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 Peter Cushing

Peter Cushing

Birth
Kenley, London Borough of Croydon, Greater London, England
Death 11 Aug 1994 (aged 81)
Canterbury, City of Canterbury, Kent, England
Burial Cremated, Location of ashes is unknown
Memorial ID 10687 · View Source
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Actor. His is most identified with the horror films of Hammer Pictures, often sharing the screen with Christopher Lee. Born in Kenley, Surrey, England, the son of a quantity surveyor, he did not thrive well at his studies in school, however in extra curriculum such as sports and drama club he excelled. During his youth, he enjoyed going to the movie theater and had a particular fondness of American screen stars, especially Tom Mix. He reluctantly followed his father's career choice and served as a surveyor's clerk, but aspirations of stardom led him to his training at London's Guildhall School of Music and Drama. It would be American audiences who first got a glimpse of Cushing's talents with his film debut in "The Man in the Iron Mask" (1939) and in 1941, he appeared in the Broadway play "The Seventh Trumpet". During World War II, he resided in Canada where he performed in theater and later returned to England, resuming his movie career with Olivier's "Hamlet" (1948). After nearly ten years of steady work in British films and television, Cushing was cast in the career-changing role of Victor Frankenstein in Hammer's "The Curse of Frankenstein" (1957). Not only did the film secure his status as a legendary cult film star, it initiated a highly-recognizable pairing with fellow contemporary performer Christopher Lee. If fact the two had both appeared in "Hamlet" (1948) ten years earlier. Like Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff a generation earlier whom were identified with the horror film genre, Cushing and Lee starred in several features together, often matching their wits such as in the film "The Horror of Dracula" (1957), sometimes working in unison for a common cause such as "The Horror Express" (1972). Until Cushing's death in 1994, he remained close friends with Lee. Along with fame came typecasting and for the remainder of his career, he would battle supernatural beings and monsters alike. He was once quoted as saying "If I played Hamlet, they'd call it a horror film". Every so often, he would break the chain with other opportunities including playing the title role in the British TV series "Sherlock Holmes" (1968) and the part of Grand Moff Tarkin in "Star Wars" (1977). He appeared opposite Vincent Price, John Carradine and Christopher Lee in the picture "House of the Long Shadows". He never fully recovered after his wife Helen's death in 1971 and following a lengthy battle with prostate cancer he died on August 11th, 1994.

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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 10 Jul 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 10687
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Peter Cushing (26 May 1913–11 Aug 1994), Find A Grave Memorial no. 10687, ; Maintained by Find A Grave Cremated, Location of ashes is unknown.