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Peter Bull (I) (1912–1984)

Peter Bull was born on March 21, 1912 in London, England as Peter Cecil Bull. He was an actor, known for Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964), The African Queen (1951) and Doctor Dolittle (1967). He died on May 20, 1984 in London. See full bio »


(age 72) in London, England, UK

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The African Queen
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 1983 Yellowbeard
Queen Anne
 1982 The Magic Shop (Short)
 1978 The Light Princess (TV Movie)
Fat Frog (voice)
 1978 Rosie Dixon - Night Nurse
August Visitor
 1977 The Brute
 1977 Joseph Andrews
Sir Thomas Booby
 1974 Great Expectations (TV Movie)
 1973 Girl Stroke Boy
Peter Hovendon
 1973 Jack Paar Tonite (TV Series)
 1972 Lady Caroline Lamb
 1970 The Executioner
 1965 You Must Be Joking!
Ferocious Man in Library
 1965 Six Shades of Black (TV Series)
- There Is a Happy Land... (1965) ... Mokhtar
 1965 The Intelligence Men
 1963 The Old Dark House
Caspar Femm / Jasper Femm
 1962 BBC Sunday-Night Play (TV Mini-Series)
Henry Field
- The Big Eat (1962) ... Henry Field
 1962 The Girl on the Boat
 1961 Follow That Man
 1961 Goodbye Again
 1961 Call Me Genius
Manager of Art Gallery, Paris
 1960 Rendezvous (TV Series)
- The Stray Cat (1960) ... Walter
 1960 The 3 Worlds of Gulliver
Lord Bermogg
 1960 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
- Tiger at the Gates (1960) ... Demokos
 1960 An Arabian Night (TV Movie)
 1960 International Detective (TV Series)
Baldo Falcone
- The Raffael Case (1960) ... Baldo Falcone
 1959 Ask for King Billy (TV Series)
Man in Black
- Part 5 (1959) ... Man in Black
- Part 4 (1959) ... Man in Black
- Part 3 (1959) ... Man in Black
- Part 2 (1959) ... Man in Black
- Part 1 (1959) ... Man in Black
 1959 Tales of the Vikings (TV Series)
- Saracen's Gold (1959) ... Haldar
 1959 Armchair Theatre (TV Series)
Mr. Creakle
- Young David (1959) ... Mr. Creakle
 1959 The Scapegoat
 1959 The Eustace Diamonds (TV Series)
The Dean
- Episode #1.3 (1959) ... The Dean
 1959 Boyd Q.C. (TV Series)
- In Camera (1959) ... Morley
 1950-1958 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series)
Smith / Sid Rolands / Circus Director / ...
- The Laughing Woman (1958) ... Smith
- Shout Aloud Salvation (II) (1956) ... Sid Rolands
- It Could Happen Only in Paris (1955) ... Circus Director
- Our Marie (1953) ... George Ware
- The Silent Village (1951) ... Tommy
 1958 Tom Thumb
Town Crier
 1958 The Horse's Mouth
Man in Taxi (uncredited)
 1958 The Lost King (TV Series)
Baron Von Ense
- The Flight to Geneva (1958) ... Baron Von Ense
 1958 Dixon of Dock Green (TV Series)
Arthur Coburn
- The Gent from Siberia (1958) ... Arthur Coburn
 1958 Dial 999 (TV Series)
- The Killing Job (1958) ... Blowey
 1957 The Silver Sword (TV Series)
- Escape from Bavaria (1957) ... Burgomaster
 1957 Change of Air (TV Short)
Maxie Bull
 1957 The Adventures of Peter Simple (TV Series)
Peter's father
- The Plot Against Peter (1957) ... Peter's father
 1956 Aggie (TV Series)
- Cut Glass (1956) ... Pierre
 1956 The Green Man
General Niva
 1956 Who Done It?
 1955-1956 The Gordon Honour (TV Series)
Chief Sitting Bull / Mynheer Strubelstrasse
- The Secret Agent's Candlestick (1955) ... Mynheer Strubelstrasse
 1956 Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (TV Movie)
 1955 Lilli Palmer Theatre (TV Series)
- The No Man (1955) ... Jasper
 1955 Rheingold Theatre (TV Series)
General Tuishnov
- A Borderline Case (1955) ... General Tuishnov
 1955 Miss Patterson (TV Movie)
 1955 Footsteps in the Fog
 1955 The Queen Came By (TV Movie)
George Frisby, in Management
 1953 Saadia
Village potentate
 1953 Your Favorite Story (TV Series)
- Strange Journey (1953)
 1953 Malta Story
Flying Officer (uncredited)
 1953 The Honours of Scotland (TV Movie)
HRH the Prince of Wales, later King George IV
 1953 The Captain's Paradise
Kalikan firing-squad officer
 1953 The Passing Show (TV Series)
George Ware
- Our Marie (1953) ... George Ware
 1953 Strange Stories
Captain Breen
 1952 Brighthaven Express
 1951 A Christmas Carol
First Businessman / Narrator
 1951 The Six Men
 1951 The Lavender Hill Mob
Joe the Gab (uncredited)
 1951/II Smart Alec
Prosecuting Counsel
 1951 Lucky Nick Cain
 1950 Assassin for Hire (TV Movie)
 1950 Such Is Life (TV Series)
- Bella Visitor (1950)
- Pay as You Yearn (1950)
 1949 The Lost People
 1949 Alice in Wonderland
Puppet Character (voice)
 1949 Cardboard Cavalier
 1948 Look Before You Love
Ship Passenger (uncredited)
 1948 Woman Hater
Mr. Fletcher
 1948 Oliver Twist
Landlord of 'Three Cripples'
 1947 Six Gentlemen in a Row (TV Short)
Second Gentleman
 1947 The Man Who Was Thursday (TV Movie)
President (Sunday)
 1947 I Became a Criminal
Fidgity Phil
 1947 The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus (TV Movie)
Covetousness / Horse-Courser
 1947 The Turners of Prospect Road
J.G. Clarkson
 1947 The Grand Escapade
 1941 Quiet Wedding
Tenor (uncredited)
 1940 Blackout
Third Brother Grimm
 1940 Suicide Legion
Turk Outside Café (uncredited)
 1940 Dead Man's Shoes
Defense Counsel
 1939 Inspector Hornleigh on Holiday
Radio Ham Operator (uncredited)
 1939 Young Man's Fancy
French Soldier (uncredited)
 1938 The Ware Case
Eustace Ede
 1938 Marie Antoinette
Gamin (uncredited)
 1938 Second Best Bed
Tennis match spectator (uncredited)
 1937 The Jar (TV Movie)
 1937 Non-Stop New York
 1937 The Tudor Touch (TV Short)
Henry VIII
 1937 Knight Without Armor
Commissar (uncredited)
 1936 Sabotage
Michaelis - Conspirator (uncredited)
 1936 The Beloved Vagabond
Artist in bar (uncredited)
 1936 The Secret Voice
Minor Role (uncredited)
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Other Works:

1955: Played Pozzo in the first British performance of Samuel Beckett's play "Waiting for Godot" at the Arts Theatre, London. See more »

Publicity Listings:

3 Print Biographies | 5 Articles | 1 Pictorial | See more »


5' 7½" (1.72 m)

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Personal Quote:

The name is so important for an actor, a foremost part of one's image. I like my name . . . but as an actor, it has often been a detriment. I have been mistakenly billed as Peter Dull, and under my correctly spelled name I've been reviewed as having delivered a performance which was "pure Bull". See more »


He claimed that the sentence most often addressed to him by strangers was, "I know the face, but...", which he said was the inevitable lot of a small-part actor in Britain. He eventually wrote an amusing autobiographical book using this unfinished sentence as its title. See more »


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