Peter Vaughan (born April 4, 1923 in Wem, Shropshire), is an English character actor, known for many supporting roles in a variety of British film and television productions. He has worked extensively on the stage, becoming known for roles such as police inspectors, Soviet agents and similar parts.
He became known for his performances on television, including supporting roles in Porridge (as Grouty) and Citizen Smith (although his role in the latter series was taken over by Tony Steedman). Vaughan's role in Porridge brought him a great deal of public recognition, despite the fact that his character appeared in only five episodes and the film of the series.
In film, he made his debut in 1959 and continued to play small roles for several years, before gaining his first starring role in a minor picture called Smokescreen (1964).
In 1969 he appeared in Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) in the episode "Never Trust a Ghost".
In December 1972 he appeared as Mr Paxton in the BBC television...
Created by dipity on Feb 7, 2008
Last updated: 03/06/10 at 02:39 PM
Peter Vaughan has no followers yet. Be the first one to follow.
The Life and Death of Peter Sellers is a 2004 film about the life of British comic actor Peter Sellers, based on Roger Lewis's book of the same name. It was directed by Stephen Hopkins and starred Geoffrey Rush as Sellers, Miriam Margolyes as his mother Peg Sellers, Emily Watson as his first wife Anne Howe, Charlize Theron as his second wife Britt Ekland, John Lithgow as Blake Edwards, Stephen Fry as Maurice Woodruff and Stanley Tucci as Stanley Kubrick.
The film shows Peter Sellers as a demented genius, not having a personality of his own. It glimpses his life as a family man and as an actor.
According to the film, Sellers was not too excited about landing a role in Pink Panther movies, as the Clouseau character was only offered to him after Peter Ustinov turned it down. Also, it upset him that Clouseau was only a minor character, with David Niven's character getting the bulk of the attention. Sellers' performance impressed Blake Edwards, though, and Clouseau was made the central...,
The Mother is a 2003 British film directed by Roger Michell.
Tagline: It can take a lifetime to feel alive.
May (played by Anne Reid) is an ordinary grandmother from North England. When her husband dies on a family visit to London, she recedes into the background of her busy, metropolitan children's lives. Trapped in an unfamiliar city, far from home, May fears that she has become another invisible old lady whose life is more or less over. She embarks on a sexual affair with Darren (Daniel Craig), a married handyman half her age who is renovating her son's house and is also her daughter's lover. As her sexual desire soon turns to emotional longing, May unwittingly embroils herself into a point-of-no-return situation with devastating results for all those surrounding her.
The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, an unfinished feature film project by director Terry Gilliam, commenced filming in 2000, but shooting stopped within a week when star Jean Rochefort was injured. The only result of the production that was ever released was the 2002 documentary Lost in La Mancha, chronicling the attempt at making this "film that didn't want to be made". Quixote was set to have been one of the biggest European films ever made, with a budget of $32.1 million (scaled back from $40 million) and it was to have been one of Gilliam's most ambitious films, made without any American money. Finding the source material by Cervantes too vast, Gilliam and his co-writer Tony Grisoni decided to create their own version of the Quixote story, including a major change inspired by A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court. The character of Sancho Panza would appear only very early in the film, to be replaced by Toby Grisoni, a twenty-first century marketing executive thrown back through...
An Ideal Husband is a 1999 feature film based on the play by Oscar Wilde.Starring Jeremy Northam, Rupert Everett, Julianne Moore, Minnie Driver and Oscar winning actress Cate Blanchett. Directed by Oliver Parker.It was selected as Cannes Film Festival's closing film.Sir Robert Chiltern is a successful Government minister, well-off and with a loving wife. All this is threatened when Mrs. Cheveley appears in London with damning evidence of a past misdeed. Sir Robert turns for help to his friend Lord Goring, an apparently idle philanderer and the despair of his father. Goring knows the lady of old and the plot to help his friend has unintended consequences.StarringwithStage production of The Importance of Being Earnestand...
Face (1997) is a British crime drama directed by Antonia Bird and written by Ronan Bennett. It stars Robert Carlyle and Ray Winstone and features the acting debut of rock singer Damon Albarn (Blur, Gorillaz).
The film is set over the course of 48 hours in and around London, and tells the story of a group of criminals and what happens to them after they steal a considerable amount of money.
The story begin with the main characters, Ray (Robert Carlyle) and Dave (Ray Winstone) breaking into an apparent drug dealers squat, posing as police officers. However as the film progresses it becomes very apparent that Ray and Dave are far from law-abiding.
The next scene uncovers what is the catalyst to the films events- a secure depot heist.
Dave, with the logistics controlled by another criminal Julian (Phillip Davies) recruits Ray, Stevie (Rays former cellmate) and Jason (Damon Albarn) - the nephew of a criminal close to Ray and Dave.
Although the 'Ram-Raid' style of heist at the secure...,
The Remains of the Day (1993) is a Merchant Ivory Film adapted by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala from the novel by Kazuo Ishiguro. It was directed by James Ivory, produced by Ismail Merchant, and starred Anthony Hopkins as Stevens and Emma Thompson as Miss Kenton, with James Fox, Christopher Reeve, Hugh Grant, and Ben Chaplin. The film was nominated for eight Academy Awards.
A film adaptation of the novel was originally to be directed by Mike Nichols, from a script by Harold Pinter. Nichols was ultimately one of the producers of the Merchant Ivory film.
A number of castles and country houses were used as locations for the film, partly owing to the persuasive power of Mr. Merchant, who was able to cajole permission for the production to borrow various houses not normally open to the public. Among them was Dyrham Park for the exterior of the house and Powderham Castle, the interior of which was used for the stairway scenes.
In 1950s England, Mr. Stevens (Anthony Hopkins), the emotionally...,
The Razor's Edge is the second film version of W. Somerset Maugham's 1944 novel. The film was released in 1984 and stars Bill Murray, Theresa Russell, Catherine Hicks, Denholm Elliott and James Keach. It was directed by John Byrum.
The film opens at a Fourth of July celebration in 1916 in Chicago, where Larry Darrell (Murray) and his friend Gray (Keach) are setting off to volunteer as ambulance drivers in war-torn France (even though the United States in not officially in the war yet). Larry can't wait to return back to marry his fiance Isabel. However, problems arise as Larry views death up close. First when two fellow ambulance drivers from Harvard are killed by a land mine and more seriously when his commander Piedmont (Brian Doyle-Murray) gives his life to save Larry (resulting in a haunting speech that Murray wrote into the script as a way of saying goodbye to his late friend John Belushi). When Larry returns, he has a different view of his life and decides to put off his wedding...,
Time Bandits (first released on July 13, 1981) is a fantasy film, produced and directed by Terry Gilliam (who created animations for Monty Python's Flying Circus).
Gilliam wrote the screenplay with fellow Python alumnus Michael Palin, who appears with Shelley Duvall in the small, recurring roles of Vincent and Pansy. The film is one of the most famous of more than 30 theatrical features produced by Handmade Films, the London-based independent company backed in part by former Beatle George Harrison.
Gilliam would work with many of this film's cast again in 1985's Brazil, including Jim Broadbent, Ian Holm, Peter Vaughan, Katherine Helmond, Michael Palin and Jack Purvis.
Craig Warnock later went on to play keyboards in These Animal Men in the late 1990's, appearing on their final album Accident and Emergency.
The protagonist is young boy named Kevin who is ignored by his parents. They live together in a sterile, modern maisonette house full of household gadgets. Kevin's mother is...,
Valentino is an Anglo-American biographical drama film about the life of Rudolph Valentino, directed by Ken Russell. It is based on the book Valentino, an Intimate Exposé of the Sheik, written by Chaw Mank and Brad Steiger....
Straw Dogs is a 1971 film directed by Sam Peckinpah. Dustin Hoffman and Susan George play the lead roles. David Warner, although uncredited, is also featured. The screenplay is based on the novel The Siege of Trencher's Farm by Gordon Williams.The film was released theatrically in the U.S. the same year as A Clockwork Orange, The French Connection and Dirty Harry, sparking a heated controversy over apparently excessive violence in films.The film tells the story of an American mathematician, David Sumner (Dustin Hoffman), and his British wife, Amy (Susan George), who move to Amy's home town in Cornwall, United Kingdom to escape crime and violence in the United States.They face increasing levels of harassment by the local residents (played by Jim Norton, Del Henney, Peter Vaughan, Ken Hutchison, Donald Webster) who kill the Sumners' cat, intimidate David, and finally, unbeknownst to David, subject Amy to a brutal double rape. When Henry Niles (David Warner), a local man with a mild...,
The Naked Runner was the last film Frank Sinatra made with Warner Bros. and is largely viewed as being a fairly disastrous end to his association with the studio. Made in 1967, Sinatra was desperately in need of a hit - Marriage on the Rocks and Assault on a Queen having flopped badly in the two previous years. He put trusted aide Brad Dexter in charge of finding a suitable vehicle and after negotiations for him to star in Harper fell through, The Naked Runner was plan B. Sinatra had been impressed with 1965's The IPCRESS File and recruited its director Sidney J. Furie to give a similar feel to proceedings. Among the films co-stars were the sterling Peter Vaughan, Derren Nesbitt and Edward Fox. Sinatra's character was Samuel Laker and his fee was an at the time massive $1 million plus box-office participation.Reports are of a troubled shoot with Sinatra playing the spoiled superstar. Two weeks into filming he temporarily closed down the shoot and flew to Las Vegas to marry Mia Farrow....
Peter Vaughan was born