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Mr. Strangelove: A Biography of Peter Sellers

3.67 of 5 stars 3.67  ·  rating details  ·  163 ratings  ·  20 reviews
Peter Sellers's explosive talent made him a beloved figure in world cinema and continues to attract new audiences. With his darkly comic performances in Dr. Strangelove and Lolita and his outrageously funny appearances as Inspector Clouseau in the Pink Panther films, he became one of the most popular movie stars of his time. Sellers himself identified most personally with ...more
Hardcover, 450 pages
Published October 2nd 2002 by Hyperion
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Natalie Caudill
I've always appreciated his gifts but clearly he was a troubled man. While I am not a psychiatrist, it is obvious that he suffered from kind of personality disorder. The book goes into fantastic depth of detail and character but reading that Mr. Sellers abused his wives, children and even murdered pets will give even a hardcore fan pause. One wonders what intervention might have helped him but he is thoroughly a narcissist and probably the least likely person to have sought help. My heart goes o ...more
Thomas Amo
If you love Peter Sellers, you won't by time you finish reading Mr. Strangelove.
Which is no surprise, Peter Sellers on his best day was a force to be handled with kid gloves. A very insecure genius who's comedy still makes me laugh regardless of his personal life.

He truly suffered the comedians curse which is long bouts of depression. When everyone wants you to be funny all the time. I got this book because I did want to know more about the man behind the laughter. I did find reading it though w
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Littlebrit
Full disclosure: I've been a devoted fan of Peter Sellers ever since his early days on "The Goon Show" on the venerable BBC Radio. This is a fascinating look at the life of a brilliant comic and actor which holds nothing back. Sellers was not an easy man to get along with, personally and professionally and this detailed look at him certainly makes that very clear. The stories of his "run-ins" with other famous show business folks are riveting but also so are the sad details of his personal life, ...more
Allie
A Peter Sellers biography written as a black comedy is a very good idea. This is one of the most stylistically fun biographies I can recall reading, though I'll admit I very rarely read biographies. Extra sad bonus: now whenever I watch some of my favorite films, I'll have to think about Sellers beating on his wives/children/everybody.
Joslyn
terribly written, but full of facts, anecdotes, information. by 'terribly written,' i do not mean illiterate, but invasive. interjections, judgements, foreshadowing, the occasional attempt at humor - the author's voice was very much in the way of the story.
Tabatha
"Mr. Strangelove: A Biography of Peter Sellers" gives a good overview of the benchmarks of Peter Sellers' life, however it seems to be a biography written by someone who doesn't care for the work of Peter Sellers. Beyond giving the facts of Peter's life, Ed Sikov also gives synopses and opinions on the various films Peter Sellers appeared in throughout his career. Although I will readily admit that quite a few of them weren't up to par, the author is unnecessarily harsh and critical of each one ...more
Irene B.
I'm taking my time reading this bio as it is full of great tips about music and film I've never heard about before. Well, most of the clips and tunes are on Youtube. I've discovered The early Goon Show, Peter Sellers "records", and watched some scenes of movies I've never seen such as The Magic Christian and also The Party. Fabulous. I've ordered my own "used" copy of this book so I can take my time and make notes. What an outstanding performer he was!!! Nov 2012: Still reading the book and watc ...more
Ellen Snyder
I have never been a big Sellers fan, thinking he was over the top most of the time, but he was good in some roles, and was gifted at impersonations and characterizations. As a member of the Goon radio show, he and his buddies were a great influence on British Humor, as evidenced by the Monty Python group, the Beatles, Richard Lester's movies, and perhaps on American humortoo such as the Laugh-In show. Peter Sellers as a person, though, seemed to be an unhappy, difficult person. He suffered from ...more
Corey
Sellers was a fascinating, troubled and troubling man. His life is almost as interesting as his best work, in "Lolita," "Dr. Strangelove" and "Being There."
Ryan McArthur
Peter sellers sounds like a bit of an a-hole. He was a terrible dad, husband and friend.

I had a student staying with me, and at one point she asked me what I was reading. I showed her this book and quoetd one of the Goodreads reviews which says "if you like peter sellers, you won't after reading this book" its totally true.

He was the original "man who wasn't there" always playing a role, until he got bored, and then playing another one. However, I did really like "The Party" and, as someone el
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Jim Berkin
Sikov's very thorough bio of Peter Sellers didn't surprise me since I'd already read a lot about how Sellers was an oddball offscreen, but I had no idea how cruel he could be, especially to his wives and family. Granted, the man's work on screen is often hilarious (although he certainly made his share of real drek), but Sikov's grand tour through a lot of the dirty laundry was interesting even if somewhat depressing. Compared to other Hollywood bios in the same spirit, this one is very good.
Peter
Interesting book. Peter Sellers had many quirks, but was also a genius at his craft. His children and wife's had a hard time dealing with the many faces of Peter. I thought the book was a bit slow at the beginning, but by the middle on was very entertaining. Amazing how many characters he could be in one movie and keep track of what he was doing. Interesting about how he did not like the color purple and thought it was bad luck.
Chris Bartholomew
Dec 19, 2013 Chris Bartholomew rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
What a disappointing book. I still think it would be interesting to read about Peter Sellers life, but this author sucked the life out of the story. I could have picked up a film atlas and found it equally as readable.
Scoobs
I can't wait to read this book about the legendary Mr. Sellers. Tosh will have to burn me a copy of his comedy stuff to keep me laughing until I get a chance to read the book on his wild and crazy life.
R
Fascinating man. Typical neurotic artist; truly there must be a biochemical basis for this common stereotype.
Jodi
Sad yet amusing chronicle of an incredibly talented performer.
Stephanie
This book gave me a lengthy list of movies I should see.
Laesar
a good, insightful book but very very long
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