More Peter Ustinov Bios & Profiles
Biography #2 (for Luther)SIR Peter Ustinov is an Academy Award-winning actor, author, playwright, producer, raconteur and citizen of the world. Ustinov speaks six languages and his works include twenty plays, eight books and many film scripts in addition to his formidable credit list of 80-plus films. Ustinov was knighted in 1990 by Queen Elizabeth II. His cinematic career began in his native England, where he was born in London on April 16, 1921. He wrote, directed, produced and appeared in several films, including One of Our Aircraft is Missing, before he was called upon to serve in the military during WWII. After the war, Ustinov made his U.S. film debut and scorched the screen, almost literally, in the role of the petulant despot, Emperor Nero, in MGM epic Quo Vadis?, for which he received his first of three Oscar nominations as Best Supporting Actor. Ustinov received two Oscars for Best Supporting Actor; his first for Spartacus and his second for Topkapi. He also received an Oscar nomination for his screenplay Hot Millions. His other films credits include Beau Brummell, The Egyptian, We're No Angels, Lola Montes, Billy Budd, which he also wrote, produced and directed, Blackbeard's Ghost, Viva Max!, Logan's Run, Jesus of Nazareth and Lorenzo's Oil, among many others. He portrayed Agatha Christie's famed literary detective Hercule Poirot in Death on the Nile and reprised the role for the films Evil Under the Sun and Appointment With Death, as well as the television productions of Thirteen at Dinner, Dead Man's Folly and Murder in Three Acts. As a television producer his credits include "75 Years of the Academy Awards: An Unofficial History, Inside the Vatican, Peter Ustinov's Russia: A Personal Journey, Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures and On the Trail of Mark Twain," as well as numerous productions for German-language television. Additionally, Ustinov became Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF in 1969 and is President of the World Federalist Union.
Bio courtesy R.S. Entertainment for "Luther" (05-Oct-2003)