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Peter Ustinov (1921–2004)

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

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Spartacus Batiatus
Billy Budd
Billy Budd Edwin Fairfax Vere - Post Captain Royal Navy
Death on the Nile
Death on the Nile Hercule Poirot
Logan's Run
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 Stroughton
 2001 Victoria & Albert (TV Movie)
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)
 1998 Stiff Upper Lips
 1995 The Phoenix and the Magic Carpet
Grandfather / Phoenix (voice, as Sir Peter Ustinov)
 1995 The Old Curiosity Shop (TV Movie)
 1993 Wings of the Red Star MIG Force (TV Mini-Series)
 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 (TV Movie)
 1990 C'era un castello con 40 cani
Le vétérinaire Muggione
 1989 Granpa (TV Short)
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)
Narrator (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 Series)
King Edward VII
- Episode #1.1 (1980) ... King Edward VII
 1979 Tarka the Otter
Narrator (voice)
 1979 Nous maigrirons ensemble
Victor Lasnier
 1979 Ashanti
 1978 The Thief of Baghdad (TV Movie)
The Caliph
 1978 Death on the Nile
Hercule Poirot
 1978 Metamorphoses
Narrator (voice)
 1977 Doppio delitto
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 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 The Sound of Petula (TV Series)
 1973 Robin Hood
Prince John - A Lion / King Richard (voice)
 1972 Big Truck and Sister Clare
Israeli Truck Driver
 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 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 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
 1968 Klapzubova jedenáctka (TV Series)
- Muzi z Ria (1968)
 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)
 1965 The Peaches (Short)
Narrator (voice)
 1964 Topkapi
Arthur Simon Simpson
 1962 Billy Budd
Edwin Fairfax Vere - Post Captain Royal Navy
 1961 Romanoff and Juliet
The General
 1960 The Sundowners
Rupert Venneker
 1960 Spartacus
 1958 Folio (TV Series)
- Eugene Onegin (1958) ... Narrator
 1958 The Steve Allen Plymouth Show (TV Series)
Comedian / Various Customs Officials
- Episode #3.23 (1958) ... Comedian / Various Customs Officials
 1957-1958 Omnibus (TV Series)
Dr. Samuel Johnson / Marshal
- Moment of Truth (1958) ... Marshal
- Life of Samuel Johnson (1957) ... Dr. Samuel Johnson
- The Life of Samuel Johnson (1957) ... Dr. Samuel Johnson
 1957 The Man Who Wagged His Tail
Mr. Bossi
 1957 Les espions
Michel Kaminsky
 1956 I girovaghi
Don Alfonso Pugliesi
 1956 The Legend of the Good Beasts (Short)
The Storyteller
 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 The Magic Box
Industry Man
 1951 Quo Vadis
 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 Let the People Sing
Dr. Bentika
 1942 The Goose Steps Out
 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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Show Show Producer (6 credits)
Show Show Soundtrack (4 credits)
Show Show Miscellaneous Crew (2 credits)
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Show Show Self (201 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (27 credits)

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Stage: Wrote / produced / directed "House of Regrets", London, England. See more »

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

Alternate Names:

Sir Peter Ustinov


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His father was of one quarter Polish Jewish, one half Russian, one eighth African Ethiopian, and one eighth German, descent, while his mother was of one half Russian, one quarter Italian, one eighth French, and one eighth German, ancestry. Peter was a member of the royal family of Russia and the royal family of Ethiopia. Peter's paternal grandfather, Plato Grigorivich von Ustinov, was Russian. ... See more »

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