How much was Peter Sellers’ Net Worth?
Peter Sellers CBE was a British comedian, actor, singer, writer, and director with an estimated net worth of 10 million at his death in 1980. One of his most famous characters was Inspector Clouseau in “The Pink Panther” film series (1963-1976). Sellers was a character on The BBC Radio comedy series “The Goon Show” in the 1950s. He has more than 80 credits in acting with his name on them, which included”Lolita” (1962), “Lolita” (1962), “Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb” (1964), and “Being There” (1979) as well as the T.V. series “And So to Bentley” (1954) and “The Telegoons” (1963-1964).
Peter released Albums “The Best of Sellers” (1958), “Songs for Swingin’ Sellers” (1959), “Peter & Sophia” (1960), “He’s Innocent of Watergate” (1974) as well as “Sellers Market” (1979) as well as wrote and directed (uncredited)”The 1959 Academy Award-nominated film “The Running Jumping & Standing Still Film.” Sellers also composed as well as directed the film “I Say I Say I Say” (1964) as well as his feature-length film “The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu” (1980). He also directed “I Like Money” (1961). Peter was named an officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in 1966. Unfortunately, he died in July of this year at 54 years old following a heart attack.
Peter Sellers was born Richard Henry Sellers on September 8, 1925, at Portsmouth, England. His son, Agnes (better known as Peg) and William were both entertainers and referred to Sellers “Peter” in honor of his still-born brother. Sellers made his first stage appearance at two days old when Dick Henderson carried him onstage at the King’s Theatre in Southsea. As a youngster, Peter traveled with his parents on the vaudeville circuit. Later, in 1935, they relocated from North London. Sellers went to St Aloysius’ College. It was a Roman Catholic school, though his mother was Jewish and his father was a Protestant. He was a good student at school, where he was a pro in drawing. As a child, Peter also attended Miss Whitney’s School of Dancing and Madame Vacani’s Dancing Classes. The St. the Aloysius College students were sent to Cambridgeshire when World War II began. However, Peg refused to let Peter leave, and at the age of 14, his formal schooling was over.
The family relocated from Ilfracombe to Ilfracombe, located in North Devon, in 1940, and Sellers began working for the Victoria Palace Theatre, which his Aunt ran. He was an usher, caretaker, Box office assistant, light operator, and assistant stage director employed at the theater. He also became friends with Derek Altman, who formed Altman and Sellers’ stage duo. After discovering Joe Daniels and His Hot Shots, Peter also started playing drums behind the stage, and eventually, he played drums in numerous touring groups. Sellers then joined his fellow members of the Entertainments National Service Association, an organization supporting British soldiers during World War II. In addition, he was a comedian who performed, sang, and played the ukulele. He joined the organization in 1943. joined the Royal Air Force and was accepted as an RAF Gang Show troupe member. Peter was later stationed in France and Germany following the end of the war.
When he returned to England, Sellers auditioned for the BBC and was a guest on “New To You” in 1948. He later called BBC radio producer Roy Speer, pretending to be “Much-Binding-in-the-Marsh” star Kenneth Horne and recommended himself to the producer. Incredibly impressed by Peter’s acting, Speer arranged to perform on “Show Time,” and Sellers quickly became an established radio actor. From 1951 until 1960, Peter was a voice actor in “The Goon Show,” which has been said to be “probably the most influential comedy show of all time.” The Goons have featured in the film of 1951 “Penny Points to Paradise,” then the 1952 film “Down Among the Z Men.” Sellers made an appearance in the films “Orders Are Orders” (1954), “The Ladykillers” (1955), “The Smallest Show on Earth” (1957), “The Naked Truth” (1957) as well as “The Mouse That Roared” (1959) Then they were awarded a BAFTA Award for 1959’s “I’m All Right Jack.” He co-starred alongside Sophia Loren in the 1960’s “The Millionairess,” and the duo have released their record “Peter & Sophia” and the singles “Goodness Gracious Me” and “Bangers and Mash.”
Peter was awarded a Golden Globe nomination for his performance as Clare Quilty in 1962’s “Lolita” and also an Academy Award nomination for playing Dr. Strangelove, Group Captain Lionel Mandrake, and President Merkin Muffley in 1964’s “Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.” He also was a part-time actor in the role of Inspector Jacques Clouseau in the Blake Edwards-directed comedy “The Pink Panther.” He reprised his character film “A Shot in the Dark” (1964), “The Return of the Pink Panther” (1975), “The Pink Panther Strikes Again” (1976), and “Revenge of the Pink Panther” (1978). Sellers played a role in “What’s New Pussycat?” (1965) and The James Bond film “Casino Royale” (1967) as well as “The Party” (1968) as well as co-starring alongside Goldie Hawn in the 1970 romantic comedy “There’s a Girl in My Soup.”
Peter was The March Hare in “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” (1972) Then he was awarded a Tehran Film Festival Award for the best actor in 1973’s “The Optimists of Nine Elms.” He was a character in “Soft Beds, Hard Battles” (1974), “Murder by Death” (1976), and “The Prisoner of Zenda” (1979) as well as played the role of Queen Victoria; in the comedy of 1974 “The Great McGonagall.” He also was a star in the role of Chance in the critically acclaimed production “Being There,” which brought him numerous prizes, including the Golden Globe. In 2015 the film was rediscovered at the Library of Congress’s National Film Registry for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” Sellers’ last film was in the 1980s, “The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu,” and shortly before his demise, He filmed a variety of advertisements in the name of Barclays Bank.
Peter got married to actor Anne Howe (better known as Anne Hayes) on September 15, 1951. The couple welcomed their son Michael (born during the year 1954) and their daughter Sarah (born in 1958) before getting divorced in 1963. Sellers later married actor Britt Eklandonn on February 19 o,f 1964 (10 days after having met her), and they had their girl, Victoria, in 1965.
On April 14, 1964, Peter took in amyl-nitrites to experience “the ultimate orgasm” and then suffered eight heart attacks in an entire three-hour time. Following Sellers and Ekland divorced in 1968, Peter married the model Miranda Quarry on August 24 and August 24, 1970. They separated four years later.
Peter later married actor Lynne Frederick on February 18, 1977. although their relationship was reported to have deteriorated towards the end of Sellers’s career, they were together at the time of his death. On March 27, 1977, Peter experienced a massive heart attack and was fitted for a pacemaker in April 1980; Peter collapsed in Dublin because of his heart issues. The next day, he went to the Cannes Film Festival against his doctor’s advice and was unwell again. The advice of his friends was to pursue further treatment, so Sellers booked an appointment on July 30 in L.A.’s Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, planning to undergo Angiogram to determine whether he’s a suitable candidate for open-heart surgery.
On July 22 in the year 1980. Sellers was stricken in a London hotel room just before his appointment to attend a dinner reunion with former “Goon Show” co-stars Spike Milligan and Harry Secombe. Peter passed away from an attack of the heart at Middlesex Hospital, London, on July 24, 1980, at 54. On July 26 at Golders Green Crematorium, a private funeral took place, followed by a memorial service on September 8 (Sellers’ birthday) at St Martin-in-the-Fields. Sellers “Pink Panther” co-star Burt Kwouk spoke about Sellers passing, “Peter was a well-loved actor in Britain … when he died, the day he passed away was a day when all of Britain stopped. All over the country, the news that Peter was dead seemed like an umbrella that covered everything.”
They reported sellers to have begun excluding Lynne Frederick from the will date of his death. However, she inherited nearly the entire estate valued at PS4.5 5 million to 5 million.
Peter’s kids each received PS800. Frederick did not want to increase his payment despite Spike Milligan’s appeals. Sellers Son, Michael, passed away within 26 years of Peter’s attack on the heart.
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer tried to keep their “Pink Panther” films after Sellers passed away and offered his part in the film to Dudley Moore. When Moore declined the role, the studio shifted its focus to the director Blake Edwards, who refused to cast the characteCharacterIn 1982. The director came out with “Trail of the Pink Panther,” which was composed of scenes cut of “Return of the Pink Panther,” “The Pink Panther Strikes Again,” and “Revenge of the Pink Panther.” The film’s release prompted Frederick to file suit, claiming that the film violated of contract. She got $1 million in addition to 1.36 percent of the film’s total revenue and 3.15 percent of the film’s profits.
Lynne Frederick passed away in 1994. Her daughters Cassie Unger, born four years after the selling, took over the property and rights of the deceased’s estate.
Nominations and Awards
Sellers has received the award for three Academy Award nominations, Best Short Subject, Live Action Subjects for “The Running Jumping & Standing Still Film” (1960), and Best Actor in a Lead Role with “Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb” (1965) as well as “Being There” (1980). He received the Golden Globe for Best Actor in Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical for “Being There” in 1980. He was also recognized as Best Actor in a Supporting Actor in the film “Lolita” (1963), Best Actor – Comedy or Musical for “The Pink Panther” (1965) as well as Best Actor in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy to “The Return of the Pink Panther” (1976) and “The Pink Panther Strikes Again” (1977). Peter was awarded the Primetime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Continuous or Single Performance by a Supporting Actor Variety or Music for “The Muppet Show” in 1978. He also received four BAFTA Award nominations, winning Best British Actor for “I’m All Right Jack” in 1960.
Sellers received an award at the San Francisco International Film Festival Golden Gate Award for Best Fiction Short for “The Running Jumping & Standing Still Film” (1959) as well as A San Sebastian International Film Festival award for the Best Actor in the film “Waltz of the Toreadors” (1962) as well as the Evening Standard British Film Award for the Best Actor to be awarded for “The Return of the Pink Panther” (1977). In the film “Being There,” Sellers was awarded a National Board of Review Award for Best Actor and the Fotogramas de Plata award for the Best Foreign Actor (Mejor interpreter of the extra Nero) an Extraordinary Achievement Award at the London Critics Circle Film Awards. In his honor, Sellers was inducted into the Online Film & Television Association honored Peter into its OFTA Film Hall of Fame for his acting in 2018. He was also inducted into the Hall of Fame for CharacteCharacterctor. Strangelove/Group Captain, LionelMandrake/President Merkin Muffley,) in 2021.