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Paying Tribute to the Comedy of Peter Sellers

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Paying Tribute to the Comedy of Peter Sellers

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Paying Tribute to the Comedy of Peter Sellers

Paying Tribute to the Comedy of Peter Sellers

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Geoffrey Rush, recreating Peter Sellers' role as Chance, the befuddled gardener from Being There in the HBO Films presentation of The Life and Death of Peter Sellers. HBO Films hide caption

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Among the most beloved characters in Britain's rich collection of comic talents was one of the oddest: the late Peter Sellers. He was especially memorable for his physical comedy, on display in films as diverse as The Pink Panther and Dr. Strangelove.

HBO's biopic, The Life and Death of Peter Sellers, debuts on the pay-cable network Sunday. Geoffrey Rush is in the title role, with a supporting cast featuring such stars as Emily Watson, John Lithgow, Stanley Tucci and Charlize Theron.

NPR's Scott Simon and New York Times critic Elvis Mitchell help movie fans brush up on some of Seller's finest screen moments.

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