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TV Interview with Peter Sellars – 1980

One of the funniest, if not the funniest comedic actor of all time being interviewed on network TV by Gene Shalit in 1980. So much fun watching him change accents and talk about his career.

He is best remembered for his role of inept French police Inspector ‘Jacques Clouseau’ in the “Pink Panther” series of films (1964 to 1982). The last of that series, “Trail of the Pink Panther” (1982) was made after his death, using film clips and unseen footage from his earlier “Pink Panther” movies. Born Richard Henry Sellers in Southsea, Hampshire, England, his parents worked in an acting company run by his grandmother. During World War II, he enlisted in the British Army, where he met future actors Spike Milligan, Harry Secombe, and Michael Bentine. Following the war, he set up a review in London, which was a combination of music and impressions (he played the drums), which led to his doing impressions on BBC television’s “The Goon Show.” Moving rapidly into a series of British comedy films during the mid-1950s, he quickly caught widespread audience appeal, and each successful role led to more and better films. Following British comic tradition of doing multiple roles in the same play, he was adept at performing multiple roles in his movies, including his hilarious “The Mouse that Roared” (1959) (playing three different parts), the black comedy, “Dr. Strangelove” (1964), (playing an pragmatic RAF officer, a wimpy United States President and a weird German scientist), and “The Prisoner of Zenda” (1979) (playing the roles of Rudolf IV, Rudolf V, and Syd Frewin). In 1959, he won the British equivalent of an Oscar for his role of ‘Fred Kite’, a labor leader in “I’m All Right, Now,” (1959), and in 1979 he was nominated for a Best Actor Oscar for his role of ‘Chance Gardiner’ in his film, “Being There” (1979). He was married four times, to Ann Howe (1951 to 1961), to actress Britt Ekland (1964 to 1968), to Miranda Quarry (1970 to 1974), and to actress Lynn Frederick (1977 to his death in 1980).

Britt Ekland and Peter Sellers. Married 1964 to 1968.

July 24, 1980: Pink Panther actor and former Goon Show star Peter Sellers.

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Mac Ronay – French comedy magician, film actor

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I had the honor to see Mac Ronay (born Germain Rene Sauvard. June 1913-June 2004) perform at The Crazy Horse Saloon in Paris.

He shared the bill with Milo & Roger, Great Carazini. What a lineup. He was one of the funniest performers I have every seen.

His magic tricks were hysterical in the ‘failed’ attempts he made to get them right.

 Here is a video of his act for your enjoyment.

One of my favorite films of all time is “After The Fox” written by Neil Simon, Cesare Zavattini and directed by Vittorio de Sica.

Featuring Peter Sellers, Victor Mature, Britt Ekland and Mac Ronay.

PeterSellers:BrittEkland:MacRonay(2nd from left Mac Ronay, Britt Ekland, and  Peter Sellers) Autographs by Britt and Peter Sellers.

MonsieurGangsterMac Ronay in the film “Monsieur Gangster

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