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Finally, in conclusion, let me just say this

Peter Sellers had an unrivalled talent for creating and performing brilliant comic characters.

The only son of successful actor parents, after serving in the RAF during the War, he became a household name in the ground-breaking radio comedy The Goon Show. His film career simultaneously took off, too, with a character role in classic Ealing comedy The Ladykillers becoming his real breakthrough.

Peter often played more than one character in a film, including in Stanley Kubrick’s black comedy Dr Strangelove in which he played an RAF pilot, the US president and the mysterious Doctor himself. He made his name in Hollywood as the bumbling French detective Inspector Clouseau in the Pink Panther films.

In the mid-1960s, the actor suffered a heart attack, while married to the actress Britt Ekland. Through his life, four-times married Peter’s relationships with a string of glamourous women provided endless tabloid newspaper fodder, while on-set he could be difficult for colleagues to work with – it’s been suggested that the actor’s mental health issues might have be diagnosed as bipolar disorder, today.

What’s not in doubt was his genius for comedy acting, although Sellers himself played down his huge talent.

“I am not a funny man,” he had once said. I don't have a strong comedy personality. But even without that, you can be successful if the material is funny.”

Aged just 54 when he suffered a fatal heart attack, he’d been scheduled to have a reunion dinner with his old Goon Show pals when he died. He continues to be regarded by many as one of the greatest comedy heroes of all time.