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Simon Peter is no stranger to the spotlight. Here's a list of his celebrity appearances, plus some of the best books, movies and websites about him – together with handy links so you can go searching and shopping.
Celebrity Appearances

The 16th century writer, Erasmus, wrote a jolly little dialogue between St Peter and the freshly departed Pope Julius II, in his book "Julius Exclusus". Julius rants about not being allowed into heaven, while Peter bars the gates.

But way before that, Peter guested in several 2nd-century AD writings. What survives of the Gospel of Peter is a crucifixion account with walking crosses. The Apocalypse of Peter is full of graphic detail on the torments of Hell, and was hugely influential on medieval beliefs about Hell. There's also a Preaching of Peter and an Acts of Peter, in case you're interested.

Peter appeared in the first-ever feature film, Quo Vadis? in 1912. He has also been played by John Cleese in the film, The Unorganized Manager. Then, of course, there's The Last Temptation of Christ, Jesus Christ Superstar, and other movies.


Saint Peter Relates an Incident
James Weldon Johnson
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Saint Peter
Michael Grant
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Saint Peter and the Popes
Michael Winter
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The Last Temptation of Christ
Nikos Kazantzakis
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Quo Vadis (1951)
Director: Mervyn LeRoy
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The Gospel According to St Matthew (1964)
Director: Pier Paolo Pasolini
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The King of Kings (1961)
Director: Nicholas Ray
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The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)
Director: Martin Scorsese
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Jesus Christ Superstar (1973)
Director: Norman Jewison
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Jesus of Nazareth (1977)
Director: Franco Zeffirelli
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Archeologists find St Peter's bones – click!
Peter in the Catholic Encyclopedia – click!
The Gospel of Peter (pre-200) – click!
The Acts of Peter (pre-200) – click!
Apocalypse of Peter (pre-400) – click!
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