Peter Cushing, 26 May 1913 – 11 August 1994) was an English actor, known for his many appearances in Hammer Films, in which he played the distinguished-looking but sinister scientist Baron Frankenstein and the vampire hunter Dr. Van Helsing, amongst many other roles, often appearing opposite Christopher Lee, and occasionally Vincent Price. A familiar face on both sides of the Atlantic, his most famous roles outside of “Hammer Horror” include his many appearances as Sherlock Holmes, as Grand Moff Tarkin in Star Wars (1977) and as the mysterious Doctor in Dr. Who and the Daleks and Daleks – Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D. in 1965 and 1966, two cinema films based on the television series Doctor Who.
This little biography dosen’t reflects the greatness of this man as an actor and wonderful person. I said I could not resist the temptation of naming him back into my blog and here it is because Mr. Peter Cushing was an unique and irrepetible actor of extraordinary talent, able to perform with absolute mastery to the dark sinister Doctor Frankenstein, an ingenious and enigmatic Professor Van Helsing, or the most famous detective Sherlock Holmes.
In real life proved to be a big romantic, if we can so define of this way his unconditional love for his lovely wife Helen. In one occasion, he said of his beloved wife: “I always said I was born in 1913, began to live in 1941 when I met Helen, and died in 1971 when she passed away.”
In 1989 he was named Officer of the British Empire in recognition of his contributions to the profession in the UK and worldwide. He was a great lover of painting and before dying he wrote a two-volume autobiography to raise funds for cancer research, a disease that took him away a sad August 11, 1994 in Canterbury, at age 81.
About Peter Cushing
“I don`t want to sound gloomy, but, at some point of your lives, every one of you will notice that you have in your life one person, one friend whom you love and care for very much. That person is so close to you that you are able to share some things only with him. For example, you can call that friend, and from the very first maniacal laugh or some other joke you will know who is at the other end of that line. We used to do that with him so often. And then when that person is gone, there will be nothing like that in your life ever again“. — Christopher Lee
The UK Postal Service has announced that this year Great Britons special stamp issue will comprise of ten 1st. Class values commemorating photographer Norman Parkinson, when you can find one dedicated to Peter Cushing.
I have not much to add about Peter Cushing except to express my deep admiration for the wonderful and endearing human and artistic legacy he left us. Sitting in an outdoor café, somewhere in England and keep a nice chat with this gentleman would have been a dream come true.
Thank you, my dearest Peter Cushing.