Sir Peter Ustinov RIP

Message Bookmarked
Bookmark Removed
At the age of 82 in Switzerland.

Michael Jones (MichaelJ), Monday, 29 March 2004 10:05 (twenty years ago) link

RIP. Best Nero EVAH...

robster (robster), Monday, 29 March 2004 10:09 (twenty years ago) link

I am desparate to see this film all of a sudden.

Jerry the Nipper (Jerrynipper), Monday, 29 March 2004 10:12 (twenty years ago) link

One of my very first records (received at xmas along with a record player, mono, pull back the arm to start the turntable), was "The Two Peters" e.p. Peter Sellers and Ustinov. "Mock Mozart" and "Phoney folk lore", both tracks made with voices/noises by PU. (harpsicord added to first), I can honestly say this inspired me to do lots of recordings by squeezing my tape recorder button halfway down so as to record but not erase...

mark grout (mark grout), Monday, 29 March 2004 10:15 (twenty years ago) link

v. good, madchen.


RJG (RJG), Monday, 29 March 2004 13:06 (twenty years ago) link

One of my images is missing!

(It should be Lola Montes. I have a very vivid memory of seeing 'OooDiM' one Saturday morning at the Stevenage ABC in the 1970s.)

Jerry the Nipper (Jerrynipper), Monday, 29 March 2004 13:09 (twenty years ago) link

Pete and Bernie's Philosophical Steakhouse will now never see the light of day...

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Monday, 29 March 2004 13:13 (twenty years ago) link

I am gutted. He was a lovely man. I met him when he was chancellor of my Uni and he gave me my degree, afterwards I was lucky enough to sit at a dinner table with him and he told me rude stories. I wished he'd been my grandad, that would have been ace.

badger Kitten (badger Kitten), Monday, 29 March 2004 15:09 (twenty years ago) link

Until I opened this thread, I was thinking of Sir Patrick Moore. I'm not sure why I'd think he was Peter Ustinov. After my initial confusion, it took me quite a few minutes to remember Sir Patrick Moore's actual name. I don't think I've seen any films with the real Peter Ustinov in where he's not Poirot. I'm sorry he's dead. R.I.P.

Cathy (Cathy), Monday, 29 March 2004 16:01 (twenty years ago) link

He was King John to Terry Thomas's Sir Hiss....RIP Peter Ustinov.

..., Monday, 29 March 2004 16:58 (twenty years ago) link

Heh, that's right!

I grew up knowing him best with his Poirot turns, and I still think Evil Under the Sun is a brilliant confection -- Guy Hamilton directing, Cole Porter arrangements on the soundtrack, great cast and gorgeous scenery. Ustinov takes casual control of it all and has a blast.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Monday, 29 March 2004 17:01 (twenty years ago) link

For some reason I'll always think of him as the voice of whichever character he did the voice for in Disny's Robin Hood.

The Huckle-Buck (Horace Mann), Monday, 29 March 2004 17:23 (twenty years ago) link

Uh, two posts up, Huck. ;-)

Ned Raggett (Ned), Monday, 29 March 2004 17:39 (twenty years ago) link

Has anyone heard his motor racing LPs, or am I thinking of Patrick Moore?

PJ Miller (PJ Miller), Monday, 29 March 2004 18:21 (twenty years ago) link

I thought it was PRINCE John in Robin Hood. So I assumed that the KJ mentioned above was some other period piece.
I'm not a total maroon, Ned.

The Huckle-Buck (Horace Mann), Monday, 29 March 2004 18:24 (twenty years ago) link

'Has anyone heard his motor racing LPs, or am I thinking of Patrick Moore?'

They played excerpts from those on channel 4 news tonight....basically Peter making car noises.
He's a delight in Spartacus. Absolutely hilarious.

pete s, Monday, 29 March 2004 18:25 (twenty years ago) link

I'm not a total maroon, Ned.

What a nincowpoop, etc. You are of course technically right but the SPIRIT of the thing etc.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Monday, 29 March 2004 18:28 (twenty years ago) link

ModJ (ModJ), Monday, 29 March 2004 18:50 (twenty years ago) link

lola montes!

s1ocki (slutsky), Monday, 29 March 2004 18:54 (twenty years ago) link

(and RIP)

s1ocki (slutsky), Monday, 29 March 2004 18:54 (twenty years ago) link

four years pass...

I had no idea he wrote his scenes with Laughton in Spartacus. Enormously entertaining interview on the bonus disc.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Monday, 24 November 2008 02:46 (fifteen years ago) link

Motor racing LPs!!

the pinefox, Monday, 24 November 2008 15:42 (fifteen years ago) link

One of the first records I ever owned!

(I'm not that old though)

(well, not quite)

(Oh OK, I am...)

(I got it second-hand for Christmas)

Mark G, Monday, 24 November 2008 15:44 (fifteen years ago) link

Saw "Spartacus" just a couple of months ago! I was kinda annoyed by Ustinov/Laughton anachronistically describing Woody Strode as "the negro" - wouldn't "the Moor" or "Nubian" be more appropriate?

Nice Ustinov moment: Successfully completing the couplet "...the kind you don't bring home to mother" when prompted with "She's a very kinky girl..." during the "5 Questions" quiz on the old Craig Kilborn show.

Myonga Vön Bontee, Tuesday, 25 November 2008 03:36 (fifteen years ago) link

Ustinov in "Knowing Rick James lyics" ?

Mark G, Tuesday, 25 November 2008 09:22 (fifteen years ago) link

When you look up "polymath" in the dictionary, there is a picture of Peter Ustinov.

Ruudside Picnic (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 27 November 2008 01:38 (fifteen years ago) link

four years pass...

Watching _Topkapi_ now, and he's a lot of fun in it

"It's the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Drunk!" (kingfish), Wednesday, 26 December 2012 06:48 (eleven years ago) link

My son is really into the Disney Robin Hood right now, which I had never seen growing up. Ustinov's Prince John characterization is wonderful.

Rocking Disco Santa (Dan Peterson), Wednesday, 26 December 2012 17:35 (eleven years ago) link

You must be logged in to post. Please either login here, or if you are not registered, you may register here.