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In pictures: Peter Cushing's life on film
Peter Cushing
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Acclaimed British actor Peter Cushing died 10 years ago at the age of 81. He starred in more than 100 films and TV shows.
Tales from the Crypt
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Cushing made his name playing monsters and ghouls in a number of films. He donned masks and wigs to play characters like this one in Tales from the Crypt, cementing his reputation as one of the most successful horror actors.
Dr Who
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Although Cushing made his name in the Hammer horror films, he was just as recognisable without the costumes. He starred as Doctor Who in two films dedicated to the Daleks.
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Cushing played the rebellious Winston Smith in a BBC TV adaptation of George Orwell's novel 1984, made in 1954.
At the Earth's Core
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Cushing was awarded an OBE in 1989 for his contribution to the acting profession. Here he is starring in the sci-fi adventure film At the Earth's Core.
Legend of the Werewolf
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Many of his film outings saw him end up with blood on his hands. In the 1975 movie Legend of the Werewolf he played Professor Paul.
Star Wars
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In Star Wars Cushing played Grand Moff Tarkin, Imperial governor and mastermind of the Death Star project. His character was killed off when the Death Star was attacked.
Sherlock Holmes
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Cushing first played Sherlock Holmes in The Hound of the Baskervilles in 1959. His last outing as the detective was in the TV movie Mask of Death in 1984.
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Cushing's last film was an updated version of Biggles in 1986. Following retirement, he wrote two autobiographies and pursued his hobbies of bird-watching and painting.


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