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Peter Cushing

Peter Cushing
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Birth name Peter Wilton Cushing
Nationality United-kingdom
Birth 26 may 1913
Death 11 august 1994 (at 81 years) at Canterbury (United-kingdom)
Awards Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, British Academy Television Award for Best Actor

Peter Wilton Cushing, OBE (26 May 1913 – 11 August 1994) was an English actor and a BAFTA TV Award Best Actor winner in 1956. He is mainly known for his many appearances in Hammer Films, in which he played the sinister scientist Baron Frankenstein, Sherlock Holmes and the vampire hunter Dr. Van Helsing, among many other roles. He appeared frequently opposite Christopher Lee, and occasionally Vincent Price. A familiar face on both sides of the Atlantic, Cushing's best-known roles outside the Hammer productions include Grand Moff Tarkin in the original Star Wars movie (1977) and Dr. Who in Dr. Who and the Daleks (1965) and Daleks – Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D. (1966), films based on the Doctor Who television series.


In 1971, Cushing withdrew from the filming of Blood from the Mummy's Tomb following the death of his wife, actress Violet Helene Beck (8 February 1905 – 14 January 1971), to whom he had been married since 1943. The following year, he was quoted in the Radio Times as having said, "Since Helen passed on I can't find anything; the heart, quite simply, has gone out of everything. Time is interminable, the loneliness is almost unbearable and the only thing that keeps me going is the knowledge that my dear Helen and I will be reunited again some day. To join Helen is my only ambition. You have my permission to publish that ... really, you know, dear boy, it's all just killing time. Please say that."

In his autobiography, Cushing implies that he attempted suicide on the night of his wife's death by running up and down stairs in the vain hope that it would induce a heart attack. He later stated that this had simply been a hysterical response borne out of grief, and that he had not purposely attempted to end his life; a poem left by Helen had implored him not to die until he had lived his life to the full, and he had resolved that to commit suicide would have meant letting her down. Although not conventionally religious, Cushing maintained a belief both in God and an afterlife. Cushing's colleagues of that period commented on his deeply Christian faith and his conviction that his separation from his wife was only temporary.

The effects of his wife's death proved to be as much physical as mental. For his role in Dracula A.D. 1972, Cushing had originally been cast as the father of Stephanie Beacham's character, but had aged so visibly and lost so much weight that the script was hastily re-written to make him her grandfather: it was done again in the last Dracula film from Hammer, The Satanic Rites of Dracula. In a silent tribute to Helen, a shot of Van Helsing's desk includes a photograph of her. He repeated the role of the man who lost family in other horror films, including Asylum (1972), The Creeping Flesh (1973), and The Ghoul (1975). In 1986, Cushing appeared on the BBC TV show Jim'll Fix It, his wish being to have a strain of rose named after Helen; the "Helen Cushing Rose" was the result. As the 1970s ended, Cushing did two final Hammer films, Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell and The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires.

Best films

Star Wars (1977)
Top Secret! (1984)
49th Parallel (1941)
Hamlet (1948)

Usually with

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Christopher Lee
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Milton Subotsky
Milton Subotsky
(16 films)
Max Rosenberg
Max Rosenberg
(16 films)
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Roy Ashton
(14 films)
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Filmography of Peter Cushing (100 films)

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Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten, 2h3
Directed by Julien Temple
Genres Documentary, Musical
Themes Films about music and musicians, Documentary films about music and musicians, Documentaire sur une personnalité, Musical films
Actors Brigitte Bardot, Michael Peter Balzary, Steve Buscemi, John Cusack, Johnny Depp, Matt Dillon
Rating74% 3.745383.745383.745383.745383.74538
En tant que leader du groupe punk Clash à partir de 1977, Joe Strummer a profondément marqué l'existence de ses contemporains. Cinq ans après sa mort, cette influence perdure à travers le monde entier. Joe Strummer : The Future is Unwritten est un portrait sans complaisance de Joe Strummer, décrit non seulement comme musicien et légende du rock, mais aussi comme un véritable témoin de notre temps.
Biggles (1986)
, 1h32
Directed by John Hough
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Science fiction, War, Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Themes Transport films, Time travel films, Aviation films, Political films
Actors Alex Hyde-White, Fiona Hutchison, Peter Cushing, Marcus Gilbert, William Hootkins, Francesca Gonshaw
Roles Air Commodore Colonel William Raymond
Rating55% 2.799662.799662.799662.799662.79966
Catering salesman Jim Ferguson (Alex Hyde-White), living in the present time in New York City, falls through a time hole to 1917 where he saves the life of dashing Royal Flying Corps pilot James "Biggles" Bigglesworth (Neil Dickson) after his photo recon mission is shot down. Before he can work out what has happened, Jim is zapped back to the 1980s. With assistance from Biggles' former commanding officer Raymond (Peter Cushing) who lives in the Tower Bridge in London, Ferguson learns that he and Biggles are "time twins", spontaneously travelling through time when one or the other is in mortal danger. Together, Ferguson and Biggles fight across time and against the odds to stop the Germans changing the course of history by destroying a "Sound Weapon" with a Metropolitan Police helicopter that was stolen by Biggles while escaping a SWAT Team in 1986 London.
Sword of the Valiant: The Legend of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, 1h42
Directed by Stephen Weeks
Origin USA
Genres Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Themes Films about magic and magicians, Poésie, Adaptation d'un poème
Actors Miles O'Keeffe, Sean Connery, Cyrielle Clair, Trevor Howard, Leigh Lawson, Peter Cushing
Roles Seneschal
Rating44% 2.2154752.2154752.2154752.2154752.215475
The film begins with a feast in a great hall during winter. The king is ashamed of how comfortable they have all grown to live, and questions the bravery of all knights present. A knight on horseback storms through the door and the crowd falls silent as the knight, all in green and carrying a large axe, walks up to the throne. He asks if any man has enough courage to challenge him to a game. The king shames the knights around the hall for not volunteering, and in an act of showmanship announces he himself shall take the challenge given by the green knight. Finally, a young squire named Gawain speaks up and accepts the challenge in lieu of the king. The knight tells Gawain that he has one chance to behead him, but then the knight gets to return the favor. The king grants Gawain knighthood so that he can fulfill the requirements of the challenge. Gawain beheads the knight but then the knight's torso walks up and grabs the head and puts it back on his body. The crowd is stunned and the knight tells Gawain to kneel so he can make his blow. The knight then pauses and considers that Gawain is merely a boy who has not yet even grown a beard. The knight says he will return in one year, enough for the boy to grow a beard, to claim his side of the bargain. Gawain questions the knight "must I spend the year awaiting death at your hand?".
Top Secret!, 1h30
Directed by Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Action, Adventure, Spy
Themes Spy films, Films about music and musicians, Politique, Political films
Actors Val Kilmer, Lucy Gutteridge, Omar Sharif, Peter Cushing, Michael Gough, Jeremy Kemp
Roles Bookstore Proprietor
Rating71% 3.5989753.5989753.5989753.5989753.598975
Nick Rivers (Kilmer), a United States rock star, has the number one song in America ("Skeet Surfing"). He travels to East Germany to perform at a cultural festival, and at a dinner, he sees the beautiful Hillary Flammond (Gutteridge), a member of the resistance movement, attempting to avoid the authorities. He pretends to be her date to get to know her, and performs an impromptu song and dance ("Tutti-Frutti") mistakenly thinking that he was asked to do so, to the delight of Hillary and the crowd but to the annoyance of the emcee who intended to introduce someone else. He later sees Hillary at a ballet, where she is trying to meet with a resistance contact, but is met by the police instead. Nick saves her and they try to escape, but Nick turns himself in so that Hillary can get away. He is taken to a prison where he is questioned and tortured, but he knows nothing and does not break. In an escape attempt, he ends up in the secret lab of Dr. Paul Flammond (Gough), a brilliant scientist developing the "Polaris naval mine", a device that can destroy the entire NATO submarine fleet; the Germans force him to work by threatening to kill his daughter Hillary. Nick is recaptured and scheduled for execution.
The Masks of Death, 1h12
Directed by Roy Ward Baker
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Thriller, Crime
Themes Sherlock Holmes films, Buddy films
Actors Peter Cushing, John Mills, Anne Baxter, Ray Milland, Anton Diffring, Gordon Jackson
Roles Sherlock Holmes
Rating61% 3.095653.095653.095653.095653.09565
The story takes place in 1913. Sherlock Holmes, virtually in retirement, is persuaded by Inspector Alec MacDonald of Scotland Yard to take on a baffling case. Three dead bodies have been found in London's East End, all with no discernible cause of death, but the expressions on their faces suggest that they all died in a state of terror.
House of the Long Shadows, 1h40
Directed by Pete Walker
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Thriller, Comedy, Horror comedy, Horror
Themes Ghost films, Comedy horror films
Actors Vincent Price, Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, John Carradine, Sheila Keith, Julie Peasgood
Roles Sebastian Grisbane
Rating62% 3.10143.10143.10143.10143.1014
Kenneth Magee (Desi Arnaz, Jr.), a young writer, bets $20,000 that he can write a Wuthering Heights-calibre novel in 24 hours. To get in the mood for the undertaking, he goes to a deserted Welsh manor. Upon his arrival, however, Magee discovers that the manor is not as empty as he was told. Still there are Lord Grisbane (Carradine) and his daughter, Victoria (Sheila Keith), who have been maintaining the mansion on their own. As the stormy night progresses, more people come to the mansion, including Lord Grisbane's sons Lionel (Price) and Sebastian (Cushing), Magee's publisher's secretary, Mary Norton (Julie Peasgood), and Corrigan (Lee), a potential buyer of the property.
A Tale of Two Cities, 2h42
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Historical, Animation, Romance
Themes Political films, French Revolution films
Actors Chris Sarandon, Peter Cushing, Alice Krige, Billie Whitelaw, Nigel Hawthorne, Flora Robson
Roles Dr. Alexander Manette
Rating65% 3.2926053.2926053.2926053.2926053.292605
Dickens' London-lawyer hero (Chris Sarandon) makes the ultimate sacrifice for the woman he loves in Paris during the Reign of Terror.
Arabian Adventure, 1h38
Directed by Kevin Connor
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Science fiction, Fantastic, Fantasy, Adventure
Actors Christopher Lee, Oliver Tobias, Milo O'Shea, Peter Cushing, Capucine, Puneet Sira
Roles Wazir Al Wuzara
Rating56% 2.810742.810742.810742.810742.81074
Un magicien adepte de la magie noire, Alquazar, obtient des forces du mal, en échange de son âme, le secret pour devenir le maître du monde. Mais les deux héros, le jeune Majeed et le prince Hasan, vont tout faire pour l'en empêcher.
Star Wars
Star Wars (1977)
, 2h1
Directed by George Lucas
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Fantastic, Adventure
Themes Space adventure films, Monde imaginaire, Dans l'espace, Sur une planète fictive, Films about extraterrestrial life, Space opera, Children's films, Films about extraterrestrial life, Robot films
Actors Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Peter Cushing, Alec Guinness, Peter Mayhew
Roles Grand Moff Tarkin
Rating82% 4.116484.116484.116484.116484.11648
The galaxy is in a civil war, and spies for the Rebel Alliance have stolen plans to the Galactic Empire's Death Star, a heavily armed and armored space station capable of destroying entire planets. Rebel leader Princess Leia is in possession of the plans, but her ship is captured by Imperial forces under the command of the evil Lord Darth Vader. Before she is captured Leia hides the plans in the memory of an astromech droid called R2-D2, along with a holographic recording. The droid, accompanied by fellow protocol droid C-3PO, escape from the captured ship to the desert planet Tatooine.
The Standard
Directed by Ottokar Runze
Origin Austria
Genres War, Action, Historical, Romance
Actors Simon Ward, Verónica Forqué, Siegfried Rauch, Robert Hoffmann, Jon Finch, Peter Cushing
Roles Baron Hackenberg
Rating60% 3.005593.005593.005593.005593.00559
1918, vers la fin de la Première Guerre mondiale. Le jeune fähnrich Herbert Menis vit avec Resa Lang, une demoiselle de compagnie, son premier amour. Mais il voit peu à peu son idéal disparaître peu à peu. Un régiment de soldats ruthéniens, polonais et galicien commence à se mutiner et à s'élever contre les supérieurs et donc la famille impériale. Menis reçoit de la main d'un camarade qui agonise l'étendard du régiment, le symbole de l'Empire qui vacille.
The Uncanny, 1h28
Directed by Denis Héroux
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Horror
Themes Films about animals, Films about cats
Actors Peter Cushing, Ray Milland, Joan Greenwood, Samantha Eggar, Donald Pleasence, John Vernon
Roles Wilbur Gray
Rating57% 2.8528352.8528352.8528352.8528352.852835
In 1977, in Montreal, the scared writer Wilbur Gray (Peter Cushing) visits his publisher Frank Richards (Ray Milland) to disclose his new book about the evilness of cats. Wilbur tells that the felines are supernatural creatures, and that there is a saying in which the cat would be the devil in disguise. Wilbur tells three tales to illustrate his thoughts:
Shock Waves, 1h25
Directed by Ken Wiederhorn
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, War, Horror
Themes Medical-themed films, Seafaring films, Transport films, Zombie films, Films about viral outbreaks, Political films, Disaster films
Actors Peter Cushing, Brooke Adams, John Carradine, Luke Halpin
Roles SS Commander
Rating54% 2.748122.748122.748122.748122.74812
The film opens as Rose is found drifting alone in a small rowboat. Two fishermen find the dinghy and pull her onto their boat, barely alive and in a horrible state. Her voiceover indicates she had been rescued from some terrifying experience. The film's events are flashbacks.
The Devil's Men, 1h35
Directed by Kostas Karagiannis
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Fantastic, Horror
Actors Donald Pleasence, Peter Cushing, Luan Peters
Roles Baron Corofax
Rating43% 2.1598852.1598852.1598852.1598852.159885
Tourists visiting a Greek archeological site are being abducted by a strange cult, intent on providing their God - the Minotaur - with sacrifice. Irish priest Father Roche (Donald Pleasence) enlists the help of former pupil and a private detective to find out what has happened to them.