Richard Quine

Richard Quine (November 12, 1920 - June 10, 1989) was an American stage, film, and radio actor and film director.

He was born in Detroit, Michigan. He began his acting career aged eleven on Broadway, and appeared in his first film in 1934 - John Ford's The World Moves On. During the war he served in the US Coast Guard, marrying the actress Susan Peters in November of 1943. After WW II he tried directing, first as co-producer and co-director on Leather Gloves (1948), with William Asher, before his first solo effort on the musical The Sunny Side of the Street (1951). His most successful films came in the late 1950s, including Operation Madball (1957), Bell, Book and Candle (1958), Strangers When We Meet and The World of Suzie Wong both 1960.

He also produced such films as the William Holden / Audrey Hepburn comedy Paris When it Sizzles (1964).

His output fell in the 1960s and in the 1970s he made only three disappointing films. His final work was on Peter Sellers' The Prisoner of Zenda (1979), although he was briefly part of the crew for another Sellers film - The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu (1980).

After an extended period of depression and poor health he committed suicide in his Los Angeles home. He had divorced Peters in 1948 and married entertainer, singer, and noted beauty Fran Jeffries in 1965, his second marriage produced a daughter and lasted until his death.


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He had divorced Peters in 1948 and married entertainer, singer, and noted beauty Fran Jeffries in 1965, his second marriage produced a daughter and lasted until his death. Many of Sellers' comedy records were produced by George Martin. After an extended period of depression and poor health he committed suicide in his Los Angeles home. In some of above titles, Sellers appears only by his voice. Fu Manchu (1980). Lewis' biography was adapted for the HBO movie, The Life and Death of Peter Sellers (2004), with Geoffrey Rush in the title role. His final work was on Peter Sellers' The Prisoner of Zenda (1979), although he was briefly part of the crew for another Sellers film - The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Roger Lewis wrote about the "madness" and bizarre behavior of Sellers in his biography, The Life and Death of Peter Sellers (Applause Books, 1997).

His output fell in the 1960s and in the 1970s he made only three disappointing films. In his will he had explicitly requested that Glenn Miller's song "In The Mood" be played for his funeral; it is considered his last touch of humour, since he deeply hated that tune. He also produced such films as the William Holden / Audrey Hepburn comedy Paris When it Sizzles (1964). His premature death was perhaps hastened by his belief in so called "quack medicine", including psychic surgery. His most successful films came in the late 1950s, including Operation Madball (1957), Bell, Book and Candle (1958), Strangers When We Meet and The World of Suzie Wong both 1960. Sellers died of a heart attack on July 24, 1980, in London, England and was cremated. After WW II he tried directing, first as co-producer and co-director on Leather Gloves (1948), with William Asher, before his first solo effort on the musical The Sunny Side of the Street (1951). Another interesting trait of his character was his love for cars; he was believed to have owned and sold a few tens of different cars by the late sixties.

During the war he served in the US Coast Guard, marrying the actress Susan Peters in November of 1943. His wife at the time of his death was Lynne Frederick, who later married Sir David Frost. He began his acting career aged eleven on Broadway, and appeared in his first film in 1934 - John Ford's The World Moves On. Sellers was married four times, his second marriage was to the Swedish actress Britt Ekland. He was born in Detroit, Michigan. He was nominated twice for an Academy Award, but was unsuccessful on both occasions although he won a British Academy Award (BAFTA) for I'm Alright Jack. Richard Quine (November 12, 1920 - June 10, 1989) was an American stage, film, and radio actor and film director. He appeared with many stars, among them Shirley MacLaine, Sophia Loren, Maggie Smith, Goldie Hawn, Shelley Winters, Elke Sommer, Claudine Longet, and even Ringo Starr (The Beatles' drummer).

Other directors Sellers worked under include Roman Polanski, Paul Mazursky, and Billy Wilder. Commonly considered a master actor, sometimes described as an "obsessive perfectionist", Sellers found in Blake Edwards a devoted director who could delicately underline and follow his comic rhythms; Edwards defined Sellers as a "mercurial clown" who could turn comedy into drama, and vice-versa, in an instant. A late masterpiece for Sellers was the film Being There. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, easily varying from brilliant themes as in The Party, to more intense performances as in Lolita (from Vladimir Nabokov's notorious masterpiece).

Strangelove, and an officer of the RAF (the first two appearing in the same room throughout the film) in Stanley Kubrick's Dr. He played many other more challenging parts, notably the triple role consisting of the president of the United States, Dr. The movie The Trail of the Pink Panther was released posthumously in 1982, containing previously unused footage of Sellers. Sellers' first film successes were in 1959 in the British Ealing comedies, such as The Ladykillers, I'm All Right Jack and The Mouse That Roared; however, he is most famous for his role as the bungling Inspector Clouseau in the Pink Panther movies, which gave him a worldwide audience.

Success came as one of the goons on the radio programme The Goon Show with fellow comedians Spike Milligan, Harry Secombe and Michael Bentine and was followed by early television work. He phoned up a television producer pretending to be Kenneth Horne, who was currently in the show Much Binding in the Marsh, in order to get them on the phone. His success was quite slow in coming. Strangelove.

This helped Sellers in his later film Dr. During his leisure periods, he did impersonations of his superior officers, which could have gotten him a court-martial. During World War II, Sellers was an officer in the Royal Air Force. He is known to have performed at the Windmill Theatre.

He was an incredibly versatile artist: an excellent dancer, a skillful player of the ukulele and banjo, and a drummer good enough to tour with several jazz bands. Probably following his family in the vaudeville circuit, Sellers learnt this popular yet difficult art and the immediate instinct of the "gag". Sellers was born in Southsea, Hampshire, England, to a family of vaudeville entertainers. Richard Henry Sellers (September 8, 1925 - July 24, 1980), better known as Peter Sellers, was a British comedian, talented comic actor, and performer on The Goon Show (a long-running BBC radio show, 1951-1960).

Goodness Gracious Me (1960) with Sophia Loren. A Hard Day's Night (1965) (1993). Bangers and Mash (1961). Any Old Iron (1957).

Trail of the Pink Panther - posthumously (1982). The Great Pram Race (1980). Fu Manchu (1980). The Fiendish Plot of Dr.

Being There (1979), second nomination for an Academy Award for Best Actor. The Prisoner of Zenda (1979). The Revenge of the Pink Panther (1978). The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976).

Murder by Death (1976). The Return of the Pink Panther (1975). The Great McGonagall (1975), in which he plays Queen Victoria. Ghost In The Noonday Sun (1974).

The Optimists of Nine Elms (1974). Soft Beds, Hard Battles aka Undercovers Heroes (1973). The Blockhouse (1973). Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1972).

Where Does It Hurt? (1972). There's a Girl in My Soup (1971). Simon, Simon (1970). A Day at the Beach (1970).

Hoffman (1970). The Magic Christian (1970). Toklas (1968). I Love You, Alice B.

The Party aka Hollywood Party (1968). Woman Times Seven (1967). The Bobo (1967). Casino Royale (1967).

After the Fox (1966). The Wrong Box (1965). What's New Pussycat? (1965). Birds, Bees and Storks (1964).

Carol For Another Christmas (1964). A Shot in the Dark (1964, sequel to The Pink Panther). The World of Henry Orient (1964). Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964 - first Oscar nomination).

Dr. The Pink Panther (1964). Light of Day (1963). Heavens Above! (1963).

The Wrong Arm of the Law (1963). Trial and Error aka The Dock Brief (1962). Lolita (1962). Waltz of the Toreadors (1962).

The Road to Hong Kong (1962). Only Two Can Play (1962). Topaze aka I Like Money (1961). Mr.

Climb Up the Wall (1960). The Millionairess (1960). Never Let Go (1960). Two-Way Stretch (1960).

The Battle of the Sexes (1960). The Running, Jumping and Standing Still Film (1960). I'm All Right, Jack (1959). The Mouse That Roared (1959).

Carlton-Browne of the F.O. aka Man in a Cocked Hat (1959). Up the Creek (1958). Tom Thumb (1958). The Naked Truth aka Your Past Is Showing (1958).

Dearth of a Salesman (1957). Insomnia Is Good For You (1957). Cold Comfort (1957). The Smallest Show on Earth (1957).

The Case of the Mukkineese Battlehorn (1956). The Ladykillers (1956). The Man Who Never Was (1956). John and Julie (1955).

Orders are Orders (1954). Malaga (voice of 14 characters) (1954). Our Girl Friday aka The Adventures of Sadie (1954). The Super Secret Service (1953).

Beat the Devil (Humphrey Bogart's voice) (1953). Down Among the Z Men (1952). Penny Points to Paradise (1951). Burlesque of Carmen (1951).

Let's Go Crazy (1951). London Entertains (1951). The Black Rose (1950).

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