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Overview (4)

Born in Kenley, Surrey [now in Croydon, London], England, UK
Died in Canterbury, Kent, England, UK  (prostate cancer)
Birth NamePeter Wilton Cushing
Height 5' 11½" (1.82 m)

Mini Bio (1)

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, who was a stage actress. While at school, Cushing pursued his acting interest in acting and also drawing, a talent he put to good use later in his first job as a government surveyor's assistant in Surrey. At this time, he also dabbled in local amateur theater until moving to London to attend the Guildhall School of Music and Drama on scholarship. He then performed in repertory theater in Worthing, deciding in 1939 to head for Hollywood, where he made his film debut in The Man in the Iron Mask (1939). Other Hollywood films included A Chump at Oxford (1940) with Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, Vigil in the Night (1940) and They Dare Not Love (1941). However, after a short stay, he returned to England by way of New York (making brief appearances on Broadway) and Canada. Back in his homeland, he contributed to the war effort during World War II by joining the Entertainment National Services Association.

After the war, he performed in the West End and had his big break appearing with Laurence Olivier in Hamlet (1948), in which Cushing's future partner-in-horror Christopher Lee had a bit part. Both actors also appeared in Moulin Rouge (1952) but did not meet until their later horror films. During the 1950s, Cushing became a familiar face on British television, appearing in numerous teleplays, such as 1984 (1954) and Beau Brummell (1954), until the end of the decade when he began his legendary association with Hammer Film Productions in its remakes of the 1930s Universal horror classics. His first Hammer roles included Dr. Frankenstein in The Curse of Frankenstein (1957), Dr. Van Helsing in Horror of Dracula (1958), and Sherlock Holmes in The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959).

Cushing continued playing the roles of Drs. Frankenstein and Van Helsing, as well as taking on other horror characters, in Hammer films over the next 20 years. He also appeared in films for the other major horror producer of the time, Amicus Productions, including Dr. Terror's House of Horrors (1965) and its later horror anthologies, a couple of Dr. Who films (1965, 1966), I, Monster (1971), and others. By the mid-1970s, these companies had stopped production, but Cushing, firmly established as a horror star, continued in the genre for some time thereafter.

Perhaps his best-known appearance outside of horror films was as Grand Moff Tarkin in George Lucas' phenomenally successful science fiction film Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977). Biggles: Adventures in Time (1986) was Cushing's last film before his retirement, during which he made a few television appearances, wrote two autobiographies and pursued his hobbies of bird watching and painting. In 1989, he was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in recognition of his contributions to the acting profession in Britain and worldwide. Peter Cushing died at age 81 of prostate cancer on August 11, 1994.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Lyn Hammond

Family (4)

Spouse Violet Helene Beck (10 April 1943 - 14 January 1971)  (her death)
Children None (no children)
Parents George Edward Cushing
Nellie Marina King
Relatives David Henry Cushing (sibling)
Henry Wilton Cushing (grandparent)
Emily Cushing (grandparent)

Trade Mark (5)

Chilly but mellifluous voice, often used to menacing effect
Often appeared with his good friend Christopher Lee
Many roles in Hammer Horror films
Prominent cheekbones and piercing blue eyes
Very slender frame

Trivia (83)

He turned down Donald Pleasence's role as Dr. Sam Loomis in Halloween (1978).
He considered The Blood Beast Terror (1968) to be the worst film he ever made.
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.
He was an artist, skilled in drawing and painting; as a young struggling actor, he supplemented his income by selling scarves that he hand-painted and later, as an established actor, had showings of his water colors.
He was was originally cast in the lead role in The Man Who Could Cheat Death (1959), dropped out down shortly before filming began. When Cushing claimed illness after breaking his oral commitment, the studio threatened legal action against its biggest star but didn't follow through.
He was guest of honor at the Famous Monsters of Filmland Convention in New York City in 1975. After receiving a thunderous ovation from those in attendance, he looked at everyone and said, "Have you ever felt unloved?".
His sketch of Sherlock Holmes became the official logo for the Northern Musgraves, a British Sherlock Holmes society.
He was preferred to original Doctor Who (1963) lead actor William Hartnell as star of Dr. Who and the Daleks (1965) because he was more widely recognized by American audiences.
During a television interview, he confessed that fellow actor Christopher Lee had telephoned him earlier that evening to "Wish me luck!".
Often worked with his off-screen inseparable friend Christopher Lee frequently playing mortal enemies on-screen. After he died, Lee said in an interview that he never felt closer and more open to any of his other friends than he felt to Peter.
Carrie Fisher said in an interview that doing her scenes with him in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) were difficult for two reasons: she thought the lines were ridiculous and she found Peter to be so polite and charming off camera that it was hard to project the sense of disdain that her character, Princess Leia Organa, held for his character, Grand Moff Tarkin.
George Lucas originally planned to use archival footage of Cushing from Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) for insertion into Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005). This would have made Episode III Cushing's final, albeit posthumous, collaboration with Christopher Lee. However, none of the footage was suitable to Lucas' needs. Therefore, Wayne Pygram was cast, and made to wear prosthetic make-up so that he would resemble Cushing. It was not until Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) that archive footage of Cushing could be digitally used to recreate an entire performance of his Tarkin character.
Prior to casting Cushing as Grand Moff Tarkin in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), George Lucas considered using him as Obi-Wan Kenobi (a role that ultimately went to Alec Guinness).
In his later years, he and Joyce DeWitt of Three's Company (1976) fame became transatlantic pen pals, when the two became part of the voice-over ensemble for the animated film Walpurgis Night. Peter recorded his role in England, while Joyce later commenced recording in California, alongside his old friend Ferdy Mayne. It was during this time that Joyce, being a fan of both classic films and Shakespeare's works, and Peter, an admirer of the American West, enjoyed their friendship by post.
He was described by many presenters as the best interviewee they had.
He wrote to BBC program Jim'll Fix It (1975) asking that a new rose be bred and named after his late wife. Jimmy Savile agreed and the process was filmed ending with the creation of a new strain of yellow rose being presented to Peter.
Cushing reprised his role, with dialog, from his last film Biggles: Adventures in Time (1986) in the video for the movie's theme song "No Turning Back" by The Immortals. He appears at the end to tell the camera: "I'm a restless sort of guy." Technically, this makes it his last performance and his last line of dialog.
He had appeared as Osric in Hamlet (1948). This was also his first film with Christopher Lee. Alec Guinness also played Osric in John Gielgud's 1934 theatrical production. Cushing, Lee and Guinness all later appeared in the Star Wars films.
He was the only one of the main characters from Star Wars not to appear in the sequels (for the obvious reason).
He was so ubiquitous on live television in Britain in the early 1950s that one popular comedian joked: "You know what television is, don't you? It's Peter Cushing with knobs".
He was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 1989 Queen's New Year Honours List for his services to drama.
He dropped out of Lust for a Vampire (1971) and The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971) in order to care for his ailing wife.
He bought a seafront home in 1959 in Whitstable, Kent, England upon retiring. There is a pub there today dedicated to his memory, "The Peter Cushing".
He and Christopher Lee appeared together in two films outside of the Hammer Studio Horror genre: their first film together was Hamlet (1948), and they appeared together in Moulin Rouge (1952). They later went to appear in separate films in the Star Wars series: Cushing in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), and Lee in Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002) and Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005). They would also appear separately in adaptations of Alexandre Dumas pere's Musketeer novels: Cushing appeared in The Man in the Iron Mask (1939), while Lee appeared in The Three Musketeers (1973), The Four Musketeers: Milady's Revenge (1974) and The Return of the Musketeers (1989).
In 1945 with no money for presents, he found a large piece of silk, cut it into a neat square, painted Dickens characters on it and gave it to his wife as a present. She later loaned it to a friend who wore it to a party where it was seen by a textile manufacturer who gave Peter a contract as a silk scarf designer. Amongst those he designed were those for the Festival of Britain and the Coronation.
He made seven films with Michael Ripper: The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958), The Mummy (1959), The Brides of Dracula (1960), Torture Garden (1967), The Creeping Flesh (1973) and Legend of the Werewolf (1975).
Along with Arnold Marlé and Wolfe Morris, he was one of only three actors to reprise their roles from BBC Sunday-Night Theatre: The Creature (1955) in the film remake The Abominable Snowman (1957).
He was the brother-in-law of Reginald Beck.
He was considered for the roles of Dr. Hans Fallada, Sir Percy Heseltine and Dr. Armstrong in Lifeforce (1985).
He made four films with Michael Gough: Horror of Dracula (1958), Dr. Terror's House of Horrors (1965), The Skull (1965) and Top Secret! (1984). The last film is the only one of the four in which Christopher Lee did not also appear.
Whitstable based British band The Jellybottys has written a song about him, with lyrics about him living in Whitstable, riding on his bicycle and buying vegetables. The song is called: Peter Cushing lives in Whitstable.
He made four films with Patrick Troughton: Hamlet (1948), The Black Knight (1954), The Gorgon (1964) and Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell (1974). Of the four films, The Black Knight (1954) is the only one in which Christopher Lee did not also appear.
He had three roles in common with his Hamlet (1948) co-star Laurence Olivier: (1) Olivier played Mr Darcy in Pride and Prejudice (1940) while Cushing played him in Pride and Prejudice (1952), (2) Cushing played Rudolf Hess in You Are There: The Escape of Rudolf Hess (1953) while Olivier played him in Wild Geese II (1985) and (3) Cushing played Professor Van Helsing in Horror of Dracula (1958), The Brides of Dracula (1960), Dracula A.D. 1972 (1972), The Satanic Rites of Dracula (1973) and The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires (1974) while Olivier played him in Dracula (1979).
He has two roles in common with Christopher Plummer: (1) Cushing played Sherlock Holmes in The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959), Sherlock Holmes (1964) and Sherlock Holmes and the Masks of Death (1984) while Plummer played him in The Sunday Drama: Silver Blaze (1977) and Murder by Decree (1979) and (2) Cushing played Professor Van Helsing in Horror of Dracula (1958), The Brides of Dracula (1960), Dracula A.D. 1972 (1972), The Satanic Rites of Dracula (1973) and The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires (1974) while Plummer played him in Dracula 2000 (2000).
He has two roles in common with Tom Baker: (1) Cushing played Sherlock Holmes in The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959), Sherlock Holmes (1964) and Sherlock Holmes and the Masks of Death (1984) while Baker played him in The Hound of the Baskervilles (1982) and (2) Baker played the Doctor in Doctor Who (1963) while Cushing played him in Dr. Who and the Daleks (1965) and Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. (1966).
Both he and his Asylum (1972) and And Now the Screaming Starts! (1973) co-star Herbert Lom played Professor Van Helsing in films starring Christopher Lee as Count Dracula: Cushing in Horror of Dracula (1958), Dracula A.D. 1972 (1972) and The Satanic Rites of Dracula (1973) and Lom in Count Dracula (1970). Cushing also played the role in The Brides of Dracula (1960) and The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires (1974), in which Lee did not appear.
He has two roles in common with both Dennis Price and Mel Brooks: (1) Cushing played Victor Frankenstein in The Curse of Frankenstein (1957). The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958), The Evil of Frankenstein (1964), Frankenstein Created Woman (1967), Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed (1969), One More Time (1970) and Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell (1974), Price played him in Dracula, Prisoner of Frankenstein (1972) and The Erotic Rites of Frankenstein (1973) and Brooks played him in Young Frankenstein (1974) and (2) Cushing played Professor Van Helsing in Horror of Dracula (1958), The Brides of Dracula (1960), Dracula A.D. 1972 (1972), The Satanic Rites of Dracula (1973) and The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires (1974), Price played him in Son of Dracula (1973) and Brooks played him in Dracula: Dead and Loving It (1995).
He was an ardent vegetarian for most of his life and was the patron of the Vegetarian Society from 1987 until his death.
After retiring from acting, he wrote and illustrated a children's book of Lewis Carroll-style humor, The Bois Saga.
He played Sherlock Holmes in The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959), Sherlock Holmes (1964) and Sherlock Holmes and the Masks of Death (1984) and his creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in The Great Houdini (1976).
He has two roles in common with Nigel Davenport, Frank Finlay and David Warner: (1) Cushing played Professor Van Helsing in Horror of Dracula (1958), The Brides of Dracula (1960), Dracula A.D. 1972 (1972), The Satanic Rites of Dracula (1973) and The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires (1974), Davenport played him in Dracula (1974), Finlay played him in Count Dracula (1977) and Warner played him in Penny Dreadful (2014) and (2) Davenport played Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in The Edwardians: Conan Doyle (1972), Cushing played him in The Great Houdini (1976), Finlay played him in The Other Side (1992) and Warner played him in Houdini (1998).
He died only four days after his Torture Garden (1967) and Tales from the Crypt (1972) co-star Robert Hutton.
He appeared in three films nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture: Hamlet (1948), Moulin Rouge (1952) and Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977). Hamlet won Best Picture.
In addition to starring in Dr. Who and the Daleks (1965) and Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. (1966), he was considered for many guest roles in Doctor Who (1963) - Solon in "The Brain of Morbius", General Grugger in "Meglos", the Monitor in "Logopolis", Borusa in "Arc of Infinity", Azmael in "The Twin Dilemma", Lord Ravensworth in "The Mark of the Rani", Dastari in "The Two Doctors" and De Flores in "Silver Nemesis". He was also considered for Borusa in Doctor Who: The Movie (1996) before the character was removed from the script.
He and his best friend Christopher Lee were huge fans of the Looney Tunes cartoons. They would often imitate the voices of characters to one another and they were once asked to leave a theater showing a Sylvester and Tweety cartoon, because they were laughing hysterically.
Was nicknamed "Props" because of his skill with using props to make his performances more natural. His characters frequently were fussing with one object or another in ways that made sense in the story or gave depth to the character. When cast in a role, he would often surprise the director with a list of things that the character would be carrying in their pockets, and how they would use them. This skill is often studied by actors today.
Prior to going to Hollywood in 1939 he'd been working at a theatre in Worthing.
He had a variety of interests outside of acting, including collecting and battling with model soldiers, of which he owned over five thousand. He also loved games and practical jokes, and enjoyed drawing and painting watercolours, the latter of which he did especially often in his later years.
In his autobiography, Cushing implies that he attempted suicide on the night of his wife's death by running up and down stairs in the vain hope that it would induce a heart attack. He later stated that this had simply been a hysterical response borne out of grief, and that he had not purposely attempted to end his life; a poem left by Helen had implored him not to die until he had lived his life to the full, and he had resolved that to commit suicide would have meant letting her down. Although not conventionally religious, Cushing maintained a belief both in God and an afterlife. Cushing's colleagues of that period commented on his faith and his conviction that his separation from his wife was only temporary.
He suffered from nyctophobia from early in his life, but in his later years overcame this by forcing himself to take walks outside after midnight.
He was considered for Jesus Christ in King of Kings (1961).
He was very proud of his experiences with the Hammer films, and never resented becoming known as a horror actor. He always took the roles seriously and never portrayed them in a campy or tongue-in-cheek style because he felt it would be insulting to his audience.
Christopher Lee offered him the lead role of Sgt. Howie in The Wicker Man (1973), but he turned it down due to scheduling conflicts.
He was known among his colleagues for his gentle and gentlemanly demeanour, as well as his professionalism and rigorous preparation as an actor. Cushing once said he would learn his parts "from cover to cover" before filming began. His co-stars and colleagues often spoke of his politeness, charm, old-fashioned manners and sense of humour. While working, he actively provided feedback and suggestions on other elements beyond his performance, such as dialogue and wardrobe. At times, this put him at odds with writers and producers; Hammer Studios producer Anthony Hinds once declared him a "fusspot [and] terrible fusser about his wardrobe and everything, but never a difficult man.".
He was originally offered the role of Father Xavier Meldrum in House of Mortal Sin (1976) and at the time there were some rumours that Cushing hated the script. When Cushing acted in Pete Walker's final film, House of the Long Shadows (1983), Walker learned that Cushing actually liked the script, but had other film commitments.
He was not a particular fan of horror or science fiction films, but he tended to chose roles not based on whether he enjoyed them, but whether he felt his audience would enjoy him in them.
He was considered for Sir Michael Hughes in Meteor (1979).
Although he appeared in both television and stage productions, he preferred the medium of film, which allowed his perfectionist nature to work out the best performance possible. He did not enjoy the repetitive nature of stage performances, and once compared it to a painter being forced to paint the same picture every day.
He was offered the role of Dr. Sam Loomis in Halloween (1978), but declined due to the low pay.
He was originally considered for Capt. Harry Lewis in The Stranglers of Bombay (1959).
He was offered three times to play The Doctor in Doctor Who (1963), but he declined. He regretted that decision.
He was considered for Atraxon in Warlords of the Deep (1978).
He shared the same birth date as Christopher Lee and Vincent Price.
When the documentary about "Hammer" films "Flesh and Blood" was being made, Peter Cushing was too ill to travel to London to record his narration for the program. A studio was found in Canterbury, Kent instead.
Is an acting idol of fellow Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) co-star, Mark Hamill.
Following the passing of his wife, Peter Cushing didn't make any public appearances from 1971 to 1982.
Admitted that he didn't enjoy playing Doctor Who in the two 1960s films.
As a child and having a strong cockney accent, he felt ashamed of the way he spoke in general and took to having elocution lessons.
Used to grow rather tense when acting on live recorded TV but he always prevailed once the recording began.
The actor shared feelings of disdain and disappointment with fellow actor Douglas Wilmer, over the results of their having played Sherlock Holmes at different times for the BBC.
His workload increased considerably between 1971 and 1983, appearing in about 32 films, numerous TV appearances and recording audio books for blind people.
Although he wasn't cast as Doctor Sam Loomis in "Halloween" (1978), Peter Cushing himself expressed some interest in the role. However, it was his agent who firmly declined.
While in Hollywood he took a variety of jobs including car park attendant, hotel clerk, soda jerk, and theatre usher.
A memorial service was held for him at St. Paul's Church, Covent Garden on 12th January 1995.
In October 2020, he was honored as Turner Classic Movies Star of the Month.
After a days shooting of Blood From the Mummy's Tomb Andrew Keir replaced Peter when he withdrew due to his wife being taken seriously ill.
In his spare time he watched birds, collected stamps and built sets for his model theatre,.
He played Sherlock Holmes in The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959), Sherlock Holmes (1964) and Sherlock Holmes and the Masks of Death (1984) and his creator Arthur Conan Doyle in The Great Houdini (1976).
In one of his last television interviews (specifically about his beloved wife Helen) he, surprisingly, admitted to having been unfaithful, on at least one occasion but his wife forgave him.
Appeared in the movie 'Top Secret' in 1984. By coincidence his good friend Christopher Lee appeared in a film with the same name (but different stories) 32 years previously.

Personal Quotes (25)

Who wants to see me as Hamlet? Very few. But millions want to see me as Frankenstein so that's the one I do.
If I played Hamlet, they'd call it a horror film.
Teeth are a vitally important part of an actor's equipment. I have over 30 toothbrushes at home and always keep a good supply at the studio.
I hate the word 'hate'.
[on the wig he had to wear for Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell (1974)] It made me look like Helen Hayes.
"You have to have a sense of humour, darling, to be alive. Even a bit mad. It helps to be mad." - (1991)
"People look at me as if I were some sort of monster, but I can't think why. In my macabre pictures, I have either been a monster-maker or a monster-destroyer, but never a monster. Actually, I'm a gentle fellow. Never harmed a fly. I love animals, and when I'm in the country I'm a keen bird-watcher." - ABC Film Review (Nov 1964)
There is little chance for a person to exercise the imagination today in this complex, programmed society we have.
Since Helen passed on I can't find anything; the heart, quite simply, has gone out of everything. Time is interminable, the loneliness is almost unbearable and the only thing that keeps me going is the knowledge that my dear Helen and I will be united again some day. To join Helen is my only ambition. You have my permission to publish that... really, you know dear boy, it's all just killing time. Please say that. - Radio Times 1972
"You cannot make a film like this without integrity. To make the audiences believe in you, you must believe utterly in what you are doing." - (1972)
My criterion for accepting a role isn't based on what I would like to do. I try to consider what the audience would like to see me do and I thought kids would adore Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977).
"Strangely enough, I don't like horror pictures at all. I love to make them because they give pleasure to people, but my favourite types of films are much more subtle than horror. I like to watch films like The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957), The Apartment (1960) or lovely musicals." - (1980s)
As far back as I can remember, I had a passion for 'dressing up' and playing games of 'Let's Pretend', which are, of course, the basic principals of acting, and if you are lucky enough, you get paid for so doing, hard work though it may be.
When Helen passed on six years ago I lost the only joy in life that I ever wanted. She was my whole life and without her there is no meaning. I am simply killing time, so to speak, until that wonderful day when we are together again.
Television is rather a frightening business. But I get all the relaxation I want from my collection of model soldiers.
There are all sorts of reasons why I don't do much work in the theater, the main one being that after two performances I feel I've given all I can. I hate repetition, I really do. It's like asking a painter to paint he same picture every day of his life.
In the early days I played a lot of comedy in the theater and on television. But once an actor becomes well known in any kind of part, he tends to get stereotyped. After I played Frankenstein, I was only thought of in that light. Of course, some actors are better at drama and some are better at comedy. But they can certainly have a stab at both. An actor should be able to do it all.
"It gives me the most wonderful feeling. These dear people love me so much and want to see me. The astonishing thing is that when I made the Frankenstein and Dracula movies almost 30 years ago the young audiences who see me now weren't even born yet. A new generation has grown up with my films. And the original audiences are still able to see me in new pictures. So, as long as these films are made I will have a life in this business -- for which I'm eternally grateful." (from a 1985 "Starlog" interview)
An actor's job is to entertain and I'm glad to say that my films succeeded in that respect.
[on Vincent Price] A dear, charming man with a great sense of humor. Strictly a professional, who cares far more about his work than he allows the public to know. I am extremely fond of him and bask in his gentle kindness and warmth.
Every part is approached in the same manner - gleaning all I can from what the author has written. When called for, I add reaction to any given circumstance such as I've witnessed and observed in others through life, applying the emotion in terms of the character as opposed to the way I might react personally.
[advice to Simon Ward, who was delivering his lines at an urgent pace] Now you know, dear boy, that at the end of every line leave a very tiny gap so they can get the scissors in.
[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.
If I feel I can't put out 100 percent, it's not really fair to anyone who's come to watch for me to go on creaking around. You need such energy. I love it, mind you. But you've got to be like athlete Zola Budd to work, which I'm not.
We had Dracula among the kung fu in Hong Kong. It was called The Something of the Seven Golden Dragons, Dracula and The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires (1974). But I still had to drive a stake through Dracula's heart ... Once you've done Frankenstein, who creates the impossible, and Dracula, a man who drinks blood ... you've got to keep it on. It's awfully difficult to bring the changes up to date. They tried to keep it up to date with Steven Spielberg's Young Sherlock Holmes (1985), but it missed the atmosphere of the period.

Salary (3)

Time Without Pity (1957) £150 per day
Star Wars (1977) £2,000 per day
Shock Waves (1977) $25,000

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