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"The Life and Death of Peter Sellers" (DVD)
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"The Life and Death of Peter Sellers" (DVD)

The Life and Death of Peter Sellers was a 2004 film about the life of Peter Sellers, based on Roger Lewis's book of the same name. It was directed by Stephen Hopkins and starred Geoffrey Rush as Sellers, Miriam Margolyes as his mother Peg Sellers, Emily Watson as his first wife Anne Howe, Charlize Theron as his second wife Britt Ekland, John Lithgow as Blake Edwards, Stephen Fry as Maurice Woodruff and Stanley Tucci as Stanley Kubrick. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (508x702, 81 KB) Summary DVD cover - visual reference Licensing This image is of a DVD cover, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the publisher of the DVD or the studio which produced the DVD in question. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (508x702, 81 KB) Summary DVD cover - visual reference Licensing This image is of a DVD cover, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the publisher of the DVD or the studio which produced the DVD in question. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Richard Henry Peter Sellers, CBE (September 8, 1925 – July 24, 1980) was an English comedian, actor, and performer, who came to prominence on the BBC radio series The Goon Show. ... Roger Lewis, a former Fellow of Wolfson College at Englands Oxford University, is the biographer of Anthony Burgess (1917-93). ... Stephen Hopkins is a film director. ... Geoffrey Rush Geoffrey Rush (born 6 July 1951) is an Australian Academy Award winning actor. ... Margolyes as Professor Sprout in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Miriam Margolyes (born May 18, 1941 in Oxford, England) is a British character actress. ... Emily Watson Emily Anita Watson (born January 14, 1967) is an English actress best known for her acclaimed debut performance in Lars von Triers Breaking the Waves. ... Charlize Theron (born August 7, 1975) is an Academy Award-winning Afrikaner actress and former fashion model, who was born in South Africa. ... Britt Ekland in a promotional shoot for The Man with the Golden Gun Britt Ekland (born October 6, 1942 as Britt-Marie Eklund) is a Stockholm-born Swedish actress, long resident in the UK. Britt Ekland became famous as a result of her whirlwind romance with British actor and comedian... John Lithgow John Arthur Lithgow (pronounced lith-go) (born October 19, 1945 in Rochester, New York) is a stage, television, and film actor best known for his starring role as Dick Solomon in the 1996-2001 NBC sitcom 3rd Rock from the Sun. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Stephen Fry on the cover of his autobiography (US Edition) Stephen John Fry (born 24 August 1957) is an English comedian, author, actor and filmmaker. ... Maurice Woodruff (1920-1985) was a London-based seer or clairvoyant, and astrologer. ... Stanley Tucci was born on November 11, 1960 in Katonah, New York to Italian-American parents. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


The film shows Peter Sellers as a demented genius, not having a personality of his own. It glimpses his life as a family man and as an actor, showing his eccentricities to the extreme end, an aspect for which Roger Lewis has received much criticism. Richard Henry Peter Sellers, CBE (September 8, 1925 – July 24, 1980) was an English comedian, actor, and performer, who came to prominence on the BBC radio series The Goon Show. ... Roger Lewis, a former Fellow of Wolfson College at Englands Oxford University, is the biographer of Anthony Burgess (1917-93). ...


According to the film, Sellers was not too excited about landing a role in Pink Panther movies, as the Clouseau character was only offered to him after Peter Ustinov turned it down. Also, it upset him that Clouseau was only a minor character, with David Niven's character getting the bulk of the attention. Sellers' performance impressed Blake Edwards, though, and Clouseau was made the central character in the hugely successful sequels. The Pink Panther cartoon character. ... Ustinov as Hercule Poirot Ustinov at Large (book cover) Sir Peter Alexander Ustinov, CBE (April 16, 1921 – March 28, 2004), born Peter Alexander von Ustinov, was an Academy Award-winning British actor, writer, dramatist and raconteur. ... David Niven portrayed the original Sir James Bond in the 007 spoof Casino Royale James David Graham Niven (David Niven) (March 1, 1910 – July 29, 1983), was an Academy Award-winning English actor. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


The Pink Panther films were only a small part of this docudrama, however, as it spans Sellers' career from The Goon Show through Being There. Much emphasis is put on the fact that Being There (which earned him an Oscar nomination) was the one film about which Sellers was truly passionate. It has been suggested that Drama Documentary be merged into this article or section. ... DVD of The Last Goon Show of All, aired by the BBC in 1972. ... Being There is a political, satirical 1971 novel by Jerzy Kosiński and a 1979 film directed by Hal Ashby. ... Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ...


Many celebrities have small roles in the movie; Ed Tudor-Pole (former Tenpole Tudor lead singer) plays Spike Milligan and The League of Gentlemen's Steve Pemberton plays Harry Secombe. Edward Tudor-Pole (born December 6, 1955 in London) is a British musician, singer and actor. ... Tenpole Tudor were a British punk band led by Edward Tudor-Pole (born December 6, 1954). ... Terence Alan Milligan, KBE (16 April 1918–27 February 2002), known as Spike Milligan, was a writer, artist, musician, humanitarian and comedian. ... See: The League of Gentlemen (novel), by John Boland The League of Gentlemen (film) starring Jack Hawkins and made in 1959. ... Steve Pemberton Steve Pemberton (b. ... Sir Harry Donald Secombe CBE (8 September 1921–11 April 2001) was a Welsh entertainer, a noted fine tenor singing voice and a talent for comedy. ...


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