Creative jack-of-all-trades and Oscar winner
Born Peter Alexander Baron von Ustinov in London on 16 April 1921, he celebrated his stage premiere at the age of 17 with the play "The Forest Rat". After numerous theatre engagements towards the end of the 1930s, his own first play, "House of Regrets", premiered in 1942. There were further successes on stage with theatre productions such as "The Love of Four Colonels" and "Romanoff and Juliet". From the 1940s onwards, Sir Peter Ustinov also appeared regularly on the cinema screen.
- He gained his first worldwide recognition as Nero in the monumental film "Quo Vadis?".
- In 1961 he received his first Oscar for best supporting actor in "Spartacus".
- In 1965, the second Oscar followed for his performance in the crime comedy "Topkapi".
- He earned a lasting place in the world's cinematic memory as the eccentric master detective Hercule Poirot in adaptations of Agatha Christie's stories.
He also recorded albums, amused as an entertainer and impersonator, hosted TV documentaries and wrote over 30 books, including novels, short story collections, travelogues and a cookbook.