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Peter Cushing

Peter Cushing


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Also Known As: Died: August 11, 1994
Born: May 26, 1913 Cause of Death: cancer
Birth Place: Surrey, England, GB Profession: Cast ...


Worked for a time as a surveyor's clerk before moving into acting as a profession
Stage acting debut, with the Worthington Repertory Company in England
Hollywood debut, in James Whale's version of "The Man in the Iron Mask"
Last feature film for seven years, "They Dare Not Love"; begun by Whale but completed by director Charles Vidor
Returned to England to help entertain the troops during WWII
Joined Laurence Olivier's acting company at the Old Vic Theater after the war
One-shot return to acting in films: made British film debut as Osric in Laurence Olivier's adaptation of "Hamlet"; film also marked first feature in which he and Christopher Lee both acted, though Cushing's Osric had no interaction with Lee's palace guard
Was very busy and acclaimed in the early years of British TV
Returned to feature film acting with a supporting role in John Huston's "Moulin Rouge"; acted regularly in features thereafter
First received top billing in the Hammer Studios film, "The Curse of Frankenstein"; film also marked first horror outing, the first of five films in which Cushing would play Dr. Frankenstein and his first significant teaming with actor Christopher Lee (who played the monster)
First played the role of Dracula's nemesis, Dr. Van Helsing, opposite Christopher Lee as Count Dracula, in "The Horror of Dracula"
Made first of four films opposite actor Vincent Price, "Scream and Scream Again"
Played Dr. Frankenstein for the fifth and last time, "Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell"
First American made-for-TV movie, "The Great Houdini", starring Paul Michael Glaser in the title role; Cushing played Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Played Dr. Van Helsing for the fifth and last time in "The Satanic Rites of Dracula", opposite Lee as Count Dracula
Last feature film, "Biggles"
Clip of Cushing as Dr. Van Helsing and Lee as Dracula from "The Horror of Dracula" used in John Landis's horror feature, "Innocent Blood"

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