Gregory Peck

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Born Eldred Gregory Peck in La Jolla, California in 1916, Gregory Peck was the epitome of the tall, dark, and handsome leading man. Stalwart, dependable and always dignified, Peck was a free agent untrapped by the studio system and able to move from genre to genre with ease, appearing successfully in comedies, dramas, westerns, epics, and action pictures. He gravitated toward the steadfast hero types, which worked out fine from an audience perspective. There was something comforting, after all, in knowing that Peck would be around the make things right. The 6’3″ Peck didn’t set out to become an actor; he was pre-med at UC Berkeley when he was recruited by the director of the drama department, which was suffering from a shortage of tall men that year. It would not be the last time Peck would benefit from such shortages. The acting bug bit hard-he did five plays at Berkeley, changed his major to English, and graduated to New York to study at the Neighborhood Playhouse.

He made his Broadway debut in 1942s “The Morning Star,” and shortly thereafter left for Hollywood. Unable to serve in the Armed Forces in World War II because of a spinal injury incurred in a college rowing match, Peck stepped into the vacuum created by the absence of so many leading men and quickly became one of the biggest draws in Hollywood. He made his debut in Days of Glory (1944) and received an Oscar nod for his very next performance, as a priest in The Keys of the Kingdom (1945).

For four decades Peck continued to turn in finely crafted performances, working with the best directors in Hollywood (including Hitchcock, Kazan, Huston, Wellman, Wyler, Ford, Frankenheimer, and Scorcese) on projects that included Spellbound (1945), The Yearling (1946) Gentleman’s Agreement (1947), The Gunfighter, Twelve O’Clock High (1950), Roman Holiday (1953), Moby Dick (1956), The Big Country (1958), The Guns of Navarone (1961), Cape Fear, How the West Was Won (1962), Arabesque (1966), The Omen (1976), The Boys from Brazil (1978) and Old Gringo (1989). In 1962 after four nominations, Peck took home an Oscar for his most memorable role, that of the ethical Southern lawyer Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird.

Truly one of Hollywood’s leading citizens, Peck had long been an active participant in the film community and worker for charitable institutions (serving as National Chairman of the American Cancer Society.) In 1969 he was presented with the nation’s highest civilian award, The Presidential Medal of Freedom. Retired from acting, he made a cameo appearance in the 1998 TV production “Moby Dick” and was filmed for the 1999 documentary “Conversations with Gregory Peck,” based on Peck’s traveling series of lectures on life in Hollywood. Gregory Peck died on June 12, 2003 at the age of 87, leaving behind a body of work that will inspire many for years to come.

Born: April 5, 1916 in La Jolla, California, USA

Died: June 12, 2003 (at the age of 87) in Los Angeles, California, USA

Won the Best Actor Oscar in 1963 for To Kill A Mockingbird and was also nominated four times for best actor between 1946 and 1950.



2013 Movies Fallout as Himself (archive footage)
2002 Movies From Russia to Hollywood: The 100-Year Odyssey of Chekhov and Shdanoff as Himself / Narrator (voice)
2001 Movies The Making of 'Cape Fear' as Himself
1999 Movies Hitchcock, Selznick and the End of Hollywood as (archive footage)
1995 Movies A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies as Himself
1993 Movies The Portrait as Gardner Church
1991 Movies Cape Fear as Lee Heller
1991 Movies Other People's Money as Andrew Jorgenson
1991 Movies Robert Mitchum: The Reluctant Star as Sam Bowden (archive footage) (uncredited)
1991 Movies The Will Rogers Follies as Mr. Ziegfeld (voice)
1990 Movies Sammy Davis, Jr. 60th Anniversary Celebration as Himself
1989 Movies Old Gringo as Ambrose Bierce
1987 Movies Amazing Grace and Chuck as President
1987 Movies Happy 100th Birthday, Hollywood as Himself
1984 Movies The Scarlet and the Black as Monsignor Hugh O'Flaherty
1982 Series The Blue and the Gray as Abraham Lincoln
1981 Movies The Sea Wolves as Col. Lewis Pugh
1979 Movies Macarthur (Universal 1979, Gregory Peck, Dan O’Herlihy) as Gen. Douglas MacArthur
1978 Movies The Boys from Brazil as Dr. Josef Mengele
1978 Movies The Boys From Brazil (ITC 1978, Gregory Peck, Laurence Olivier) as Dr. Josef Mengele
1977 Movies MacArthur as Douglas MacArthur
1976 Movies The Omen as Robert Thorn
1976 Movies Omen, The (1976, Gregory Peck, Lee Remick) as Robert Thorn
1974 Movies Billy Two Hats as Arch Deans
1971 Movies Shoot Out as Clay Lomax
1970 Movies I Walk the Line as Sheriff Tawes
1969 Movies Marooned as Charles Keith
1969 Movies The Chairman as John Hathaway
1969 Movies Mackenna's Gold as Marshal MacKenna
1969 Movies Mackenna’s Gold (Columbia 1969, Omar Sharif, Gregory Peck) as Sheriff Mackenna
1968 Movies The Stalking Moon as Sam Varner
1966 Movies Arabesque as Prof. David Pollock
1966 Movies Arabesque (Universal 1966, Gregory Peck, Sophia Loren) as Prof. David Pollock
1965 Movies Mirage as David Stillwell
1965 Movies Verifica incerta - Disperse Exclamatory Phase as
1965 Movies The Love Goddesses as Himself (archive footage)
1964 Movies Behold a Pale Horse as Manuel Artiguez
1963 Movies How The West Was Won (1962, Henry Fonda, James Stewart) as Cleve Van Valen
1963 Movies Captain Newman, M.D. as Capt. Josiah 'Joe' Newman, MD
1962 Movies To Kill a Mockingbird as Atticus Finch
1962 Movies How the West Was Won as Cleve Van Valen
1962 Movies Cape Fear as Sam Bowden
1961 Movies The Guns of Navarone as Capt. Keith Mallory
1961 Movies Guns of Navarone, The (Columbia 1961, David Niven, Gregory Peck) as Mallory
1959 Movies On the Beach as Dwight Towers
1959 Movies Beloved Infidel as F. Scott Fitzgerald
1959 Movies Pork Chop Hill as Lt. Joe Clemons
1958 Movies The Big Country as James McKay
1958 Movies The Bravados as Jim Douglass
1957 Movies Designing Woman as Mike Hagen
1956 Movies Moby Dick as Captain Ahab
1956 Movies The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit as Tom Rath
1954 Movies The Purple Plain as Squadron Leader Bill Forrester
1954 Movies Night People as Col. Steve Van Dyke
1954 Movies The Million Pound Note as Henry Adams
1953 Movies Roman Holiday as Joe Bradley
1953 Movies Million Pound Note, The (1953, Gregory Peck, Jane Griffiths) as Henry Adams
1952 Movies The World in His Arms as Captain Jonathan Clark
1952 Movies The Snows of Kilimanjaro as Harry Street
1952 Movies David And Bathsheba (TCF 1952, Gregory Peck, Susan Hayward) as King David
1951 Movies David and Bathsheba as King David
1951 Movies Only the Valiant as Capt. Richard Lance
1951 Movies Captain Horatio Hornblower R.N. as Captain Horatio Hornblower R N
1951 Movies Captain Horatio Hornblower (Warner 1951, Gregory Peck, Virginia Mayo) as Capt. Horatio Hornblower R.N
1950 Movies The Gunfighter as Jimmy Ringo
1950 Movies Gunfighter, The (TCF 1950, Gregory Peck, Helen Westcott) as Jimmy Ringo
1949 Movies Twelve O'Clock High as Brigadier General Frank Savage
1949 Movies The Great Sinner as Fedja
1949 Movies Twelve O’Clock High (TCF 1949, Gregory Peck, Hugh Marlowe) as General Savage
1949 Movies Yellow Sky (1949, Gregory Peck, Anne Baxter) as James 'Stretch' Dawson
1948 Movies Yellow Sky as James "Stretch" Dawson
1947 Movies The Paradine Case as Anthony Keane
1947 Movies Gentleman's Agreement as Philip Schuyler Green
1947 Movies The Macomber Affair as Robert Wilson
1947 Movies The Macomber Affair (United Artists 1947, Gregory Peck, Robert Preston) as Robert Wilson
1947 Movies Gentleman’s Agreement (TCF 1947, Gregory Peck, Dorothy McGuire) as Philip Schuyler Green
1947 Movies Paradine Case, The (TCF 1947, Gregory Peck, Louis Jordan) as Anthony Keane
1946 Movies Duel in the Sun as Lewton 'Lewt' MacCanles
1946 Movies The Yearling as Ezra "Penny" Baxter
1946 Movies Duel in the Sun (TCF 1946, Joseph Cotton, Jennifer Jones) as Lewton 'Lewt' McCanles
1946 Movies Yearling, The (MGM 1946, Gregory Peck, Jane Wyman) as Penny Baxter
1945 Movies Spellbound as John Ballantine
1945 Movies The Valley of Decision as Paul Scott
1945 Movies Spellbound (United Artists 1945, Gregory Peck, Ingrid Bergman) as John Ballantyne
1944 Movies The Keys of the Kingdom as Father Francis Chisholm
1944 Movies Days of Glory as Vladimir