George Peppard
Actor, politician and United States Marine
George Peppard
George Peppard, Jr. was an American film and television actor. Peppard secured a major role when he starred alongside Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's, portrayed a character based on Howard Hughes in The Carpetbaggers (1964), and played the title role of the millionaire sleuth Thomas Banacek in the early-1970s television series Banacek. He is probably best known for his role as Col.
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A range of film opportunity - Signal
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"I loved spending time with George Peppard." Not only has Daniel managed the ranch for some 25 years, he's also worked in all areas of film. He has worked as an actor, director, stunt person, art director and set dresser. He has also served as producer
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Disclaimers Precede 'Tiffany's' Screenings in LA, NY - The Rafu Shimpo
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Unlike AMPAS' online synopsis, the BBPC ultimately addressed the issue head-on: “In addition to its well-loved and acclaimed performances by Patricia Neal, George Peppard, and Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly, 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' contains one
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Queued Up: Hot Home Video Titles That Won't Give You Heat Stroke - Aquarian Weekly
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And what players they were—the cast (Richard Thomas, Robert Vaughn, Sybil Danning, John Saxon, George Peppard), writer (John Sayles), production manager (Gale Ann Hurd) and production designer (James Cameron), who was responsible for creating the
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Breakfast at Tiffany's to show at Dulverton Town Hall - This Is The Westcountry
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... film stars Audrey Hepburn at the peak of her career, and dressed in Givenchy to boot, in the iconic role of free spirit Holly Golightly whose beguiling sparkle hides a secret sadness and captivates a dashing young writer, played by George Peppard
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Gene Frenette: Dirk Koetter eager to make Jaguars' plan come together - Florida Times-Union (blog)
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“Ever watch the [television] show 'The A-Team' with Mr. T? Every show, the head guy, the Colonel [played by actor George Peppard], would say, 'I love it when a plan comes together.' That's it right there for me. “I love it when a game plan comes
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7.12: "Flesh and Blood" - PopStar.com Celebrity News
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Is Tony finally growing up, at least as far as Senior goes. It's been noted the resemblence between Michael Weatherly and Robert Wagner, but Michael kind of reminds me more of George Peppard in his younger days. Think Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961.)
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DVD Review: Damnation Alley - Inside Pulse
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It seems like just another normal day when Major Sam Denton (A-Team's George Peppard) and Lt. Jake Tanner (Air Wolf's Jan-Michael Vincent) clock in to main an ICBM silo. Things are loose as they check in with Airman Keegan (Gordon's War's Paul
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What's On Today
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8 P.M. (HBO) LIFE AS WE KNOW IT (2010) Holly Berenson (Katherine Heigl) runs a swanky food shop in Atlanta; Eric Messer (Josh Duhamel, above with Ms. Heigl) is a womanizing jock who directs live sports events on television. Their mutual best friends (Hayes MacArthur and Christina Hendricks) think they'd be great together, leading to one of the
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Cinefiles - Colorado Springs Independent
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Obviously things didn't turn out that way, or else geeks would be dressing up as George Peppard at conventions. If you ask me, however, that's how it should've been. Here's the gist, loosely based on the lauded novel by Roger Zelazny: Peppard and
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BATTLE BEYOND THE STARS Blu-ray Review - Twitch
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Joining this magnificant seven of mercenaries are the deadly Gelt (Robert Vaughn), carefree Cowboy (George Peppard) and the sexy Valkyrie Saint-Exmin (Sybil Danning). The film brought together some extremely talented people behind the scenes who went
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'Say Anything' could get a sequel - msnbc.com
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George Peppard plays the sensitive writer who falls for her in the film adaptation of Truman Capote's novella. (Everett Collection) Share Back to slideshow navigation What could be more romantic than a doomed romance played out against the epic
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SHOUT! Factory Rolls Out Damnation Alley To DVD - Pop Culture Zoo
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Jan-Michael Vincent, George Peppard, Giant Scorpions, a teenage Jackie Earle Haley, Jerry Goldsmith's bombastic score and the Landmaster. There are a few of you reading this that may have no idea what I'm talking, but for some of you, those six things
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Johnny Depp plays a lizard on a mission - Vancouver Sun
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As it is, it's a lovable piece of the era that combines the sex appeal of John Boy and the A-Team's George Peppard, who stars as an interstellar cowboy, and cheap ripoff of Han Solo. Special features on this 30th-anniversary edition include commentary
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Corman Reflects On 'Battle,' James Cameron - WDIV Detroit
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A master at low-budget filmmaking, Corman admits he took a bigger risk than usual by making the film, first by expanding his usual shooting schedule from 15 to 20 days, and employing veteran actors like George Peppard and Robert Vaughn, whose fees were
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DVD; Frolicking in Berlin and Outer Space
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People on Sunday Next to the superproductions like ''Metropolis'' coming out of Germany's dominant studio, Ufa, at the end of the Weimar era, ''People on Sunday'' must have looked like the mumblecore hit of its day. Announcing itself as a ''film without actors,'' this micro-budgeted independent production discarded the elaborate studio aesthetic so
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of George Peppard
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1994
    Age 65
    Peppard died on May 8, 1994, in Los Angeles.
    More Details Hide Details Although he was still being treated for lung cancer, Peppard's direct cause of death was pneumonia. Peppard was buried alongside his parents George Sr, and Vernelle in Northview Cemetery, Dearborn, Michigan. David Shipman published this appraisal of Peppard in 1972: George Peppard's screen presence has some agreeable anomalies. He is tough, assured and insolent - in a way that recalls late Dick Powell rather than early Bogart; but his bright blue eyes and blond hair, his boyish face suggest the all-American athlete, perhaps going to seed. The sophistication is surface deep: you can imagine him in Times Square on a Saturday night, sulky, defiant, out of his depth, not quite certain how he wants to spend the evening.
  • 1992
    Age 63
    He had smoked three packs of cigarettes a day for most of his life until he quit after being diagnosed with lung cancer in 1992.
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    In 1992 he toured in The Lion in Winter, in which he played Henry II to Susan Clark's Eleanor of Aquitaine.
    More Details Hide Details Peppard's last series was an intended occasional series of television movie features entitled Man Against the Mob set in the 1940s. In these TV detective films, Peppard played Los Angeles Police Detective Sgt. Frank Doakey. The second film Man Against the Mob: The Chinatown Murders was broadcast in December 1989. A third film in this series was planned, but Peppard died before it was filmed. Peppard was married five times, and was the father of three children. Peppard overcame a serious alcohol problem in 1978, and subsequently became deeply involved in helping other alcoholics.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1988
    Age 59
    In his later years he appeared in several stage productions. In 1988, he portrayed Ernest Hemingway in the play PAPA, which played a number of cities including Boise, Idaho; Atlanta, Georgia; and San Francisco.
    More Details Hide Details Peppard financed it, and played in it.
  • 1982
    Age 53
    In 1982, Peppard auditioned for and won the role of Colonel John "Hannibal" Smith in the TV action adventure series The A-Team, acting alongside Mr. T, Dirk Benedict and Dwight Schultz.
    More Details Hide Details In the series, the A-Team was a team of renegade commandos on the run from the military for "a crime they did not commit" while serving in the Vietnam war. The A-Team members made their collective living as soldiers of fortune, but they helped only people who came to them with justified grievances. As Colonel John "Hannibal" Smith, Peppard played the leader of the A-Team, distinguished by his cigar smoking, confident smirk, black leather gloves, disguises, and distinctive catch phrase, "I love it when a plan comes together." The show ran five seasons on NBC from 1983–1987. It made Peppard known to a new generation and is arguably his best-known role. It has been reported that the role was originally written with James Coburn in mind, but Coburn declined and thus it went to Peppard. Peppard was reportedly annoyed by Mr. T upstaging him in his public image, and at one point in their relationship refused to speak directly to Mr. T. Instead, he sent messages through intermediaries (including at times fellow cast members) and for this Peppard was occasionally portrayed by the press as not a team player.
  • 1980
    Age 51
    In 1980, Peppard was offered, and accepted, the role of Blake Carrington in the TV series Dynasty.
    More Details Hide Details During the filming of the pilot episode, which also featured Linda Evans and Bo Hopkins, Peppard repeatedly clashed with the show's producers, Richard and Esther Shapiro; among other things, he felt that his role was too similar to that of J. R. Ewing in the series Dallas. Three weeks later, before filming was to begin on additional episodes, Peppard was fired and the part was offered to John Forsythe; the scenes with Peppard were re-shot and Forsythe became the permanent star of the show. "It was a big blow," admitted Peppard, later adding that Forsythe did "a better job than I could have done."
  • 1979
    Age 50
    In a rare game show appearance, Peppard did a week of shows on Password Plus in 1979.
    More Details Hide Details Out of five shows, one was never broadcast on NBC (but aired much later on GSN) because of comments made by Peppard regarding personal dissatisfaction he felt related to his treatment by NBC.
    With fewer interesting roles coming his way, he acted in, directed and produced the drama Five Days from Home in 1979.
    More Details Hide Details Peppard later said the low point of his career came over a three year period around the time of Five Days from Home. "It was a bad time," he said. "I was heavily in debt. My career seemed to be going nowhere. Not much work over a three year period. Every morning I'd wake up and realise I was getting deeper and deeper into debt." He had to sell his car and take out a second mortgage on his home to finance Five Days from Home. Eventually he got his money back and was able to concentrate on his career.
  • FORTIES
  • 1977
    Age 48
    He starred in the 1977 science-fiction film Damnation Alley, which has gone on to attain a substantial cult following.
    More Details Hide Details Peppard's role in the film was reportedly turned down by Steve McQueen because of salary issues.
  • 1970
    Age 41
    Among other disappointments during this period were a pair of westerns, 1970's Cannon for Cordoba, in which Peppard played the steely Captain Rod Douglas, who has been put in charge of gathering a group of soldiers on a dangerous mission into Mexico, and 1967's Rough Night in Jericho in which he was billed over Dean Martin and Jean Simmons, a reflection of his status at that point in his career.
    More Details Hide Details Peppard then decided to turn to television. After developed projects for two years, including making a number of pilots, before having a notable success with Banacek (1972–74), part of the NBC Mystery Movie series, starring in 90-minute whodunits as a wealthy Boston playboy who solves thefts for insurance companies for a finder's fee. Sixteen regular episodes were produced over two seasons. Both have been released on DVD in individual Series I and II sets, along with the hard-to-find pilot. He also delivered one of his most critically acclaimed, though rarely seen, performances in the TV movie Guilty or Innocent: The Sam Sheppard Murder Case (1975), as Sam Sheppard. Peppard appeared in the short-lived (half a season) Doctors' Hospital (1975) and several other television films.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1968
    Age 39
    In 1968 he announced he had co written a script Watch Them Die which he planned to direct, but not star in.
    More Details Hide Details It was never made.
  • 1964
    Age 35
    "My performances bore me," said Peppard in a 1964 interview, adding that his ambition was to deliver "one great performance.
    More Details Hide Details And I must say I feel a little presumptuous to shoot for that. But that's the goal, like a hockey goal. I figure I've got a choice... not of the outcome but of the objective. And my objective is that one performance." For MGM he appeared in Operation Crossbow. He was meant to follow this with an adaptation of the play Merrily We Roll Along but it was never made. Peppard started choosing tough-guy roles in big, ambitious pictures where he was somewhat overshadowed by ensemble casts; for example, his role as German pilot Bruno Stachel, an obsessively competitive officer from humble beginnings who challenges the Prussian aristocracy during World War I in The Blue Max (1966). For this role, Peppard earned a private pilot's license and did much of his own stunt flying, although stunt pilot Derek Piggott was at the controls for the famous under-the-bridge scene.
  • 1963
    Age 34
    He followed this with a war story for Carl Foreman, The Victors in 1963, then, most notably, The Carpetbaggers, a 150-minute saga of a ruthless, Hughes-like aviation and film mogul based on a best-selling novel by Harold Robbins. It turned out to be one of the biggest box-office hits of 1964.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1949
    Age 20
    Peppard made his stage debut in 1949 at the Pittsburgh Playhouse.
    More Details Hide Details After moving to New York City, Peppard enrolled in the Actors Studio, where he studied the Method with Lee Strasberg. He did a variety of jobs to pay his way during this time, such as working as a disc jockey, being a radio station engineer, teaching fencing, driving a taxi and being a mechanic in a motorcycle repair shop. He worked in summer stock in New England and appeared at the open air Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon. His first work on Broadway led to his first television appearance, with Paul Newman, in The United States Steel Hour (1956), as the singing, guitar-playing baseball player Piney Woods in Bang the Drum Slowly. He made his film debut in The Strange One (1957) Peppard had signed to play a role on Broadway in The Pleasure of His Company (1958) when he auditioned successfully for MGM's Home from the Hill (1960). He ended up appearing in Pleasure of His Company for six months before making Home from the Hill. Part of the arrangement of the latter involved signing with MGM for a long term contract.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1946
    Age 17
    Peppard enlisted in the United States Marine Corps July 8, 1946, and rose to the rank of corporal in the 10th Marines, leaving the Corps at the end of his period of enlistment in January 1948.
    More Details Hide Details During 1948 and 1949, he studied Civil Engineering at Purdue University where he was a member of the Purdue Playmakers theatre troupe and Beta Theta Pi fraternity. He then transferred to Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he earned his bachelor's degree in 1955. He also trained at the Pittsburgh Playhouse. In addition to acting, Peppard was a pilot. He spent a portion of his 1966 honeymoon training to fly his Learjet in Wichita, Kansas.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1928
    Born
    Born on October 1, 1928.
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