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Peter Cushing

Peter Cushing

Birthday: 26 May 1913, Kenley, Surrey [now in Croydon, London], England, UK
Birth Name: Peter Wilton Cushing
Height: 182 cm

Peter Wilton Cushing was born on May 26, 1913 in Kenley, Surrey, England, to Nellie Maria (King) and George Edward Cushing, a quantity surveyor. He and his older brother David were raised first in Dul ...Show more

Peter Cushing
We had Dracula among the kung fu in Hong Kong. It was called The Something of the Seven Golden Drago Show more We had Dracula among the kung fu in Hong Kong. It was called The Something of the Seven Golden Dragons, Dracula and The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires (1974). But I still had to drive a stake through Dracula's heart ... Once you've done Frankenstein, who creates the impossible, and Dracula, a man who drinks blood ... you've got to keep it on. It's awfully difficult to bring the changes up to date. They tried to keep it up to date with Steven Spielberg's Young Sherlock Holmes (1985), but it missed the atmosphere of the period. Hide
[on Vincent Price] A dear, charming man with a great sense of humor. Strictly a professional, who ca Show more [on Vincent Price] A dear, charming man with a great sense of humor. Strictly a professional, who cares far more about his work than he allows the public to know. I am extremely fond of him and bask in his gentle kindness and warmth. Hide
Television is rather a frightening business. But I get all the relaxation I want from my collection Show more Television is rather a frightening business. But I get all the relaxation I want from my collection of model soldiers. Hide
"It gives me the most wonderful feeling. These dear people love me so much and want to see me. The a Show more "It gives me the most wonderful feeling. These dear people love me so much and want to see me. The astonishing thing is that when I made the Frankenstein and Dracula movies almost 30 years ago the young audiences who see me now weren't even born yet. A new generation has grown up with my films. And the original audiences are still able to see me in new pictures. So, as long as these films are made I will have a life in this business -- for which I'm eternally grateful." (from a 1985 "Starlog" interview) Hide
"You cannot make a film like this without integrity. To make the audiences believe in you, you must Show more "You cannot make a film like this without integrity. To make the audiences believe in you, you must believe utterly in what you are doing." - (1972) Hide
[on the wig he had to wear for Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell (1974)] It made me look like H Show more [on the wig he had to wear for Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell (1974)] It made me look like Helen Hayes. Hide
Teeth are a vitally important part of an actor's equipment. I have over 30 toothbrushes at home and Show more Teeth are a vitally important part of an actor's equipment. I have over 30 toothbrushes at home and always keep a good supply at the studio. Hide
[on The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)] No-one had any idea it would be successful. It took the world Show more [on The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)] No-one had any idea it would be successful. It took the world by storm. The whole thing only cost 65,000 pounds. You wouldn't be able to get a lead actor for that today. Hide
When Helen passed on six years ago I lost the only joy in life that I ever wanted. She was my whole Show more When Helen passed on six years ago I lost the only joy in life that I ever wanted. She was my whole life and without her there is no meaning. I am simply killing time, so to speak, until that wonderful day when we are together again. Hide
An actor's job is to entertain and I'm glad to say that my films succeeded in that respect. An actor's job is to entertain and I'm glad to say that my films succeeded in that respect.
Since Helen passed on I can't find anything; the heart, quite simply, has gone out of everything. Ti Show more Since Helen passed on I can't find anything; the heart, quite simply, has gone out of everything. Time is interminable, the loneliness is almost unbearable and the only thing that keeps me going is the knowledge that my dear Helen and I will be united again some day. To join Helen is my only ambition. You have my permission to publish that... really, you know dear boy, it's all just killing time. Please say that. - Radio Times 1972 Hide
If I feel I can't put out 100 percent, it's not really fair to anyone who's come to watch for me to Show more If I feel I can't put out 100 percent, it's not really fair to anyone who's come to watch for me to go on creaking around. You need such energy. I love it, mind you. But you've got to be like athlete Zola Budd to work, which I'm not. Hide
I hate the word 'hate'. I hate the word 'hate'.
Who wants to see me as Hamlet? Very few. But millions want to see me as Frankenstein so that's the o Show more Who wants to see me as Hamlet? Very few. But millions want to see me as Frankenstein so that's the one I do. Hide
Every part is approached in the same manner - gleaning all I can from what the author has written. W Show more Every part is approached in the same manner - gleaning all I can from what the author has written. When called for, I add reaction to any given circumstance such as I've witnessed and observed in others through life, applying the emotion in terms of the character as opposed to the way I might react personally. Hide
[advice to Simon Ward, who was delivering his lines at an urgent pace] Now you know, dear boy, that Show more [advice to Simon Ward, who was delivering his lines at an urgent pace] Now you know, dear boy, that at the end of every line leave a very tiny gap so they can get the scissors in. Hide
There are all sorts of reasons why I don't do much work in the theater, the main one being that afte Show more There are all sorts of reasons why I don't do much work in the theater, the main one being that after two performances I feel I've given all I can. I hate repetition, I really do. It's like asking a painter to paint he same picture every day of his life. Hide
As far back as I can remember, I had a passion for 'dressing up' and playing games of 'Let's Pretend Show more As far back as I can remember, I had a passion for 'dressing up' and playing games of 'Let's Pretend', which are, of course, the basic principals of acting, and if you are lucky enough, you get paid for so doing, hard work though it may be. Hide
In the early days I played a lot of comedy in the theater and on television. But once an actor becom Show more In the early days I played a lot of comedy in the theater and on television. But once an actor becomes well known in any kind of part, he tends to get stereotyped. After I played Frankenstein, I was only thought of in that light. Of course, some actors are better at drama and some are better at comedy. But they can certainly have a stab at both. An actor should be able to do it all. Hide
There is little chance for a person to exercise the imagination today in this complex, programmed so Show more There is little chance for a person to exercise the imagination today in this complex, programmed society we have. Hide
My criterion for accepting a role isn't based on what I would like to do. I try to consider what the Show more 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 (1977). Hide
"Strangely enough, I don't like horror pictures at all. I love to make them because they give pleasu Show more "Strangely enough, I don't like horror pictures at all. I love to make them because they give pleasure to people, but my favourite types of films are much more subtle than horror. I like to watch films like The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957), The Apartment (1960) or lovely musicals." - (1980s) Hide
If I played Hamlet, they'd call it a horror film. If I played Hamlet, they'd call it a horror film.
"You have to have a sense of humour, darling, to be alive. Even a bit mad. It helps to be mad." - (1 Show more "You have to have a sense of humour, darling, to be alive. Even a bit mad. It helps to be mad." - (1991) Hide
"People look at me as if I were some sort of monster, but I can't think why. In my macabre pictures, Show more "People look at me as if I were some sort of monster, but I can't think why. In my macabre pictures, I have either been a monster-maker or a monster-destroyer, but never a monster. Actually, I'm a gentle fellow. Never harmed a fly. I love animals, and when I'm in the country I'm a keen bird-watcher." - ABC Film Review (Nov 1964) Hide
Peter Cushing's FILMOGRAPHY
as Actor (22)
Peter Cushing Peter Cushing'S roles
Dr. John Rollason
Dr. John Rollason

The Scarecrow
The Scarecrow

Dr. Victor Frankenstein
Dr. Victor Frankenstein

Van Helsing
Van Helsing

Dr. Alexandre Manette
Dr. Alexandre Manette

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