976)

Peter Sellers as "Chief Inspector Clouseau"

Just released from a mental hospital, Charles Dreyfus (Herbert Lom) intends to off Inspector Clouseau (Peter Sellers), a former underling whose blundering drove the lawman around the bend. Dreyfus captures a scientist, ordering him to create a weapon that will destroy the planet, and threatens world leaders with annihilation unless they hand over his nemesis. Meanwhile, Clouseau goes to England to look for the vanished scientist, and his obliviousness turns out to be an asset.

Golden Globe (1976) Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical

The Return of the Pink Panther (1975)

Peter Sellers as "Inspector Jacques Clouseau"

After he lets a robbery transpire right under his nose, the ever-bumbling Inspector Clouseau (Peter Sellers) is suspended by Chief Inspector Dreyfus (Herbert Lom). But, when the famed Pink Panther diamond is stolen from the National Museum in Lugash, the Shah requests Clouseau's assistance, and he's reinstated. Clouseau quickly concludes that the thief must be the infamous Phantom, against whom he has a grudge, but the inspector's instincts are, as usual, wrong.

Golden Globe (1975) Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical

Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)

Peter Sellers as "Group Capt. Lionel Mandrake/President Merkin Muffley/Dr. Strangelove"

A film about what could happen if the wrong person pushed the wrong button -- and it played the situation for laughs. U.S. Air Force General Jack Ripper goes completely insane, and sends his bomber wing to destroy the U.S.S.R. He thinks that the communists are conspiring to pollute the "precious bodily fluids" of the American people.

Academy Award (1964) Nominated Best Actor
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1964) Nominated British Actor

The Pink Panther (1963)

Peter Sellers as "Inspector Jacques Clouseau"

In this first film of the beloved comic series, dashing European thief Sir Charles Lytton (David Niven) plans to steal a diamond, but he's not the only one with his eyes on the famous jewel known as the "Pink Panther." His nephew George (Robert Wagner) also aims to make off with the gem, and to frame Charles for the crime. Blundering French police inspector Jacques Clouseau (Peter Sellers) intercedes, but finds his career -- and his freedom -- jeopardized.

British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1964) Nominated British Actor
Golden Globe (1964) Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical

Only Two Can Play (1962)

Peter Sellers as "John Lewis"

With an unsatisfying home life and career, librarian John Lewis (Peter Sellers) spends most of his time daydreaming of illicit affairs with attractive women. On one such day, gorgeous Elizabeth Gruffydd-Williams (Mai Zetterling), the wife of prominent community figure Vernon Williams, walks into his life. Soon the two are plotting a passionate love affair, but somehow never seem to make it work. Meanwhile, Lewis' wife, Jean (Virginia Maskell), waits for him to come around.

British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1962) Nominated British Actor

Lolita (1962)

Peter Sellers as "Clare Quilty"

With a screenplay penned by the author himself, Stanley Kubrick brings Vladimir Nabokov's controversial tale of forbidden love to the screen. Humbert Humbert (James Mason) is a European professor who relocates to an American suburb, renting a room from lonely widow Charlotte Haze (Shelley Winters). Humbert marries Charlotte, but only to nurture his obsession with her comely teenage daughter, Lolita (Sue Lyon). After Charlotte's sudden death, Humbert has Lolita all to himself -- or does he?

Golden Globe (1962) Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

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