Television: Busting Out All Over

In his native England, Playwright-Actor-Director Peter Alexander Ustinov did so little TV that one critic mourned: "Genius is going to waste. That multitalented marvel, that compendium of comedy, has no sense of his duty to mankind—especially the part that watches TV." Luckily for viewers across the Atlantic, peripatetic Peter Ustinov is busting out all over U.S. television.

This season the portly (229 lbs.), shaggy droll with the twinkling squint has hurdled the gulf from Omnibus to The $64,000 Challenge, popped up on What's My Line?, The Last Word, and six memorable sessions of...

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