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Peter Ustinov
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Birth Name: Peter Alexander Ustinov
Birthdate: April 16, 1921
Birthplace: Swiss Cottage, London, England
Occupations: Actor, Director, Writer
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Claim to Fame: 1999: Returned to features as a tea plantation owner in Raj India in the comic spoof Stiff Upper Lips

Significant Other(s):
Wife: Isolde Denham, actress; married 1940; divorced 1945; mother of Tamara; half-sister of Angela Lansbury
Wife: Suzanne Cloutier, actress; married February 15, 1954; divorced 1971; mother of Pavla, Igor and Andrea
Wife: Helene du Lau d'Allemans, press agent; married 1972

Father: Iona Von Ustinov, journalist; wrote under the pseudonym Klop
Mother: Nadia Benois, painter, stage designer
Daughter: Tamara; born July 25, 1945
Daughter: Pavla
Son: Igor
Daughter: Andrea

By his mid-20s, this burly, multi-faceted talent had achieved considerable success in both theater and cinema directing, writing and acting in cultivated, witty comedies. Peter Ustinov later won international acclaim and reached the peak of his fame in the early 1960s for his appearances in sweeping epics and lighthearted romps. He won two Best Supporting Actor Oscars, for his clown in "Spartacus" (1960) and his engaging con man in "Topkapi" (1964). Ustinov has also earned critical praise for his directorial efforts (which he also produced, starred in and wrote): "Romanoff and Juliet" (1962), a biting Cold War satire based on his own play, the bracing "Billy Budd" (1962) and the "Faust"-inspired Elizabeth Taylor-Richard Burton vehicle "Hammersmith Is Out" (1972). The spotlight fell on Ustinov as a personality, too. Throughout the 60s and early 70s, he was a favored raconteur on talk shows whether or not he was publicizing a film. Yet his increasing girth often made his screen work seem either effortless or as if he were holding back and only giving a lazy indication of what he could muster. 5After years on stage, the portly, often mustachioed actor moved to the big screen in the 1940 British propaganda film "Mein Kampf, My Crimes". He went on to play the title role in "Private Angelo" (1949), a deserter from the Italian army who accidentally becomes a hero, and garnered kudos for his turn as Emperor Nero in the costume epic "Quo Vadis" (1951). Some critics claim he stole the show as Lentulus Batiatus in "Spartacus" as he unquestionably did in "Topkapi", as the duped con man turned mole. (The scene in which he is asked to hold the rope during the crime is alone worth the price of admission.) "Romanoff and Juliet" (1961) was adapted from the stage play, with Ustinov recreating his role. "Viva Max!" (1969) found him playing a Mexican general retaking the Alamo, and in 1978, he began his impersonations of Agatha Christie's master detective Hercule Poirot in "Death on the Nile", a role he again essayed in "Evil Under the Sun" (1982) and in three TV-movies produced in the 80s. More recently, he was a stuffy expert in "Lorenzo's Oil (1992).

Sierra Club Series: Battle of the Bison Forest
Sierra Club Series: Humpback Whale
Sierra Club Series: Lions of Etosha
Sierra Club Series: We Live with Elephants
Sierra Club Series: Wonderful Kangaroo
Sierra Club Series: Caribou: The Incredible Journey
Sierra Club Series: Gorillas
Sierra Club Series: Orangutan
Sierra Club Series: Polar Bear
Sierra Club Series: Sharks
Sierra Club Series: Tiger, Tiger
Omni Collection
In Conversation with Peter Ustinov
Peep and the Big Wide World
In the Path of the Gods, Part 1: Zeus - King of the Gods
In the Path of the Gods, Part 2: Athene and Aphrodite - Wisdom and Love
In the Path of the Gods, Part 3: Poseidon - Master of the Seas
In the Path of the Gods, Part 4: Demeter - The Miracle of Fertility
In the Path of the Gods, Part 5: Apollo - Light and Harmony
In the Path of the Gods, Part 6: Dionysus - The Joy of Life
In the Path of the Gods, Part 7: Artemis - The Forces of Nature
In the Path of the Gods, Part 8: Aries and Eris - Quarrels of the Gods
Stanley Kubrick: A Life In Pictures (2001)
My Khmer Heart (2000)
Alice in Wonderland (1999)
The Bachelor (1999)
Animal Farm (1999)
On the Trail of Mark Twain with Sir Peter Ustinov, Part 1: Isles of Paradise (1999)
On the Trail of Mark Twain with Sir Peter Ustinov, Part 2: Beautiful Death (1999)
On the Trail of Mark Twain with Sir Peter Ustinov, Part 3: A Riddle at Every Turn (1999)
On the Trail of Mark Twain with Sir Peter Ustinov, Part 4: Such a Wonderful Thing (1999)
Stiff Upper Lips (1997)
Through Joy and Beyond: The Life of C.S. Lewis (1996)
Inside The Vatican With Sir Peter Ustinov: The Flight From Rome (1995)
Inside The Vatican With Sir Peter Ustinov: The Renaissance (1995)
Inside The Vatican With Sir Peter Ustinov: The Third Millennium (1995)
Inside The Vatican With Sir Peter Ustinov: Upon This Rock (1995)
An Evening With Sir Peter Ustinov (1995)
Old Curiosity Shop (1994)
Pavarotti in Confidence with Peter Ustinov (1994)
Lorenzo's Oil (1992)
Peep & the Big Wide World (1992)
Granpa (1991)
Orchestra (1990)
Portrait of an Artist: Monet - Legacy of Light (1990)
Peter Ustinov in China, Part One: Beijing to Tibet (1990)
Peter Ustinov in China, Part Two: Tibet to Hong Kong (1990)
Around the World in 80 Days (1989)
La Revolution Française (1989)
Appointment with Death (1988)
Challenge the Rockies (1988)
Omni: The New Frontier (1988)
Omni: The Real E.T. (1988)
The Search for Santa Claus (1988)
Through Day and Beyond (1988)
Babar the Little Elephant (1987)
The Ballerinas (1987)
Murder in Three Acts (1986)
Dead Man's Folly (1986)
Peter Ustinov's Russia, Vol 1: A Giant's Childhood (1986)
Peter Ustinov's Russia, Vol 2: Peter the Great and Catherine the Great (1986)
Peter Ustinov's Russia, Vol 3: The Struggle with Napoleon (1986)
Peter Ustinov's Russia, Vol 4: Dissent (1986)
Peter Ustinov's Russia, Vol 5: War and Revolution (1986)
Peter Ustinov's Russia, Vol 6: My Russia (1986)
Babar the Elephant Comes to America (1985)
Thirteen at Dinner (1985)
Murder with Mirrors (1985)
Memed, My Hawk (1983)
Evil under the Sun (1982)
Wimbledon 1981 / Wimbledon: A Century of Greatness (1982)
Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen (1981)
The Great Muppet Caper (1981)
Grendel, Grendel, Grendel (1981)
Beowulf (1980)
Ashanti (1979)
Winds of Change (1979)
Nous Maigrirons Ensemble (1979)
Tarka the Otter (1979)
Death on the Nile (1978)
The Thief of Baghdad (1978)
Doppio Delitto (1978)
Jesus of Nazareth (1977)
The Last Remake of Beau Geste (1977)
The Mouse and His Child (1977)
The Purple Taxi (1977)
Logan's Run (1976)
Treasure of Matecumbe (1976)
Europe the Mighty Continent: Aftermath - How the Mighty Have Fallen (1976)
Europe the Mighty Continent: Allies - The End of War (1976)
Europe the Mighty Continent: English, D-Day & The Holocaust (1976)
Europe the Mighty Continent: Glory of Europe - 1900 - Hey Day Fever (1976)
Europe the Mighty Continent: Great War - This Generation Has No Future (1976)
Europe the Mighty Continent: League of Nations - The Hope of Mankind (1976)
Europe the Mighty Continent: New Europe - A Certain Amount of Violence (1976)
Europe the Mighty Continent: Results of War - Making a Good Peace? (1976)
Europe the Mighty Continent: Rise of the Dictators - Form! Riflemen! (1976)
Europe the Mighty Continent: Ruling Houses - 1900 (1976)
Europe the Mighty Continent: Search for Unity - A European Idea (1976)
Europe the Mighty Continent: Social Classes - 1900 - A World to Win (1976)
Europe the Mighty Continent: Years 1904-1914 - Drums Begin to Roll (1976)
One of Our Dinosaurs Is Missing (1975)
Sports Hour 16 (1975)
Robin Hood (1973)
Hammersmith Is Out (1972)
A Storm in Summer (1970)
Viva Max! (1969)
The Story of Babar the Little Elephant (1968)
Hot Millions (1968)
Blackbeard's Ghost (1967)
The Comedians (1967)
Barefoot in Athens (1966)
Lady L (1965)
Topkapi (1964)
John Goldfarb, Please Come Home (1964)
Billy Budd (1962)
La Donna Nel Mondo (1962)
Romanoff and Juliet (1961)
Spartacus (1960)
The Sundowners (1960)
School for Scoundrels (1960)
Adventures of Mr. Wonderbird (1959)
Les Espions (1957)
The Man Who Wagged His Tail (1957)
I Girovaghi (1957)
Lola Montès (1955)
We're No Angels (1955)
Beau Brummell (1954)
The Egyptian (1954)
Le Plaisir (1952)
Quo Vadis? (1951)
Hotel Sahara (1951)
The Magic Box (1951)
Odette (1950)
Private Angelo (1949)
Vice Versa (1947)
Carnival (1946)
School for Secrets (1946)
The Immortal Battalion (1944)
The Way Ahead (1944)
The Goose Steps Out (1942)
Let the People Sing (1942)
One of Our Aircraft Is Missing (1941)
Mein Kampf - My Crimes (1940)
Hullo Fame (1940)

1951: Golden Globe: Best Supporting Actor, Quo Vadis
1952/53: New York Drama Critics Circle: Best Foreign Play, The Love of Four Colonels
1953: Donaldson Award: Best First Play (author), The Love of Four Colonels
1957: Emmy: Best Single Performance by an Actor (lead or support), The Life of Samuel Johnson ("Omnibus" episode)
1959: Grammy: Best Recording for Children (Ustinov was the narrator), Peter and the Wolf
1960: Oscar: Best Supporting Actor, Spartacus
1964: Oscar: Best Supporting Actor, Topkapi
1966/67: Emmy: Outstanding Single Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Drama, Barefoot in Athens
1969/70: Emmy: Outstanding Single Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, A Storm in Summer
1972: Berlin Film Festival Special Prize for Artistic Originality, Hammersmith Is Out
1992: BAFTA Britannia

1967: Ustinov has an honorary doctorate in music from the Cleveland Institute of Music

Westminster School, England; began writing plays; left at 16 before taking exams
Mr. Gibbs Prep School, London, England
London Theater Studio, London, England (1937-39)

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