Peter Cushing OBE

Peter Wilton Cushing OBE (1913 - 1994)

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Peter Wilton Cushing OBE
Born in Kenley, Surrey, England, U.K.map
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Husband of — married (to ) in Kensington, London, Englandmap
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Died in Canterbury, Kent, England, U.K.map
Profile last modified | Created 16 Nov 2014
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Biography

Peter Cushing was an actor best known for his many appearances in Hammer Films, in which he played the sinister scientist Baron Frankenstein, Sherlock Holmes and the vampire hunter Dr. Van Helsing. He appeared frequently opposite Christopher Lee, and occasionally Vincent Price.

Cushing was born in Kenley, Surrey, the second son of George Edward Cushing and Nellie Maria (née King) Cushing. He was educated at Shoreham College. After working in repertory theatre in Worthing, Sussex, he left for Hollywood in 1939. His first major film role was that of Osric in Laurence Olivier's Hamlet (1948).

In an interview published in ABC Film Review in November 1964, Cushing stated, "People look at me as if I were some sort of monster, but I can't think why. In my macabre pictures, I have either been a monster-maker or a monster-destroyer, but never a monster. Actually, I'm a gentle fellow. Never harmed a fly. I love animals, and when I'm in the country I'm a keen bird-watcher." In an interview published in 1966, he added, "I do get terribly tired with the neighbourhood kids telling me 'My mum says she wouldn't want to meet you in a dark alley'."

His beloved wife, Violet Helene Beck, died in 1971 leaving him terribly distraught. He was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1982, but managed to survive for 12 years without surgery. He did appear in several films during this time.



Sources

  • "England and Wales, Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/2FPF-XXL : accessed 24 February 2015), Peter W Cushing, 1913; from "England & Wales Births, 1837-2006," index, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Birth Registration, Croydon, Surrey, England, citing General Register Office, Southport, England.
  • "New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1909, 1925-1957," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/242K-RM3 : accessed 24 February 2015), Peter Cushing, 1939; citing Immigration, New York, New York, United States, NARA microfilm publication T715 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,758,014.
  • "England and Wales, Death Registration Index 1837-2007," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/QVZZ-YXWS : accessed 24 February 2015), Peter Wilton Cushing, Aug 1994; from "England & Wales Deaths, 1837-2006," index, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Death Registration, Canterbury, Kent, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.

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