Peter Edward Cook (17 November 1937--9 January 1995) was an English actor, satirist, writer and comedian. An extremely influential figure in modern British comedy, he is regarded as the leading light of the British satire boom of the 1960s. Cook has been described by Stephen Fry as 'the funniest man who ever drew breath', although his work was also controversial. Cook was closely associated with anti-establishment comedy which emerged in Britain and the United States in the late 1950s. Cook was born at his parents' house 'Shearbridge', in Middle Warberry Road, Torquay, Devon. He was the only son and eldest of the three children of Alexander Edward (Alec) Cook (1906--1984), a colonial civil servant, and his wife Ethel Catherine Margaret, nee Mayo (1908---1994).
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