Roles turned down by Peter Sellers:
Turned down the leading role again and again, then filmed a cameo that was eventually cut from the film as released.
Actor who got the part: Dudley Moore
Unable to play a fourth role in the film, Major T.J. Kong, due to a broken leg.
Actor who got the part: Slim Pickens
Director Billy Wilder was forced to replace the ill Peter Sellers as the show biz lowlife stranded in a small Nevada town.
Actor who got the part: Ray Walston
Considered a prime candidate to star as Fagin in the Sir Carol Reed-directed movie version of the hit musical play.
Actor who got the part: Ron Moody
Sellers was originally director Billy Wilder's top choice to play Dr, John Watson, but Wilder ultimately chose a lesser-known and less costly actor.
Actor who got the part: Colin Blakely
Director Mel Brooks says he first offered Sellers the role of scheming, down-on-his-luck Broadway producer "Max Bialystock."
Actor who got the part: Zero Mostel
Mel Brooks wanted Peter Sellers for a role in The Twelve Chairs.
Did you know that Peter Sellers was not the only choice for these movies? (click to learn more)