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Sir Peter Ustinov dies aged 82

March 28, 2004
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Sir Peter Ustinov, the British-born star famed for both his film career and his humanitarian endeavours, has died aged 82.

The Oscar-winning actor passed away Sunday night in Switzerland, where he has lived for several decades.

Born April 16, 1921 to Russian parents in London, Peter left the prestigious Westminster School aged 16 and within three years had presented his first stage play.

A talented writer-director, he sold his first screenplay at 24, and directed his first film, School For Secrets aged 25. Over his 60-year career, he took home a slew of awards, including two best supporting actor Oscars – one for 1961's Spartacus and the other for Topkapi in 1965. He was nominated in the category for Quo Vadis in 1952, and also was shortlisted for best writing, story and screenplay for Hot Millions in 1968.Perhaps best-known for his movie role as Agatha Christie's detective Poirot, the multifaceted star became Sir Peter Ustinov when he was knighted in 1990. By that time – 15 years after he received a CBE – he had broadened his already extensive CV, becoming a UNICEF goodwill ambassador and novelist as well.Renowned for his rich speaking voice and sparkling wit, Peter continued working in films until last year, with the 2003 movie Luther alongside Joseph Fiennes among his final projects.

Sir Peter, who was thrice married, leaves behind four children and his current wife, Helene du Lau D'Allemans, whom he married in 1972.

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A renowned writer, actor, director and humanitarian, London-born Sir Peter Ustinov passed away on Sunday in Switzerland, where he has lived for several decades

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