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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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Known For

Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope
(1977)
Horror of Dracula
Horror of Dracula Doctor Van Helsing
(1958)
Top Secret!
Top Secret! Bookstore Proprietor
(1984)
The Mummy
The Mummy John Banning
(1959)

Filmography

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 1986 Biggles: Adventures in Time
Air Commodore Colonel William Raymond
 1984 Sherlock Holmes and the Masks of Death (TV Movie)
Sherlock Holmes
 1984 Top Secret!
Bookstore Proprietor
 1984 Helen Keller: The Miracle Continues (TV Movie)
Professor Charles Copeland
 1983 Tales of the Unexpected (TV Series)
Von Baden
- The Vorpal Blade (1983) ... Von Baden
 1983 House of the Long Shadows
Sebastian Grisbane
 1981 Asalto al casino
Sir Thomas Bedford
 1981 Mystery on Monster Island
William T. Kolderup
 1980 A Tale of Two Cities (TV Movie)
Dr. Alexander Manette
 1980 Hammer House of Horror (TV Series)
Martin Blueck
- The Silent Scream (1980) ... Martin Blueck
 1979 A Touch of the Sun
Commissioner Potts
 1979 Arabian Adventure
Wazir Al Wuzara
 1979 Son of Hitler
Heinrich Haussner
 1977 The Uncanny
Wilbur
 1977 Shock Waves
SS Commander
 1977 Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope
Grand Moff Tarkin
 1977 Die Standarte
Baron von Hackenberg
 1976 The Great Houdini (TV Movie)
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
 1976 The New Avengers (TV Series)
Von Claus
- The Eagle's Nest (1976) ... Von Claus
 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
 1976 Space: 1999 (TV Series)
Raan
- Missing Link (1976) ... Raan
 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 Zoo Gang (TV Series)
Judge Gautier
- The Counterfeit Trap (1974) ... Judge Gautier
 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 Orson Welles' Great Mysteries (TV Series)
Count Gerard De Merret
- La Grande Breteche (1973) ... Count Gerard De Merret
 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
Captain
 1972 Dracula A.D. 1972
Professor Lorrimer Van Helsing
 1972 Beyond the Water's Edge (TV Movie)
 1972 Tales from the Crypt
Arthur Edward Grimsdyke (segment 3 "Poetic Justice")
 1971 I, Monster
Utterson
 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 Sherlock Holmes (TV Series)
Sherlock Holmes
- The Blue Carbuncle (1968) ... Sherlock Holmes
- The Sign of Four (1968) ... Sherlock Holmes
- The Solitary Cyclist (1968) ... Sherlock Holmes
- Shoscombe Old Place (1968) ... Sherlock Holmes
- Wisteria Lodge (1968) ... Sherlock Holmes
 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 The Avengers (TV Series)
Paul Beresford
- Return of the Cybernauts (1967) ... Paul Beresford
 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 Thirty-Minute Theatre (TV Series)
Leonard
- Monica (1965) ... Leonard
 1965 The Skull
Christopher Maitland
 1965 Dr. Who and the Daleks
Dr. Who
 1965/I She
Holly
 1965 Dr. Terror's House of Horrors
Dr. Terror
 1964 The Gorgon
Dr. Namaroff
 1964 Story Parade (TV Series)
Elijah Baley
- The Caves of Steel (1964) ... Elijah Baley
 1964 The Evil of Frankenstein
Baron Frankenstein
 1963 The Man Who Finally Died
Dr. Peter von Brecht
 1963 Comedy Playhouse (TV Series)
Albert Fawkes
- The Plan (1963) ... Albert Fawkes
 1963 The Spread of the Eagle (TV Mini-Series)
Caius Cassius
- The Revenge: Julius Caesar Acts 4 and 5 (1963) ... Caius Cassius
- The Colossus: Julius Caesar Acts 1 and 2 (1963) ... Caius Cassius
 1962 ITV Television Playhouse (TV Series)
Fred Parsons
- Peace with Terror (1962) ... Fred Parsons
 1962 The Devil's Agent (scenes deleted)
 1962 Night Creatures
Rev. Dr. Blyss
 1962 Drama 61-67 (TV Series)
Frederick James Parsons
- Drama '62: Peace with Terror (1962) ... Frederick James Parsons
 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 Uncle Harry (TV Movie)
Uncle Harry
 1958 The Winslow Boy (TV Movie)
Sir Robert Morton
 1958 Violent Playground
Priest- Father Laidlaw
 1957 The Abominable Snowman
Dr. Rollason
 1957 Home at Seven (TV Movie)
David Preston
 1957 The Curse of Frankenstein
Victor Frankenstein
 1957 Time Without Pity
Jeremy Clayton
 1951-1957 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series)
Mr. Manningham / David Preston / The Prime Minister / ...
- Gaslight (1957) ... Mr. Manningham
- Home at Seven (1956) ... David Preston
- The Moment of Truth (1955) ... The Prime Minister
- The Creature (1955) ... Dr. John Rollason
- Nineteen Eighty-Four (1954) ... Winston Smith
 1956 Magic Fire
Otto Wesendonk
 1956 Alexander the Great
General Memnon
 1955 Richard of Bordeaux (TV Movie)
Richard II
 1955 The Browning Version (TV Movie)
Andrew Crocker-Harris
 1955 The End of the Affair
Henry Miles
 1954 The Face of Love (TV Movie)
Mardian Thersites
 1954 The Black Knight
Sir Palamides
 1953 The Noble Spaniard (TV Movie)
Duke of Hermanos
 1953 You Are There (TV Series)
Rudolf Hess
- The Escape of Rudolf Hess (1953) ... Rudolf Hess
 1953 Rookery Nook (TV Movie)
Clive Popkiss
 1953 Wednesday Theatre (TV Series)
Henry Robbins
- A Social Success (1953) ... Henry Robbins
 1953 Epitaph for a Spy (TV Mini-Series)
Josef Vadassey
- Epitaph (1953) ... Josef Vadassey
- All Men Are Liars (1953) ... Josef Vadassey
- Ultimatum (1953) ... Josef Vadassey
- Violence (1953) ... Josef Vadassey
- Go Spy the Land (1953) ... Josef Vadassey
 1952 The Silver Swan (TV Series)
Lord Henriques
- Francis (1952) ... Lord Henriques
 1952 Moulin Rouge
Marcel de la Voisier
 1952 Asmodée (TV Movie)
Blaise Lebel
 1952 If This Be Error (TV Movie)
Nick Grant
 1952 Pride and Prejudice (TV Mini-Series)
Mr. Darcy
- Episode #1.6 (1952) ... Mr. Darcy
- Episode #1.5 (1952) ... Mr. Darcy
- Episode #1.4 (1952) ... Mr. Darcy
- Episode #1.3 (1952) ... Mr. Darcy
- Episode #1.2 (1952) ... Mr. Darcy
 1951 When We Are Married (TV Movie)
Gerald Forbes
 1948 Hamlet
Osric
 1946 It Might Be You (Short)
The doctor
 1944 The New School (Short)
Stephen
 1941 They Dare Not Love
Sub-Lieutenant Blackler (uncredited)
 1940 Dreams (Short)
First Dreamer
 1940 The Howards of Virginia
Leslie Stephens (uncredited)
 1940 Women in War
Capt. Evans (uncredited)
 1940 The Hidden Master (Short)
Robert Clive of India (uncredited)
 1940 Vigil in the Night
Joe Shand
 1940 A Chump at Oxford
Student
 1940 Laddie
Robert Pryor
 1939 The Man in the Iron Mask
Second Officer
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Show Show Self (29 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (59 credits)

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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage: Appeared in "The Crime of Margeret Foley" 'Q' Theatre, Kew Bridge, Chiswick See more »

Publicity Listings:

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


Height:

5' 11½" (1.82 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

[on The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)] No-one had any idea it would be successful. It took the world by storm. The whole thing only cost 65,000 pounds. You wouldn't be able to get a lead actor for that today. See more »

Trivia:

The costume boots they gave Cushing for Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) were too small and hurt his feet. Cushing told George Lucas this, and asked if he could wear slippers instead. Lucas agreed, and shot Cushing from the waist up for nearly all his scenes to compensate for Cushing's slippers. See more »

Trademark:

Many roles in Hammer Horror films See more »

Star Sign:

Gemini

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