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 Peter Sellers

Peter Sellers

Original Name Richard Henry
Birth
Southsea, Portsmouth Unitary Authority, Hampshire, England
Death 24 Jul 1980 (aged 54)
Westminster, City of Westminster, Greater London, England
Burial Golders Green, London Borough of Barnet, Greater London, England
Plot His ashes are buried under a rosebush, plot #39802. The rosebed is located at the far end of the crematorium complex, next to the Chapel of Memory columbarium.
Memorial ID 1378 · View Source
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Actor. He is best remembered for his role of inept French police Inspector 'Jacques Clouseau' in the "Pink Panther" series of films (1964 to 1982). The last of that series, "Trail of the Pink Panther" (1982) was made after his death, using film clips and unseen footage from his earlier "Pink Panther" movies. Born Richard Henry Sellers in Southsea, Hampshire, England, his parents worked in an acting company run by his grandmother. During World War II, he enlisted in the British Army, where he met future actors Spike Milligan, Harry Secombe, and Michael Bentine. Following the war, he set up a review in London, which was a combination of music and impressions (he played the drums), which led to his doing impressions on BBC television's "The Goon Show." Moving rapidly into a series of British comedy films during the mid-1950s, he quickly caught widespread audience appeal, and each successful role led to more and better films. Following British comic tradition of doing multiple roles in the same play, he was adept at performing multiple roles in his movies, including his hilarious "The Mouse that Roared" (1959) (playing three different parts), the black comedy, "Dr. Strangelove" (1964), (playing an pragmatic RAF officer, a wimpy United States President and a weird German scientist), and "The Prisoner of Zenda" (1979) (playing the roles of Rudolf IV, Rudolf V, and Syd Frewin). In 1959, he won the British equivalent of an Oscar for his role of 'Fred Kite', a labor leader in "I'm All Right, Now," (1959), and in 1979 he was nominated for a Best Actor Oscar for his role of 'Chance Gardiner' in his film, "Being There" (1979). He was married four times, to Ann Howe (1951 to 1961), to actress Britt Ekland (1964 to 1968), to Miranda Quarry (1970 to 1974) and to actress Lynn Frederick (1977 to his death in 1980).

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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 1 Jan 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 1378
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Peter Sellers (8 Sep 1925–24 Jul 1980), Find A Grave Memorial no. 1378, citing Golders Green Crematorium, Golders Green, London Borough of Barnet, Greater London, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave Cremated.