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Topkapi (1964)

Peter Ustinov as "Arthur Simon Simpson"

Beautiful thief Elizabeth Lipp (Melina Mercouri) and criminal genius Walter Harper (Maximilian Schell) put together a plan to steal an emerald-encrusted dagger from Istanbul's Topkapi Palace. As part of their crew, they hire small-time hustler Arthur Simon Simpson (Peter Ustinov) to act as their fall guy. When the Turkish secret police capture Simpson at the border, they persuade him to spy on his partners in crime, mistakenly believing that they're Communist agents plotting an assassination.

Academy Award (1964) Won Best Supporting Actor
Golden Globe (1964) Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical

Spartacus (1960)

Peter Ustinov as "Lentulus Batiatus"

The rebellious Thracian Spartacus, born and raised a slave, is sold to Gladiator trainer Batiatus. After weeks of being trained to kill for the arena, Spartacus turns on his owners and leads the other slaves in rebellion. As the rebels move from town to town, their numbers swell as escaped slaves join their ranks. Under the leadership of Spartacus, they make their way to southern Italy, where they will cross the sea and return to their homes.

Academy Award (1960) Won Best Supporting Actor
Golden Globe (1960) Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

Quo Vadis? (1951)

Peter Ustinov as "Nero"

Returning from a military campaign abroad, General Marcus Vinicius (Robert Taylor) discovers that a new religion has taken hold in Rome: Christianity. When Vinicius encounters Lygia (Deborah Kerr), a follower of the strange religion, he quickly becomes smitten and tries to win her affections. Lygia is reluctant due to their differing beliefs. Complicating matters is the crazed Emperor Nero (Peter Ustinov), who blames the Christians for his own burning of Rome, beginning a wave of persecution.

Academy Award (1951) Nominated Best Supporting Actor
Golden Globe (1951) Won Best Performance By an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

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