Peter Cook

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 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 comedy stage revue ''Beyond the Fringe'' beginning a long running partnership with Dudley Moore. In 1961, Cook opened comedy club The Establishment in Soho, Central London. In 1965 Cook and Moore began a television career, beginning with ''Not Only... But Also''. Following 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's collaboration with Moore was mostly over, but he 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. Provided by Wikipedia