Sellers’ versatility enabled him to portray a wide range of comic characters. Satire and black humour were major features of many of his films. His performances had a strong influence on a number of later comedians. He was married four times and had three children from his first two marriages. His behaviour was often erratic and compulsive.
About Peter Sellers in brief
Peter Sellers CBE was an English film actor, comedian and singer. He performed in the BBC Radio comedy series The Goon Show. Sellers’ versatility enabled him to portray a wide range of comic characters. Satire and black humour were major features of many of his films. His performances had a strong influence on a number of later comedians. He was nominated three times for an Academy Award, twice for the Academy Award for Best Actor, for his performances in Dr. Strangelove and Being There. He died from a heart attack, aged 54, in 1980. The Boulting brothers described Sellers as ‘the greatest comic genius this country has produced since Charles Chaplin’ and called him ‘one of the most accomplished comic actors of the late 20th century’ He was married four times and had three children from his first two marriages. His behaviour was often erratic and compulsive, and he frequently clashed with his directors and co-stars, especially in the mid-1970s when his physical and mental health, together with his alcohol and drug problems, were at their worst. He had a close relationship with his mother, which his friend Spike Milligan later considered unhealthy for a grown man. He spent much time alone as an only child, though he was inclined to be dominated by his mother but without resentment or objection or objection to his mother. He moved to North London in 1935 and settled in Muswell Hill, North London, where he lived with his wife and three children until his death in 1980 at the age of 54.
He is survived by his wife, three children and two step-daughters. He has a daughter and a son, both of whom have died in the last few years of their lives. He also has a step-son, a son and a daughter-in-law who are both still living in the UK. His great-great-grandson is actor David Walliams, who starred in the film version of The Pink Panther series of films as Chief Inspector Clouseau. His son, David Sellers, is also an actor and has appeared in several films, including I’m All Right Jack and Lolita. His grandson, Peter Sellers Jr, is an actor who appeared in the TV series The X-Files and the film adaptation of The Godfather: Particulars, as well as starring in the television series The Grand Budapest Hotel and The Grand Hotel. His daughter, Peg, is the author of a book about her father’s life, The Last Laugh, which is published by Simon & Schuster. She was also a member of the Entertainments National Service Association and toured around England as a drummer in the 1930s and 1940s. She is also a former member of The Ray Sisters troupe, which toured Britain and the Far East in the 1940s and 1950s. He made his stage debut at the Kings Theatre, Southsea, when he was two weeks old. After the war, Sellers made his radio debut in ShowTime and he eventually became a regular performer on various BBC radio shows.