Today marks the birth anniversary of English actor Peter Cushing. Cushing was a familiar face to generations the UK, the US and across the world thanks to his starring roles on Hammer horror films, playing a truly demented Dr. Frankenstein across many films, a noble but crisp Dr. Van Helsing, Sherlock Holmes, and - of course - as Grand Moff Tarkin in Star Wars: A New Hope.
Cushing has become one of those actors where I now say "Cushing is in that? Well, let's watch it." And I'm never disappointed in a single moment of him on screen.
He was also a very humble gentleman who came to fame in his 40's, and always seemed to have his feet on the ground. Cushing was also quick to make friends with his co-stars and colleagues, and he worked numerous times with Christopher Lee, and befriended the likes of Vincent Price and others who were kings of the horror film world.
I always find it intriguing that, in his downtime, Cushing made miniatures and models of all sorts of things.
Anyway, happy birthday, Peter Cushing! You are missed.