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In Memoriam: Peter Ustinov

Actor and author Peter Ustinov, who appeared in 90 films during his 60-year career, died of heart failure yesterday in Geneva. The NewsHour remembers Ustinov with a clip of his performance as a Mexican general in the 1970 comedy "Viva Max," which was based on a novel by Jim Lehrer.

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  • JIM LEHRER:

    Finally tonight, Peter Ustinov, who died yesterday. As an actor, he appeared in 90 movies, but he was also a playwright, screenwriter, novelist, mimic and director of operas, as well as a humanitarian who worked with children's charities. He won two Oscars for his acting as a supporting character, but here's a clip of him as the leading man, the star, in the 1970 comedy called "Viva Max!" Ustinov plays a Mexican general who, for reasons of love for a woman and for Mexico, retakes the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas.

    ( Music playing )

  • ACTOR:

    All right, now. Is anyone wounded?

  • ACTOR:

    No.

  • ACTOR:

    What happened?

  • ACTOR:

    Move back the car. Move back. Move out of the way. Come on you, out of the way.

  • ACTOR:

    We cannot talk here.

  • ACTOR:

    Si, senior. Nobody is hurt.

  • ACTOR:

    I am.

  • ACTOR:

    Try to stand up.

  • ACTOR:

    I cannot. I sprain my ankle.

  • ACTOR:

    It's nearly 5:00. ( Wailing )

  • ACTOR:

    We'll have to carry him.

  • ACTOR:

    I wasn't doing more than 20.

  • ACTOR:

    Nor were we.

  • ACTOR:

    Get this old lady out of here. Get her out of here!

  • ACTOR:

    The bus. Stop the bus.

  • ACTOR:

    Senor, you will take this men to the Alamo.

  • ACTOR:

    This ain't no cross-town buddy. You got to go down to the next corner, catch the bus.

  • ACTOR:

    I have a badly wounded man here, and it's a matter of life and death that you take this idiot to the Alamo.

  • ACTOR:

    I don't go to the Alamo.

  • ACTOR:

    You could take him to Island Park and then he could transfer to the number 11.

  • ACTOR:

    You see? You could take him to Island Park and transfer to number… what was it?

  • ACTOR:

    11.

  • ACTOR:

    It's very kind of you. And if have you any trouble, ask the lady, island park.

  • ACTOR:

    Come on, move the horse, will you buddy?

  • JIM LEHRER:

    Peter Ustinov was 82 years old. And, in the interests of full disclosure, our selecting a scene from "Viva Max!" was no accident. The movie was based on a novel of mine by that same name.

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