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)NominatedActor
Academy Award (1979)NominatedActor in a Leading Role
Golden Globe (1979)WonBest 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)NominatedBest 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)NominatedBest Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical

Dr. Strangelove (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)NominatedActor
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1964)NominatedBritish 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)NominatedBritish Actor
Golden Globe (1964)NominatedBest Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical

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)NominatedBest Performance By an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

I'm All Right, Jack (1960)

Peter Sellers as "Fred Kite / Sir John Kennaway"

Upper-class but unemployable Stanley Windrush (Ian Carmichael) is offered an unskilled job on the floor of a missile factory owned by his unscrupulous Uncle Bertram (Dennis Price). When personnel manager Major Hitchcock (Terry-Thomas) discovers how much more quickly Windrush can complete his tasks than the other workers, union steward Fred Kite (Peter Sellers) calls a strike to keep his men from having their wages cut. The unexpected results cause nothing but trouble for all concerned.

British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1959)WonBritish Actor