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Peter Cushing OBE

Peter Cushing (26th May 1913-11th August 1994) played the eccentric Dr. Who in two mid-1960s movies (Dr. Who and the Daleks and Daleks - Invasion Earth 2150 AD) based on the Doctor Who television series. He is perhaps best known for playing Baron Frankenstein and Professor van Helsing in Hammer films, often appearing opposite his close friend Christopher Lee.

Cushing was born in Kenley in Surrey on 26th May 1913. He was raised in Kenley and Dulwich, South London. He left his first job as a surveyor's assistant to take up a scholarship at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. After working in repertory theatre, he left for Hollywood in 1939, but returned in 1941 after roles in several films. His first major film part was as Osric in Hamlet (1948) with Laurence Olivier.

Cushing played Sherlock Holmes many times, starting with Hammer's The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959), the first colour Holmes film. He followed this up with a performance in 16 episodes of the BBC series Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes (1968), of which unfortunately only six episodes survive. Finally, towards the end of his life, Cushing played the detective in old age, in The Masks of Death (1984) for Channel 4.

In 1977 he appeared in Star Wars as one of his (now) most recognised characters, Grand Moff Tarkin.

In 1989 he was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire.

He retired to Whitstable, where he bought a seafront house in 1959 and he died from cancer in Canterbury in 1994, aged 81. He was married to the actress Helen Beck from 1943 until her death in 1971. His love for her has become one of the most warmly regarded aspects of his star persona, and he famously named a rose after her on the BBC programme Jim'll Fix It.

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Peter Cushing

May 26, 1913


August 11, 1994



Star Wars work

Episode IV

Other work of note
  • Hammer House of Horror Films
  • Dr. Who Dalek movies
"My criterion for accepting a role isn't based on what I would like to do. I try to consider what the audience would like to see me do and I thought kids would adore Star Wars."
―Peter Cushing

Peter Cushing (May 26, 1913August 11, 1994) was the actor who played Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin in A New Hope. He was best known for his work in horror films produced by Hammer Studios, as well as some other British B-movies. These films often had him collaborating with his good friend and frequent co-star Christopher Lee, who played Count Dooku in Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: The Clone Wars. In another Hammer Studios Film, Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell, Peter Cushing plays Dr. Victor aka Dr. Frankenstein. The Monster he creates in the film is played by David Prowse who would later play Darth Vader in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.


A New Hope

Peter Cushing played Wilhuff Tarkin at Elstree Studios. He often complained that the boots for playing Tarkin were too small, and so the Director allowed him to wear a pair of slippers, shooting him from the waist up.

Other Roles

Peter Cushing also played Dr. Carl Victor aka Dr. Frankenstein in Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell and Professor Van Helsing in The Satanic Rites of Dracula opposite Christopher Lee as Count Dracula. He is also known to sci-fi fans as Dr. Who in the Dr. Who Dalek movies. He also had many appearances in other films.

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Year Title Role Other notes
1986 Biggles Colonel William Raymond
1984 Sword of the Valiant: The Legend of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight Seneschal
1984 Top Secret! Bookstore Proprietor
1984 Helen Keller: The Miracle Continues Professor Charles Copeland TV
1984 The Masks of Death Sherlock Holmes
1983 House of the Long Shadows Sebastian Grisbane
1983 Tales of the Unexpected Episode: "The Vorpal Blade" Von Baden TV
1981 Monster Island Monster Island
1980 A Tale of Two Cities Dr. Alexandre Manette TV
1980 Hammer House of Horror Episode: "The Silent Scream" Martin Blueck TV
1980 Black Jack Sir Thomas Bedford
1979 Arabian Adventure Wazir Al Wuzara
1979 A Touch of the Sun Commissioner Potts
1978 Son of Hitler Heinrich Haussner
1977 Standarte, Die Major Baron von Hackenberg
1977 The Uncanny Wilbur Gray
1977 Shock Waves SS Commander
1977 Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope Governor Tarkin
1976 "The New Avengers" Episode: "The Eagle's Nest" Von Claus TV
1976 The Great Houdini Sir Arthur Conan Doyle TV
1976 Land of the Minotaur Baron Corofax
1976 At the Earth's Core Dr. Abner Perry
1976 Trial by Combat Sir Edward Gifford
1976 Space: 1999 Episode: "Missing Link" Raan TV
1975 The Ghoul Dr. Lawrence
1975 Legend of the Werewolf Prof. Paul
1974 The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires Prof. Van Helsing
1974 Tendre Dracula MacGregor
1974 "The Zoo Gang" Episode: "The Counterfeit Trap" Judge Gautier TV
1974 Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell Baron Victor Frankenstein aka Dr. Carl Victor
1974 The Beast Must Die Dr. Christopher Lundgren
1974 Madhouse Herbert Flay
1974 The Satanic Rites of Dracula Prof. Lorrimer Van Helsing
1974 Shatter Paul Rattwood
1973 Horror Express Dr. Wells
1973 "Great Mysteries" Episode: "La Grande Breteche" Count Gerard De Merret TV
1973 And Now the Screaming Starts! Dr. Pope
1973 The Creeping Flesh Emmanuel Hildern
1973 From Beyond the Grave Antique Shop Proprietor
1972 Dracula A.D. 1972 Professor Van Helsing
1972 Dr. Phibes Rises Again Ship's Captain
1972 Asylum Smith
1972 Fear in the Night Michael Carmichael
1972 Beyond the Water's Edge TV
1972 Tales from the Crypt Arthur Edward Grimsdyke
1972 Nothing But the Night Sir Mark Ashley
1971 I, Monster Frederick Utterson
1971 Twins of Evil Gustav Weil
1971 The House That Dripped Blood Philip Grayson
1971 Incense for the Damned Dr. Walter Goodrich
1970 The Vampire Lovers General von Spielsdorfn
1970 One More Time Dr. Frankenstein uncredited
1970 Scream and Scream Again Benedek
1969 Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed Dr. Baron Victor Frankenstein
1968 Sherlock Holmes Sherlock Holmes TV 16 Episodes
1968 The Blood Beast Terror Detective Inspector Quennell
1967 "The Avengers" Episode: "Return of the Cybernauts" Paul Beresford TV
1967 Frankenstein Created Woman Baron Frankenstein
1967 The Mummy's Shroud Narrator uncredited
1967 Torture Garden Lancelot Canning
1967 Some May Live John Meredith
1967 Night of the Big Heat Dr. Vernon Stone
1967 Corruption Sir John Rowan
1966 Island of Terror Dr. Brian Stanley
1966 Daleks - Invasion Earth 2150 AD Doctor Who
1965 "Thirty-Minute Theatre" Episode: "Monica" Leonard TV
1965 The Skull Dr. Christopher Maitland
1965 She Holly
1965 Dr. Terror's House of Horrors Dr. Sandor Schreck
1965 Dr. Who and the Daleks Doctor Who
1964 The Gorgon Dr. Namaroff
1964 The Caves of Steel Elijah Baley TV
1963 The Evil of Frankenstei Baron Frankenstein
1963 The Man Who Finally Died Dr. von Brecht
1963 "Comedy Playhouse" Episode: "The Plan" Albert Fawkes TV
1962 "The Spread of the Eagle" Cassius TV
1962 Captain Clegg Rev. Dr. Blyss (Capt. Clegg)
1962 Peace with Terror Parsons TV
1961 The Devil's Agent Squire Trevenyan scenes deleted
1961 The Naked Edge Mr. Wrack
1961 Fury at Smugglers' Bay Squire Trevenyan
1961 The Hellfire Club Merryweather
1961 Cash on Demand Fordyce
1960 Sword of Sherwood Forest Sheriff of Nottingham
1960 Suspect Professor Sewell
1960 The Brides of Dracula Dr. J. Van Helsing
1960 Cone of Silence Capt. Clive Judd
1960 The Flesh and the Fiends Dr. Robert Knox
1959 The Mummy John Banning
1959 John Paul Jones Captain Pearson
1959 The Hound of the Baskervilles Sherlock Holmes
1958 The Revenge of Frankenstein Dr. Victor Stein
1958 Violent Playground The Priest
1958 Dracula Doctor Van Helsing
1958 The Winslow Boy Sir Robert Morton TV
1958 Uncle Harry Uncle Harry TV
1957 The Abominable Snowman Dr. John Rollason
1957 The Curse of Frankenstein Baron Victor Frankenstein
1957 Time Without Pity Jeremy Clayton
1957 BBC Sunday Night Theatre: Gaslight Mr. Manningham TV
1957 Home at Seven David Preston TV
1956 Alexander the Great Memnon
1955 Richard of Bordeaux Richard II TV
1955 Magic Fire Otto Wesendonk
1955 BBC Sunday Night Theatre: The Moment of Truth Prime Minister TV
1955 The End of the Affair Henry Miles
1955 The Browning Version Andrew Crocker-Harris TV
1955 The Creature Dr. John Rollason TV
1954 BBC Sunday Night Theatre: 1984 Winston Smith TV
1954 The Black Knight Sir Palamides TV
1954 The Face of Love Mardian Thersites TV
1954 BBC Sunday Night Theatre: Beau Brummell Beau Brummell TV
1954 BBC Sunday Night Theatre: Tovarich Prince Mikhail Alexandrovitch Ouratieff TV
1953 BBC Sunday Night Theatre: Portrait by Peko Seppi Fredericks TV
1953 BBC Sunday Night Theatre: Anastasia Piotr Petrovsky TV
1953 BBC Sunday Night Theatre: The Road Antoine Vanier TV
1953 "Epitaph for a Spy" Josef Vadassey TV
1953 BBC Sunday Night Theatre: Number Three Simpson TV
1953 The Noble Spaniard Duke of Hermanos TV
1953 A Social Success Henry Robbins TV
1953 Rookery Nook Clive Popkiss TV
1952 The Silver Swan Lord Henriques TV
1952 Moulin Rouge Marcel de la Voisier
1952 BBC Sunday Night Theatre: Bird in Hand Cyril Beverly TV
1952 "Pride and Prejudice" Mr. Darcy TV
1952 If This Be Error Nick Grant TV
1951 BBC Sunday Night Theatre: Eden End Charles Appleby TV
1951 When We Are Married Gerald Forbes TV
1948 Hamlet Osric, Servant to the Court
1942 The Woman in the House Man Waking Up uncredited
1941 They Dare Not Love Sub-Lieutenant Blacker uncredited
1940 Dreams Leslie Stephens
1940 The Howards of Virginia Leslie Stephens uncredited
1940 Women in War Capt. Evans uncredited
1940 The Hidden Master Robert Clive of India
1940 A Chump at Oxford Student (Jones)
1940 Vigil in the Night Joe Shand
1940 Laddie Robert Pryor
1939 The Man in the Iron Mask King's messenger

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