Peter Sellers
Richard Henry Sellers, CBE (8 September 1925 – 24 July 1980), known as Peter Sellers, was a British
United Kingdom
The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandIn the United Kingdom and Dependencies, other languages have been officially recognised as legitimate autochthonous languages under the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages...

A comedian or comic is a person who seeks to entertain an audience, primarily by making them laugh. This might be through jokes or amusing situations, or acting a fool, as in slapstick, or employing prop comedy...

 and actor. Perhaps best known as Chief Inspector Clouseau
Inspector Clouseau
Chief Inspector Jacques Clouseau is a fictional character in Blake Edwards' The Pink Panther series. In most of the films, he was played by Peter Sellers, with one film in which he was played by Alan Arkin and one in which he was played by an uncredited Roger Moore...

 in The Pink Panther
The Pink Panther
The Pink Panther is a series of comedy films featuring the bungling French police detective Jacques Clouseau that began in 1963 with the release of the film of the same name. The role was originated by, and is most closely associated with, Peter Sellers...

film series, he is also notable for playing three different characters in Dr. Strangelove, as Clare Quilty in Lolita
Lolita (1962 film)
Lolita is a 1962 comedy-drama film by Stanley Kubrick based on the classic novel of the same title by Vladimir Nabokov. The film stars James Mason as Humbert Humbert, Sue Lyon as Dolores Haze and Shelley Winters as Charlotte Haze with Peter Sellers as Clare Quilty.Due to the MPAA's restrictions at...

, and as the TV-addicted man-child Chance the gardener in his penultimate film, Being There
Being There
Being There is a 1979 American comedy-drama film directed by Hal Ashby. Adapted from the 1971 novella written by Jerzy Kosinski, the screenplay was coauthored by Kosinski and Robert C. Jones. The film stars Peter Sellers, Shirley MacLaine, Melvyn Douglas, Jack Warden, Richard A...

. Leading actress Bette Davis
Bette Davis
Ruth Elizabeth "Bette" Davis was an American actress of film, television and theater. Noted for her willingness to play unsympathetic characters, she was highly regarded for her performances in a range of film genres, from contemporary crime melodramas to historical and period films and occasional...

 once remarked of him, "He isn't an actor—he's a chameleon."

Sellers rose to fame on the BBC Radio comedy series The Goon Show
The Goon Show
The Goon Show was a British radio comedy programme, originally produced and broadcast by the BBC Home Service from 1951 to 1960, with occasional repeats on the BBC Light Programme...


Some forms of reality are so horrible we refuse to face them, unless we are trapped into it by comedy. To label any subject unsuitable for comedy is to admit defeat.

As quoted in Mr. Strangelove: A Biography of Peter Sellers (1999) by Ed Sikov|Ed Sikov

Who in the world am I? Ah, that's the great puzzle!

As quoted in Mr. Strangelove: A Biography of Peter Sellers (1999) by Ed Sikov

Gentlemen! You can't fight in here, this is the War Room!

As "President Merkin Muffley" in Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb|Dr. Strangelove (1964)

We don't want to start a nuclear war unless we really have to, now do we Jack?

As "Captain Mandrake" to Colonel Jack Ripper in Dr. Strangelove (1964)

Mein Führer! I can walk!

As "Dr. Strangelove" in Dr. Strangelove (1964)

It won't be easy, that is why I have always failed where others have succeeded.

As "Inspector Clouseau" in Pink Panther|The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976)

Conversation like television set on honeymoon... unnecessary.

As "Mr. Wang" in Murder by Death|Murder by Death (1976)

I like to watch.

As "Chance" the gardener in Being There|Being There (1979)