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Peter Ustinov

Peter Ustinov


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Also Known As: Died: March 28, 2004
Born: April 16, 1921 Cause of Death: heart failure
Birth Place: London, England, GB Profession: Cast ...


He was named Commander of the British Empire in 1975 and knighted in 1990.

Until 2000 when Michael Caine picked up his second Oscar, Ustinov was the only British male to have won two acting Academy Awards.

"Peter Ustinov is probably the most famous and popular middlebrow entertainer in Britain today. Equally in his plays as in his turns, he always seems to be 'on', to be there, providing a characteristic flourish, a typical ironic joke, a custom-built piece of business, as if the characters and players were projections of himself beaming from some 3-D projector backstage." --Critic Alan Brien, quoted in "The Great Stage Stars" by Sheridan Morley.

Ustinov was a rector of Dundee University (1968, and 1971-73).

He a recipient of the Distingished Service Award, UNICEF (1975).

He was awarded the Prix de la Butte (1978).

Ustinov was named Best Actor for the Variety Clubs of Great Britain (1979).

He was named Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres in 1985 by the French government.

Ustinov was elected to the Academy of Fine Arts in Paris (1988).

Among the honorary degrees Ustinov has received are an honorary doctrate in music from the Cleveland Institute of Music (1967), honorary LLDs from the University of Dundee (1969), LaSalle College of Philadelphia (1971) and University of Lancaster (1972) and an honorary doctorate from the University of Toronto (1984).

Received the UNICEF medal for distinguished services

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