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Peter Ustinov is a Actor, Director, Scriptwriter and Producer British born on 16 april 1921

Peter Ustinov

Peter Ustinov
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Birth name Peter Alexander Ustinov
Nationality United-kingdom
Birth 16 april 1921
Death 28 march 2004 (at 82 years) at Genolier (Suisse)
Awards Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany

Sir Peter Alexander Ustinov, CBE FRSA (/ˈjuːstɪnɒf/ or /ˈuːstɪnɒf/; 16 April 1921 – 28 March 2004) was an English actor, writer and dramatist. He was also renowned as a filmmaker, theatre and opera director, stage designer, author, screenwriter, comedian, humorist, newspaper and magazine columnist, radio broadcaster, and television presenter. A noted wit and raconteur, he was a fixture on television talk shows and lecture circuits for much of his career. He was also a respected intellectual and diplomat who, in addition to his various academic posts, served as a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF and President of the World Federalist Movement.

Ustinov was the winner of numerous awards over his life, including two Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actor, Emmy Awards, Golden Globes and BAFTA Awards for acting, a Grammy Award for best recording for children, as well as the recipient of governmental honours from, amongst others, the United Kingdom, France and Germany. He displayed a unique cultural versatility that has frequently earned him the accolade of a Renaissance man. Miklós Rózsa, composer of the music for Quo Vadis and of numerous concert works, dedicated his String Quartet No. 1, Op. 22 (1950) to Ustinov.

In 2003, Durham University changed the name of its Graduate Society to Ustinov College in honour of the significant contributions Ustinov had made as Chancellor of the university from 1992 until his death.


Ustinov was married three times—first to Isolde Denham (1920-1987), daughter of Reginald Denham and Moyna Macgill. The marriage lasted from 1940 to their divorce in 1950, and they had one child, daughter Tamara Ustinov. Isolde was the half-sister of Angela Lansbury. His second marriage was to Suzanne Cloutier, which lasted from 1954 to their divorce in 1971. They had three children, two daughters, Pavla Ustinov and Andrea Ustinov, and a son, Igor Ustinov. His third marriage was to Helene du Lau d'Allemans, which lasted from 1972 to his death in 2004.

Ustinov suffered from diabetes and a weakened heart in his last years.

Best films

Spartacus (1960)
Robin Hood (1973)
Quo Vadis (1951)
Death on the Nile (1978)
Topkapi (1964)
The Purple Taxi (1977)

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Filmography of Peter Ustinov (81 films)

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Luther (2003)
, 2h3
Directed by Eric Till
Origin German
Genres Drama, Historical
Themes Films about religion
Actors Joseph Fiennes, Alfred Molina, Jonathan Firth, Peter Ustinov, Bruno Ganz, Maria Simon
Roles Frederick
Rating65% 3.2983453.2983453.2983453.2983453.298345
The film begins during a thunderstorm in 1505 as Luther is returning to his home. For fear of losing his life in the storm, Luther commits his life to God and becomes a monk.
Victoria & Albert
Actors Jonathan Firth, Victoria Hamilton, James Callis, Diana Rigg, Peter Ustinov, Patrick Malahide
Roles König William IV.
Rating73% 3.691283.691283.691283.691283.69128
Cette télésuite raconte les premières années de vie commune de la reine Victoria du Royaume-Uni et de son époux le prince consort Albert de Saxe-Cobourg-Gotha.
Animal Farm, 1h31
Directed by John Stephenson, John Stephenson
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Fantastic, Comedy, Animation
Themes Films about animals, Environmental films, Films about anarchism, Politique, Political films
Actors Kelsey Grammer, Ian Holm, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Patrick Stewart, Julia Ormond, Paul Scofield
Roles Old Major (voice)
Rating59% 2.9972852.9972852.9972852.9972852.997285
As a storm washes away the ruins of Manor Farm, Jessie, a female Border Collie, Benjamin the donkey, Muriel the goat, and other farm animals make their return to the farm after years of hiding in the wilderness. Jessie reflects on the events that led them to their current situation. The film flashes back years earlier.
The Bachelor, 1h38
Directed by Gary Sinyor
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Actors Chris O'Donnell, Renée Zellweger, Edward Asnere, Hal Holbrook, Artie Lange, James Cromwell
Roles Grandad
Rating50% 2.502042.502042.502042.502042.50204
Jimmie Shannon (Chris O'Donnell) wants to be a bachelor forever: a wild 'Mustang', free and never tied down. Eventually though, after three years he proposes to his girlfriend Anne (Renée Zellweger), in the most romantic restaurant in town—only he spoils the special occasion with a very crude approach. Anne is going to Greece for an assignment when Jimmie discovers his grandfather James Shannon (Peter Ustinov) has died and left him the family business, all his assets, and $100 million. But Jimmie can only have it if he is married by 6:05 p.m. on his 30th birthday, which happens to be the next day. He, his friend Marco (Artie Lange), and his grandfather's two friends and colleagues (Ed Asner and Hal Holbrook) must find a bride in the next few hours. With a priest (James Cromwell) in tow, they begin.
Alice in Wonderland, 2h9
Directed by Nick Willing
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Science fiction, Fantastic, Fantasy
Themes Films about animals, Films about magic and magicians, Films about cats, Mise en scène d'un lapin ou d'un lièvre, Films based on Alice in Wonderland, Children's films, Mise en scène d'un mammifère
Actors Tina Majorino, Miranda Richardson, Martin Short, Whoopi Goldberg, Simon Russell Beale, Robbie Coltrane
Roles Walrus
Rating62% 3.149763.149763.149763.149763.14976
The film follows the storyline of the book closely, save for adding some scenes from Through the Looking-Glass. It also changes the opening real world scene from Alice and her sister sitting at a riverbank to Alice in her bedroom, reluctantly practicing the song "Cherry Ripe", which she is expected to perform at a garden party. (The party guests are played by the same actors as the Wonderland characters, and are shown as resembling them in appearance and personality, in a similar manner to the MGM version of The Wizard of Oz. The toys in Alice's room also reflect the residents of Wonderland). Thanks to stage fright, and constant nagging from her confident music teacher, Alice runs out of the house and hides herself in the woods nearby until the party has ended. However, an apple floats down from the tree and seems to hover in Alice's face. She is suddenly distracted by a human-sized White Rabbit (voiced by Richard Coombs) rushing by. Curious, Alice follows the White Rabbit, falling down his rabbit hole and ending up in Wonderland.
Stiff Upper Lips
Directed by Gary Sinyor
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Comedy
Actors Sean Pertwee, Georgina Cates, Prunella Scales, Peter Ustinov, Samuel West, John Boswall
Roles Horace Wiggins
Rating60% 3.049833.049833.049833.049833.04983
England, 1908: Emily Ivory (Cates) is a wealthy young woman who lives with her Aunt Agnes (Scales) at Ivory's End, a large country house. At 22, as her aunt constantly reminds her, she is verging on spinsterhood. She meets her brother's best friend, Cedric Trilling (Portal), when the two come home from university. Aunt Agnes wants the two to fall in love: Cedric, however, is a pompous bore who is overly fond of quoting Homer on all sorts of not-quite-appropriate occasions; also, he's a repressed homosexual. When Emily's aunt sees the sparks failing to fly, she whisks everyone off to Italy, then India, hoping the romantic locations will bring on love.
Lorenzo's Oil, 2h9
Directed by George Miller
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Films set in Africa, Medical-themed films
Actors Nick Nolte, Susan Sarandon, Peter Ustinov, Ann Hearn, Kathleen Wilhoite, Gerry Bamman
Roles Professor Nikolais
Rating72% 3.6473753.6473753.6473753.6473753.647375
Lorenzo (Zack O'Malley Greenburg) is a bright and vibrant young boy living in the Comoro Islands, as his father Augusto (Nick Nolte) works for the World Bank and is stationed there. However, when his parents relocate to the United States, he begins to show neurological problems, such as loss of hearing, tantrums, etc. The boy is diagnosed as having adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD), which is fatal within two years. Failing to find a doctor capable of treating their son's rare disease, Augusto and his wife Michaela (Susan Sarandon) set out on a mission to find a treatment to save their child. In their quest, the Odones clash with doctors, scientists, and support groups, who are skeptical that anything could be done about ALD, much less by laypeople. But they persist, setting up camp in medical libraries, reviewing animal experiments, enlisting the aid of Professor Gus Nikolais (Peter Ustinov), badgering researchers, questioning top doctors all over the world, and even organizing an international symposium about the disease.
Granpa (1989)
, 26minutes
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Animation
Themes Children's films
Actors Peter Ustinov
Roles Granpa
Rating78% 3.9358553.9358553.9358553.9358553.935855
The film celebrates the relationship between a small girl named Emily (voiced by Emily Osborne), and her kindly but ailing grandfather (voiced by Peter Ustinov). Emily's playful innocence is contrasted with Granpa's increasing frailty. Aware that he will not be around for much longer, he shares his memories of adventures and days gone by.
The French Revolution, 5h24
Directed by Robert Enrico, Richard T. Heffron, Frédéric Auburtin
Origin France
Genres Drama, War, Thriller, Historical
Themes Politique, Political films, Histoire de France, French Revolution films, Films about royalty
Actors Klaus Maria Brandauer, Andrzej Seweryn, François Cluzet, Jean-François Balmer, Jane Seymour, Peter Ustinov
Roles Vicomte de Mirabeau
Rating75% 3.7916853.7916853.7916853.7916853.791685
Les événements relatés dans les deux parties de La Révolution française sont nombreux. Les producteurs ont voulu relever le défi inédit de couvrir l’ensemble de la période révolutionnaire et donc tous ses principaux événements (ce qui en fait d'ailleurs un film pédagogique malgré son parti pris clairement dantoniste). L'œuvre passe cependant très vite sur la guerre de Vendée, qui n’est mentionnée que quatre fois, notamment par Robespierre et Desmoulins, qui dénonce le massacre d’ « un peuple entier ». Le film se termine sur l’exécution de Robespierre et Saint-Just en 1794 et omet d'évoquer la suite des événements. Toutefois, la Révolution française s'étend jusqu'en 1799, année du coup d'État de Napoléon Bonaparte.
Appointment with Death, 1h42
Directed by Michael Winner
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime
Actors Peter Ustinov, Lauren Bacall, Piper Laurie, David Soul, John Gielgud, Carrie Fisher
Roles Hercule Poirot
Rating60% 3.049423.049423.049423.049423.04942
Emily Boynton, stepmother to the three Boynton children – Lennox, Raymond and Carol – and mother to Ginevra, blackmails the family lawyer, Jefferson Cope, into destroying a second will of her late husband that would have freed the children from her dominating influence.
Dead Man's Folly, 1h34
Directed by Clive Donner
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime
Actors Peter Ustinov, Jean Stapleton, Constance Cummings, Tim Pigott-Smith, Jonathan Cecil, Kenneth Cranham
Roles Hercule Poirot
Rating62% 3.147923.147923.147923.147923.14792
Durant un jeu de détective organisé par Arianne Oliver dans un club, un véritable meurtre est commis. Présent parmi les joueurs, Hercule Poirot se met à enquêter, aidé par son fidèle ami de toujours, le capitaine Hastings.
Murder in Three Acts, 1h34
Directed by Gary Nelson
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime
Actors Peter Ustinov, Tony Curtis, Emma Samms, Jonathan Cecil, Fernando Allende, Pedro Armendáriz (fils)
Roles Hercule Poirot
Rating61% 3.092253.092253.092253.092253.09225
Poirot joins his assistant Hastings in Acapulco, Mexico, where Hastings is staying. They go to a party at which the other guests include the writer Janet Crisp, the American actor Charles Cartwright, a clergyman called Babbington, Daisy Eastman and her daughter Egg, Dr Strange, and Ricardo Montoya. Babbington dies of poisoning, and then Strange is poisoned, too. Poirot hunts the murderer.
Thirteen at Dinner, 1h27
Directed by Lou Antonio
Origin USA
Genres Crime
Actors Peter Ustinov, Faye Dunaway, Diane Keen, Bill Nighy, Jonathan Cecil, David Suchet
Roles Hercule Poirot
Rating61% 3.0925253.0925253.0925253.0925253.092525
Hercule Poirot fait la connaissance sur un plateau de télévision de l'acteur Bryan Martin et de sa future partenaire à l'écran Jane Wilkinson, qui s'avère être en réalité Carlotta Adams, une imitatrice. Ils sont tous invités chez la véritable actrice qui apprécie le talent de Carlotta. Jane demande à Poirot d'intercéder en sa faveur auprès de son mari, Lord Edgware, pour obtenir son consentement en vue d'un divorce. Ce dernier assure à Poirot avoir pourtant déjà donné son consentement par écrit quelques mois plus tôt. Peu après, Lord Edgware est retrouvé mort.
Memed My Hawk
Directed by Peter Ustinov
Genres Drama
Actors Peter Ustinov, Herbert Lom, Michael Elphick, Rosalie Crutchley, Relja Bašić, Simon Dutton
Roles Abdi Aga
Rating64% 3.2351853.2351853.2351853.2351853.235185
In 1920s Turkey, a young peasant is smitten with a beautiful young girl, who has been promised in marriage to the fat, dullard cousin of the province's powerful and corrupt governor.