Television: Clouseau's Last Mystery

An HBO biopic pursues the real Peter Sellers. But it doesn't quite make us want to find him

The physically nondescript Peter Sellers (a pair of glasses, really, with a man attached) was known for vanishing wholly into his characters. He disappeared into Inspector Clouseau, Dr. Strangelove and Being There's Chance the Gardener. But did he have a character of his own? It is a credit to HBO's The Life and Death of Peter Sellers (Dec. 5, 9 p.m. E.T.) and its star, Geoffrey Rush (Shine), that this TV biopic sometimes makes you want to know. We meet Sellers as a young radio comic supported by a loyal wife (Emily Watson) and driven to want more by his lovingly...

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