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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 17 November 1937Shearbridge, Middle Warberry Road, Torquay, Devon, England, UK
Date of Death 9 January 1995Hampstead, London, England, UK  (gastrointestinal hemorrhage)
Birth NamePeter Edward Cook
Height 6' 2" (1.88 m)

Mini Bio (1)

One of four stars of the London and New York revues Beyond the Fringe and Beyond the Fringe (with Jonathan Miller, Alan Bennett, and Dudley Moore). Later created scatological comedy routine "Derek & Clive" with Moore.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Nat Case <hedberg@vermontel.com>

Spouse (3)

Lin Chong (1989 - 9 January 1995) (his death)
Judy Huxtable (14 February 1974 - 1989) (divorced)
Wendy Snowden (28 October 1963 - 1971) (divorced) (2 children)

Trivia (16)

He was one of five comedians pictured on a set of UK postage stamps issued 23 April 1998. His caricatured likeness was on the 63p stamp. The other comedians honored were Tommy Cooper (20p), Eric Morecambe (26p), Joyce Grenfell (37p), and Les Dawson (43p).
Founder and proprietor (under pseudonym Lord Gnome) of British satirical magazine 'Private Eye'
Was a member of the prestigious Cambridge University Footlights Club and, later, became President of the Footlights Club.
Ran the "The Establishment Club" in Greek Street, Soho, London from October 1961 - September 1962. The cradle of the 1960s satire boom.
Father was a diplomat.
Comic creations include E.L. Wisty and Sir Arthur Streeb-Greebling.
Had two daughters with his first wife, Wendy Snowden: Lucy, born in 1964, and Daisy born in 1965. Daisy is an artist.
John Lennon once told Peter and his wife at the time, Wendy, that the song Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds was written for their eldest daughter, Lucy. Although it has also been stated that the song was inspired by a picture that John Lennon's son, Julian had drawn of his childhood friend, Lucy.
He had his daughter Lucy appear in a sketch for Not Only, But Also during the 3rd episode of the series. Lucy was an infant at the time. The segment was "Incidents in the Life of my Uncle Arly" (an Edward Lear poem).
Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald L. Smith, pg. 117-118. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387
He and his third wife Lin lived in separate homes 100 yards apart in Hampstead.
Voted greatest comedian of all time in a poll of comedians. 2005.
Has won two Special Tony Awards: in 1963, along with his "Beyond the Fringe" co-stars Alan Bennett, Jonathan Miller and Dudley Moore, "for their brilliance which has shattered all the old concepts of comedy," in a show that was recreated in a television version of the same title, Beyond the Fringe (1964); and in 1974, shared with co-author and co-star Dudley Moore for their show "Good Evening."
Had a degree in Modern Languages from Pembroke College, Cambridge.
For a number of years he was a regular caller to The Clive Ball radio show on LBC pretending to be a Swedish fisherman.
Former comedy partner Dudley Moore was said to have based his title performance in "Arthur" partly on Cook, whose excessive drinking had soured his and Moore's comedic partnership in the 1970s.

Personal Quotes (3)

I've learned from my mistakes and I'm sure I can repeat them exactly.
I am very interested in the Universe - I am specialising in the Universe and all that surrounds it.
I would much prefer to be a judge than a coal miner because of the absence of falling coal.

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