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Full nameEldred Gregory Peck
Know asGregory Peck, Peck, Gregory
Birth placeLa Jolla [now in San Diego], California, USA
Birth dateApril 05, 1916
Died2003-06-12
Lived87 years, 2 month, 7 days
ReligionCatholic
Star signAries
WorkAwards for Gregory Peck
OccupationActor, Humanitarian
EducationUniversity of California, Berkeley
Height6' 3" (1.91 m)
SpouseGreta Kukkonen (divorced)

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Eldred Gregory Peck was born in La Jolla, California, to Bernice Mary (Ayres) and Gregory Pearl Peck, a chemist and druggist in San Diego. He had Irish (from his paternal grandmother), English, and some German, ancestry. His parents divorced when he was five years old. An only child, he was sent to live with his grandmother. He never felt he had a...
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Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Moby Dick1998TV Mini-SeriesFather Mapple
The Portrait1993TV MovieGardner Church
Cape Fear1991Lee Heller
Other People's Money1991Andrew Jorgenson
The Will Rogers Follies1991TV MovieVoice of Mr. Ziegfeld
Old Gringo1989Ambrose Bierce
Amazing Grace and Chuck1987President
The Scarlet and the Black1983TV MovieMonsignor Hugh O'Flaherty
The Blue and the Gray1982TV Mini-SeriesAbraham Lincoln
The Sea Wolves1980Col. Lewis Pugh
The Boys from Brazil1978Dr. Josef Mengele
MacArthur1977Gen. Douglas MacArthur
The Omen1976Robert Thorn
Billy Two Hats1974Arch Deans
Shoot Out1971Clay Lomax
I Walk the Line1970Sheriff Tawes
Marooned1969Charles Keith
The Chairman1969John Hathaway
Mackenna's Gold1969Sheriff Mackenna
The Stalking Moon1968Sam Varner
Arabesque1966Prof. David Pollock
Mirage1965David Stillwell
Behold a Pale Horse1964Manuel Artiguez
Captain Newman, M.D.1963Capt. Josiah J. Newman, MD
To Kill a Mockingbird1962Atticus Finch
How the West Was Won1962Cleve Van Valen
Cape Fear1962Sam Bowden
The Guns of Navarone1961Mallory
On the Beach1959Cmdr. Dwight Lionel Towers, USS Sawfish
Beloved Infidel1959F. Scott Fitzgerald
Pork Chop Hill1959Lt. Joe Clemons
The Big Country1958James McKay
The Bravados1958Jim Douglass
Designing Woman1957Mike Hagen
Moby Dick1956Captain Ahab
The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit1956Tom Rath
The Purple Plain1954Squadron Leader Bill Forrester
Night People1954Col. Steve Van Dyke
Man with a Million1954Henry Adams
Roman Holiday1953Joe Bradley
The Snows of Kilimanjaro1952Harry Street
The World in His Arms1952Capt. Jonathan Clark
David and Bathsheba1951King David
Only the Valiant1951Capt. Richard Lance
Captain Horatio Hornblower R.N.1951Capt. Horatio Hornblower R.N
The Gunfighter1950Jimmy Ringo
Twelve O'Clock High1949Gen. Frank Savage
The Great Sinner1949Fedja
Yellow Sky1948James 'Stretch' Dawson
The Paradine Case1947Anthony Keane
Gentleman's Agreement1947Philip Schuyler Green
The Macomber Affair1947Robert Wilson
Duel in the Sun1946Lewton 'Lewt' McCanles
The Yearling1946Penny Baxter
Spellbound1945John Ballantyne
The Valley of Decision1945Paul Scott
The Keys of the Kingdom1944Father Francis Chisholm
Days of Glory1944Vladimir

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Portrait1993TV Movie executive producer
The 57th Annual Academy Awards1985TV Special documentary producer
The Dove1974producer
The Trial of the Catonsville Nine1972producer
Pork Chop Hill1959executive producer - uncredited
The Big Country1958producer

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Man with a Million1954"Tempus adest floridum", uncredited / performer: "The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo" - uncredited
Duel in the Sun1946performer: "I've Been Working on the Railroad" - uncredited
The Valley of Decision1945"Pop! Goes the Weasel", uncredited

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
American Masters1999TV Series documentary archive source - 1 episode

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Omaggio a Roma2009Short grateful thanks
Dreaming in Black and White2002special thanks
The Making of 'Cape Fear'2001/IVideo documentary special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Martin Scorsese1997TV Special documentaryHimself
Howard Stern1997TV SeriesHimself
Jack Lemmon: America's Everyman1996TV Movie documentary
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Clint Eastwood1996TV Special documentaryHimself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Steven Spielberg1996TV Special documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Sinatra: 80 Years My Way1995TV Movie documentaryHimself
Biography1995TV Series documentaryHimself
Wild Bill: Hollywood Maverick1995DocumentaryHimself
A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies1995TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 67th Annual Academy Awards1995TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: 'Quiz Show' Film Clip
La nuit des Césars1995TV Series documentaryHimself - Winner: César d'honneur
The 52nd Annual Golden Globe Awards1995TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Cecil B. DeMille Award
The Annual American Friends Hebrew University Scopus Awards Honoring Ted Turner1995TV SpecialHimself
L'Hidato Shel Adolf Eichmann1994DocumentaryHimself - Narrator
Baseball1994TV Mini-Series documentaryVarious / Himself
The 51st Annual Golden Globe Awards1994TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Director
Legend to Legend Night: A Celebrity Cavalcade1993TV SpecialHimself
The 5th Annual Legacy Awards1993TV SpecialHimself
Audrey Hepburn Remembered1993TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 65th Annual Academy Awards1993TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Hersholt Award to the late Audrey Hepburn
The 50th Annual Golden Globe Awards1993TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Cecil B. DeMille Award
Isaac Stern: A Life - A Biography in Music1993TV MovieHimself - Narrator
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Sidney Poitier1992TV SpecialHimself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts1992TV SpecialHimself
Danny Kaye International Children Award for Unicef1992TV MovieHimself
Crazy About the Movies: Ava Gardner1992TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts1991TV SpecialHimself - Honoree
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Kirk Douglas1991TV Special documentaryHimself (uncredited)
The 63rd Annual Academy Awards1991TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Honorary Award to Sophia Loren
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to David Lean1990TV SpecialHimself
Island of Whales1990DocumentaryNarrator (voice)
Sinatra 75: The Best Is Yet to Come1990TV Special documentaryHimself
Reflections on the Silver Screen1990TV SeriesHimself
Gran premio internazionale della TV1990TV SeriesHimself
The 62nd Annual Academy Awards1990TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Actress in a Leading Role
Sammy Davis, Jr. 60th Anniversary Celebration1990TV SpecialHimself
7th Annual American Cinema Awards1990TV SpecialHimself - Honoree
The 47th Annual Golden Globe Awards1990TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Cecil B. DeMille Award
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Gregory Peck1989TV SpecialHimself - Guest of Honor
Mahler's Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection' at Masada1989TV Special documentaryHimself - Host
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts1989TV SpecialHimself
Lou Rawls Parade of Stars1989TV SeriesHimself
Film 20151989TV SeriesHimself
Crossing Borders: The Journey of Carlos Fuentes1989TV MovieHimself
The 15th Annual People's Choice Awards1989TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: All Time Favourite Motion Picture
5th Annual TV Academy Hall of Fame1989TV MovieHimself
The Princess Grace Foundation Special Gala Tribute to Cary Grant1988TV MovieHimself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Jack Lemmon1988TV Special documentaryHimself (uncredited)
The 60th Annual Academy Awards1988TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Original Screenplay and Best Adapted Screenplay
99th Tournament of Roses Parade1988TV MovieHimself
The Grammy Lifetime Achievment Award Show1987TV MovieHimself
We the People 200: The Constitutional Gala1987TV MovieHimself - Performer
Happy 100th Birthday, Hollywood1987TV Special documentaryHimself
Liberty Weekend1986TV Special documentaryHimself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Billy Wilder1986TV Special documentaryHimself
All-Star Party for 'Dutch' Reagan1985TV SpecialHimself
The Annual Friars Club Tribute Presents a Salute to Gene Kelly1985TV MovieHimself
An American Portrait1985TV Series documentaryHimself - Host
The Annual American Technion Society's Albert Einstein Award1985TV MovieHimself
Olympic Gala1984TV Special documentaryHimself - Guest
Gala Opening of the American Ballet Theater1984TV MovieHimself
Welcome to Los Angeles: A Party for Julio Iglesias1983TV MovieHimself
The 54th Annual Academy Awards1982TV Special documentaryHimself - Presenter: Hersholt Award
Night of 100 Stars1982TV SpecialHimself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Fred Astaire1981TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
The 51st Annual Academy Awards1979TV Special documentaryHimself - Presenter: Honorary Award to the Museum of Modern Art, Dept. of Film
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Alfred Hitchcock1979TV Special documentaryHimself
The 36th Annual Golden Globes Awards1979TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Motion Picture- Drama and Presenter: Cecil B. DeMille Award
Rockette: A Holiday Tribute to Radio City Music Hall1978TV SpecialHimself / Host
Hollywood's Diamond Jubilee1978TV MovieHimself - Interviewee
The Mike Douglas Show1977-1978TV SeriesHimself - Actor / Himself - Guest
Good Morning America1978TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The 15th Annual Publicists Guild Awards1978TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
A Tribute to Mr. Television Milton Berle1978TV SpecialHimself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Henry Fonda1978TV Special documentaryHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1977TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Today1977TV SeriesHimself - Guest
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Bette Davis1977TV Special documentaryHimself (uncredited)
The 3rd Annual People's Choice Awards1977TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Favourite Motion Picture
NBC: The First Fifty Years - A Closer Look1976TV Movie documentaryHimself
V.I.P.-Schaukel1972-1976TV Series documentaryHimself
Dinah!1976TV SeriesHimself - Guest
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to William Wyler1976TV Special documentaryHimself
The 46th Annual Academy Awards1974TV SpecialHimself - Co-Presenter: Best Actor in a Leading Role
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to John Ford1973TV Special documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Film Night1972TV SeriesHimself
The Pearl Bailey Show1971TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The 43rd Annual Academy Awards1971TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award
The 42nd Annual Academy Awards1970TV SpecialHimself
The American National Theater of Arts Academy Honors Laurence Olivier1970TV MovieHimself
Hollywood: The Selznick Years1969TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Jack Benny's New Look1969TV SpecialHimself
The 41st Annual Academy Awards1969TV SpecialHimself
The 22nd Annual Tony Awards1968TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Special Tony Awards to Marlene Dietrich and David Merrick
The 40th Annual Academy Awards1968TV SpecialHimself - Academy President / Hersholt Award Recipient
The Joey Bishop Show1967TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Africa1967TV Movie documentaryHimself - Narrator (voice)
The 39th Annual Academy Awards1967TV SpecialHimself - Audience Member
The 38th Annual Academy Awards1966TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Foreign Language Film
Salute to Stan Laurel1965TV Special documentaryHimself
The 37th Annual Academy Awards1965TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Picture
John F. Kennedy: Years of Lightning, Day of Drums1965DocumentaryOffscreen Narrator (voice)
The 36th Annual Academy Awards1964TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Actress in a Leading Role
The 35th Annual Academy Awards1963TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Best Actor in a Leading Role
The 20th Annual Golden Globes Awards1963TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama
The 34th Annual Academy Awards1962TV SpecialHimself - Audience Member
Here's Hollywood1961TV SeriesHimself
The 31st Annual Academy Awards1959TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
The Hidden World1958DocumentaryNarrator
The Ed Sullivan Show1956-1958TV SeriesHimself
The 30th Annual Academy Awards1958TV SpecialHimself - Co-Presenter: Art Direction-Set Decoration Awards
Boum sur Paris1953Himself / En personne
Gregory Peck kävi Suomessa1953ShortHimself
Pictura1951DocumentaryNarrator: Carpaccio episode (voice)
Screen Snapshots: Hollywood Awards1951Documentary shortHimself
Audrey Hepburn: Ein Star auf der Suche nach sich selbst2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Heroes & Villains2003TV Special documentaryAtticus Finch
From Russia to Hollywood: The 100-Year Odyssey of Chekhov and Shdanoff2002DocumentaryHimself / Narrator (voice)
Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration2001TV Special documentaryHimself
The Making of 'Cape Fear'2001/IVideo documentaryHimself
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Thrills: America's Most Heart-Pounding Movies2001TV Special documentaryHimself
Hollywood Greats2001TV Series documentaryHimself
The Making of 'Cape Fear'2001/IIVideo documentary shortHimself
Memories of Navarone2000Video documentary shortHimself - Mallory
The Art of Norton Simon1999Documentary shortHimself - Narrator (voice)
American Prophet: The Story of Joseph Smith1999DocumentaryNarrator
American Masters1986-1999TV Series documentaryHimself / Himself - Narrator
The 56th Annual Golden Globe Awards1999TV Movie documentaryHimself - Winner: Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series - Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV
Fearful Symmetry1998Video documentaryHimself
Tony Bennett Live by Request: An All-Star Tribute1998TV SpecialHimself
The 70th Annual Academy Awards1998TV SpecialHimself - Past Winner (uncredited)
4th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards1998TV SpecialHimself
Thar She Blows: The Making of 'Moby Dick'1998TV Movie documentaryHimself - Narrator
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts1997TV SpecialHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
John G. Avildsen: King of the Underdogs2015Documentary post-production
Wogan: The Best Of2015TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Donne nel mito: Sophia racconta la Loren2014Documentary shortHimself
Inside Edition2014TV Series documentaryAtticus Finch
Piaggio Vespa Commercial2014TV Short
Close Up2012DocumentaryHimself
A History of Horror with Mark Gatiss2010TV Series documentaryHimself / Robert Thorn
The Naked Archaeologist2005-2010TV SeriesKing David
Strictly Courtroom2008TV Movie documentaryAtticus Finch / Anthony Keane / Sam Bowden (uncredited)
Spisok korabley2008Documentary
World Film Report2008TV SeriesHimself
Oscar, que empiece el espectáculo2008TV Movie documentaryHimself
Cámara negra. Teatro Victoria Eugenia2007TV Short documentaryHimself
Cannes, 60 ans d'histoires2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
Premio Donostia a Matt Dillon2006TV MovieHimself
Premio Donostia a Max Von Sydow2006TV MovieHimself
Line Renaud: une histoire de France2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Curse of 'The Omen'2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
Cinema mil2005TV SeriesHimself
Premio Donostia a Willem Dafoe2005TV MovieHimself
Private Screenings2005TV SeriesHimself
Filmmakers vs. Tycoons2005DocumentaryHarry Street
Unsere Besten2004TV SeriesAhab
Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust2004Documentary
The 76th Annual Academy Awards2004TV SpecialHimself (Memorial Tribute)
Starring - Taina Elg2003TV Movie documentaryHimself
La guerra en el cine2003Video documentary shortGeneral Savage
Remembering 'Roman Holiday'2002Video documentary shortHimself
Restoring Roman Holiday2002Video documentary short
Twentieth Century Fox: The Blockbuster Years2000TV Movie documentaryRobert Thorn
The Audrey Hepburn Story2000TV MovieHimself
Biography1997-1998TV Series documentary
American Masters1998TV Series documentary
The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg1998DocumentaryPhilip Schuyler Green (uncredited)
20th Century-Fox: The First 50 Years1997TV Movie documentaryJimmy Ringo
The Universal Story1995TV Movie documentaryHimself
Theremin: An Electronic Odyssey1994DocumentaryJohn Ballantyne (uncredited)
Passage1993ShortAtticus Finch
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1992TV SeriesHimself
Robert Mitchum: The Reluctant Star1991DocumentarySam Bowden (uncredited)
La hora bruja1985
Ingrid1984DocumentaryJohn Ballantyne (uncredited)
Margret Dünser, auf der Suche nach den Besonderen1981TV Movie documentaryHimself
Ken Murray Shooting Stars1979DocumentaryHimself
All This and World War II1976DocumentaryHimself
America at the Movies1976DocumentaryJimmy Ringo
Hustle1975Captain Ahab (uncredited)
The Extraordinary Seaman1969Himself (uncredited)
Pähkähullu Suomi1967Himself
Verifica incerta - Disperse Exclamatory Phase1965Documentary short
The Love Goddesses1965DocumentaryHimself
Lykke og krone1962DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
MGM Parade1956TV Series
The Ed Sullivan Show1954TV SeriesHimself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2003Spirit of Angelus AwardAngelus Awards Student Film FestivalPosthumously.
2003Career DavidDavid di Donatello Awards
1999Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion PictureMoby Dick (1998)
1998Lifetime Achievement AwardGerman Film Awards
1996Special Prize for Outstanding Contribution to World CinemaKarlovy Vary International Film Festival
1995Honorary CésarCésar Awards, France
1993Honorary Golden Berlin BearBerlin International Film Festival
1992Gala TributeFilm Society of Lincoln Center
1990Board of the Governors AwardAmerican Society of Cinematographers, USA
1989Life Achievement AwardAmerican Film Institute, USA
1989Special AwardCannes Film Festival
1986Donostia Lifetime Achievement AwardSan Sebastián International Film Festival
1983Career Achievement AwardNational Board of Review, USA
1983Award of ExcellenceBanff Television Festival
1971Life Achievement AwardScreen Actors Guild Awards
1969Cecil B. DeMille AwardGolden Globes, USA
1969Golden AppleGolden Apple AwardsMale Star of the Year
1968Jean Hersholt Humanitarian AwardAcademy Awards, USA
1967Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsSpecial

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1963OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actor in a Leading RoleTo Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
1963Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Motion Picture Actor - DramaTo Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
1963DavidDavid di Donatello AwardsBest Foreign Actor (Migliore Attore Straniero)To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameMotion PictureOn 8 February 1960. At 6100 Hollywood Blvd.
1955Henrietta AwardGolden Globes, USAWorld Film Favorite - Male
1953BambiBambi AwardsBest Actor - InternationalDavid and Bathsheba (1951)
1951Henrietta AwardGolden Globes, USAWorld Film Favorite - Male
1947Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Motion Picture ActorThe Yearling (1946)
1947Golden AppleGolden Apple AwardsMost Cooperative Actor
1945Golden AppleGolden Apple AwardsMost Cooperative Actor

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1998Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a MovieMoby Dick (1998)
1979Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Motion Picture Actor - DramaThe Boys from Brazil (1978)
1978Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Motion Picture Actor - DramaMacArthur (1977)
1970Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsMale Star12th place.
1967Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsAction PerformanceArabesque (1966)
1966Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsMale Star5th place.
1965Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsMale Star14th place.
1964Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Male Star5th place.
1964Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Motion Picture Actor - DramaCaptain Newman, M.D. (1963)
1964BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Foreign ActorTo Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
1960Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Male Star13th place.
1954BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Foreign ActorRoman Holiday (1953)
1954BambiBambi AwardsBest Actor - InternationalRoman Holiday (1953)
1952Gold MedalPicturegoer AwardsBest ActorDavid and Bathsheba (1951)
1947OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actor in a Leading RoleThe Yearling (1946)
1946OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actor in a Leading RoleThe Keys of the Kingdom (1944)

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1963Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Male Dramatic PerformanceTo Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

3rd place awards

3rd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1963Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Male Star
1962Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Male Dramatic PerformanceThe Guns of Navarone (1961)
1959Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Action PerformanceThe Bravados (1958)

TitleSalary
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)$250,000 + 10% of the gross.
The Purple Plain (1954)$250,000
The Million Pound Note (1954)$250,000
Only the Valiant (1951)$60,000
Days of Glory (1944)$10,000
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)$250,000 + 10% of the gross.
The Purple Plain (1954)$250,000
The Million Pound Note (1954)$250,000
Only the Valiant (1951)$60,000
Days of Glory (1944)$10,000

#Fact
1The friendship Peck hit off with director William Wyler on Roman Holiday (1953) almost ended during the stressful shoot of The Big Country (1958) where the two men clashed so often that by the end they were not on speaking terms with each other. They mended their friendship a year later after Wyler won the Oscar for Ben-Hur (1959) but they never worked together again.
2Along with Peter Ustinov, Peck delivered the eulogy for friend and two-time co-star David Niven.
3He shared an April 5 birthday with double Oscar winners Melvyn Douglas, Spencer Tracy, and Bette Davis.
4Injured his spine in a physical training class resulting in his having to wear a back brace for six years and a World War II exemption. "I can ride horses, but I can't pick up a suitcase.".
5His favourite director was Henry King and his favourite co-star was Ava Gardner.
6The two people he regretted most not working with are John Ford and Greta Garbo.
7Peck's father encouraged him to take up medicine but his grades weren't good enough for Berlely. He later took a public speaking course at San Diego State which was his introduction to acting.
8Peck's first effort as producer, "Thieves' Market," in which he planned to star with Ava Gardner, was abandoned because "we were unable to develop the script properly.".
9Peck spent time early in his career working at the Barter Theatre in Abingdon, VA - the State Theatre of Virginia. A picture hangs in the theatre of him with an old pickup truck, showing how he worked both behind the scenes as well as on stage. The Barter also boasts stints from Ernest Borgnine, Patricia Neal, Larry Linville, and Kevin Spacey.
10John Wayne reportedly turned down two of Peck's most iconic roles: The Gunfighter (1950) and Twelve O'Clock High (1949).
11Strongly disliked his first name of Eldred, a name his mother insisted on giving him because she felt it was distinct and would distinguish him with its uniqueness, but to him it felt like an awkward and difficult name to use casually. Early in adulthood he made it a point of using his middle name of Gregory, which he used for the rest of his life.
12Was awarded the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award in 1967.
13Owned a race horse called Owen Sedge which he saw come 7th in the 1963 Grand National. He then flew back to the States to attended the Oscar ceremony and won Best Actor Award for To Kill a Mockingbird (1962).
14Became friends with Audrey Hepburn after working with her in Roman Holiday (1953). Peck successfully persuaded Paramount executives to give her top billing rather than "Introducing" credit, because he strongly believed the film would make her a star. Indeed, Hepburn would win the Academy Award for Best Actress at the 1954 Oscars and they both remained close until her death in 1993. That same year, Peck presented her son Sean H. Ferrer with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award in recognition for her work with UNICEF.
15Travelling in Alabama making campaign appearances for Democratic U.S. Senate Candidate Donald W. Stewart, who was running in a special election to complete the term of U.S. Senator James B. Allen, who had died in office. Stewart won the seat. [October 1978]
16Mark Waid and Alex Ross based the design of the older Bruce Wayne/Batman on Peck for Their seminal 1996 graphic novel ''Kingdom Come''. Frank Miller also based the design of young Bruce in his iconic story ''Batman: Year One''.
17Orson Welles had once hoped to make a film of the DC Comics hero Batman with Peck in the lead role but the project never came to fruition. This was revealed to have been a hoax.
18Is one of 8 actors who have received an Oscar nomination for their performance as a priest. The others, in chronological order, are: Spencer Tracy for San Francisco (1936) and Boys Town (1938); Charles Bickford for The Song of Bernadette (1943); Bing Crosby for Going My Way (1944) and The Bells of St. Mary's (1945); Barry Fitzgerald for Going My Way (1944); Karl Malden for On the Waterfront (1954); Jason Miller for The Exorcist (1973); and Philip Seymour Hoffman for Doubt (2008). Tracy, Crosby and Fitzgerald all won Oscars for their performances.
19The name "Gregory Peck" is used as the Cockney Rhyming Slang for neck (as used traditionally by the inhabitants of East London), so the expression "Get it down your Gregory" means "Drink this!".
20Was a lifelong Democrat and generously donated time and money to many causes.
21According to Lewis Milestone, Pork Chop Hill (1959) was cut by nearly twenty minutes because Peck's wife felt that her husband made his first entrance too late into the picture. True or not, the film does show signs of post-production tampering, with flashes of several excised scenes showing up under the main title credits.
22His picture appears on a nondenominated USA commemorative postage stamp in the Legends of Hollywood series, issued 28 April 2011. Peck is shown as the character Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird (1962). Price on day of issue was 44¢. First day of issue ceremonies were held at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
23Grandfather of actor Ethan Peck.
24Was offered but declined the role of Det. Steve McGarrett in Hawaii Five-O (1968).
25In February 1955 Peck was set to star in The Proud Ones (1956), but the role was eventually played by Robert Ryan.
26Was kept out of military service during WWII due to a back injury.
27He visited Michael Jackson on the set of filming the "Smooth Criminal" segment for Moonwalker (1988). Also visiting the set was Robert De Niro and Bruce Willis.
28He was a close friend of former French President Jacques Chirac.
29Was the second choice to play Prof. Henry Jones Sr. in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), had first choice Sean Connery declined the role. Star Harrison Ford cited Peck as one of his favorite actors and To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) as one of his favorite films.
30He regularly visited Humphrey Bogart while filming Designing Woman (1957) with Bogart's wife Lauren Bacall. Peck was reportedly devastated by the star's death in January 1957.
31Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume 7, 2003-2005, pages 417-420. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2007.
32He was a close friend and ardent supporter of President Lyndon Johnson, spending much time at the White House and the Johnson Ranch.
33While filming The Bravados (1958), he decided to become a cowboy in real life, so he purchased a vast working ranch near Santa Barbara, California - already stocked with 600 head of prize cattle.
34His election as President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 1967 was widely seen as heralding in a new, younger, progressive and decidedly liberal era of filmmaking in Hollywood.
35In 1999 he publicly berated Congress for failing to pass legislation preventing teenagers from buying guns, following the Columbine high school massacre.
36Personally chose Lewis Milestone to direct the anti-war movie Pork Chop Hill (1959), because Milestone's All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) had made a deep impression on him.
37He was a lifelong opponent of nuclear weapons, and made On the Beach (1959) for this reason.
38MGM wanted Peck to play Roger Thornhill in North by Northwest (1959), but the director Alfred Hitchcock thought Peck was too serious and cast Cary Grant instead.
39Often stated how disappointed he was that many American viewers did not realize how anti-war The Guns of Navarone (1961) was.
40In the early 1990s Peck considered writing his autobiography, however he decided against it when he realized he wasn't as good at writing as his friend David Niven.
41One of his greatest heroes from childhood was President Abraham Lincoln. Peck was initially concerned about playing him in The Blue and the Gray (1982), since at 66 he was a decade older than Lincoln was when he was assassinated. Some 17 years later, when he was the director Rod Lurie 's first choice to play the role of a fictional U.S. President in The Contender (2000), he declined saying he was 'too damn old.'.
42He was considered for Rock Hudson's role in Ice Station Zebra (1968).
43By 1974, following a series of flops, Peck's career had declined to such an extent that he admitted in an interview that he was thinking of retiring from acting. Two years later however he made an enormous comeback with The Omen (1976).
44Agreed to star in David and Bathsheba (1951) as a riposte to the Biblical epics of Cecil B. DeMille.
45His mother died in May 1992 at the age of 97.
46In December 2002 Peck visited his wife in hospital in Los Angeles after she underwent surgery to relieve pressure on two vertebrae. The sight of the veteran actor in hospital sparked more press rumors that he was seriously ill.
47A physically powerful man, Peck was known to do a majority of his own fight scenes, rarely using body or stunt doubles. Robert Mitchum, his on-screen opponent in Cape Fear (1962), said that Peck once accidentally punched him for real during their final fight scene in the movie. He recalled feeling the impact of the punch for days afterwards and said, "I don't feel sorry for anyone dumb enough who picks a fight with him.".
48In 1999, the American Film Institute named Peck among the Greatest Male Stars of All Time, ranking at No. 12.
49His favorite drink was Guinness, which he drank every day. Eventually he had a tap installed in the bar at his house.
50His favorite singers were Frank Sinatra and Michael Jackson. He was also a big fan of Elton John.
51Formed a solid friendship with Mary Badham, who played his daughter "Scout" in To Kill a Mockingbird (1962). They remained in contact until his passing. According to Badham, she always called him "Atticus" and he always called her "Scout".
52He had always wanted to act in a Shakespearean play, but by the time the opportunity presented itself in 1951 he decided it was too late to start.
53Son of Gregory Pearl Peck and wife Bernice Mae Ayres.
54Turned down Yves Montand's role in Let's Make Love (1960) because he didn't want to work with Marilyn Monroe.
55When he was the President of the Academy of Motion Pictures and Science, he tried his hardest to get a full-length animated feature film (most notably the The Jungle Book (1967)) not only nominated for Best Picture Academy Award but actually win the award. He resigned as President in 1970 when other members didn't agree with him about animated films being nominated for the award. Twenty-one years after he resigned Beauty and the Beast (1991) became the first animated film to be nominated for Best Picture although it did not win.
56Only the Valiant (1951) was his least favorite film. He thought the western potboiler was a step backwards after starring in The Gunfighter (1950).
57The financial failure of Cape Fear (1962) ended his company, Melville Productions.
58In 1996, veteran character actor Richard Jaeckel, Peck's costar in The Gunfighter (1950), was diagnosed with cancer, and Jaeckel's wife had Alzheimer's disease. The Jaeckels had lost their Brentwood home, were over $1 million in debt, and Jaeckel was basically homeless. His family tried unsuccessfully to enter him into Woodland Hills Motion Picture and Television Hospital. Peck lobbied for Jaeckel's admittance and he was treated within three days. Jaeckel stayed in the hospital until his passing in June 1997.
59He is listed in the Cal Berkeley Alumni roster as a graduate of the Class of 1942 who studied as an English major and where he acted in plays at the Associated Students sponsored 'Little Theatre' on campus. Incidentally while under the watch of the University's Committee on Music and Drama led by Professor William Popper as chairman, the University's Department of Dramatic Arts was just being established towards the end of his student tenure in 1941.
60After making Arabesque (1966), Peck withdrew from acting for three years in order to concentrate on various humanitarian causes, including the American Cancer Society.
61He did not get along with director Elia Kazan while filming Gentleman's Agreement (1947). Kazan told the press he was very disappointed with Peck's performance and the two men never worked together again.
62Campaigned for Harry S. Truman in the 1948 presidential election.
63He was originally cast in the role played by Robert Taylor in Quo Vadis (1951).
64His few attempts to play a villain were considered unsuccessful, perhaps because the public could not accept Peck as anything other than good. He was considered too young at 38 (the movie was filmed in 1954) to play Captain Ahab in Moby Dick (1956), especially since the character was described in Herman Melville's novel as an old man. Peck admitted he only agreed to play Nazi Dr Josef Mengele in The Boys from Brazil (1978) because he wanted to work with Sir Laurence Olivier. Although the film and his performance were savaged by the critics, Peck remained loyal to it.
65He was a heavy drinker as a young actor in Hollywood. In 1949 he was hospitalized with heart spasms, and while filming David and Bathsheba (1951) he was hospitalized with a suspected heart attack. Though it turned out to be a palpitation brought on by his lifestyle and overwork, he began to drink less thereafter. However, he did not stop smoking for many more years.
66In 1948, amid the anti-Communist hysteria sweeping the country during the McCarthy "Red Scare" era, he was called before a "fact finding committee" set up by the California Legislature to ferret out alleged Communists and their sympathizers in the entertainment industry. He was summoned because of his association with a host of "liberal" organizations and causes, along with several other stars. He gave the committee a list of every organization to which he had contributed money, along with their letterheads, and said that he contributed to them because they were legitimate organizations. He told the committee, "I am not now and never have been associated with any communist organization or supporters of communism. I am not a communist, never was a communist and I have no sympathy with communist activities".
67He was given the role of Ambassador Robert Thorn in The Omen (1976) after Charlton Heston turned it down in order to make Midway (1976).
68In his 80s his frail and thin appearance frequently sparked press rumors of his impending death, particularly when in 2001 he attended Jack Lemmon's funeral with his head bandaged from a recent fall.
69As a board member of Handgun Control Inc. (along with Martin Sheen and Susan Sarandon), Peck was sometimes criticized for his friendship with Charlton Heston, a longtime advocate of gun ownership who served as President of the National Rifle Assocation (NRA) from 1998 to 2003. When questioned by James Brady, Peck said, "We're colleagues rather than friends. We're civil to each other when we meet. I, of course, disagree vehemently with him on gun control.".
70After Peck stormed off the set of The Big Country (1958), director William Wyler said of him: "I wouldn't direct Peck again for a million dollars and you can quote me on that.".
71Appeared on President Richard Nixon's infamous "List of Enemies" in 1972.
72During the Vietnam War Peck was a vocal supporter of teenagers who dodged the draft, calling them "patriots" and "heroes" and saying that burning their draft cards was part of their civic duty. He produced an anti-war film, The Trial of the Catonsville Nine (1972) using his own money in order to provoke more opposition to the conflict.
73In 1946 he met and befriended Gary Cooper, with whom he was often compared in terms of looks and acting style.
74Advertised Chesterfield cigarettes.
75He was an active supporter of AIDS fund raising.
76He was a close friend of Jane Fonda, and frequently attended political rallies with her.
77In 1987 he joined Burt Lancaster, Martin Sheen and Lloyd Bridges in narrating a TV commercial for the People for the American Way, opposing the confirmation of President Ronald Reagan's nominee to the Supreme Court, ultra-conservative judge Robert Bork. Bork, who came under intense criticism in part because of his past vociferous opposition to civil rights laws, ultimately failed to be confirmed by the Senate.
78He was a close friend of Michael Jackson for the last 25 years of his life, and often went horse riding with the singer at his Neverland Ranch. During the Jordie Chandler scandal in 1993, Peck wrote a letter defending Jackson. He also gave a glowing video tribute to Jackson at his 30th Anniversary concert in New York in 2001.
79In 1999 he supported the decision to give Elia Kazan an honorary Oscar for lifetime achievement, saying he believed that a man's work should be separate from his life.
80Turned down Gary Cooper's Oscar-winning role as Marshal Will Kane in High Noon (1952) because he felt the story was too similar to his The Gunfighter (1950). When the film proved to be a huge success Peck admitted he had made a mistake, though he said he didn't believe he could have played the character as well as Cooper.
81Broke his ankle in three places in a fall from a horse while filming Yellow Sky (1948).
82In 1947, at the beginning of the anti-communist investigations in Hollywood, Peck signed a letter deploring the witch hunts despite being warned his signature could hurt his career.
83He was a vocal opponent of the Vietnam War, while remaining supportive of his son who was serving there.
84In the 1950s, the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum near Tucson, AZ, named one of their male javalinas "Gregory Peckory" in his honor; incidentally, their female was named "Olivia de Javalina" to honor actress Olivia de Havilland.
85He had always wanted to do a Walt Disney movie.
86Mourners for the public service held after his burial held huge black-and-white portraits of Peck as they approached the Cathedral, designed by artist/sculptor Robert Graham, husband of Anjelica Huston. Church officials estimated that almost 3,000 people attended. Seats were reserved for Peck's friends, a sizable number of whom were celebrities - they were instructed to whisper the secret password "Atticus" to the red-coated ushers who escorted them to the reserved section - Harry Belafonte, Anjelica Huston, Michael York, Louise Fletcher, Tony Danza, Piper Laurie, Harrison Ford, Calista Flockhart. Michael Jackson, wearing a red jacket, caused a stir when he arrived 20 minutes late. Decked out in a bright blue suit and clutching a program with Peck's picture on it was his first wife Greta, looking hale and hearty at 92. Roger Mahony, Archbishop of Los Angeles, presided over the service. The program included bible readings by Peck's children Carey, Cecilia and Tony. Mahoney said, "He lived his life authentically, as God called and willed him and placed him in his room, with gifts and talents." Brock Peters, who played the black man defended by Peck's character Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird (1962), delivered the eulogy. The film spawned a close friendship between the two stars that lasted more than 40 years. "In art there is compassion," said Peters, "in compassion there is humanity, with humanity there is generosity and love. Gregory Peck gave us these attributes in full measure." The crowd visibly warmed to a videotape performance of Peck featuring a lecture he gave several years before. He said he hoped to be remembered first as a good husband, father and grandfather. Then, with quiet strength and unforgettable presence, he added: "I'd like to be thought of as a good storyteller".
87In 1997, as a presenter at the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) awards ceremony, he said, "It just seems silly to me that something so right and simple has to be fought for at all."
88Once owned a thoroughbred named "Different Class," who was the favorite in the 1968 Grand National Steeplechase in the UK - but finished 3rd.
89Cited that his favorite leading ladies were Audrey Hepburn, Ingrid Bergman, and Ava Gardner.
90His performance as Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) is ranked #13 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time.
91Was Warner Bros. original choice to play Grandpa Joe in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005). He was offered the role and seriously considered it but passed away before he could give them an answer.
92He was awarded the American National Medal of the Arts in 1998 by the National Endowment of the Arts in Washington D.C.
93Father-in-law of Daniel Voll.
94Studied acting with Michael Chekhov
95In the spring of 1939, Peck skipped graduation at the University of California at Berkeley and, with $160 and a letter of introduction in his pocket, went by train to New York, traveling coach, to embark on his acting career.
96He and The Big Country (1958) co-star Charlton Heston both played the infamous Nazi war criminal Dr. Josef Mengele: Peck in The Boys from Brazil (1978), Heston in Rua Alguem 5555: My Father (2003).
97In late November of 2005, thieves stole Peck's "Hollywood Walk of Fame" star using a cement saw to cut the bronze-and-terrazzo marker out of the sidewalk. In a simple ceremony, a new star honoring the late actor was unveiled on December 1st to replace the stolen one. Hollywood's honorary mayor Johnny Grant lifted a covering and announced, "Ladies and gentlemen, we proudly welcome back to the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Gregory Peck." Peck's star was the fourth to be stolen since the Walk of Fame was inaugurated. James Stewart's and Kirk Douglas' stars disappeared some years ago after being removed for construction and were later recovered by police in the nearby city of South Gate. Gene Autry's star also vanished during a construction project. A call saying it had been found in Iowa proved to be a false alarm.
98Named the #12 greatest actor on The 50 Greatest Screen Legends list by the American Film Institute
99He was voted the 27th Greatest Movie Star of all time by Premiere Magazine.
100Attended San Diego High School.
101He was voted the 58th Greatest Movie Star of all time by Entertainment Weekly.
102While studying at UC Berkeley, Peck was a houseboy for the school's chapter of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority.
103According to at least one biography, he took his role in The Omen (1976) at a huge cut in salary (a mere $250,000) but was guaranteed 10% of the film's box office take. It went on to gross more than $60 million in the U.S. alone, and became the film for which he earned the most money in his career.
104When he arrived in Italy to shoot Roman Holiday (1953), Gregory was privately depressed about his recent separation and imminent divorce from his first wife, Greta. However, during the shoot, he met and fell in love with a French woman named Veronique Peck. After his divorce, he married Passani and they remained together for the rest of his life. So, in a way, he lived out his own "movie romance".
105Son, Stephen did a tour in Vietnam with the Marine Corps. Peck was proud of his son's military service even though he disagreed with the war itself.
106Inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in 1979.
107A back injury incurred in college kept him out of the services in World War II.
108Was the first native Californian to win an Academy Award for Best Actor.
109Brock Peters delivered his eulogy on the day of his funeral and burial, June 16, 2003. In To Kill a Mockingbird (1962), Peters played Tom Robinson, the black man accused of raping a white girl that Atticus Finch (Peck's character) defended in court.
110During his lean salad days, he supported himself as a Radio City Music Hall tour guide and as a catalog model for Montgomery Ward.
111Along with Dorothy McGuire, Mel Ferrer and David O. Selznick, he co-founded the La Jolla Playhouse, located in his hometown, and produced many of the classics there. Due to film commitments, he could not return to Broadway but whet his appetite for live theater on occasion at the Playhouse, keeping it firmly established with a strong, reputable name over the years.
112His character from To Kill a Mockingbird (1962), Atticus Finch, was voted the greatest screen hero of all time by the American Film Institute in May 2003, only two weeks before his death (beating out Indiana Jones, who was placed second, and James Bond who came third).
113Marched with Martin Luther King.
114Seriously considered challenging then California Governor Ronald Reagan's re-election campaign in 1970 but decided against it at the last minute despite state and national pressure from the Democrat Party of California and The Democratic National Committee.
115His ancestry included Irish, English, some German, and distant Welsh. His paternal grandparents were Samuel Peck and Catherine Ashe, and his maternal grandparents were John Daggett Ayers and Katherine Elizabeth Forse. His paternal grandmother was an immigrant from County Kerry, Ireland. She was a relative of Thomas Ashe, an Irish patriot who fought in the Easter Rising in 1916 and died on hunger strike the following year. Many of Gregory's other ancestors were from families that had lived in New England since the 1600s.
116Chosen by producer Darryl F. Zanuck for the epic film David and Bathsheba (1951) because Zanuck thought Peck had a "biblical face".
117Was president of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences from 1967-1970. He made the decision to postpone the 1968 Oscar ceremony after Martin Luther King's assassination.
118Honorary chair, Los Angeles Library Foundation.
119Was in the original version of Cape Fear (1962) in 1962, playing Sam Bowden. He was later brought back for a part in another version of Cape Fear (1991), playing Max Cady's attorney.
120He took in former co-star Ava Gardner's housekeeper and dog after her death in 1990.
121Stating he was worried about the 600,000 jobs hanging on the survival of the Chrysler Corporation, he volunteered to become an unpaid TV pitchman for the company in 1980.
122(1967-1969) Chairman, American Film Institute. He was the first Chairman of the AFI.
123(1964-1966) Charter Member, National Council on the Arts.
124National Chairman, American Cancer Society.
125(1968-1974) Charter Member, National Council on the Arts.
126Recipient, Presidential Medal of Freedom, nation's highest civilian award, awarded by Lyndon Johnson.
127Chairman, Motion Picture & Television Relief Fund.
128Oldest son, Jon, committed suicide by gunshot.
129Children with Veronique Peck: Tony Peck (b. 1956) and Cecilia Peck (b. 1958).
130Children, with Greta Kukkonen: Jonathan Peck (b. 1944 - d. 1975), Stephen Peck (b. 1946) and Carey Paul Peck (b. 1949).
131Of his own movies, To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) is Peck's favourite.
132U.C. Berkeley graduate (BA '39), oarsman on Cal's JV crew.
133His earliest movie memory is of being so scared by The Phantom of the Opera (1925) at age 9 that his grandmother allowed him to sleep in the bed with her that night.
134Along with Peter Ustinov, Peck delivered the eulogy for friend and two-time co-star David Niven.
135He shared an April 5 birthday with double Oscar winners Melvyn Douglas, Spencer Tracy, and Bette Davis.
136Injured his spine in a physical training class resulting in his having to wear a back brace for six years and a World War II exemption. "I can ride horses, but I can't pick up a suitcase.".
137His favourite director was Henry King and his favourite co-star was Ava Gardner.
138The two people he regretted most not working with are John Ford and Greta Garbo.
139Peck's father encouraged him to take up medicine but his grades weren't good enough for Berlely. He later took a public speaking course at San Diego State which was his introduction to acting.
140Peck's first effort as producer, "Thieves' Market," in which he planned to star with Ava Gardner, was abandoned because "we were unable to develop the script properly.".
141Peck spent time early in his career working at the Barter Theatre in Abingdon, VA - the State Theatre of Virginia. A picture hangs in the theatre of him with an old pickup truck, showing how he worked both behind the scenes as well as on stage. The Barter also boasts stints from Ernest Borgnine, Patricia Neal, Larry Linville, and Kevin Spacey.
142John Wayne reportedly turned down two of Peck's most iconic roles: The Gunfighter (1950) and Twelve O'Clock High (1949).
143Strongly disliked his first name of Eldred, a name his mother insisted on giving him because she felt it was distinct and would distinguish him with its uniqueness, but to him it felt like an awkward and difficult name to use casually. Early in adulthood he made it a point of using his middle name of Gregory, which he used for the rest of his life.
144Was awarded the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award in 1967.
145Owned a race horse called Owen Sedge which he saw come 7th in the 1963 Grand National. He then flew back to the States to attended the Oscar ceremony and won Best Actor Award for To Kill a Mockingbird (1962).
146Became friends with Audrey Hepburn after working with her in Roman Holiday (1953). Peck successfully persuaded Paramount executives to give her top billing rather than "Introducing" credit, because he strongly believed the film would make her a star. Indeed, Hepburn would win the Academy Award for Best Actress at the 1954 Oscars and they both remained close until her death in 1993. That same year, Peck presented her son Sean H. Ferrer with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award in recognition for her work with UNICEF.
147Travelling in Alabama making campaign appearances for Democratic U.S. Senate Candidate Donald W. Stewart, who was running in a special election to complete the term of U.S. Senator James B. Allen, who had died in office. Stewart won the seat. [October 1978]
148Mark Waid and Alex Ross based the design of the older Bruce Wayne/Batman on Peck for Their seminal 1996 graphic novel ''Kingdom Come''. Frank Miller also based the design of young Bruce in his iconic story ''Batman: Year One''.
149Orson Welles had once hoped to make a film of the DC Comics hero Batman with Peck in the lead role but the project never came to fruition. This was revealed to have been a hoax.
150Is one of 8 actors who have received an Oscar nomination for their performance as a priest. The others, in chronological order, are: Spencer Tracy for San Francisco (1936) and Boys Town (1938); Charles Bickford for The Song of Bernadette (1943); Bing Crosby for Going My Way (1944) and The Bells of St. Mary's (1945); Barry Fitzgerald for Going My Way (1944); Karl Malden for On the Waterfront (1954); Jason Miller for The Exorcist (1973); and Philip Seymour Hoffman for Doubt (2008). Tracy, Crosby and Fitzgerald all won Oscars for their performances.
151The name "Gregory Peck" is used as the Cockney Rhyming Slang for neck (as used traditionally by the inhabitants of East London), so the expression "Get it down your Gregory" means "Drink this!".
152Was a lifelong Democrat and generously donated time and money to many causes.
153According to Lewis Milestone, Pork Chop Hill (1959) was cut by nearly twenty minutes because Peck's wife felt that her husband made his first entrance too late into the picture. True or not, the film does show signs of post-production tampering, with flashes of several excised scenes showing up under the main title credits.
154His picture appears on a nondenominated USA commemorative postage stamp in the Legends of Hollywood series, issued 28 April 2011. Peck is shown as the character Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird (1962). Price on day of issue was 44¢. First day of issue ceremonies were held at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
155Grandfather of actor Ethan Peck.
156Was offered but declined the role of Det. Steve McGarrett in Hawaii Five-O (1968).
157In February 1955 Peck was set to star in The Proud Ones (1956), but the role was eventually played by Robert Ryan.
158Was kept out of military service during WWII due to a back injury.
159He visited Michael Jackson on the set of filming the "Smooth Criminal" segment for Moonwalker (1988). Also visiting the set was Robert De Niro and Bruce Willis.
160He was a close friend of former French President Jacques Chirac.
161Was the second choice to play Prof. Henry Jones Sr. in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), had first choice Sean Connery declined the role. Star Harrison Ford cited Peck as one of his favorite actors and To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) as one of his favorite films.
162He regularly visited Humphrey Bogart while filming Designing Woman (1957) with Bogart's wife Lauren Bacall. Peck was reportedly devastated by the star's death in January 1957.
163Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume 7, 2003-2005, pages 417-420. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2007.
164He was a close friend and ardent supporter of President Lyndon Johnson, spending much time at the White House and the Johnson Ranch.
165While filming The Bravados (1958), he decided to become a cowboy in real life, so he purchased a vast working ranch near Santa Barbara, California - already stocked with 600 head of prize cattle.
166His election as President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 1967 was widely seen as heralding in a new, younger, progressive and decidedly liberal era of filmmaking in Hollywood.
167In 1999 he publicly berated Congress for failing to pass legislation preventing teenagers from buying guns, following the Columbine high school massacre.
168Personally chose Lewis Milestone to direct the anti-war movie Pork Chop Hill (1959), because Milestone's All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) had made a deep impression on him.
169He was a lifelong opponent of nuclear weapons, and made On the Beach (1959) for this reason.
170MGM wanted Peck to play Roger Thornhill in North by Northwest (1959), but the director Alfred Hitchcock thought Peck was too serious and cast Cary Grant instead.
171Often stated how disappointed he was that many American viewers did not realize how anti-war The Guns of Navarone (1961) was.
172In the early 1990s Peck considered writing his autobiography, however he decided against it when he realized he wasn't as good at writing as his friend David Niven.
173One of his greatest heroes from childhood was President Abraham Lincoln. Peck was initially concerned about playing him in The Blue and the Gray (1982), since at 66 he was a decade older than Lincoln was when he was assassinated. Some 17 years later, when he was the director Rod Lurie 's first choice to play the role of a fictional U.S. President in The Contender (2000), he declined saying he was 'too damn old.'.
174He was considered for Rock Hudson's role in Ice Station Zebra (1968).
175By 1974, following a series of flops, Peck's career had declined to such an extent that he admitted in an interview that he was thinking of retiring from acting. Two years later however he made an enormous comeback with The Omen (1976).
176Agreed to star in David and Bathsheba (1951) as a riposte to the Biblical epics of Cecil B. DeMille.
177His mother died in May 1992 at the age of 97.
178In December 2002 Peck visited his wife in hospital in Los Angeles after she underwent surgery to relieve pressure on two vertebrae. The sight of the veteran actor in hospital sparked more press rumors that he was seriously ill.
179A physically powerful man, Peck was known to do a majority of his own fight scenes, rarely using body or stunt doubles. Robert Mitchum, his on-screen opponent in Cape Fear (1962), said that Peck once accidentally punched him for real during their final fight scene in the movie. He recalled feeling the impact of the punch for days afterwards and said, "I don't feel sorry for anyone dumb enough who picks a fight with him.".
180In 1999, the American Film Institute named Peck among the Greatest Male Stars of All Time, ranking at No. 12.
181His favorite drink was Guinness, which he drank every day. Eventually he had a tap installed in the bar at his house.
182His favorite singers were Frank Sinatra and Michael Jackson. He was also a big fan of Elton John.
183Formed a solid friendship with Mary Badham, who played his daughter "Scout" in To Kill a Mockingbird (1962). They remained in contact until his passing. According to Badham, she always called him "Atticus" and he always called her "Scout".
184He had always wanted to act in a Shakespearean play, but by the time the opportunity presented itself in 1951 he decided it was too late to start.
185Son of Gregory Pearl Peck and wife Bernice Mae Ayres.
186Turned down Yves Montand's role in Let's Make Love (1960) because he didn't want to work with Marilyn Monroe.
187When he was the President of the Academy of Motion Pictures and Science, he tried his hardest to get a full-length animated feature film (most notably the The Jungle Book (1967)) not only nominated for Best Picture Academy Award but actually win the award. He resigned as President in 1970 when other members didn't agree with him about animated films being nominated for the award. Twenty-one years after he resigned Beauty and the Beast (1991) became the first animated film to be nominated for Best Picture although it did not win.
188Only the Valiant (1951) was his least favorite film. He thought the western potboiler was a step backwards after starring in The Gunfighter (1950).
189The financial failure of Cape Fear (1962) ended his company, Melville Productions.
190In 1996, veteran character actor Richard Jaeckel, Peck's costar in The Gunfighter (1950), was diagnosed with cancer, and Jaeckel's wife had Alzheimer's disease. The Jaeckels had lost their Brentwood home, were over $1 million in debt, and Jaeckel was basically homeless. His family tried unsuccessfully to enter him into Woodland Hills Motion Picture and Television Hospital. Peck lobbied for Jaeckel's admittance and he was treated within three days. Jaeckel stayed in the hospital until his passing in June 1997.
191He is listed in the Cal Berkeley Alumni roster as a graduate of the Class of 1942 who studied as an English major and where he acted in plays at the Associated Students sponsored 'Little Theatre' on campus. Incidentally while under the watch of the University's Committee on Music and Drama led by Professor William Popper as chairman, the University's Department of Dramatic Arts was just being established towards the end of his student tenure in 1941.
192After making Arabesque (1966), Peck withdrew from acting for three years in order to concentrate on various humanitarian causes, including the American Cancer Society.
193He did not get along with director Elia Kazan while filming Gentleman's Agreement (1947). Kazan told the press he was very disappointed with Peck's performance and the two men never worked together again.
194Campaigned for Harry S. Truman in the 1948 presidential election.
195He was originally cast in the role played by Robert Taylor in Quo Vadis (1951).
196His few attempts to play a villain were considered unsuccessful, perhaps because the public could not accept Peck as anything other than good. He was considered too young at 38 (the movie was filmed in 1954) to play Captain Ahab in Moby Dick (1956), especially since the character was described in Herman Melville's novel as an old man. Peck admitted he only agreed to play Nazi Dr Josef Mengele in The Boys from Brazil (1978) because he wanted to work with Sir Laurence Olivier. Although the film and his performance were savaged by the critics, Peck remained loyal to it.
197He was a heavy drinker as a young actor in Hollywood. In 1949 he was hospitalized with heart spasms, and while filming David and Bathsheba (1951) he was hospitalized with a suspected heart attack. Though it turned out to be a palpitation brought on by his lifestyle and overwork, he began to drink less thereafter. However, he did not stop smoking for many more years.
198In 1948, amid the anti-Communist hysteria sweeping the country during the McCarthy "Red Scare" era, he was called before a "fact finding committee" set up by the California Legislature to ferret out alleged Communists and their sympathizers in the entertainment industry. He was summoned because of his association with a host of "liberal" organizations and causes, along with several other stars. He gave the committee a list of every organization to which he had contributed money, along with their letterheads, and said that he contributed to them because they were legitimate organizations. He told the committee, "I am not now and never have been associated with any communist organization or supporters of communism. I am not a communist, never was a communist and I have no sympathy with communist activities".
199He was given the role of Ambassador Robert Thorn in The Omen (1976) after Charlton Heston turned it down in order to make Midway (1976).
200In his 80s his frail and thin appearance frequently sparked press rumors of his impending death, particularly when in 2001 he attended Jack Lemmon's funeral with his head bandaged from a recent fall.
201As a board member of Handgun Control Inc. (along with Martin Sheen and Susan Sarandon), Peck was sometimes criticized for his friendship with Charlton Heston, a longtime advocate of gun ownership who served as President of the National Rifle Assocation (NRA) from 1998 to 2003. When questioned by James Brady, Peck said, "We're colleagues rather than friends. We're civil to each other when we meet. I, of course, disagree vehemently with him on gun control.".
202After Peck stormed off the set of The Big Country (1958), director William Wyler said of him: "I wouldn't direct Peck again for a million dollars and you can quote me on that.".
203Appeared on President Richard Nixon's infamous "List of Enemies" in 1972.
204During the Vietnam War Peck was a vocal supporter of teenagers who dodged the draft, calling them "patriots" and "heroes" and saying that burning their draft cards was part of their civic duty. He produced an anti-war film, The Trial of the Catonsville Nine (1972) using his own money in order to provoke more opposition to the conflict.
205In 1946 he met and befriended Gary Cooper, with whom he was often compared in terms of looks and acting style.
206Advertised Chesterfield cigarettes.
207He was an active supporter of AIDS fund raising.
208He was a close friend of Jane Fonda, and frequently attended political rallies with her.
209In 1987 he joined Burt Lancaster, Martin Sheen and Lloyd Bridges in narrating a TV commercial for the People for the American Way, opposing the confirmation of President Ronald Reagan's nominee to the Supreme Court, ultra-conservative judge Robert Bork. Bork, who came under intense criticism in part because of his past vociferous opposition to civil rights laws, ultimately failed to be confirmed by the Senate.
210He was a close friend of Michael Jackson for the last 25 years of his life, and often went horse riding with the singer at his Neverland Ranch. During the Jordie Chandler scandal in 1993, Peck wrote a letter defending Jackson. He also gave a glowing video tribute to Jackson at his 30th Anniversary concert in New York in 2001.
211In 1999 he supported the decision to give Elia Kazan an honorary Oscar for lifetime achievement, saying he believed that a man's work should be separate from his life.
212Turned down Gary Cooper's Oscar-winning role as Marshal Will Kane in High Noon (1952) because he felt the story was too similar to his The Gunfighter (1950). When the film proved to be a huge success Peck admitted he had made a mistake, though he said he didn't believe he could have played the character as well as Cooper.
213Broke his ankle in three places in a fall from a horse while filming Yellow Sky (1948).
214In 1947, at the beginning of the anti-communist investigations in Hollywood, Peck signed a letter deploring the witch hunts despite being warned his signature could hurt his career.
215He was a vocal opponent of the Vietnam War, while remaining supportive of his son who was serving there.
216In the 1950s, the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum near Tucson, AZ, named one of their male javalinas "Gregory Peckory" in his honor; incidentally, their female was named "Olivia de Javalina" to honor actress Olivia de Havilland.
217He had always wanted to do a Walt Disney movie.
218Mourners for the public service held after his burial held huge black-and-white portraits of Peck as they approached the Cathedral, designed by artist/sculptor Robert Graham, husband of Anjelica Huston. Church officials estimated that almost 3,000 people attended. Seats were reserved for Peck's friends, a sizable number of whom were celebrities - they were instructed to whisper the secret password "Atticus" to the red-coated ushers who escorted them to the reserved section - Harry Belafonte, Anjelica Huston, Michael York, Louise Fletcher, Tony Danza, Piper Laurie, Harrison Ford, Calista Flockhart. Michael Jackson, wearing a red jacket, caused a stir when he arrived 20 minutes late. Decked out in a bright blue suit and clutching a program with Peck's picture on it was his first wife Greta, looking hale and hearty at 92. Roger Mahony, Archbishop of Los Angeles, presided over the service. The program included bible readings by Peck's children Carey, Cecilia and Tony. Mahoney said, "He lived his life authentically, as God called and willed him and placed him in his room, with gifts and talents." Brock Peters, who played the black man defended by Peck's character Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird (1962), delivered the eulogy. The film spawned a close friendship between the two stars that lasted more than 40 years. "In art there is compassion," said Peters, "in compassion there is humanity, with humanity there is generosity and love. Gregory Peck gave us these attributes in full measure." The crowd visibly warmed to a videotape performance of Peck featuring a lecture he gave several years before. He said he hoped to be remembered first as a good husband, father and grandfather. Then, with quiet strength and unforgettable presence, he added: "I'd like to be thought of as a good storyteller".
219In 1997, as a presenter at the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) awards ceremony, he said, "It just seems silly to me that something so right and simple has to be fought for at all."
220Once owned a thoroughbred named "Different Class," who was the favorite in the 1968 Grand National Steeplechase in the UK - but finished 3rd.
221Cited that his favorite leading ladies were Audrey Hepburn, Ingrid Bergman, and Ava Gardner.
222His performance as Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) is ranked #13 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time.
223Was Warner Bros. original choice to play Grandpa Joe in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005). He was offered the role and seriously considered it but passed away before he could give them an answer.
224He was awarded the American National Medal of the Arts in 1998 by the National Endowment of the Arts in Washington D.C.
225Father-in-law of Daniel Voll.
226Studied acting with Michael Chekhov
227In the spring of 1939, Peck skipped graduation at the University of California at Berkeley and, with $160 and a letter of introduction in his pocket, went by train to New York, traveling coach, to embark on his acting career.
228He and The Big Country (1958) co-star Charlton Heston both played the infamous Nazi war criminal Dr. Josef Mengele: Peck in The Boys from Brazil (1978), Heston in Rua Alguem 5555: My Father (2003).
229In late November of 2005, thieves stole Peck's "Hollywood Walk of Fame" star using a cement saw to cut the bronze-and-terrazzo marker out of the sidewalk. In a simple ceremony, a new star honoring the late actor was unveiled on December 1st to replace the stolen one. Hollywood's honorary mayor Johnny Grant lifted a covering and announced, "Ladies and gentlemen, we proudly welcome back to the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Gregory Peck." Peck's star was the fourth to be stolen since the Walk of Fame was inaugurated. James Stewart's and Kirk Douglas' stars disappeared some years ago after being removed for construction and were later recovered by police in the nearby city of South Gate. Gene Autry's star also vanished during a construction project. A call saying it had been found in Iowa proved to be a false alarm.
230Named the #12 greatest actor on The 50 Greatest Screen Legends list by the American Film Institute
231He was voted the 27th Greatest Movie Star of all time by Premiere Magazine.
232Attended San Diego High School.
233He was voted the 58th Greatest Movie Star of all time by Entertainment Weekly.
234While studying at UC Berkeley, Peck was a houseboy for the school's chapter of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority.
235According to at least one biography, he took his role in The Omen (1976) at a huge cut in salary (a mere $250,000) but was guaranteed 10% of the film's box office take. It went on to gross more than $60 million in the U.S. alone, and became the film for which he earned the most money in his career.
236When he arrived in Italy to shoot Roman Holiday (1953), Gregory was privately depressed about his recent separation and imminent divorce from his first wife, Greta. However, during the shoot, he met and fell in love with a French woman named Veronique Peck. After his divorce, he married Passani and they remained together for the rest of his life. So, in a way, he lived out his own "movie romance".
237Son, Stephen did a tour in Vietnam with the Marine Corps. Peck was proud of his son's military service even though he disagreed with the war itself.
238Inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in 1979.
239A back injury incurred in college kept him out of the services in World War II.
240Was the first native Californian to win an Academy Award for Best Actor.
241Brock Peters delivered his eulogy on the day of his funeral and burial, June 16, 2003. In To Kill a Mockingbird (1962), Peters played Tom Robinson, the black man accused of raping a white girl that Atticus Finch (Peck's character) defended in court.
242During his lean salad days, he supported himself as a Radio City Music Hall tour guide and as a catalog model for Montgomery Ward.
243Along with Dorothy McGuire, Mel Ferrer and David O. Selznick, he co-founded the La Jolla Playhouse, located in his hometown, and produced many of the classics there. Due to film commitments, he could not return to Broadway but whet his appetite for live theater on occasion at the Playhouse, keeping it firmly established with a strong, reputable name over the years.
244His character from To Kill a Mockingbird (1962), Atticus Finch, was voted the greatest screen hero of all time by the American Film Institute in May 2003, only two weeks before his death (beating out Indiana Jones, who was placed second, and James Bond who came third).
245Marched with Martin Luther King.
246Seriously considered challenging then California Governor Ronald Reagan's re-election campaign in 1970 but decided against it at the last minute despite state and national pressure from the Democrat Party of California and The Democratic National Committee.
247His ancestry included Irish, English, some German, and distant Welsh. His paternal grandparents were Samuel Peck and Catherine Ashe, and his maternal grandparents were John Daggett Ayers and Katherine Elizabeth Forse. His paternal grandmother was an immigrant from County Kerry, Ireland. She was a relative of Thomas Ashe, an Irish patriot who fought in the Easter Rising in 1916 and died on hunger strike the following year. Many of Gregory's other ancestors were from families that had lived in New England since the 1600s.
248Chosen by producer Darryl F. Zanuck for the epic film David and Bathsheba (1951) because Zanuck thought Peck had a "biblical face".
249Was president of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences from 1967-1970. He made the decision to postpone the 1968 Oscar ceremony after Martin Luther King's assassination.
250Honorary chair, Los Angeles Library Foundation.
251Was in the original version of Cape Fear (1962) in 1962, playing Sam Bowden. He was later brought back for a part in another version of Cape Fear (1991), playing Max Cady's attorney.
252He took in former co-star Ava Gardner's housekeeper and dog after her death in 1990.
253Stating he was worried about the 600,000 jobs hanging on the survival of the Chrysler Corporation, he volunteered to become an unpaid TV pitchman for the company in 1980.
254(1967-1969) Chairman, American Film Institute. He was the first Chairman of the AFI.
255(1964-1966) Charter Member, National Council on the Arts.
256National Chairman, American Cancer Society.
257(1968-1974) Charter Member, National Council on the Arts.
258Recipient, Presidential Medal of Freedom, nation's highest civilian award, awarded by Lyndon Johnson.
259Chairman, Motion Picture & Television Relief Fund.
260Oldest son, Jon, committed suicide by gunshot.
261Children with Veronique Peck: Tony Peck (b. 1956) and Cecilia Peck (b. 1958).
262Children, with Greta Kukkonen: Jonathan Peck (b. 1944 - d. 1975), Stephen Peck (b. 1946) and Carey Paul Peck (b. 1949).
263Of his own movies, To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) is Peck's favourite.
264U.C. Berkeley graduate (BA '39), oarsman on Cal's JV crew.
265His earliest movie memory is of being so scared by The Phantom of the Opera (1925) at age 9 that his grandmother allowed him to sleep in the bed with her that night.

#Quote
1People identify the Stanislavsky method with a group of actors who are physically unlike me - Marlon Brando, James Dean, nowadays Al Pacino, Robert De Niro. That doesn't mean a tall, lanky California actor can't use it. I do and always have.
2[on The Yearling (1946) in a 1967 interview] It was much too lushly done... The boy cried too much.
3(In 1984 Peck claimed to have been misquoted in a 1967 interview in which he said Elia Kazan was the wrong director for Gentleman's Agreement (1947).) That's a misunderstanding. I don't think there could have been a better director for the film." What I meant was that he and I didn't have a rapport; emotionally, we were not on the same wave length. I don't think that I did my best work for him. If I worked with him now - as a mature man - I think I would give him everything he would want.
4When I'm wrongly cast, or in a poor script, I sink with the ship.
5(On Mackenna's Gold (1969) and Marooned (1969)] They weren't very good, but they were the best that was offered. I did not do them only for the money. I knew they weren;t worth much when I read the scripts. But as soon as I started working on them, damned if I didn't start believing in them. It just goes to prove you can't be an actor and Pauline Kael at the same time.
6[on preferring his middle name to his first name] There's no nickname for Eldred.
7I can honestly say that in twenty years of making movies I never had a part that came close to being the real me until Atticus Finch.
8[on James Cagney] Now, you take a great cinema actor, in my opinion, James Cagney. He went very far. He was very theatrical, very intense, and yet always believable. He riveted the audience's attention. His acting advice was, "Believe what you say -- say what you believe." And that says it, really.
9I enjoy practicing my craft as well as I possibly can. I enjoy the work for its own sake.
10One good thing about the bad movies is that people don't remember them. Nobody ever comes up to me and says, 'I hated you in I Walk the Line (1970)!'.
11[on Frank Sinatra] Undeniably the title holder in the soft-touch department.
12[2000] Do I think there's a glamorous male actor today? No way.
13[on what he thought about stars being paid $30 million per movie] I was born too soon!
14Marilyn Monroe may have been a bit of an extreme example, but she was given the best stories to suit her talents, she was stroked and cared for and treasured and treated like a little princess, treated as a valuable, talented person. What it was that led her to drink and take pills, I don't know. I don't think anyone can put it all together, but it's too easy to say that Hollywood wrung her out and exhausted her, strained her nerves and destroyed her. I think she'd have gone to pieces even sooner without the adulation and the care she received at the hands of her directors and producers and the big studios.
15[on Robert Mitchum] I had given him the role and had paid him a terrific amount of money. It was obvious he had the better role. I thought he would understand that, but he apparently thought he acted me off the screen. I didn't think highly of him for that.
16[in 1965] There are times when I could cheerfully walk out on the whole goddamn setup. I don't have to make pictures any more. When I first came out here to work from the New York stage, I was carved up in all directions, a dumb actor tied to a slew of contractual clauses. Today I'm my own man - free, off the hook. This is a collective business, I know. But now it's up to me to decide the stories we use and the kind of picture in which I'm prepared to get involved. I'm no longer the dumb and trusting ham being shuttled from picture to picture at someone else's whim. I'm a company boss who has to make big decisions right or wrong, responsible only to myself in the long run. For years we actors have been fighting for our so-called artistic freedom. We wanted to get rid of the moguls and their accountants. We damned the studio shylocks for their materialism and lack of taste. Now, most of us are on our own. So what happens? This morning I had to call my office and scrap a production on which people had been working for months . . . I decided it would be best to chuck it in rather than risk making a bad picture. All night I've been pacing up and down the house trying to make the right decision. I tell you there are times when I wish Hollywood actors had retained the status of bums and gypsies and left the planning to others. Right now, I'm tempted to say, "The hell with all of it". The picture has changed, my friend. The old omnipotent caliphs are dying fast. Television plus the weight of years has weakened the survivors. It will need energy and a fresh executive approach to redirect the creative drive, re-channel the talent. The monopolies of the studios have been broken. The anti-trust laws have severed their distribution outlets. The shackling of actors to loaded long-term contracts is virtually a thing of the past. In effect, I have complete control over what I do. A year of two back this was considered some kind of victory of art over tyranny. Now I'm not so sure. I'm a free soul, you remember. Before I became an actor, I wanted to be a writer. Freedom of mind and action is important to me. Right now I'd like to take off for Mexico and fish for a while and swim and read books without wondering whether they would make a good picture. Now I'll have to follow another production through from the drawing board to the cutting room. And then go out on the road and sell it with personal appearances. It can be stimulating. A challenge, as they say at Chasens. But there are times when actors like myself find themselves wishing we could resurrect Irving Thalberg and pass the ball to him or people like him. The town's wide open for any operator with the ability to finance, package and sell motion pictures.
17Every script I'm offered has Cary Grant's paw prints on it.
18I realize now how very short life is, because I've got to be considered to be in the home stretch. But I won't waste time on recriminations and regrets. And the same goes for my shortcomings and my own failures.
19[1987] I would give up everything I do and everything I have if I could make a significant difference in getting the nuclear arms race reversed. It is the number-one priority in my life. My work was the main thing in my life for a long time; now I'm beginning to think a little more about what the future will hold and what kind of world my kids will live in.
20That's why those fellas were so magnificent playing the same part, because they'd played it forty times. That's why John Wayne finally became a good actor in True Grit (1969) - he's got 150 of them behind him. Now he's developed a saltiness and an earthiness and a humor and a subtlety that comes from mining that same vein over and over again.
21[1956] Of the movies I've done, there isn't much I really like. The Gunfighter (1950), Roman Holiday (1953), Twelve O'Clock High (1949) I feel were my best.
22I've had my ups and downs. There have been times when I wanted to quit. Times when I hit the bottle. Marital problems. I've touched most of the bases.
23[on The Boys from Brazil (1978)] I felt, Laurence Olivier felt, friends of mine like Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon felt, that I was good in this part. Some critics seem unwilling to accept actors when they break what they think is the mold or the image.
24[on Gentleman's Agreement (1947)] We felt we were brave pioneers exploring anti-Semitism in the United States - today, it seems a little dated.
25[on meeting Pope John Paul II at the White House in 1978] He impressed me more than any other man I've ever met, and I've met a lot. My wife and I happened to be seated on one of the aisles, and the Pope came right down and he saw me and smiled. The smile was genuine, not a politician smile, the practiced smile. He shook hands with me and went on. And then [US President Jimmy Carter] said, "Hello, Gregory, what are you doing here?" and I said, "Well, Mr. President, you invited me". He said, "Just a minute"--and damned if he didn't run after the Pope, grabbing him by the arm and pulled him back. He said, "Your Excellency, this is one of our best-known, most beloved American film actors". And he looked at me, ah! There was a glimmer as if somehow he must have seen me in a movie. His eyes widened and he took me in his arms. And he sort of grabbed me by the elbow and said, "God bless you, Gregory. God bless you in your mission". And he went on.
26Faith is a force, a powerful force. To me, it's been like an anchor to windward - something that's seen me through troubled times and some personal tragedies and also through the good times and success and the happy times.
27[1987] Robert Bork wants to be a Supreme Court justice. But the record shows he has a strange idea of what justice is. He defended poll taxes and literacy tests, which kept many Americans from voting. He opposed the civil rights law that ended "whites only" signs at lunch counters. He doesn't believe the Constitution protects your privacy. Please urge your senators to vote against the Bork nomination. Because, if Robert Bork wins a seat on the Supreme Court, it will be for life. His life . . . and yours.
28[when asked what he thought about the John Holmes porn trial] You know, someone once asked me that and I said the day that Laurence Olivier drops his pants on the screen is the day that I will support adult actors, and then I saw the movie The Betsy (1978).
29I 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. I think the Church should open up.
30You have to dream, you have to have a vision, and you have to set a goal for yourself that might even scare you a little because sometimes that seems far beyond your reach. Then I think you have to develop a kind of resistance to rejection, and to the disappointments that are sure to come your way.
31I don't lecture and I don't grind any axes. I just want to entertain.
32I'm not a do-gooder. It embarrassed me to be classified as a humanitarian. I simply take part in activities that I believe in.
33[on gay rights] It just seems silly to me that something so right and simple has to be fought for at all.
34Gregory Peck is the hottest thing in town. Some say he is a second Gary Cooper. Actually, he is the first Gregory Peck.
35I just do things I really enjoy. I enjoy acting. When I'm driving to the studio, I sing in the car. I love my work and my wife and my kids and my friends. And I think, "You're a lucky man, Gregory Peck, a damn lucky man."
36They say the bad guys are more interesting to play but there is more to it than that - playing the good guys is more challenging because it's harder to make them interesting.
37[on his 1962 Oscar-winning role in To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)] I put everything I had into it - all my feelings and everything I'd learned in 46 years of living, about family life and fathers and children. And my feelings about racial justice and inequality and opportunity.
38[when he discovered that his second wife, French journalist Veronique Peck, had passed up an opportunity to interview Albert Schweitzer at a lunch hosted by Jean-Paul Sartre in order to go out on a date with Peck] You made the right choice, kiddo!
39People identify the Stanislavsky method with a group of actors who are physically unlike me - Marlon Brando, James Dean, nowadays Al Pacino, Robert De Niro. That doesn't mean a tall, lanky California actor can't use it. I do and always have.
40[on The Yearling (1946) in a 1967 interview] It was much too lushly done... The boy cried too much.
41(In 1984 Peck claimed to have been misquoted in a 1967 interview in which he said Elia Kazan was the wrong director for Gentleman's Agreement (1947).) That's a misunderstanding. I don't think there could have been a better director for the film." What I meant was that he and I didn't have a rapport; emotionally, we were not on the same wave length. I don't think that I did my best work for him. If I worked with him now - as a mature man - I think I would give him everything he would want.
42When I'm wrongly cast, or in a poor script, I sink with the ship.
43(On Mackenna's Gold (1969) and Marooned (1969)] They weren't very good, but they were the best that was offered. I did not do them only for the money. I knew they weren;t worth much when I read the scripts. But as soon as I started working on them, damned if I didn't start believing in them. It just goes to prove you can't be an actor and Pauline Kael at the same time.
44[on preferring his middle name to his first name] There's no nickname for Eldred.
45I can honestly say that in twenty years of making movies I never had a part that came close to being the real me until Atticus Finch.
46[on James Cagney] Now, you take a great cinema actor, in my opinion, James Cagney. He went very far. He was very theatrical, very intense, and yet always believable. He riveted the audience's attention. His acting advice was, "Believe what you say -- say what you believe." And that says it, really.
47I enjoy practicing my craft as well as I possibly can. I enjoy the work for its own sake.
48One good thing about the bad movies is that people don't remember them. Nobody ever comes up to me and says, 'I hated you in I Walk the Line (1970)!'.
49[on Frank Sinatra] Undeniably the title holder in the soft-touch department.
50[2000] Do I think there's a glamorous male actor today? No way.
51[on what he thought about stars being paid $30 million per movie] I was born too soon!
52Marilyn Monroe may have been a bit of an extreme example, but she was given the best stories to suit her talents, she was stroked and cared for and treasured and treated like a little princess, treated as a valuable, talented person. What it was that led her to drink and take pills, I don't know. I don't think anyone can put it all together, but it's too easy to say that Hollywood wrung her out and exhausted her, strained her nerves and destroyed her. I think she'd have gone to pieces even sooner without the adulation and the care she received at the hands of her directors and producers and the big studios.
53[on Robert Mitchum] I had given him the role and had paid him a terrific amount of money. It was obvious he had the better role. I thought he would understand that, but he apparently thought he acted me off the screen. I didn't think highly of him for that.
54[in 1965] There are times when I could cheerfully walk out on the whole goddamn setup. I don't have to make pictures any more. When I first came out here to work from the New York stage, I was carved up in all directions, a dumb actor tied to a slew of contractual clauses. Today I'm my own man - free, off the hook. This is a collective business, I know. But now it's up to me to decide the stories we use and the kind of picture in which I'm prepared to get involved. I'm no longer the dumb and trusting ham being shuttled from picture to picture at someone else's whim. I'm a company boss who has to make big decisions right or wrong, responsible only to myself in the long run. For years we actors have been fighting for our so-called artistic freedom. We wanted to get rid of the moguls and their accountants. We damned the studio shylocks for their materialism and lack of taste. Now, most of us are on our own. So what happens? This morning I had to call my office and scrap a production on which people had been working for months . . . I decided it would be best to chuck it in rather than risk making a bad picture. All night I've been pacing up and down the house trying to make the right decision. I tell you there are times when I wish Hollywood actors had retained the status of bums and gypsies and left the planning to others. Right now, I'm tempted to say, "The hell with all of it". The picture has changed, my friend. The old omnipotent caliphs are dying fast. Television plus the weight of years has weakened the survivors. It will need energy and a fresh executive approach to redirect the creative drive, re-channel the talent. The monopolies of the studios have been broken. The anti-trust laws have severed their distribution outlets. The shackling of actors to loaded long-term contracts is virtually a thing of the past. In effect, I have complete control over what I do. A year of two back this was considered some kind of victory of art over tyranny. Now I'm not so sure. I'm a free soul, you remember. Before I became an actor, I wanted to be a writer. Freedom of mind and action is important to me. Right now I'd like to take off for Mexico and fish for a while and swim and read books without wondering whether they would make a good picture. Now I'll have to follow another production through from the drawing board to the cutting room. And then go out on the road and sell it with personal appearances. It can be stimulating. A challenge, as they say at Chasens. But there are times when actors like myself find themselves wishing we could resurrect Irving Thalberg and pass the ball to him or people like him. The town's wide open for any operator with the ability to finance, package and sell motion pictures.
55Every script I'm offered has Cary Grant's paw prints on it.
56I realize now how very short life is, because I've got to be considered to be in the home stretch. But I won't waste time on recriminations and regrets. And the same goes for my shortcomings and my own failures.
57[1987] I would give up everything I do and everything I have if I could make a significant difference in getting the nuclear arms race reversed. It is the number-one priority in my life. My work was the main thing in my life for a long time; now I'm beginning to think a little more about what the future will hold and what kind of world my kids will live in.
58That's why those fellas were so magnificent playing the same part, because they'd played it forty times. That's why John Wayne finally became a good actor in True Grit (1969) - he's got 150 of them behind him. Now he's developed a saltiness and an earthiness and a humor and a subtlety that comes from mining that same vein over and over again.
59[1956] Of the movies I've done, there isn't much I really like. The Gunfighter (1950), Roman Holiday (1953), Twelve O'Clock High (1949) I feel were my best.
60I've had my ups and downs. There have been times when I wanted to quit. Times when I hit the bottle. Marital problems. I've touched most of the bases.
61[on The Boys from Brazil (1978)] I felt, Laurence Olivier felt, friends of mine like Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon felt, that I was good in this part. Some critics seem unwilling to accept actors when they break what they think is the mold or the image.
62[on Gentleman's Agreement (1947)] We felt we were brave pioneers exploring anti-Semitism in the United States - today, it seems a little dated.
63[on meeting Pope John Paul II at the White House in 1978] He impressed me more than any other man I've ever met, and I've met a lot. My wife and I happened to be seated on one of the aisles, and the Pope came right down and he saw me and smiled. The smile was genuine, not a politician smile, the practiced smile. He shook hands with me and went on. And then [US President Jimmy Carter] said, "Hello, Gregory, what are you doing here?" and I said, "Well, Mr. President, you invited me". He said, "Just a minute"--and damned if he didn't run after the Pope, grabbing him by the arm and pulled him back. He said, "Your Excellency, this is one of our best-known, most beloved American film actors". And he looked at me, ah! There was a glimmer as if somehow he must have seen me in a movie. His eyes widened and he took me in his arms. And he sort of grabbed me by the elbow and said, "God bless you, Gregory. God bless you in your mission". And he went on.
64Faith is a force, a powerful force. To me, it's been like an anchor to windward - something that's seen me through troubled times and some personal tragedies and also through the good times and success and the happy times.
65[1987] Robert Bork wants to be a Supreme Court justice. But the record shows he has a strange idea of what justice is. He defended poll taxes and literacy tests, which kept many Americans from voting. He opposed the civil rights law that ended "whites only" signs at lunch counters. He doesn't believe the Constitution protects your privacy. Please urge your senators to vote against the Bork nomination. Because, if Robert Bork wins a seat on the Supreme Court, it will be for life. His life . . . and yours.
66[when asked what he thought about the John Holmes porn trial] You know, someone once asked me that and I said the day that Laurence Olivier drops his pants on the screen is the day that I will support adult actors, and then I saw the movie The Betsy (1978).
67I 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. I think the Church should open up.
68You have to dream, you have to have a vision, and you have to set a goal for yourself that might even scare you a little because sometimes that seems far beyond your reach. Then I think you have to develop a kind of resistance to rejection, and to the disappointments that are sure to come your way.
69I don't lecture and I don't grind any axes. I just want to entertain.
70I'm not a do-gooder. It embarrassed me to be classified as a humanitarian. I simply take part in activities that I believe in.
71[on gay rights] It just seems silly to me that something so right and simple has to be fought for at all.
72Gregory Peck is the hottest thing in town. Some say he is a second Gary Cooper. Actually, he is the first Gregory Peck.
73I just do things I really enjoy. I enjoy acting. When I'm driving to the studio, I sing in the car. I love my work and my wife and my kids and my friends. And I think, "You're a lucky man, Gregory Peck, a damn lucky man."
74They say the bad guys are more interesting to play but there is more to it than that - playing the good guys is more challenging because it's harder to make them interesting.
75[on his 1962 Oscar-winning role in To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)] I put everything I had into it - all my feelings and everything I'd learned in 46 years of living, about family life and fathers and children. And my feelings about racial justice and inequality and opportunity.
76[when he discovered that his second wife, French journalist Veronique Peck, had passed up an opportunity to interview Albert Schweitzer at a lunch hosted by Jean-Paul Sartre in order to go out on a date with Peck] You made the right choice, kiddo!

#Trademark
1Often plays leaders or authority figures
2Imposing stature
3Films often reflected his liberal political views
4Distinctive low-pitched voice
5Almost always played courageous, nobly heroic good guys who saw injustice and fought it.
6Often plays leaders or authority figures
7Imposing stature
8Films often reflected his liberal political views
9Distinctive low-pitched voice
10Almost always played courageous, nobly heroic good guys who saw injustice and fought it.

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