the making of his well-received BBC television series, ‘Peter
Ustinov's Russia’, the ever-curious thespian made a journey of
100,000 miles and visited more than 30 cities. But if his academic achievements
appealed to those schooled in literature and geography, his way with
a good joke ensured his popularity with a less esoteric audience. His
mischievous geniality and ready wit made him a welcome guest on chat
shows and a popular speaker on the international dinner circuit.
a successful career as journalist, actor, playwright and author, Sir
Peter Ustinov was at his best telling his own stories, and reveled in
the role of raconteur. Famous for his rich, musical speaking voice,
he was also fluent in French, German, Italian, Russian and Spanish,
and could also speak Greek and Turkish.
For over 30 years Ustinov also served as an ambassador at large for
the UNICEF, the children's agency of the United Nations. Over the years
Ustinov could be found raising money for charities or aiding children
in Third World countries. His work garnered him the UNICEF medal for
distinguished services. Ustinov’s long service as a goodwill ambassador
with the United Nations led UN Secretary General Kofi Annan to joke
that Ustinov was the man to take over from him.
As for being a General, well, at the age of four with paper hates and
wooden swords, we're all Generals. Only some of us never grow out of
for ages for the wrong word, which, to give them credit, they eventually
Her virtue was
that she said what she thought, her vice that what she thought didn't
amount to much.
I have four children
which is not bad considering I'm not a Catholic.
I'm convinced there's a small room in the attic of the Foreign Office
where future diplomats are taught to stammer.
'Dear me' 1977
Suggested films to see:
Quo Vadis (1951)
Death on the Nile (1978)