Acting legend SIR Peter Ustinov has died aged 82.
The London-born actor and entertaining raconteur passed away in
Switzerland yesterday (28MAR04).
His acting career spanned more than 60 years - including Academy Awards
for two supporting roles in SPARTACUS (61) and TOPKAPI (65).
Ustinov was a talented linguist - fluent in French, Spanish, German,
Italian, and Russian - and could also speak Greek and Turkish. He was a
novelist and noted public speaker, and also worked as an ambassador for the
The son of Russian parents, Ustinov left school at 16, but had almost
instant success on the London stage. His first play was staged when he was only
He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1990.