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Peter Cushing (1913–1994)

Peter Wilton Cushing was born on May 26, 1913 in Kenley, Surrey, England, to Nellie Maria (King) and George Edward Cushing, a quantity surveyor. He and his older brother David were raised first in Dulwich Village, a south London suburb, and then later back in Surrey. At an early age, Cushing was attracted to acting, inspired by his favorite aunt, ... See full bio »

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Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope
Horror of Dracula
Horror of Dracula Doctor Van Helsing
Top Secret!
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The Mummy
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 1986 Biggles: Adventures in Time
Air Commodore Colonel William Raymond
 1984 Top Secret!
Bookstore Proprietor
 1983 House of the Long Shadows
Sebastian Grisbane
 1981 Asalto al casino
Sir Thomas Bedford
 1981 Mystery on Monster Island
William T. Kolderup
 1979 A Touch of the Sun
Commissioner Potts
 1979 Arabian Adventure
Wazir Al Wuzara
 1979 Son of Hitler
Heinrich Haussner
 1977 The Uncanny
 1977 Shock Waves
SS Commander
 1977 Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope
Grand Moff Tarkin
 1977 Die Standarte
Baron von Hackenberg
 1976 The Devil's Men
Baron Corofax
 1976 At the Earth's Core
Dr. Abner Perry
 1976 A Dirty Knight's Work
Sir Edward Gifford
 1975 The Ghoul
Doctor Lawrence
 1975 Legend of the Werewolf
Professor Paul
 1974 The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires
Professor Lawrence Van Helsing
 1974 Madhouse
Herbert Flay
 1974 The Beast Must Die
Dr. Christopher Lundgren
 1974 Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell
Baron Frankenstein
 1974 From Beyond the Grave
The Proprietor
 1974 Shatter
Paul Rattwood
 1973 The Satanic Rites of Dracula
Professor Lorrimer Van Helsing
 1973 The Creeping Flesh
Emmanuel Hildern
 1973 Nothing But the Night
Sir Mark Ashley
 1972 Horror Express
Dr. Wells
 1972 Fear in the Night
The Headmaster - Michael Carmichael
 1972/I Asylum
Smith (segment: "The Weird Tailor")
 1972 Dr. Phibes Rises Again
 1972 Dracula A.D. 1972
Professor Lorrimer Van Helsing
 1972 Tales from the Crypt
Arthur Edward Grimsdyke (segment 3 "Poetic Justice")
 1971 I, Monster
 1971 Twins of Evil
Gustav Weil
 1971 The House That Dripped Blood
Philip Grayson (segment 2 "Waxworks")
 1970 Incense for the Damned
Dr. Walter Goodrich
 1970 The Vampire Lovers
General von Spielsdorf
 1970 One More Time
Dr. Frankenstein (uncredited)
 1970 Scream and Scream Again
Major Heinrich Benedek
 1969 Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed
Baron Frankenstein
 1968 Corruption
Sir John Rowan
 1968 The Blood Beast Terror
Inspector Quennell
 1967 Torture Garden
Lancelot Canning (segment 4 "The Man Who Collected Poe")
 1967 Some May Live
John Meredith
 1967 Island of the Burning Damned
Dr. Vernon Stone
 1967 Frankenstein Created Woman
Baron Frankenstein
 1966 Island of Terror
Dr. Brian Stanley
 1965 The Skull
Christopher Maitland
 1965 Dr. Who and the Daleks
Dr. Who
 1965/I She
 1965 Dr. Terror's House of Horrors
Dr. Terror
 1964 The Gorgon
Dr. Namaroff
 1964 The Evil of Frankenstein
Baron Frankenstein
 1963 The Man Who Finally Died
Dr. Peter von Brecht
 1962 The Devil's Agent (scenes deleted)
 1962 Night Creatures
Rev. Dr. Blyss
 1961 Cash on Demand
Harry Fordyce
 1961 The Naked Edge
Mr. Evan Wrack
 1961 Fury at Smugglers' Bay
Squire Trevenyan
 1961 The Hellfire Club
Mr. Merryweather
 1960 Sword of Sherwood Forest
Sheriff of Nottingham
 1960 The Risk
Professor Sewell
 1960 The Brides of Dracula
Doctor Van Helsing
 1960 Trouble in the Sky
Capt. Clive Judd
 1960 The Flesh and the Fiends
Dr. Robert Knox
 1959 The Mummy
John Banning
 1959 John Paul Jones
Capt. Richard Pearson
 1959 The Hound of the Baskervilles
Sherlock Holmes
 1958 The Revenge of Frankenstein
Doctor Victor Stein
 1958 Horror of Dracula
Doctor Van Helsing
 1958 Violent Playground
Priest- Father Laidlaw
 1957 The Abominable Snowman
Dr. Rollason
 1957 The Curse of Frankenstein
Victor Frankenstein
 1957 Time Without Pity
Jeremy Clayton
 1956 Magic Fire
Otto Wesendonk
 1956 Alexander the Great
General Memnon
 1955 The End of the Affair
Henry Miles
 1954 The Black Knight
Sir Palamides
 1952 Moulin Rouge
Marcel de la Voisier
 1948 Hamlet
 1941 They Dare Not Love
Sub-Lieutenant Blackler (uncredited)
 1940 The Howards of Virginia
Leslie Stephens (uncredited)
 1940 Women in War
Capt. Evans (uncredited)
 1940 Vigil in the Night
Joe Shand
 1940 A Chump at Oxford
 1940 Laddie
Robert Pryor
 1939 The Man in the Iron Mask
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Stage: Appeared in "MacBeth" (as "Banquo") USA Summer Stock See more »

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1 Biographical Movie | 11 Print Biographies | 3 Interviews | 10 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 11 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »


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[advice to Simon Ward, who was delivering his lines at an urgent pace] Now you know, dear boy, that at the end of every line leave a very tiny gap so they can get the scissors in. See more »


He was so ubiquitous on live television in Britain in the early 1950s that one popular comedian joked: "You know what television is, don't you? It's Peter Cushing with knobs". See more »


Many roles in Hammer Horror films See more »

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