Peter Cushing

Actor, Surveyor's clerk
A prolific presence in films and on television for nearly five decades, British actor Peter Cushing, OBE, became an international icon as the star of countless horror films, including "Curse of Frankenstein" (1956) ... Read more »
Born: 05/26/1913 in Surrey, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (72)

Captain Clegg 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Dirty Knights' Work 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

I Monster 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Evil of Frankenstein 2014 (Movie)

Baron Frankenstein (Actor)

Innocent Blood 1992 (Movie)

Van Helsing (Actor)

Biggles 1988 (Movie)

Colonel Raymond (Actor)

Top Secret! 1984 (Movie)

Bookstore Owner (Actor)

House of the Long Shadows 1982 (Movie)

Sebastian (Actor)

A Tale of Two Cities 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Monster Island 1980 (Movie)

Kolderup (Actor)

Arabian Adventure 1979 (Movie)

Wazir Al Wuzara (Actor)

Count Dracula and His Vampire Bride 1978 (Movie)

Van Helsing (Actor)

Star Wars 1977 (Movie)

Grand Moff Tarkin (Actor)

At the Earth's Core 1976 (Movie)

Dr Abner Perry (Actor)

Die Standarte 1976 (Movie)

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The Uncanny 1976 (Movie)

Wilbur Gray (Actor)

A Choice of Weapons 1975 (Movie)

Sir Edward Gifford (Actor)

Call Him Mr. Shatter 1974 (Movie)

Rattwood (Actor)

Death Corps 1974 (Movie)

SS Commander (Actor)

Dracula and the 7 Golden Vampires 1974 (Movie)

Professor Van Helsing (Actor)

The Ghoul 1974 (Movie)

Dr Lawrence (Actor)

La Grande Trouille 1973 (Movie)

Macgregor (Actor)

Madhouse 1973 (Movie)

Herbert (Actor)

The Beast Must Die 1973 (Movie)

Dr Christopher Lundgren (Actor)

And Now the Screaming Starts 1972 (Movie)

Dr Pope (Actor)

Frankenstein and the Monster From Hell 1972 (Movie)

Baron Frankenstein (Actor)

From Beyond the Grave 1972 (Movie)

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Twins of Evil 1972 (Movie)

Gustav Weil (Actor)

Asylum 1971 (Movie)

Smith (Actor)

Doctor Phibes Rises Again 1971 (Movie)

Captain (Actor)

Dracula A.D. 1972 1971 (Movie)

Professor Van Helsing (Actor)

Fear in the Night 1971 (Movie)

Michael Carmichael (Actor)

Panico en el Transiberiano 1971 (Movie)

Dr Wells (Actor)

Tales From The Crypt 1971 (Movie)

Grimsdyke (Actor)

The Creeping Flesh 1971 (Movie)

Emanuel Hildern (Actor)

Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed 1970 (Movie)

Baron Frankenstein (Actor)

Scream and Scream Again 1970 (Movie)

Benedek (Actor)

The House That Dripped Blood 1969 (Movie)

Philip (Actor)

The Vampire Lovers 1969 (Movie)

General Spielsdorf (Actor)

Blood Beast Terror 1968 (Movie)

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Torture Garden 1968 (Movie)

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Frankenstein Created Woman 1966 (Movie)

Baron Frankenstein (Actor)

Some May Live 1966 (Movie)

John Meredith (Actor)

Dr. Who and the Daleks 1965 (Movie)

(Actor)

Island of Terror 1965 (Movie)

Dr Brian Stanley (Actor)

She 1965 (Movie)

Major Holly (Actor)

The Skull 1964 (Movie)

Maitland (Actor)

The Gorgon 1963 (Movie)

(Actor)

Cash on Demand 1961 (Movie)

Fordyce (Actor)

The Naked Edge 1961 (Movie)

Mr Wrack (Actor)

The Brides of Dracula 1960 (Movie)

Dr Van Helsing (Actor)

The Risk 1960 (Movie)

Professor Sewall (Actor)

Sword of Sherwood Forest 1959 (Movie)

Sheriff of Nottingham (Actor)

Horror of Dracula 1958 (Movie)

Van Helsing (Actor)

John Paul Jones 1958 (Movie)

Captain Pearson (Actor)

The Hound of the Baskervilles 1958 (Movie)

Sherlock Holmes (Actor)

The Mummy 1958 (Movie)

John Banning (Actor)

The Curse of Frankenstein 1957 (Movie)

Baron Frankenstein (Actor)

The Revenge of Frankenstein 1957 (Movie)

Dr Victor Stein (Actor)

Alexander the Great 1956 (Movie)

Memnon (Actor)

Time Without Pity 1956 (Movie)

Jeremy Clayton (Actor)

The End of the Affair 1955 (Movie)

Henry Milies (Actor)

The Black Knight 1954 (Movie)

Sir Palamides (Actor)

Moulin Rouge 1953 (Movie)

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Hamlet 1948 (Movie)

Osric (Actor)

A Chump at Oxford (Movie)

Jones (Actor)

Corruption (Movie)

Sir John Rowan (Actor)

Laddie (Movie)

Bit Part (Actor)

The Great Houdinis (TV Show)

Actor

Vigil in the Night (Movie)

Joe Shand (Actor)

Biography

A prolific presence in films and on television for nearly five decades, British actor Peter Cushing, OBE, became an international icon as the star of countless horror films, including "Curse of Frankenstein" (1956), "Horror of Dracula" (1958), "The Hound of the Baskervilles" (1959), "The Mummy" (1959), "The Vampire Lovers" (1970) and "Horror Express" (1973). Frequently cast opposite his longtime friend, Sir Christopher Lee, Cushing gave definitive portrayals of monster maker Victor Frankenstein and vampire hunter Dr. Van Helsing for England's Hammer Films throughout the 1960s and 1970s while appearing in numerous other horror films for international companies. The worldwide success of Hammer minted Cushing as a horror star, not unlike Boris Karloff or Vincent Price, though in real life, he was a gentlemanly figure who adored his wife and spent his off-screen hours bird watching. After nearly two decades onscreen, he enjoyed a genuine blockbuster in "Star Wars" (1977), which cast him as the reptilian Grand Moff Tarkin. Illness curtailed his career in the early 1980s, and he would enjoy one final collaboration with Lee as co-narrators of a documentary on Hammer Films before his death in 1994. A fan favorite for his magnetic and always-believable screen presence, his roles for Hammer became the stuff of horror movie legend.

Relationships

Helen Beck

Wife
met during WWII in England died in 1971

EDUCATION

Guildhall School of Music and Drama

London , England
attended on scholarship

Purley Secondary School

Milestones

1992

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"

1986

Last feature film, "Biggles"

1978

Played Dr. Van Helsing for the fifth and last time in "The Satanic Rites of Dracula", opposite Lee as Count Dracula

1976

First American made-for-TV movie, "The Great Houdini", starring Paul Michael Glaser in the title role; Cushing played Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

1973

Played Dr. Frankenstein for the fifth and last time, "Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell"

1969

Made first of four films opposite actor Vincent Price, "Scream and Scream Again"

1958

First played the role of Dracula's nemesis, Dr. Van Helsing, opposite Christopher Lee as Count Dracula, in "The Horror of Dracula"

1957

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 (wh

1952

Returned to feature film acting with a supporting role in John Huston's "Moulin Rouge"; acted regularly in features thereafter

1948

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

1940

Last feature film for seven years, "They Dare Not Love"; begun by Whale but completed by director Charles Vidor

1939

Hollywood debut, in James Whale's version of "The Man in the Iron Mask"

1935

Stage acting debut, with the Worthington Repertory Company in England

Returned to England to help entertain the troops during WWII

Joined Laurence Olivier's acting company at the Old Vic Theater after the war

Was very busy and acclaimed in the early years of British TV

Worked for a time as a surveyor's clerk before moving into acting as a profession

Bonus Trivia

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Received the Order of the British Empire in 1989.

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Among the awards Cushing received in England for his work in the early days of British television are the Daily Mail TV Award for actors (1953-54), the Guild of TV Award (1955) and a News Chronicle TV Top Ten Award (1956).

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