Date: 19th November 2000
A search for the missing million pound legacy of PETER SELLERS has been launched in America and Britain.
Investigators are trying to retrieve royalties from the PINK PANTHER films and the GOON SHOW recordings which they claim have not been paid into the actor's estate.
Sellers, who died 20 years ago, was one of the first British comedians to make successful Hollywood films, including STANLEY KUBRICK's DR STRANGELOVE. He was also the actor behind DETECTIVE INSPECTOR CLOUSEAU in the Pink Panther films. SCOTT WHITELEATHER, a Hollywood-based lawyer for the Sellers estate, says, "There are royalties from a variety of sources that have failed to materialise and we are going to the various parties to get all that money back.
"The circumstances of Peter Sellers' estate are complicated because he owned the rights to some films and not others. Trustees of his fortune believe that royalties have not been paid in full for a number of films, including the Pink Panther series. (WV/WNSTE/MCM)