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Peter Cushing

Peter Cushing

Peter Cushing (May 26, 1913 - August 11, 1994) was a British actor, perhaps best known today for his role as Grand Moff Tarkin in the film Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.

Cushing is also remembered for his work in the Hammer Horror films -- particularly his recurring roles as Dr Frankenstein in Hammer's Frankenstein films, and as Professor van Helsing in Hammer's Dracula films (opposite Christopher Lee as Dracula). In the mid-1960s, he played the eccentric human scientist Dr. Who in two movies (Dr. Who and the Daleks and Daleks - Invasion Earth 2150 AD) based on the television series Doctor Who. He was one of many stars to guest on the Morecambe and Wise show -- the standing joke in his case being the idea that he was never paid for his appearance.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2004.

Peter Cushing Facts

Birth Name Peter Wilton Cushing
BirthdayMay 26, 1913
BirthplaceKenley, England, United Kingdom
Date of deathAugust 11, 1994 (age 81)
Height5' 8" (1m73)  How tall is Peter Cushing compared to you?

Selected Filmography

Star Wars: A New Hope
Psycho Circus
Hammer Horror 8-Film Collection
Dr. Who and the Daleks
Island Of Terror
Top Secret!
The Hammer Horror Series
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