Peter Ustinov (Director) | Playbill

Peter Ustinov


He won an Oscar for his performance as a cowardly Roman slave trader in "Spartacus." He injected a needed bit of levity into that heavy epic, and it was a measure of his inate wit that many of his lines were improvised, including a moment in which he corrected the angle of a slave-held umbrella meant to shade him, with a comment about how hard it was to find good help.

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  • Also Known As: Sir Peter Ustinov
  • Born: Apr 16, 1921 in London, England
  • Death: Mar 28, 2004 in Vaud, Switzerland


New York Drama Critics' Circle
1953 Best Foreign Play Winner
Tony Award
1958 Best Actor in a Play Nominee

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