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“I have Russian, German, Spanish, Italian, French and Ethiopian blood in my veins.”

Sir Peter Ustinov

1921 – 2004

Sir Peter Ustinov was a citizen of the world and truly multi-talented.

He was an artist, an Oscar-winning actor, a writer, a director, a stage designer, a storyteller and a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. But above all, he was one thing: a man who wanted to make the world a better place with creativity and joy in his heart – and who firmly believed that commitment to a good cause always pays off.

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Creative jack-of-all-trades and Oscar winner

Born Peter Alexander Baron von Ustinov in London on 16 April 1921, he celebrated his stage premiere at the age of 17 with the play "The Forest Rat". After numerous theatre engagements towards the end of the 1930s, his own first play, "House of Regrets", premiered in 1942. There were further successes on stage with theatre productions such as "The Love of Four Colonels" and "Romanoff and Juliet". From the 1940s onwards, Sir Peter Ustinov also appeared regularly on the cinema screen.

  • He gained his first worldwide recognition as Nero in the monumental film "Quo Vadis?".

  • In 1961 he received his first Oscar for best supporting actor in "Spartacus".

  • In 1965, the second Oscar followed for his performance in the crime comedy "Topkapi".

  • He earned a lasting place in the world's cinematic memory as the eccentric master detective Hercule Poirot in adaptations of Agatha Christie's stories.

He also recorded albums, amused as an entertainer and impersonator, hosted TV documentaries and wrote over 30 books, including novels, short story collections, travelogues and a cookbook.

The Foundation founder is dedicated to a culture of diversity and respect

The conviction that no commitment is ever in vain was something he advocated vigorously in word and deed throughout his life. Sich seiner Verantwortung bewusst, setzte er seine weltweite Popularität stets für die gute Sache ein. Er half dort, wo Hilfe immer am dringendsten gebraucht wird: bei Kindern in Not.Im Denken, Handeln und der eigenen Biografie ganz und gar Kosmopolit, engagierte er sich dabei für eine Kultur der Vielfalt und des gegenseitigen Respekts. Für eine Kultur, die er stets gefährdet sah von einem heimtückischen Gegner, dem er persönlich den Kampf angesagt hatte: dem Vorurteil. In Aufklärung, Bildung und Förderung sah er die geeigneten Mittel, diesem Gegner die Stirn bieten zu können. Deshalb gründete er im Jahr 1999 zusammen mit seinem Sohn Igor die Sir Peter Ustinov Stiftung, die sein beherztes Engagement für weltweiten Frieden, Demokratie und Chancengleichheit über seine Lebenszeit hinaus fortführt.
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His most important films
His most important awards
  • "Oscar"
    for Spartacus
  • "Oscar"
    for Topkapi
  • "Special Berlinale Award for Special Artistic Achievement"
  • "Ordre des Arts et des Lettres"
  • "Knighthood from Queen Elisabeth II"
  • "German Culture Prize"
  • "Bambi"
  • "DIVA Award"
  • "Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany"
  • "Golden Kamera"
  • "Austrian Decoration for Science and Art I. Class"

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Telephone: +49 69 27221740

Donation account

Postbank - a branch of Deutsche Bank AG
IBAN: DE02 2501 0030 0901 8013 01


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