“I try to hop into a new personality as often as I can.” — Peter Sellers, Academy Award-Nominated Actor, Star of “The Pink Panther” Film Franchise
Starring Academy Award-nominated actor Peter Sellers as the goofy French detective Inspector Jacques Clouseau, the first edition of “The Pink Panther” film franchise premiered in theaters 56 years ago today. Starting out as a BBC Radio performer on the comedy series “The Goon Show”, Sellers eventually transitioned to the big screen with the 1959 British comedy “I’m All Right Jack”, a performance that earned him the British Academy Film Award for Best British Actor. Sellers’ versatility on-screen was unmatched, portraying a wide range of characters using different accents and guises — and often playing multiple roles in the same film. The original “Pink Panther” movie was a success at the box office, sparking several sequels and even inspired a hit Saturday morning cartoon series featuring the animated feline that appears in the film’s credits. The clumsy, yet lovable Inspector Clouseau was the perfect comedy character, capturing a universal sense of humor that was beyond language.