Friday, February 08, 2008


Pictured at right is Daniel Mendoza (1764 - 1836), the Portuguese-Jewish prizefighter who was boxing champion of England, 1792-'95. He is sometimes known as 'the father of scientific boxing'.

I don't know what you think, but it strikes me that he bears quite a resemblance to comedian Peter Sellers (1925 - 1980), who happens to have been a descendant of Mendoza. Even the mole on the left cheek, near the lip, is similar. And there's something in the eyes.

Maybe it's just my imagination. I'd be interested to know what you think, if you'd like to leave a comment.

BTW, look for prints of the boxer on Inspector Clouseau’s wall in Sellers's Pink Panther films.


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