Ustinov was a life-long car enthusiast, his machinery including a Fiat Topolino, several Lancias, a Hispano-Suiza, a Delage and a special-bodied Jowett Jupiter.
Ustinov’s parents, both naturalized British subjects, were of Russian, German, Jewish, Ethiopian, French and Italian descent. Ustinov himself spoke six languages fluently, English, French, Spanish, Italian, German and Russian, plus some Turkish and modern Greek. He was a master of accents and dialects in each of these.
I thought he was just terrific as the drunk pirate Capt Blackbeard in Blackbeard's Ghost, and the old man in the Library of Congress in Logan's Run