Peter Cook
(1937-1995)

Died aged c. 58

Peter Edward Cook (17 November 1937 – 9 January 1995) was an English satirist and comedic actor. He was a leading figure of the British satire boom of the 1960s, and he was associated with the anti-establishment comedic movement that emerged in the United Kingdom in the late 1950s. Born in Torquay, he was educated at the University of Cambridge. There he became involved with the Footlights Club, of which he later became president. After graduating he created the comedy stage revue Beyond the Fringe, beginning a long-running partnership with Dudley Moore. In 1961, Cook opened the comedy club The Establishment in Soho, Central London. In 1965, Cook and Moore began a television career, beginning with Not Only... But Also. Following the success of the show, the duo appeared together in films The Wrong Box (1966) and Bedazzled (1967). Cook and Moore returned to television projects continuing to the late 1970s, including co-presenting Saturday Night Live in the United States. From 1978 until his death in 1995, Cook no longer collaborated with Moore but continued to be a regular performer in British television and film. Referred to as "the father of modern satire" by The Guardian in 2005, Cook was ranked number one in the Comedians' Comedian, a poll of more than 300 comics, comedy writers, producers, and directors throughout the English-speaking world.

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Peter Cook 1937-1995 comedian and "only twin" co-founded and ran the Establishment Club here 1961-1964

18 Greek Street, London, United Kingdom where they founded

"Kinbrae" Peter Cook (1937-1995) Voted one of Britain's greatest comedians and a writer of note was born here November 17th 1937 when the house was called "Shearbridge"

Middle Warberry Road, Torquay, United Kingdom where they was born (1937)

Lifetime supporter of Torquay United Peter Cook (1937-1995) Writer, comedian, founder of Private Eye and one-time chairman of the Gulls' Junior Supporters Club. "He wore his yellow scarf with pride"

Launa Windows Stadium's Popular Side, Marnham Road, Torquay, United Kingdom where they was