Peter Sellers would have been 88 years old this week. You probably know that Peter Sellers was considered a comedic genius of the highest order and is best remembered for playing bumbling Chief Inspector Clouseau in the Pink Panther movies. Here’s 6 facts about him that you probably didn’t know.
1. Real name:
Richard Henry Sellers. His parents however called him Peter after his stillborn older brother. Weird. Who knew?
2. Joined the Royal Air Force in 1943:
Sellers hoped to become a pilot, but his poor eyesight kept him on the ground. Who knew?
3. Played the drums:
4. 1964 was a good year:
Sellers starred in both Dr. Strangelove and The Pink Panther in 1964. Either one of those films would have been a career making achievement for an actor. For Sellers, it was simply a very good year. Who knew?
5. Was married 4 times:
6. Died from a heart attack at age 54:
Sellers was a manic-depressive personality who by nearly all accounts was a deeply unpleasant person to be around in real life, dramatically different from the comedic characters he portrayed onscreen, due perhaps in part to a long history of alcohol and drug abuse. Who knew?
Here’s the gag-reel from the Pink Panther movies, which is a hoot!
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