Sonntag, Juni 25, 2006

THE GREAT ACTOR PETER USTINOV



The first film I've seen with him in 1955 was "Quo Vadis" where Peter Ustinov was the emperor Nero... Immediately I became an Ustinov-Fan :-)

Peter Ustinov was born to Russian parents in London.

He quickly became interested in theatre and at the age of 17, in 1938, he made his first stage debut in ‘The Wood Demon’.
His acting career was put on hold during the Second World War, but he re-entered soon after, working as an actor, writer and producer.

It was in the 1960s that Peter Ustinov became an international star, receiving critical acclaim for his performances, amongst others, in ‘Spartacus’ and ‘Topkapi’, being nominated, and winning, Best Supporting Actor Oscars for both films.

He has made over 50 films, including starring a number of times as Hercule Poirot in the film adaptations of Agatha Christie’s crime novels.

Peter Ustinov was always a writer and director as well as an actor. His successes as a playwright include the works ‘Who’s Who in Hell’ and ‘Beethoven’s Tenth’. He directed major, critically acclaimed films, including ‘Romanoff and Juliet’ and ‘Hammersmith Is Out’ in 1972, which starred Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.

In later years, Peter returned to Hollywood to make a few, select films, and made regular appearance on TV talk shows.

But apart from this Peter Ustinov was also awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in 1975, and was knighted in 1990.

He was also the Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF from 1968 until his death, and Chancellor of the University of Durham from 1992 until his death. He was a Humanist Laureate, a member of the International Academy of Humanism.


He died of heart failure on the 28th March, 2004, at Genolier, Switzerland.

The photos above: Ustinov as Nero in "Quo Vadis" (1951)

7 Comments:

Blogger Sujay Sukumar said...

Hmmm...very interesting and informative.

4:06 nachm.  
Blogger castor said...

Yes, Ustinov has been a very interesting artist and humanist too!

10:54 nachm.  
Blogger Will said...

Ustinov was related to the very fine scenic designers Nicola and Alexandre Benois, as well as to the great Swedish tenor Nicolai Gedda. The stage was virtually infused into his blood while in the womb. It might have been even more remarkable if he HADN'T become a multi-talented actor/director/author. An extraordinary artist.

11:45 nachm.  
Blogger Daniel, the Guy in the Desert said...

He was so brilliant, and seemed to be such a kind and humane person. I think we in America didn't really get to see the full range of his contribution. Over here we mostly saw the films, but missed the play writing, the set desing work, the critical writing, etc. Have you read his autobiography? I did, but it's been 20 years or so(the 1st installment).

4:58 vorm.  
Blogger castor said...

to Will:
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This I didn't know! I only read about it when I looked into his biography before I wanted to publish something about him.
Very interesting!

8:53 vorm.  
Blogger castor said...

to Daniel:
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Sorry, I didn't read his autobiography... :-(
I only saw some interviews with him in the TV.

8:56 vorm.  
Blogger Cocaine Jesus said...

few are the humans who can claim tohave so many brilliants gifts. peter ustinov had a multitude of them.
great actor (hugely underated)
great mimic.
great comedian (one of the funniest men that i have ever seen)
great director.
great author.
great poet.
great philospher.
great playwright.
but most importantly of all...
great human being.

10:11 nachm.  

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