Gregory Peck

Born Apr 5, 1916

Eldred Gregory Peck was an American actor. One of the world's most popular film stars from the 1940s to the 1960s, Peck continued to play major film roles until the late 1970s. His notable performances include that of Atticus Finch in the 1962 film To Kill a Mockingbird, for which he won an Academy Award. President Lyndon Johnson honored Peck with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1969 for his lifetime humanitarian efforts.… Read More

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1916 Birth Eldred Gregory Peck was born on April 5, 1916, in La Jolla, San Diego, California, the son of Gregory Pearl Peck, a New York-born chemist and pharmacist, and his Missouri-born wife Bernice Mary "Bunny" (née Ayres). … Read More
1917 1 Year Old Through his Irish-born paternal grandmother Catherine Ashe, Peck was related to Thomas Ashe, who participated in the Easter Rising less than three weeks after Peck's birth and died while on hunger strike in 1917. … Read More


1939 - 1940 2 More Events
1941 25 Years Old His stage career began in 1941 when he played the secretary in a Katharine Cornell production of George Bernard Shaw's play The Doctor's Dilemma. … Read More
1942 26 Years Old 1 More Event
He made his Broadway debut as the lead in Emlyn Williams' The Morning Star in 1942. … Read More
1944 28 Years Old Peck's first film, Days of Glory, was released in 1944. … Read More


In 1947, Peck co-founded The La Jolla Playhouse, at his birthplace, with Mel Ferrer and Dorothy McGuire. … Read More
1955 39 Years Old On December 31, 1955, the day after his divorce was finalized, Peck married Veronique Passani (1932–2012), a Paris news reporter who had interviewed him in 1952 before he went to Italy to film Roman Holiday. … Read More


1962 46 Years Old 1 More Event
…  His performance as Atticus Finch in the 1962 film To Kill a Mockingbird earned him the Academy Award for Best Actor. … Read More


1967 51 Years Old Peck served as the president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 1967, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the American Film Institute from 1967 to 1969, Chairman of the Motion Picture and Television Relief Fund in 1971, and National Chairman of the American Cancer Society in 1966. … Read More
1968 52 Years Old 1 More Event
In an interview with the Irish media, Peck revealed that former President Lyndon Johnson had told him that, had he sought re-election in 1968, he intended to offer Peck the post of U.S. ambassador to Ireland – a post Peck, owing to his Irish ancestry, said he might well have taken, saying "It would have been a great adventure". … Read More
President Lyndon Johnson honored Peck with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1969 for his lifetime humanitarian efforts. … Read More
1970 54 Years Old A lifelong supporter of the Democratic Party, Peck was suggested in 1970 as a possible Democratic candidate to run against Ronald Reagan for the office of California Governor. … Read More
1971 55 Years Old In 1971, the Screen Actors Guild presented Peck with the SAG Life Achievement Award. … Read More


1978 62 Years Old In 1978, Peck traveled to Alabama, the setting of To Kill a Mockingbird, to campaign for Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Donald W. Stewart of Anniston, who defeated the Republican candidate, James D. Martin, a former U.S. representative from Gadsden.
1986 70 Years Old In 1986, Peck was honored alongside actress Gene Tierney with the first Donostia Lifetime Achievement Award at the San Sebastian Film Festival in Spain for their body of work.
In 1987, Peck undertook the voice-overs for television commercials opposing President Reagan's Supreme Court nomination of conservative judge Robert Bork. … Read More
1993 77 Years Old In 1993, Peck was awarded with an Honorary Golden Bear at the 43rd Berlin International Film Festival.
1998 82 Years Old In 1998, he was awarded the National Medal of Arts.
2000 84 Years Old In 2000, Peck was made a Doctor of Letters by the National University of Ireland. … Read More
2003 87 Years Old 1 More Event
…  In 2003, Peck's portrayal of Atticus Finch was named the greatest film hero of the past 100 years by the American Film Institute.
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