Peter Ustinov (1921–2004)

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Peter Ustinov was a two-time Academy Award-winning film actor, 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 Ustinow on April 16, 1921 in Swiss Cottage, London, the son of Nadezhda Leontievna (née Benois) ... See full bio »

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Won 2 Oscars. Another 18 wins & 20 nominations. See more awards »


Known For

Spartacus Batiatus
Death on the Nile Hercule Poirot
Billy Budd Edwin Fairfax Vere - Post Captain Royal Navy
Logan's Run Old Man


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 2003 Winter Solstice (TV Movie)
Hughie McLellan (as Sir Peter Ustinov)
 2003 Luther
Frederick the Wise (as Sir Peter Ustinov)
 2002 Salem Witch Trials (TV Movie)
William Stoughton
 2001 Victoria & Albert (TV Series)
King William IV
 2000 Deutschlandspiel (TV Movie)
Igor Maximytschew
 1999 The Bachelor
Grandad James Shannon
 1999 Animal Farm (TV Movie)
Old Major (voice)
 1999 Alice in Wonderland (TV Movie)
 1997 Stiff Upper Lips
 1995 The Phoenix and the Magic Carpet
Grandfather / Phoenix (voice, as Sir Peter Ustinov)
 1995 The Old Curiosity Shop (TV Movie)
 1992 Lorenzo's Oil
Professor Nikolais
 1991 Peter Ustinov on the Orient Express (TV Movie documentary)
Peter Ustinov (as Sir Peter Ustinov)
 1990 The Orchestra (Video short)
 1990 There Was a Castle with Forty Dogs
Le vétérinaire Muggione
 1989 Granpa (TV Movie)
Granpa (voice)
 1989 La révolution française
André-Boniface-Louis Riquetti, vicomte de Mirabeau (segment "Années Lumière, Les")
 1989 Around the World in 80 Days (TV Mini Series)
Detective Wilbur Fix
- Episode #1.3 (1989) ... Detective Wilbur Fix
- Episode #1.2 (1989) ... Detective Wilbur Fix
- Episode #1.1 (1989) ... Detective Wilbur Fix
 1988 Peep and the Big Wide World (Short)
Narrated By (voice)
 1988 Appointment with Death
Hercule Poirot
 1986 Murder in Three Acts (TV Movie)
Hercule Poirot
 1986 Dead Man's Folly (TV Movie)
Hercule Poirot
 1985 Thirteen at Dinner (TV Movie)
Hercule Poirot
 1984 Abgehört (TV Movie)
Genosse Kuruk
 1984 Memed My Hawk
Abdi Aga
 1982 Imaginary Friends (TV Movie)
Philip Lester
 1982 Evil Under the Sun
Hercule Poirot
 1981 The Search for Santa Claus (Short)
 1981 Grendel Grendel Grendel
Grendel (voice)
 1981 The Great Muppet Caper
Truck Driver
 1979-1981 Doctor Snuggles (TV Series)
Doctor Snuggles
- The Amazing Reflective Myth (1981) ... Doctor Snuggles (voice)
- The Great Disappearing Mystery (1981) ... Doctor Snuggles (voice)
- The Turn of Events with the Unwelcome Invaders (1981) ... Doctor Snuggles (voice)
- The Wondrous Powers of the Magic Casket (1980) ... Doctor Snuggles (voice)
- The Extraordinary Odd Dilemma of Dennis the Badger (1980) ... Doctor Snuggles (voice)
 1980 Strumpet City (TV Mini Series)
King Edward VII
- Episode #1.1 (1980) ... King Edward VII
 1979 We'll Grow Thin Together
Victor Lasnier
 1979 Ashanti
 1979 Tarka the Otter
The story talker (voice)
 1978 The Thief of Baghdad (TV Movie)
The Caliph
 1978 Death on the Nile
Hercule Poirot
 1978 Metamorphoses
Narrator (voice)
 1977 Double Murder
Harry Hellman
 1977 The Mouse and His Child
Manny the Rat (voice)
 1977 The Purple Taxi
 1977 Jesus of Nazareth (TV Mini Series)
Herod the Great
- Part 4 (1977) ... Herod the Great
- Part 3 (1977) ... Herod the Great
- Part 2 (1977) ... Herod the Great
- Part 1 (1977) ... Herod the Great
 1976 Kein Abend wie jeder andere (TV Movie)
Antiquiätenhändler 'Billy's Kunstshop'
 1976 Treasure of Matecumbe
Dr. Ewing T. Snodgrass
 1976 Logan's Run
Old Man
 1974 Big Truck and Sister Clare
Israeli Truck Driver
 1973 Robin Hood
Prince John - A Lion / King Richard (voice)
 1972 Hammersmith Is Out
 1972 Clochemerle (TV Series)
- The Glorious Triumph of Barthelemey Piechut (1972) ... Narrator (voice)
- The Dreaded Arrival of Captain Tardivaux (1972) ... Narrator (voice)
- The Inexorable Power of the Third Republic (1972) ... Narrator (voice)
- The Scandalous Outcome of a Night of Destruction (1972) ... Narrator (voice)
- The Painful Infliction of Nicholas the Beadle (1972) ... Narrator (voice)
 1971 The Marshal of Madrid (TV Movie)
 1971 Babar Comes to America (TV Movie)
Narrator / All voices (voice)
 1971 Gideon (TV Movie)
 1970 A Storm in Summer (TV Movie)
Abel Shaddick
 1969 Viva Max
General Maximilian Rodrigues De Santos
 1968 Klapzubova jedenáctka (TV Series)
- Muzi z Ria (1968)
 1968 The Story of Babar, the Little Elephant (TV Movie)
Narrator / All voices (voice)
 1968 Hot Millions
Marcus Pendleton / Caesar Smith
 1968 Blackbeard's Ghost
Captain Blackbeard
 1967 The Comedians
Ambassador Manuel Pineda
 1966 Barefoot in Athens (TV Movie)
 1966 Adieux de Tabarin (TV Movie)
 1965 Lady L
Prince Otto of Bavaria (uncredited)
 1964 Topkapi
Arthur Simon Simpson
 1964 The Peaches (Short)
Narrator (voice)
 1962 Billy Budd
Edwin Fairfax Vere - Post Captain Royal Navy
 1961 Romanoff and Juliet
The General
 1960 The Sundowners
Rupert Venneker
 1960 Spartacus
 1957-1958 Omnibus (TV Series)
Dr. Samuel Johnson / (segment) / Marshal
- The Empty Chair (1958) ... (segment)
- Moment of Truth (1958) ... Marshal
- Life of Samuel Johnson (1957) ... Dr. Samuel Johnson
- The Life of Samuel Johnson (1957) ... Dr. Samuel Johnson
 1958 Folio (TV Series)
- Eugene Onegin (1958) ... Narrator
 1957 The Man Who Wagged His Tail
Mr. Bossi
 1957 The Spies
Michel Kaminsky
 1956 The Legend of the Good Beasts (Short)
The Storyteller
 1956 I girovaghi
Don Alfonso Pugliesi
 1955 Lola Montès
Circus Master
 1955 We're No Angels
 1955 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series)
The Marshal
- The Moment of Truth (1955) ... The Marshal
 1954 Peer Gynt (TV Movie)
Peer Gynt
 1954 Beau Brummell
Prince of Wales
 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 Quo Vadis
 1951 The Magic Box
Industry Man
 1951 Hotel Sahara
 1950 Odette
Lt. Alex Rabinovich / Arnauld
 1949 Private Angelo
Pvt. Angelo
 1944 The Way Ahead
Rispoli - Cafe Owner
 1943 The New Lot (Short)
Keith (uncredited)
 1942 The Goose Steps Out
 1942 Let the People Sing
Dr. Bentika
 1942 One of Our Aircraft Is Missing
The Priest
 1941 New Acres (Short)
Young pioneer
 1940 After Mein Kampf?: The Story of Adolph Hitler (Documentary)
Marinus van der Lubbe (uncredited)
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Other Works:

Spoken Word Recording: "Walt Disney Presents the Story of Blackbeard's Ghost" (Disneyland Records DQ-1305) new narration by Ustinov + original soundtrack dialogue. See more »

Publicity Listings:

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

Alternate Names:

Sir Peter Ustinov


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I believe that the Jews have made a contribution to the human condition out of all proportion to their numbers: I believe them to be an immense people. Not only have they supplied the world with two leaders of the stature of Jesus Christ and Karl Marx, but they have even indulged in the luxury of following neither one nor the other. See more »


Ustinov's first wife was Angela Lansbury's half-sister, Isolde Denham (1920-1987). They were married from 1940 to 1950, when the union ended in divorce. Ustinov and Denham had one child together, Tamara Ustinov. See more »

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