Full name, Peter Edward Cook; born November 17, 1937, in Torquay, Devonshire,England; died of a gastrointestinal hemorrhage, January 9, 1995, in London.Comedic stage, television, and film actor and writer. Cook, one of the main founders of modern British satire, was praised for his film, stage, and television work alongside fellow comedian Dudley Moore. Born in Devonshire, he began performing while a student at Cambridge University, rising to fame during the 1960s, when his biting brand of political and social satire was featured alongside Moore's in the award-winning comedy revue Beyond the Fringe. The twoalso paired up in the British television series Not Only ... But Also as "Pete 'n' Dud," through which they achieved celebrity status. After Moore left England to pursue a career in Hollywood, Cook went into semi-retirement, confining himself to select film and television appearances. In addition to acting, he was the author of several plays and screenplays, including 1981's The Secret Policeman's Other Ball, as well as Dud and Pete: The Dagenham Dialogues(1971) with coauthor Moore. In addition to his work on the stage, Cook starred in numerous films, including The Wrong Box, 1965; Bedazzled, 1967; The Hound of the Baskervilles, 1979; Yellowbeard, 1983; Supergirl, 1984; Whoops Apocalypse, 1987; and Mr. Jolly Lives Next Door, 1987. He was founder of the magazine Private Eye, and of several comedy clubs in both England and New York City.