Peter Cushing [1913-1994]
(birth centenary - May 26)
April 16, 2013
Peter Cushing - actorSpanning more than four decades, the diverse acting career of Peter Cushing (1913–94) included such memorable parts as Doctor Van Helsing and Baron Frankenstein in the ‘Hammer Horror’ films, Sherlock Holmes, the villain Grand Moff Tarkin in Star Wars (1977) – and an unforgettable Winston Smith in BBC television’s adaptation of George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four (1954).
Peter Wilton Cushing was born in Kenley, Surrey. After leaving school, he entered his father’s profession and became a quantity surveyor’s assistant. Inspired by his actress aunt, by 1935 he had enrolled at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, making his stage debut the following year. He moved to Hollywood in 1939, taking on various minor roles, before returning to the UK in 1942 and joining ENSA, the Entertainments National Service Association, to contribute to the war effort. He met the love of his life, actress Helen Beck, the same year and they married in 1943.
Cushing became a familiar face on television during the 1950s and began his legendary association with Hammer Film Productions later that same decade.
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