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Michael G. McGlasson
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13 Oct 2011
More than six years in the making, The Unknown Peter Cushing explores various areas related to the life and career of Peter Wilton Cushing with a focus on his familial acting legacy via his grandfather Henry William Cushing, his early stage career, and his life with his beloved wife Helen Beck Cushing. Often described as the "Gentle Man of Horror," Peter Cushing was much more than an actor, for he was also a talented painter, model maker, author, a lover of books and literature, and a poet. With chapters like "Rogues, Vagabonds, and Scoundrels," "The Life and Times of Henry William Cushing," "The Moon in June is Full of Beauty," and "Helen: The Poetry of Her Presence," The Unknown Peter Cushing reveals facts about Peter's acting ancestry via a journey through time from the early 1700s and up to Peter's early days as a stage actor when he met his "Helen," the guiding force of his life and the source of his creative spirit.

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  • Paperback: 132 pages
  • Publisher: BearManor Media (13 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593936656
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593936655
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 15 x 22.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 735,041 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 1 July 2013
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I wanted to know about tje actor, hos life and work. I did not want a boring history of his unknown grandfather.
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By J. Lovins TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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BearManor Media presents "THE UNKNOWN PETER CUSHING" (Paperback), by Michael G. McGlasson.

The author McGlasson states within the introduction, Without a doubt, Peter Cushing was the quintessential screen villain and hero of horror cinema, due to his remarkable ability to express an entire range of human emotion while in character. But off screen, Peter Cushing was one of the kindest and most compassionate human beings to ever walk the earth, at least in the opinion of the numerous actors and actresses that worked with him over a span of some fifty years.

Peter was also completely devoted to his wife Helen, born Violet Helene Beck in 1905 in St. Petersburg, Russia, and likewise, she was utterly devoted to him. It is beyond any doubt that Peter loved, if not adored his Helen with unbounded passion, much like Kharis, the high priest of Hammer's THE MUMMY whose ancient heart heart was filled with tenderness for the beautiful Princess Ananka.

Very reasonable and a good value for the price --- For product description and editorial review check this out on the Amazon site above my review.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Unknown Peter Cushing 7 Aug 2013
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Bought for my husband, he enjoyed it as it was very informative as he had met Peter on a few occasions and thought he was a lovely gentle man.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "The Unknown Gentle Man of Horror ... Peter Cushing ... Michael G. McGlasson (author) (2011)" 11 Nov 2011
By J. Lovins - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
BearManor Media presents "THE UNKNOWN PETER CUSHING" (Paperback), by Michael G. McGlasson.

The author McGlasson states within the introduction, Without a doubt, Peter Cushing was the quintessential screen villain and hero of horror cinema, due to his remarkable ability to express an entire range of human emotion while in character. But off screen, Peter Cushing was one of the kindest and most compassionate human beings to ever walk the earth, at least in the opinion of the numerous actors and actresses that worked with him over a span of some fifty years.

Peter was also completely devoted to his wife Helen, born Violet Helene Beck in 1905 in St. Petersburg, Russia, and likewise, she was utterly devoted to him. It is beyond any doubt that Peter loved, if not adored his Helen with unbounded passion, much like Kharis, the high priest of Hammer's THE MUMMY whose ancient heart heart was filled with tenderness for the beautiful Princess Ananka.

Very reasonable and a good value for the price --- For product description and editorial review check this out on the Amazon site above my review.

TABLE OF CONTENTS: (Chapter, Title and Page Numbers)

Dedication --- vii
Acknowledgments --- ix
Introduction --- xi
Rogues, Vagabonds, and Scoundrels --- 1
The Life and Times of Henry William Cushing --- 9
Photo Gallery --- 35
The Moon in June is Full of Beauty --- 49
Helen: The Poetry of Her Presence --- 65
Final Thoughts --- 77
Endnotes --- 83
Bibliography --- 93
Index --- 103

BIOS:
Peter Cushing [aka: Peter Wilton Cushing)
Date of Birth: 26 May 1913 - Kenley, Surrey, England, UK
Date of Death: 11 August 1994 - Canterbury, Kent, England, UK

Thank our lucky stars for Ben Ohmart and his staff, BearManor Media, a small press that publishes BIG books. They pride themselves on publishing quality entertainment biographies, so they often put out the first book on unique subjects -- plus specializing in books with nostalgic themes and keeping classic Hollywood alive not only thru his publishing house, but thru his own books.

In closing, author Michael G. McGlasson, unearths several new aspects on this great actor that have never been revealed in such extraordinary depth before, a legacy of which perhaps even Peter himself was not fully aware. Through the tireless and captivating work of Mr. McGlasson, we have been drawn a little closer to the roots of the man we have all come to know through countless stage, television and film appearances.

If you enjoyed this read, check out another by Michael G. McGlasson ~ Lee Van Cleef: Best of the Bad

A must read ~ Highly recommend!

Total Page: 132 Pages ~ BearManor Media #ISBN-13: 978-1593936655 ~ (October 13, 2011)
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