Peter Cook

Actor, Screenwriter, Producer
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 ... Read more »
Born: 11/17/1937 in Devon, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (31)

The United States of Poetry 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Clive James' Postcards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Black Beauty 1994 (Movie)

Losr Wexmire (Actor)

Dudley Moore 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Secret Policeman's Biggest Ball 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Ready, Steady, Go! 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Getting It Right 1989 (Movie)

Mr Adrian (Actor)

Great Balls of Fire 1989 (Movie)

1st English Reporter (Actor)

Comic Relief II 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Whoops Apocalypse 1988 (Movie)

Sir Mortimer Chris (Actor)

Without A Clue 1988 (Movie)

Greenbough (Actor)

The Princess Bride 1987 (Movie)

Impressive Clergyman (Actor)

Mr. Jolly Lives Next Door 1986 (Movie)

Mr Jolly (Actor)

Supergirl 1984 (Movie)

Nigel (Actor)

Yellowbeard 1983 (Movie)

Lord Lambourn (Actor)

The Two of Us 1980 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

The Secret Policeman's Other Ball 1980 (Movie)

of Secret Policeman (Voice)

Beaubourg 1979 (Movie)

(Actor)

Derek and Clive Get the Horn 1979 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Secret Policeman's Ball 1978 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Hound of the Baskervilles 1977 (Movie)

Sherlock Holmes (Actor)

Saturday Night Live 1976 (Tv Show)

Actor

Pleasure at Her Majesty's 1975 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Adventures of Barry McKenzie 1971 (Movie)

Dominic (Actor)

The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer 1970 (Movie)

Michael Rimmer (Actor)

Monte Carlo or Bust! 1969 (Movie)

Major Dawlish (Actor)

The Bed Sitting Room 1969 (Movie)

Inspector (Actor)

A Dandy in Aspic 1968 (Movie)

Prentiss (Actor)

Bedazzled 1967 (Movie)

George Spiggot (Actor)

The Wrong Box 1965 (Movie)

Morris Finsbury (Actor)
Writer (8)

Off His Rockers 1992 (Movie)

story development (Story By)

Kokoda Crescent 1988 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Yellowbeard 1983 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Secret Policeman's Ball 1978 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Hound of the Baskervilles 1977 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer 1970 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Bedazzled 1967 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Bedazzled 1967 (Movie)

(From Story)
Producer (1)

Derek and Clive Get the Horn 1979 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

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.

Relationships

Nina

Step-Daughter
daughter of Lin Chong born brain damaged

Father
stationed in Nigeria

Mother
died c. 1988

Daughter
has two from first marriage

Grandmother
raised him in Torquay

Lin Chong

Wife
Married in 1989 until his death

Judy Huxtable

Wife
married on February 14, 1973

Wendy Snowden

Wife
married in 1963 divorced in 1971

EDUCATION

University of Cambridge

Milestones

1996

Last original appearance on U.S. TV: "The United States of Poetry" (PBS)

1994

Appeared in final film, "Black Beauty"

1987

Was featured in "The Princess Bride"

1981

Co-wrote concert film "The Secret Policeman's Other Ball"

1978

Played Sherlock Holmes in "The Hound of the Baskervilles"

1967

Screenwriting debut, "Bedazzled"

1966

Screen acting debut in "The Wrong Box"

1964

Starred in BBC series "Not Only...But Also"

1962

Opened The Establishment Theatre, a nightclub

1962

Moved "Beyond the Fringe" to Broadway

1961

Premiered "Beyond the Fringe" in London

1959

First performed "Beyond the Fringe" at Edinburgh Festival

1959

Had first play produced, "Pieces of Eight"

Starred on CBS series "The Two of Us"

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