Gregory Peck
Actor
Gregory Peck
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.
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You know what we've read this summer? To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee - Oxford Student
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By | Last updated: 17:52, 28/08/2011 Growing up I believed there to be two sorts of people; those who saw Gregory Peck as the handsome, Vespa-driving journalist in Roman Holiday, and those who pictured him as the dignified, elderly Atticus Finch
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An Office That's The Architectural Equivalent Of A Gray Flannel Suit - Co.Design
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But all in all, they might as well have put some buttons on it and called it Gregory Peck. They must've been horrified. Except that the office, by the interior-design whizzes over at i29, is actually pretty clever. It managed to solve design problems
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BWW Reviews: Laughter is Unavoidable in UNNECESSARY FARCE - Broadway World
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Numerous stars of Broadway, film, and television have trod the boards of the rustic former meetinghouse, including Bette Davis, Gregory Peck, Helen Hayes, and Julie Harris. Following in those famous footsteps, many present day professional performers
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ORR to Celebrate 50th Reunion - Wanderer (blog)
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Marilyn Monroe, the American bombshell, died from an apparent drug overdose that was ruled a suicide and To Kill a Mockingbird, starring Gregory Peck, was one of the top movies in the box office. Meanwhile, in Mattapoisett, a group of kids were
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1958 western “The Big Country” with Gregory Peck on Blu-ray November - HighDefDiscNews.com
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In an early alert to retailers MGM (distributed by FOX) has made public their plans to bring the 1958 western / dramatic film “The Big Country” starring Gregory Peck, Jean Simmons, Charlton Heston and Burl Ives to Blu-ray Disc on November 1st
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Gregory Peck's son and Potsdam resident Lancaster to deliver celebration ... - North Country Now
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POTSDAM – Actor Gregory Peck's son and Potsdam resident John Lancaster will deliver the Van Sickle Endowed Lecture as Clarkson University celebrates the start of the 2011-2012 academic year with a convocation on Monday, Aug. 29, at 7 pm in Cheel Arena
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Glenn Close to get lifetime achievement award in Spain - AFP
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Past recipients include Gregory Peck, Bette Davis, Susan Sarandon, Meryl Streep, Richard Gere and Woody Allen. Last year's winner was Julia Roberts. The 59th edition of the San Sebastian festival, the oldest and most prestigious in the Spanish-speaking
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It's hard to top Ingmar Bergman - Orlando Sentinel
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I love sending mail, even bills, now that I have my Gregory Peck stamps. He's one of my all-time Hollywood heroes, on-screen (Atticus Finch) and off (famously liberal). Just one of Peck's lines in "To Kill a Mockingbird": "There's a lot of ugly things
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Gregory Peck in 1961 film “The Guns of Navarone” on Blu-ray in October - HighDefDiscNews.com
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Sony has plans according to an early alert to retailers to bring the 1961 film “The Guns of Navarone” starring Gregory Peck, David Niven and Anthony Quinn to Blu-ray Disc on October 18th. Tech specs and bonus materials for this release have not yet
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An Irishman's Diary - Irish Times
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POOR GREGORY Peck's right handprint has been burnt with a cigarette. Used as a handy ashtray by some fan in Cannes, he suffers the ignominy of being within reach of an overflowing bin. He who was once Captain Ahab on the cruel sea now flounders several
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Diary of a Super Woman - Cincinnati CityBeat
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Tall, dark-haired and bespectacled, he looks like Gregory Peck until he takes off the glasses and sings. He and tenor Bill Burden, who portrays the poet Lensky, sound glorious and their Russian is spot-on, says a Russian chorus member
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A Couple of Weeks Post-Opening! - Huffington Post
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The only star I really became stupid about, to the point of literally stammering when I met him, was Gregory Peck. Oh my God, all I kept thinking was, "Here I am with Atticus and that sexy bad man from 'Duel in the Sun,' wow
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The Greatest Hollywood Director You May Never Have Heard Of - Huffington Post (blog)
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Joe Bradley (Gregory Peck) is the reporter who takes her in for the world's biggest scoop, and inevitably falls for her. Eddie Albert is his photographer friend, who shares Peck's explosive secret. Off-screen, Peck was so convinced Hepburn would win an
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Buy The Irish Palace Once Owned By Director John Huston For $28 Million - Business Insider
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In the 1950s the impressive mansion played host to stars including Gregory Peck, Katharine Hepburn and John Wayne along with Irish nobility. Set within 433 acres of glorious mature parkland, with unrivaled views of the Dublin and Wicklow mountains,
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Gregory Peck TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD: Father's Day Movies - Alt Film Guide (blog)
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Gregory Peck's compassionate, liberal-minded attorney Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird is one of Hollywood's iconic film characters. Adapted by Horton Foote from Harper Lee's novel, To Kill a Mockingbird remains one of the best-known movies of
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Films For Father's Day - NPR (blog)
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Enlarge AP Gregory Peck embraces Mary Badham, 9, a Birmingham Alabama acting discovery who plays his daughter in "To Kill a Mockingbird" March 1963. ASSOCIATED PRESS Gregory Peck embraces Mary Badham, 9, a Birmingham Alabama acting
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Gregory Peck
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  • 2003
    Age 86
    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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  • 2000
    Age 83
    In 2000, Peck was made a Doctor of Letters by the National University of Ireland.
    More Details Hide Details He was a founding patron of the University College Dublin School of Film, where he persuaded Martin Scorsese to become an honorary patron. Peck was also chairman of the American Cancer Society for a short time. For his contribution to the motion picture industry, Gregory Peck has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6100 Hollywood Blvd. In November 2005, the star was stolen, and has since been replaced. On April 28, 2011, a ceremony was held in Beverly Hills, California, celebrating the first day of issue of a U.S. postage stamp commemorating Peck. The stamp is the 17th commemorative stamp in the Legends of Hollywood series. On April 5, 2016, the 100th anniversary of Peck's birth, Turner Classic Movies honored the actor by showing several of his films. The moving image collection of Gregory Peck is held at the Academy Film Archive. The film material at the Academy Film Archive is complemented by material in the Gregory Peck papers at the Academy’s Margaret Herrick Library.
  • 1998
    Age 81
    In 1998, he was awarded the National Medal of Arts.
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  • 1993
    Age 76
    In 1993, Peck was awarded with an Honorary Golden Bear at the 43rd Berlin International Film Festival.
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  • 1987
    Age 70
    In 1987, Peck was awarded the George Eastman Award, given by George Eastman House for distinguished contribution to the art of film.
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    During his marriage with Greta, Peck had a brief affair with Spellbound co-star Ingrid Bergman. He confessed the affair to Brad Darrach of People in a 1987 interview, saying "All I can say is that I had a real love for her (Bergman), and I think that's where I ought to stop...
    More Details Hide Details I was young. She was young. We were involved for weeks in close and intense work."
    In 1987, Peck undertook the voice-overs for television commercials opposing President Reagan's Supreme Court nomination of conservative judge Robert Bork.
    More Details Hide Details Bork's nomination was defeated. Peck was also a vocal supporter of a worldwide ban of nuclear weapons, and a lifelong advocate of gun control.
  • 1986
    Age 69
    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.
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  • 1978
    Age 61
    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.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1971
    Age 54
    In 1971, the Screen Actors Guild presented Peck with the SAG Life Achievement Award.
    More Details Hide Details In 1989, the American Film Institute gave Peck the AFI Life Achievement Award. He received the Crystal Globe award for outstanding artistic contribution to world cinema in 1996.
  • 1970
    Age 53
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Although he later admitted that he had no interest in being a candidate himself for public office, Peck encouraged one of his sons, Carey Peck, to run for political office. Carey was defeated both times by slim margins in races in 1978 and 1980 against Republican U.S. Representative Bob Dornan, another former actor.
  • 1969
    Age 52
    In 1969, US President Lyndon Johnson honored Peck with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor.
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    He received the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 1969, and was given the Henrietta Award in 1951 and 1955 for World Film Favorite – Male.
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    President Lyndon Johnson honored Peck with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1969 for his lifetime humanitarian efforts.
    More Details Hide Details In 1999, the American Film Institute named Peck among Greatest Male Stars of Classic Hollywood cinema, ranking at No. 12. He was named to the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame in 1983.
  • 1968
    Age 51
    In 1968, he received the Academy's Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.
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    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".
    More Details Hide Details The actor's biographer Michael Freedland substantiates the report and says that Johnson indicated that his presentation of the Medal of Freedom to Peck would perhaps make up for his inability to confer the ambassadorship. President Richard Nixon, though, placed Peck on his enemies list owing to his liberal activism. Peck was outspoken against the Vietnam War, while remaining supportive of his son, Stephen, who fought there. In 1972, Peck produced the film version of Daniel Berrigan's play The Trial of the Catonsville Nine about the prosecution of a group of Vietnam protesters for civil disobedience. Despite his reservations about American general Douglas MacArthur as a man, Peck had long wanted to play him on film, and did so in MacArthur in 1976.
  • 1967
    Age 50
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He was a member of the National Council on the Arts from 1964 to 1966. A physically powerful man, he was known to do a majority of his own fight scenes, rarely using body or stunt doubles. In fact, Robert Mitchum, his on-screen opponent in Cape Fear, told about the time Peck once accidentally punched him for real during their final fight scene in the movie. He felt the impact for days afterward. Peck's rare attempts at villainous roles were not acclaimed. Early on, he played the renegade son in the Western Duel in the Sun and, later in his career, the infamous Nazi doctor Josef Mengele in The Boys from Brazil co-starring Laurence Olivier. In the 1980s, Peck moved to television, where he starred in the mini-series The Blue and the Gray, playing Abraham Lincoln. He also starred with Christopher Plummer, John Gielgud, and Barbara Bouchet in the television film The Scarlet and The Black, about Monsignor Hugh O'Flaherty, a real-life Catholic priest in the Vatican who smuggled Jews and other refugees away from the Nazis during World War II.
  • FORTIES
  • 1962
    Age 45
    He won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role as Atticus Finch in the 1962 film To Kill a Mockingbird.
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    His performance as Atticus Finch in the 1962 film To Kill a Mockingbird earned him the Academy Award for Best Actor.
    More Details Hide Details He had also been nominated for an Oscar for the same category for The Keys of the Kingdom (1944), The Yearling (1946), Gentleman's Agreement (1947) and Twelve O'Clock High (1949). Other notable films he appeared in include Spellbound (1945), The Paradine Case (1947), The World in His Arms (1952), Roman Holiday (1953), Moby Dick (1956, and its 1998 miniseries), The Guns of Navarone (1961), Cape Fear (1962, and its 1991 remake), How the West Was Won (1962), The Omen (1976) and The Boys from Brazil (1978).
  • THIRTIES
  • 1955
    Age 38
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He asked her to lunch six months later and they became inseparable. They had a son, Anthony Peck (b. 1956), and a daughter, Cecilia Peck (b. 1958). The couple remained married until Gregory Peck's death. His daughter Cecilia lives in Los Angeles. Peck had grandchildren from both marriages. One of his grandsons from his first marriage is actor Ethan Peck. Peck owned the thoroughbred steeplechase race horse Different Class, which raced in England. The horse was favored for the 1968 Grand National but finished third. Peck was close friends with French president Jacques Chirac. Peck was Roman Catholic and once considered entering the priesthood. Later in his career, a journalist asked Peck if he was a practicing Catholic. Peck answered, "I am a Roman Catholic. Not a fanatic, but I practice enough to keep the franchise. I don't always agree with the Pope... there are issues that concern me, like abortion, contraception, the ordination of women and others." His second marriage was performed by a justice of the peace, and not the Roman Catholic Church, because the Church prohibits multiple sacramental marriages when both spouses of a sacramental marriage are still living and have not had their original marriage annulled. Peck was a significant fundraiser for a priest friend of his (Father Albert O'Hara), and served as co-producer of a cassette recording of the New Testament with his son Stephen.
  • 1947
    Age 30
    Peck also received many Golden Globe awards. He won in 1947 for The Yearling, in 1963 for To Kill a Mockingbird, and in 1999 for the TV miniseries Moby Dick.
    More Details Hide Details He was nominated in 1978 for The Boys from Brazil.
    In 1947, while many Hollywood figures were being blacklisted for similar activities, Peck signed a letter deploring a House Un-American Activities Committee investigation of alleged communists in the film industry.
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    In 1947, Peck co-founded The La Jolla Playhouse, at his birthplace, with Mel Ferrer and Dorothy McGuire.
    More Details Hide Details This local community theater and landmark (now in a new home at the University of California, San Diego) still thrives today. It has attracted Hollywood film stars on hiatus both as performers and enthusiastic supporters since its inception.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1944
    Age 27
    Peck's first film, Days of Glory, was released in 1944.
    More Details Hide Details He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor five times, four of which came in his first five years of film acting: for The Keys of the Kingdom (1944), The Yearling (1946), Gentleman's Agreement (1947), and Twelve O'Clock High (1949). The Keys of the Kingdom emphasized his stately presence. As the farmer Ezra "Penny" Baxter in The Yearling, his good-humored warmth and affection toward the characters playing his son and wife confounded critics who had been insisting he was a lifeless performer. Duel in the Sun (1946) showed his range as an actor in his first "against type" role as a cruel, libidinous gunslinger. Gentleman's Agreement established his power in the "social conscience" genre in a film that took on the deep-seated but subtle antisemitism of mid-century corporate America. Twelve O'Clock High was the first of many successful war films in which Peck embodied the brave, effective, yet human fighting man.
  • 1942
    Age 25
    In October 1942, Peck married Finnish-born Greta Kukkonen (1911–2008), with whom he had three sons, Jonathan (1944–1975), Stephen (b. 1946), and Carey Paul (b. 1949). They were divorced on December 30, 1955.
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    He made his Broadway debut as the lead in Emlyn Williams' The Morning Star in 1942.
    More Details Hide Details His second Broadway performance that year was in The Willow and I with Edward Pawley. Peck's acting abilities were in high demand during World War II because he was exempt from military service owing to a back injury suffered while receiving dance and movement lessons from Martha Graham as part of his acting training. Twentieth Century Fox claimed he had injured his back while rowing at university, but in Peck's words, "In Hollywood, they didn't think a dance class was macho enough, I guess. I've been trying to straighten out that story for years."
  • 1941
    Age 24
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Unfortunately, the play opened in San Francisco just one week before the attack on Pearl Harbor.
  • 1940
    Age 23
    In 1940, Peck learned more of the acting craft, working in exchange for food, at the Barter Theatre in Abingdon, Virginia, appearing in five plays including Family Portrait and On Earth As It Is.
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  • 1939
    Age 22
    He worked at the 1939 World's Fair and as a tour guide for NBC's television broadcasting.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1917
    Age 0
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Peck's parents divorced when he was five and he was brought up by his maternal grandmother, who took him to the movies every week. At the age of 10 he was sent to a Catholic military school, St. John's Military Academy in Los Angeles. While he was a student there, his grandmother died. At 14, he moved back to San Diego to live with his father, attended San Diego High School, and after graduating enrolled for one year at San Diego State Teacher's College, (now known as San Diego State University). While there he joined the track team, took his first theatre and public-speaking courses, and pledged the Epsilon Eta fraternity. Peck however had ambitions to be a doctor and the following year gained admission to the University of California, Berkeley, as an English major and pre-medical student. Standing, he rowed on the university crew. Although his tuition fee was only $26 per year, Peck still struggled to pay, and took a job as a "hasher" (kitchen helper) for the Gamma Phi Beta sorority in exchange for meals
  • 1916
    Born
    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).
    More Details Hide Details His father was of English (paternal) and Irish (maternal) heritage and his mother of English and Scots ancestry. She converted to her husband's religion, Roman Catholicism, when she married his father, and Peck was raised as a Catholic.
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