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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 25 October 1933Dorking, Surrey, England, UK
Date of Death 18 April 2009Shadow Hills, California, USA  (cancer)
Birth NamePeter John Dennis

Mini Bio (1)

Peter Dennis was born on October 25, 1933 in Dorking, Surrey, England as Peter John Dennis. He was an actor, known for Shrek (2001), Sideways (2004) and Beowulf (2007). He was married to Diane Mercer. He died on April 18, 2009 in Shadow Hills, California, USA.

Spouse (1)

Diane Mercer (24 March 1979 - 18 April 2009) (his death) (1 child)

Trivia (7)

Since 1976, toured in a one-man show, "Bother!", which consisted of readings from "Winnie-the-Pooh" and other A.A. Milne classics.
His son Shane from a previous marriage died in his late 30s in 1994, the unintended victim of a drive-by shooting in St. Louis.
In 1976, he marked Winnie-the-Pooh's 50th "birthday" by giving an impromptu reading at Cambridge University. Word got out, and the auditorium was packed. This was the inspiration for his show "Bother!".
He strongly disagreed with the notion that Milne's works were only for children. Milne had felt the same way about his creations.
He grew up in a working-class family during WWII, and had little access to books during his childhood. He left school early and trained as a surveyor and accountant. When he was 19, he was drafted by the British military and served for six years.
When he was 29, he attended the theater for the first time, seeing Derek Jacobi in "Look Back in Anger". This inspired him to quit his job at a steel company and become an actor.
At 32, he graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.

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