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Peter Cushing

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Peter Wilton Cushing
Peter Cushing
Birth date: 26 May 1913
Death date: 11 August 1994
In the DWU
Main roles: Dr. Who
Career highlights
Notable non-DWU work: Dr. Who and the Daleks
Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 A.D.
Star Wars
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Special DVD Bonus Cushing and Castle - Doctor Who Death to the Daleks - BBC02:13

Special DVD Bonus Cushing and Castle - Doctor Who Death to the Daleks - BBC

Peter Cushing (26 May 1913-11 August 1994) played the eccentric Dr. Who in two mid-1960s movies (Dr. Who and the Daleks and Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 A.D.) based on the Doctor Who television series. He is perhaps best known for playing Baron Frankenstein and Professor van Helsing in Hammer films, often appearing opposite his close friend Christopher Lee.

Apart from his role as the Doctor, Cushing was considered to take over from First Doctor William Hartnell or Third Doctor Jon Pertwee. In the first case, he turned down the role. In the second, he would have accepted if prior commitments had not made this impossible. He had also appeared on a list of actors who could potentially play the Frankenstein-like role of the mad surgeon Solon in the Fourth Doctor story The Brain of Morbius.

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Cushing was born in Kenley in Surrey on 26 May 1913. He was raised in Kenley and Dulwich, South London. He left his first job as a surveyor's assistant to take up a scholarship at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. After working in repertory theatre, he left for Hollywood in 1939, but returned in 1941 after roles in several films. His first major film part was as Osric in Hamlet (1948) with Laurence Olivier.

Cushing played Sherlock Holmes many times, starting with Hammer's The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959), the first colour Holmes film. He followed this up with a performance in 16 episodes of the BBC series Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes (1968), of which unfortunately only six episodes survive. It co-starred Nigel Stock as Dr. Watson. Towards the end of his life, Cushing played the detective in old age, in The Masks of Death (1984) for Channel 4.

In 1977 he appeared in Star Wars as one of his (now) most recognised characters, Grand Moff Tarkin.

In 1989 he was created an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE).

He retired to Whitstable, where he had bought a seafront house in 1959. He died from cancer in Canterbury in 1994, aged 81. He was married to the actress Helen Beck from 1943 until her death in 1971. His love for her has become one of the most warmly regarded aspects of his star persona, and he famously named a rose after her on the BBC programme Jim'll Fix It.

Justin Richards has stated in a tweet that the character of Lord Ernhardt in his novel Plague of the Cybermen was "played" by Cushing.[1]

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  1. Justin Richards' Twitter page (June 15th, 2013). Retrieved on March 14th, 2016.

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