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Also Known As: Peter Edward Cook Died: January 9, 1995
Born: November 17, 1937 Cause of Death: gastrointestinal hemorrhage
Birth Place: Devon, England, GB Profession: actor, producer, screenwriter, magazine editorial director, nightclub owner

Biography CLOSE THE FULL BIOGRAPHY

Cited as "the funniest man who ever drew breath" by no less of an authority that actor-writer Stephen Fry, Peter Cook was the acerbic, absurdist father of modern British comedy, which he launched in 1960 with longtime partner Dudley Moore in the stage show "Beyond the Fringe," as well as a series of groundbreaking television series and recordings. Cook broke down the accepted model of comedy, tossing away joke structures and punch lines in favor of lengthy, improvised monologues built around bizarre characters and sketches that flowed into each other without reaching conclusions. In doing so, he served as the influence for dozens of subsequent comedy groups, including Monty Python's Flying Circus, who themselves influenced such American comedy outfits as Mr. Show, The State, Human Giant, and The Whitest Kids U' Know. Offstage, Cook was plagued by a misanthropic streak and a dependency on alcohol that eventually claimed his life in 1995, but his greatest work set the stage for modern comedy, which ensured his status in the pantheon of popular humor.

Cited as "the funniest man who ever drew breath" by no less of an authority that actor-writer Stephen Fry, Peter Cook was the acerbic, absurdist father of modern British comedy, which he launched in 1960 with longtime partner Dudley Moore in the stage show "Beyond the Fringe," as well as a series of groundbreaking television series and recordings. Cook broke down the accepted model of comedy, tossing away joke structures and punch lines in favor of lengthy, improvised monologues built around bizarre characters and sketches that flowed into each other without reaching conclusions. In doing so, he served as the influence for dozens of subsequent comedy groups, including Monty Python's Flying Circus, who themselves influenced such American comedy outfits as Mr. Show, The State, Human Giant, and The Whitest Kids U' Know. Offstage, Cook was plagued by a misanthropic streak and a dependency on alcohol that eventually claimed his life in 1995, but his greatest work set the stage for modern comedy, which ensured his status in the pantheon of popular humor.

Filmographyclose complete filmography

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Black Beauty (1994) Losr Wexmire
2.
 Getting It Right (1989) Mr Adrian
3.
 Great Balls Of Fire (1989) 1st English Reporter
4.
 Without A Clue (1988) Greenbough
5.
 Princess Bride, The (1987) Impressive Clergyman
6.
 Mr. Jolly Lives Next Door (1987) Mr Jolly
7.
 Whoops Apocalypse (1986) Sir Mortimer Chris
8.
 Supergirl (1984) Nigel
9.
 Yellowbeard (1983) Lord Lambourn
10.
 Secret Policeman's Other Ball, The (1981) Voice Of Secret Policeman
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Milestones close milestones

1959:
First performed "Beyond the Fringe" at Edinburgh Festival
1959:
Had first play produced, "Pieces of Eight"
1961:
Premiered "Beyond the Fringe" in London
1962:
Moved "Beyond the Fringe" to Broadway
1962:
Opened The Establishment Theatre, a nightclub
1964:
Starred in BBC series "Not Only...But Also"
1966:
Screen acting debut in "The Wrong Box"
1967:
Screenwriting debut, "Bedazzled"
1978:
Played Sherlock Holmes in "The Hound of the Baskervilles"
1981:
Co-wrote concert film "The Secret Policeman's Other Ball"
:
Starred on CBS series "The Two of Us"
1987:
Was featured in "The Princess Bride"
1994:
Appeared in final film, "Black Beauty"
1996:
Last original appearance on U.S. TV: "The United States of Poetry" (PBS)
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Education

University of Cambridge: -

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Wendy Snowden. Married in 1963; divorced in 1971; mother of Cook's two daughters.
wife:
Judy Huxtable. Actor. Married on February 14, 1973.
wife:
Lin Chong. Married in 1989.

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step-daughter:
Nina. Daughter of Lin Chong; born brain damaged.

Bibliography close complete biography

"Dud and Pete"
"The Dagenham Dialogues"
"Something Like Fire: Peter Cook Remembered"
"Pete & Dud: An Illustrated Biography" Andre Deutsch
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