He spent his childhood traveling the vaudeville circuit, where he gained a fondness for entertaining and a desire to succeed beyond the realm of vaudeville. In the early s, Sellers played the drums with touring jazz bands and also learned to play the banjo and ukulele. He became an official RAF concert entertainer, and between and , Sellers spent his free time performing comedy sketches and playing the drums for the other servicemen. By , he had taken part in a few moderately successful auditions, none of which had resulted in an invitation to join the BBC. Having grown impatient for stardom, Sellers chose to take matters into his own hands. Sellers posed as a popular radio star and recommended himself to Speer.
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P eter Sellers is widely admired as a British comic genius, the creator of some of the most memorable characters of 20th-century film and broadcasting. He was a very tormented soul who should have had more help. But instead he was unable [to] because he was such a valuable asset. He became a global star with classic screen roles such as the inept Inspector Clouseau in The Pink Panther in , to which he took Ekland on their first date. The couple met after he saw a photograph of the Swedish actress in a newspaper and realised that they were both staying at the Dorchester in London. Would I like to come to his suite?
We all know and love Peter Sellers for his iconic role as the bumbling Inspector Clouseau. On what would have been Sellers' 93rd birthday, here are 10 surprising facts about the actor. At age 16, Sellers toured the U. Later, when gigs were harder to find, he branched out, printing up business cards that hinted at his future as a man of a thousand voices. They said: Peter Sellers, Drums and Impressions. When he was unable to provide some of his dialogue, Sellers was hired to dub his voice. It remains undetected in the movie to this day. After a long day of grappling with a troublesome scene in one of the Pink Panther movies, Sellers phoned director Blake Edwards in the middle of the night.
He performed in the BBC Radio comedy series The Goon Show , featured on a number of hit comic songs and became known to a worldwide audience through his many film roles, among them Chief Inspector Clouseau in The Pink Panther series of films. Born in Portsmouth , Sellers made his stage debut at the Kings Theatre, Southsea , when he was two weeks old. He began accompanying his parents in a variety act that toured the provincial theatres. He developed his mimicry and improvisational skills during a spell in Ralph Reader 's wartime Gang Show entertainment troupe, which toured Britain and the Far East. After the war, Sellers made his radio debut in ShowTime , and eventually became a regular performer on various BBC radio shows.