Peter Cushing

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Peter Cushing
Born May 26, 1913(1913-05-26)
Kenley, Surrey, England
Died August 11, 1994(1994-08-11) (aged 81)
Canterbury, Kent, England
Nationality British
Occupation Actor

Peter Cushing, OBE (26 May 1913 – 11 August 1994) was an English actor. He is best known for his roles in horror movies and Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.

Career[change | change source]

Born Peter Wilton Cushing in Surrey, England. His movie career began in 1939 in a small role in The Man in the Iron Mask (1939), followed by Laddie (1940). He interpreted the role of Osric, in the classic written by William Shakespeare, Hamlet (1948), with Laurence Olivier.

His best roles he played in his career were the Victor Frankenstein, in the British horror movie The Curse of Frankenstein (1957), by Terence Fisher he plays of role brilliantly, Victor creates a monster in the attic of his castle. His other role was that of Doctor Van Helsing in Dracula (1958), in this movie he must fight Dracula. In these two movies he was accompanied by another great actor Christopher Lee. They formed a very successful duo, starring in dozens of Hammer movies as The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959), The Mummy (1959), The Gorgon (1964), Dr. Terror's House of Horrors (1965). They clashed again as Van Helsing and Dracula, in Dracula A.D. 1972 (1972), and The Satanic Rites of Dracula (1974).

Also re-interpret the character of Baron Frankenstein, in The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958), The Evil of Frankenstein (1964), by Freddie Francis, Frankenstein Created Woman (1967), Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed (1969), and Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell (1974), directed by Terence Fisher.

Peter Cushing also teamed with Vincent Price in movies including Scream and Scream Again (1970), Dr. Phibes Rises Again (1972), Madhouse (1974), which plays an evil agent movie., and House of the Long Shadows (1983).

In 1977 he obtained the role of Grand Moff Tarkin, in Star Wars by George Lucas.

In the last years of his career had appearances in some comedies Top Secret! (1984).

His last job was in 1986 in the movie Biggles (1986).

In 1982 he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. He died of the disease in 1994.

Television[change | change source]

Cushing also made ​television, in mystery series, including Sherlock Holmes (1968), as Sherlock Holmes, The Avengers, Great Mysteries, Space: 1999, The New Avengers, Hammer House of Horror, and the TV movies The Masks of Death (1984), as Sherlock Holmes

Filmography[change | change source]

Movies
Year Títle Role Note
1939 The Man in the Iron Mask Second Officer
1940 Laddie Robert Pryor
1940 A Chump at Oxford Student (Jones)
1940 Vigil in the Night Joe Shand
1940 The Hidden Master (short) Robert Clive
1940 Women in War Capt. Evans (uncredited)
1940 The Howards of Virginia Leslie Stephens (uncredited)
1941 They Dare Not Love Sub-Lieutenant Blackler (uncredited)
1948 Hamlet Osric
1952 Moulin Rouge Marcel de la Voisier
1954 The Black Knight The Black Knight
1955 The End of the Affair Henry Miles
1955 Magic Fire Otto Wesendonk
1956 Alexander the Great General Memnon
1957 Time Without Pity Jeremy Clayton
1957 The Curse of Frankenstein Victor Frankenstein
1957 The Abominable Snowman Dr. John Rollason
1958 Violent Playground Father Laidlaw
1958 Dracula Van Helsing
1958 The Revenge of Frankenstein Doctor Victor Stein
1959 The Hound of the Baskervilles Sherlock Holmes
1959 John Paul Jones Captain Richard Pearson
1959 The Mummy John Banning
1960 Manía Dr. Robert Knox
1960 Cone of Silence Capt. Clive Judd
1960 The Brides of Dracula Dr. J. Van Helsing
1960 Suspect Capt. Clive Judd
1960 Sword of Sherwood Forest Sheriff of Nottingham
1961 The Hellfire Club Merryweathe
1961 Fury at Smugglers' Bay Squire Trevenyan
1961 The Naked Edge Mr. Evan Wrack
1962 Cash on Demand Fordyce
1963 The Man Who Finally Died Dr. Peter von Brecht
1964 The Evil of Frankenstein Baron Frankenstein
1964 The Gorgon Dr. Namaroff
1965 Dr. Terror's House of Horrors Dr. Terror
1965 She Holly
1965 The Skull Dr. Christopher Maitland
1965 Dr. Who and the Daleks Dr. Who
1966 Island of Terror Dr. Brian Stanley
1966 Daleks' Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D. Dr. Who
1967 Some May Live John Meredith
1967 Frankenstein Created Woman Baron Frankenstein
1967 Night of the Big Heat Dr. Vernon Stone
1967 Torture Garden Lancelot Canning
1968 The Blood Beast Terror Detective Inspector Quennell
1968 Corruption Sir John Rowan
1969 Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed Baron Frankenstein
1970 Scream and Scream Again Major Heinrich Benedek
1970 One More Time Dr. Frankenstein (uncredited)
1970 The Vampire Lovers General von Spielsdorf
1971 The House That Dripped Blood Philip Grayson
1971 Twins of Evil Gustav Weil
1971 I, Monster Frederick Utterson
1972 Incense for the Damned Dr. Walter Goodrich
1972 Tales from the Crypt Arthur Edward Grimsdyke
1972 Dracula A.D. 1972 Professor Van Helsing
1972 Fear in the Night The Headmaster/Michael Carmichael
1972 Dr. Phibes Rises Again Captain
1972 Asylum Mr. Smith
1972 Horror Express Dr. Wells
1973 Nothing But the Night Sir Mark Ashley
1973 The Creeping Flesh Emmanuel Hildern
1973 And Now the Screaming Starts! Dr. Pope
1973 The Satanic Rites of Dracula Prof. Van Helsing
1974 From Beyond the Grave The Proprietor
1974 Madhouse Herbert Flay
1974 The Beast Must Die Dr. Christopher Lundgren
1974 Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell Baron Victor Frankenstein
1974 The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires Professor Laurence Van Helsing
1974 Tendre Dracula MacGregor
1975 The Ghoul Dr. Lawrence
1975 Legend of the Werewolf Prof. Paul
1975 Shatter Paul Rattwood
1976 Trial by Combat Sir Edward Gifford
1976 At the Earth's Core Dr. Abner Perry
1976 The Devil's Men Baron Corofax
1977 Star Wars Grand Moff Tarkin
1977 Shock Waves SS Commander
1977 The Uncanny Wilbur Gray
1977 Die Standarte Baron von Hackenberg
1978 Son of Hitler Heinrich Haussner
1979 A Touch of the Sun Commissioner Potts
1979 Arabian Adventure Wazir Al Wuzara
1981 Mystery on Monster William T. Kolderup
1981 Black jack Sir Thomas Bedford
1983 House of the Long Shadows Sebastian Grisbane
1984 Top Secret! Bookstore Proprietor
1984 Sword of the Valiant: The Legend of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight Seneschal / Gaspar
1986 Biggles Colonel William Raymond

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