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Peter Ustinov (1921–2004)

Peter Ustinov was a two-time Academy Award-winning film actor, a director, writer, journalist and raconteur. He wrote and directed many acclaimed stage plays and led numerous international theatrical productions. He was born Peter Alexander Freiherr von Ustinov on April 16, 1921, in Swiss Cottage, London, England, the son of Nadezhda Leontievna (... See full bio »

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 2003 Luther
Frederick the Wise (as Sir Peter Ustinov)
 1998 Stiff Upper Lips
 1995 The Phoenix and the Magic Carpet
Grandfather / Phoenix (voice, as Sir Peter Ustinov)
 1992 Lorenzo's Oil
Professor Nikolais
 1990 There Was a Castle with Forty Dogs
Le vétérinaire Muggione
 1984 Memed My Hawk
Abdi Aga
 1979 Tarka the Otter
Narrator (voice)
 1979 We'll Grow Thin Together
Victor Lasnier
 1979 Ashanti
 1978 Metamorphoses
Narrator (voice)
 1977 The Mouse and His Child
Manny the Rat (voice)
 1977 The Purple Taxi
 1976 Treasure of Matecumbe
Dr. Ewing T. Snodgrass
 1972 Big Truck and Sister Clare
Israeli Truck Driver
 1972 Hammersmith Is Out
 1969 Viva Max
General Maximilian Rodrigues De Santos
 1968 Hot Millions
Marcus Pendleton / Caesar Smith
 1967 The Comedians
Ambassador Manuel Pineda
 1965 Lady L
Prince Otto of Bavaria (uncredited)
 1962 Billy Budd
Edwin Fairfax Vere - Post Captain Royal Navy
 1961 Romanoff and Juliet
The General
 1957 The Man Who Wagged His Tail
Mr. Bossi
 1957 Les espions
Michel Kiminsky
 1956 I girovaghi
Don Alfonso Pugliesi
 1955 Lola Montès
Circus Master
 1954 The Egyptian
 1953 Martin Luther
Duke Francis of Luneberg (uncredited)
 1952 The Curious Adventures of Mr. Wonderbird
Wonderbird (English version, voice)
 1952 Le Plaisir
Narrator (English version, voice, uncredited)
 1951 The Magic Box
Industry Man
 1951 Quo Vadis
 1951 Hotel Sahara
 1950 Odette
Lt. Alex Rabinovich / Arnauld
 1949 Private Angelo
Pvt. Angelo
 1944 The Way Ahead
Rispoli - Cafe Owner
 1942 Let the People Sing
Dr. Bentika
 1942 The Goose Steps Out
 1942 One of Our Aircraft Is Missing
The Priest
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Other Works:

TV commercial (Germany): World Expo in Hannover. See more »

Publicity Listings:

8 Print Biographies | 3 Interviews | 47 Articles | 3 Pictorials | 5 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

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Sir Peter Ustinov


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Personal Quote:

Two members of my profession who are not urgently needed by my profession, Mr. Ronald Reagan and Mr. George Murphy, entered politics, and they've done extremely well. Since there has been no reciprocal tendency in the other direction, it suggests to me that our job is still more difficult than their new one. See more »


Along with Hugh Burden, he is one of two actors to appear in both One of Our Aircraft Is Missing (1942) and One of Our Dinosaurs Is Missing (1975). See more »

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