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Sir Peter Ustinov (1921 -- 2004)

Born in London of Russian parentage, Peter Ustinov acted regularly in feature films and television programmes from the early 1940s. He won two Oscars®, both in the 1960s, for Spartacus and Topkapi. Among his dozens of roles he played Hercule Poirot several times, most notably in John Guillermin's film, Death on the Nile (1978).

Beyond acting, he made full use of an amazing array of talents, as director, novelist, playwright, raconteur and mimic. Fulfilling his declared wish to work until he dropped, he passed away in Switzerland in March 2004, a couple of weeks prior to his 83rd birthday.