Peter Breck
American actor
Peter Breck
Joseph Peter Breck was an American character actor of stage, who has played roles on television and in film. The rugged, dark-haired Breck played the gambler and gunfighter Doc Holliday on the ABC series Maverick but is best known for his role as Victoria Barkley's hot-tempered, middle son Nick in the popular 1960s ABC Western, The Big Valley.
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Screening the good, the bad, and the weird at the Sentient Bean
District- The Student Voice of S - almost 5 years
By Max Glaessner Staff Writer Photo courtesy of Media Commons How many Savannahians would be willing to cram inside a small coffee shop on a Wednesday night in order to watch a “noir-sploitation” B-movie about a guy in a straitjacket? More than you’d think. There were 12 people in attendance 15 minutes before the screening began. Then at 8 p.m., there were at least 17 people, and for a Wednesday night screening of an old black and white film, that ain’t so bad. With large black curtains drawn over the windows of the Sentient Bean and an ample sized projector screen to boot, the local caffeine spot felt transformed into a tiny art house movie theater. In a way, this is the mission of the Psychotronic Film Society: to bring obscure and alternative cinema to a place like Savannah where such options don’t normally exist. Psychotronic screenings tend to feature movies that are either “extremely well made” or “so bad they’re good,” explained the master of ceremonies. This evening ...
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Peter Breck, 82, Actor in ‘The Big Valley,’ Is Dead
NYTimes - about 5 years
Mr. Breck played a temperamental son in a ranching family headed by Barbara Stanwyck.
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'Big Valley' star Peter Breck dies at 82
MSNBC - about 5 years
<a class="fplink fp-218700" href="/peter+breck+1">Peter Breck</a>, who played a hot-headed son of California ranch owner Barbara Stanwyck on the 1960s TV Western "The Big Valley," died Monday in Vancouver after a long illness.
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The Brady Bunch, Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman, Bonanza and The Big Valley Come to ... - Broadcast Newsroom
Google News - over 5 years
THE BIG VALLEY, starring Barbara Stanwyck, Lee Majors, Linda Evans, Peter Breck and Richard Long. The Barkleys are the wealthiest and most powerful family in California&#39;s San Joaquin Valley in the 1870s, owning and controlling cattle herds, gold mines,
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Mostras de Cinema e Sessões Extras - Jornal do Brasil
Google News - over 5 years
Com Peter Breck, Constance Towers, Gene Evans (EUA, 1963. p&amp;b. 1h41). Johnny Barrett é um repórter obcecado pela idéia de ganhar o Prêmio Pulitzer. Quando um louco é assassinado dentro de um hospital psiquiátrico ea polícia não consegue encontrar o
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Best Cowboy TV Shows - Screen Junkies
Google News - over 5 years
Nick Barkley (Peter Breck) was the brawling younger son with a hot temper. Daughter Audra (Linda Evans) performed daring riding stunts and wanted to be like her brothers. Heath Barkley (Lee Majors) was Victoria&#39;s late husband&#39;s illegitimate son whose
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Playing dead - San Diego CityBEAT
Google News - over 5 years
Another is the supporting cast, featuring stars like Raymond Bailey (The Beverly Hillbillies), Peter Breck (The Big Valley) and Gavin McLeod (The Mary Tyler Moore Show); the film was made in 1958, and those guys were so young they looked like their own
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DVD Review: Shock Corridor and The Naked Kiss - (blog)
Google News - almost 6 years
Shock Corridor tells the story of newspaper reporter Johnny Barrett (Peter Breck) going undercover in an insane asylum to solve the murder of a man named Sloan. The longer Barrett stays the more his stripper girlfriend Cathy (Constance Towers) worries
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DVDS; Samuel Fuller, Eccentric Stylist Of Poverty Row
NYTimes - about 6 years
IN the early 1960s, after spending more than a decade working for major studios, the director and writer Samuel Fuller found himself back where he had started in Hollywood, working for one of the small, budget-minded studios collectively known as Poverty Row. At Warner Brothers and 20th Century Fox, Fuller had worked in color and CinemaScope, often
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HOLIDAY DVDS; Android, Asylum and Fierce Matriarch
NYTimes - over 6 years
Shock Corridor/The Naked Kiss (1963/1964) Sam Fuller's ''Shock Corridor'' features a dream sequence in which a miniature burlesque performer appears on the dreamer's pillow -- she's a pint-size monster version of his pure-hearted girlfriend -- waving her feather boa as part of a devilish, emasculating tirade. At face value the image of this
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DVD; Men Were Men, and Barbara Stanwyck Wore the Pants
NYTimes - over 10 years
WHAT went through Americans' minds when the closing credits rolled on the first episode of ''The Big Valley'' in 1965? Those tuning in must have expected an unashamed knockoff of ''Bonanza,'' since, like its predecessor, ''The Big Valley'' was centered on a prosperous, upright ranch family of the late 1800's and had its own pseudo-Aaron Copland
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Review/Film; An Odyssey Southward With Coffin, Occupied
NYTimes - almost 25 years
Pokey Jones (Don McKellar) and Jackie Bangs (Valerie Buhagiar), traveling companions who transport a coffin from Canada to New Orleans atop the roof of Pokey's car, are one of the more intriguing couples to be paired in a modern road movie. An innocent lad who secretly practices the trumpet, Pokey makes his living cutting hair in a bleak little
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Peter Breck
  • 2012
    Age 82
    Thereafter, Diane Breck reported that her husband was hospitalized on January 10, 2012.
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  • 2010
    Age 80
    In June 2010, Breck's wife Diane announced on his website that the actor had been suffering from dementia and could no longer sign autographs for fans, although she said that he still read and enjoyed their letters.
    More Details Hide Details Despite this diagnosis, she said he was still physically healthy and did not require medication.
  • 2002
    Age 72
    His last television performance was on an episode of John Doe in 2002.
    More Details Hide Details Prior to his death, most of his film performances have been in undistributed films that are shown only at film festivals.
  • 1998
    Age 68
    Breck provided the voice of Farmer Brown in "Critters", a 1998 episode of The New Batman Adventures.
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  • 1996
    Age 66
    In 1996, he appeared in an episode of the new version of The Outer Limits.
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  • 1993
    Age 63
    In the 1993 movie The Unnamable II: The Statement of Randolph Carter, Breck played Sheriff Hatch.
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  • 1991
    Age 61
    In 1991, he appeared as Sham-Ir, the chief of all genies, in the NBC-TV movie special I Still Dream of Jeannie, the second reunion film which reunited I Dream of Jeannie TV series co-stars Barbara Eden and Bill Daily, along with Al Waxman and Ken Kercheval.
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  • 1990
    Age 60
    On January 20, 1990, while teaching at the drama school, Breck was notified of Barbara Stanwyck's death.
    More Details Hide Details She requested no funeral nor memorial.
    In 1990, Breck appeared in the Canadian cult film Terminal City Ricochet.
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  • 1969
    Age 39
    In 1969, Breck was cast in an episode of The Donald O'Connor Show.
    More Details Hide Details Most of his roles in the 1970s and 1980s were television guest-starring performances on such series as Alias Smith and Jones, Mission: Impossible, McMillan & Wife, S.W.A.T., The Six Million Dollar Man (again with Lee Majors), The Incredible Hulk, and The Dukes of Hazzard, as well as roles as himself on Fantasy Island, and The Fall Guy which also starred former television "brother" Lee Majors. In the mid-1980s, Breck moved to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, with his wife Diane and their son, Christopher. He was asked by a casting director to teach a weekly class to young actors on film technique. That once-a-week class became a full-time acting school - The Breck Academy - which he operated for 10 years.
  • 1965
    Age 35
    From 1965 to 1969, Breck starred in The Big Valley, having portrayed Nick Barkley, ramrod of the Barkley ranch and son to Barbara Stanwyck's character, Victoria Barkley.
    More Details Hide Details The second of four children, Nick was hotheaded, short-tempered, and very fast with a gun. Always spoiling for a fight and frequently wearing leather gloves, Breck's character took the slightest offense to the Barkley name personally and quickly made his displeasure known, as often with his fists as with his vociferous shouts. Often this proved to be a mistake and only through the calming influence of his mother and cooler-headed siblings, Jarrod (Richard Long), half-brother Heath (Lee Majors), sister Audra (Linda Evans) and Eugene (Charles Briles; written out after season 1 when he was drafted into the Army), would a difficult situation be rectified. Having been a Barbara Stanwyck admirer since the 1940s, when he was teenager, Breck developed an on- and off-screen chemistry with her, practicing longer lines and even being a ranch foreman on the set. After the show was canceled, he stayed close to her until her death.
  • 1963
    Age 33
    Between 1963 and 1965 Breck made three guest appearances on Perry Mason, including the roles of defendant William Sherwood in the 1964 episode, "The Case of the Antic Angel," and defendant Peter Warren in the 1965 episode, "The Case of the Gambling Lady."
    More Details Hide Details During this time, he also appeared on episodes of such television series as Mr. Novak, The Outer Limits, Bonanza, and The Virginian. Breck claimed to have been considered for leads in two successful television series produced by Quinn Martin The Fugitve (1963) and 12 O'Clock High (1964) with Breck commenting that "If you are a leading man in Hollywood you either draw $250,000 like Steve McQueen or you had better be in a series".
  • 1962
    Age 32
    Breck's first starring role in a film was Lad, A Dog in 1962.
    More Details Hide Details The next year, he played the leading roles in both Samuel Fuller's Shock Corridor and the science fiction horror film The Crawling Hand.
  • 1961
    Age 31
    He was cast as a young Theodore Roosevelt in the 1961 episode "The Yankee Tornado" of the ABC/WB western series, Bronco, starring Ty Hardin. "The Yankee Tornado" features Will Hutchins of the ABC/WB western series Sugarfoot in a crossover appearance.
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  • 1959
    Age 29
    From January 1959 to May 1960, Breck starred as Clay Culhane, the gunfighter-turned-lawyer in the ABC western Black Saddle, with secondary roles for Russell Johnson, Anna-Lisa, J.
    More Details Hide Details Pat O'Malley, and Walter Burke. Unlike in The Big Valley, in which Breck played an easily angered rancher, he is low-key, restrained, and considerate as the lawyer Culhane. Breck was later a contract star with Warner Bros. Television, where he appeared as Doc Holliday on Maverick, a part that had been played twice earlier in the series by Gerald Mohr and by Adam West on ABC's Lawman. Breck appeared in several other ABC/WB series of the time, such as Cheyenne, 77 Sunset Strip, The Roaring Twenties (as trumpet player Joe Peabody in the episode "Big Town Blues"), and The Gallant Men.
  • 1958
    Age 28
    He also appeared with fellow guest star Diane Brewster in the 1958 episode "The Lady Gambler" of the ABC western series, Tombstone Territory, starring Pat Conway and Richard Eastham.
    More Details Hide Details That same year, Breck appeared in an episode of the syndicated Highway Patrol, starring Broderick Crawford. He was also cast in an episode of NBC's The Restless Gun, starring John Payne.
  • 1956
    Age 26
    In 1956, he and David Janssen appeared in John Bromfield's syndicated series Sheriff of Cochise in the episode entitled "The Turkey Farmers".
    More Details Hide Details He appeared in another syndicated series too in the episode "The Deserter" of the American Civil War drama Gray Ghost, with Tod Andrews in the title role. When Robert Mitchum saw Breck in George Bernard Shaw's play The Man of Destiny in Washington, D.C., he offered Breck a role as a rival driver in Thunder Road (1958). Mitchum helped Breck to relocate to Los Angeles, California. As Breck then did not have his own car, Mitchum lent him his own Jaguar. Mitchum introduced Breck to Dick Powell who contracted him to Four Star Productions where Breck appeared in the CBS western anthology series, Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater.
  • 1929
    Born on March 13, 1929.
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