Who Knew? Peter Sellers

by Staff on September 10, 2014

in LISTS, WHO KNEW?

petersellersPeter 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:

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Sellers hoped to become a pilot, but his poor eyesight kept him on the ground. Who knew?

3. Played the drums:

Sellers played the drums with a number of touring bands among his other talents and was even billed once as “Britain’s answer to Gene Krupa.” Who knew?
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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:

Ann Howe 1951-1961
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Britt Ekland 1964 -1968
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Miranda Quarry 1970-1974
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Lynne Frederick 1977-1980. Who knew?
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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?

Bonus:

Here’s the gag-reel from the Pink Panther movies, which is a hoot!

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