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RIP Gregory Peck

Discussion in 'Channel Zero' started by Ski Mask, Jun 12, 2003.

  1. Ski Mask

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    damn. atticus finch is dead. I'm buying a copy of to kill a mockingbird on my way home. rip.
     
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  4. suburbian bum

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    I watched that movie and read the book in 9th grade. I have to say it was pretty good but I didnt feel it was outstanding. He was a good actor though.
    RIP
     
  5. Jackson

    Jackson Veteran Member

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    Everything you could want to know... RIP

    from imdb.com:

    Biography for
    Gregory Peck
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    Page 11 of 18

    Birth name
    Eldred Gregory Peck
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    Height
    6' 3"
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    Mini biography

    Peck was born in La Jolla, California. His father was a druggist in San Diego. His parents divorced when he was 5. An only child, he was sent to live with his grandmother. He never felt he had a stable childhood. His fond memories are of his grandmother taking him to the movies every week and of his dog which followed him everywhere. He studied pre-med at Berkeley and, while there, Peck got the acting bug and decided to change the focus of his studies. He enrolled in the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York and debuted on Broadway after graduation. His debut was in Emlyn Williams' stage play "The Morning Star" (1942). By 1943, he was in Hollywood where he debuted in the RKO film Days of Glory (1944).
    Stardom came with his next film, Keys of the Kingdom, The (1944) for which he was nominated for an Academy Award. Peck's screen presence displayed the qualities for which he became well known. He was tall, rugged, heroic, with a basic decency that transcended his roles. He appeared in Hitchcock's Spellbound (1945) as the amnesia victim accused of murder. In Yearling, The (1946), Peck was again nominated for the Academy Award and won the Golden Globe. Peck appeared in Westerns such as Duel in the Sun (1946), Yellow Sky (1948) and Gunfighter, The (1950). He was nominated again for the Academy Award with his roles in Gentleman's Agreement (1947), a story of discrimination and Twelve O'Clock High (1949), a story of high level stress at bomber command.
    With a string of hits behind him, Peck soon took the decision to only work in films that interested him. He continued to appear as the heroic figures in larger than life films such as Captain Horatio Hornblower (1951) and Moby Dick (1956). He worked with Audrey Hepburn in her debut film Roman Holiday (1953). After four nominations, Peck finally won the Oscar for his performance as Lawyer Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird (1962). In the early 60s he appeared in two dark films Cape Fear (1962) and Captain Newman, M.D. (1963), which dealt with the way people live. After that, he appear in only a handful of average movies for the rest of the decade.
    In the early 70s, he produced two movies Trial of the Catonsville Nine, The (1972) and Dove, The (1974), while his film career waned. He made a comeback playing the wooden Robert Thorn in the horror film Omen, The (1976). After that, he returned to the bigger than life roles as MacArthur (1977) and the evil Doctor Mengele in Boys from Brazil, The (1978). In the 80s, Peck moved into Television with the mini series "Blue and the Gray, The" (1982) (mini) and the movie Scarlet and the Black, The (1983) (TV). In 1991, he appeared in the remake of his 1962 film, playing a different part, in Cape Fear (1991). He was also cast as the liberal owner of a wire and cable business in Other People's Money (1991).
    In 1967, Peck received the Academy's Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. He has also been awarded the Medal of Freedom. Always politically liberal, Peck has been active in causes dealing with charities, politics or the film industry.
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    IMDb mini-biography by
    Tony Fontana <[email protected]>
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    Spouse
    Veronique Passani (31 December 1955 - present)
    Greta Rice (1942 - 1955) (divorced)
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    Trivia

    Peck's earliest movie memory is of being so scared by Phantom of the Opera, The (1925) at age 9 that his grandmother allowed him to sleep in the bed with her that night.

    U.C. Berkeley graduate (BA '39) Oarsman on Cal's JV crew team.

    Of his own movies, To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) is Peck's favourite.

    Children, with Rice, Jonathan (b. 1944 - d. 1975) Stephen (b. 1945) Carey (b. 1949)

    Children, with Passani, Tony Peck (b. 1956), 'Cecilia Peck' (b. 1958)

    Recipient - Screen Actor's Award (from the Screen Actor's Guild, for his "outstanding achievement in fostering the finest ideals in the acting profession Recipient - American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award [1989]

    Oldest son, Jon, committed suicide by gunshot [1975]

    Chairman - Motion Picture & Television Relief Fund [1971]

    Recipient - Presidential Medal of Freedom, Nation's Highest Civilian Award, awarded by Lyndon Johnson [1969]

    Charter Member - National Council on the Arts [1968-1974]

    President - Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences [1967]

    Special Academy Award - Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award [1967]

    National Chairman - American Cancer Society [1966]

    Charter Member - National Council on the Arts [1964-1966]

    - Chairman - American Film Institute. He was the first Chairman of the AFI. [1967-1969]

    Claiming 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.

    He took in former co-star Ava Gardner's housekeeper and dog after her death in 1990.

    Was in the original version of Cape Fear in 1962 playing Sam Bowden. He was later brought back for a part in the 1991 version playing Cady's Attorney.

    Honorary chair, Los Angeles Library Foundation (his main interest these days). [1995]

    Was President of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences during the late 1960s, and he was the one who decided to postpone the 1968 Oscar ceremony after Martin Luther King's assassination.

    Chosen by producer Darryl Zanuck for the epic film David and Bathsheba (1951) because Zanuck thought Peck had a "biblical face."

    Paternal grandmother hailed from County Kerry, Ireland.
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    Personal quotes

    "You made the right choice kiddo!" - Peck's tongue-in-cheek response when he discovered that his second wife, the French Journalist Veronique Passani, 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.
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    Salary
    Purple Plain, The (1954) $250,000
    Million Pound Note, The (1953) $250,000
    Only the Valiant (1951) $60,000
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    Biography from Leonard Maltin's Movie Encyclopedia:

    Whether or not it's something he deliberately cultivated, Gregory Peck has attained in his screen persona an almost spiritual nobility, rooted in his earnest, sober portrayals of earnest, sober men. The quiet strength and dignity with which the tall, exceedingly handsome Peck invests many of his characters has made his occasional forays into villainy-and comedyall the more surprising, and effective.
    Although he once planned on being a doctor, and even studied medicine at the University of California at Berkeley, Peck was lured to the stage as a young man, leaving his native California for an uncertain existence as an actor in New York. His 1942 Broadway debut, in "The Morning Star," was very well received, and after spending another year or so on stage he returned to California, this time to appear in RKO's Days of Glory (1944), playing a Russian partisan fighting the Nazis. But it was his next role, as a Roman Catholic priest in Keys of the Kingdom (also 1944) that really launched him to stardom, and earned him his first Academy Award nomination. High-profile parts followed: a mentally disturbed patient of psychiatrist Ingrid Bergman in Hitchcock's Spellbound (1945), an understanding father in The Yearling (1946, again nominated for an Oscar), and the lusty Lewt McCanles in David O. Selznick's Duel in the Sun (also 1946), a patently ridiculous, overheated Western.
    After completing the excellent (and underrated) adaptation of Hemingway's The Macomber Affair Peck took on a daring role, that of the courageous reporter un covering anti-Semitism in Elia Kazan's Gentleman's Agreement (both 1947), snagging his third Oscar nomination for this multi-award-winning film. He played a lawyer in love with his dangerous client in The Paradine Case (1948, for Hitchcock), an Air Corps colonel on the verge of a crackup in Twelve O'Clock High (1949, earning yet another Oscar nod for this first-rate film), a weary, fatalistic hired killer in The Gunfighter (1950, one of his finest roles, and one for which he should have gotten Oscar recognition), the title role in Captain Horatio Hornblower the Hebrew monarch in David and Bathsheba (both 1951), a Hemingway protagonist in The Snows of Kilimanjaro (1952), a reporter in love in the charming Roman Holiday (1953), and a disaffected ad executive in the quintessentially 1950s drama of Madison Avenue angst, The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit (1956), among others.
    Peck's robust performance as the tormented Captain Ahab in Moby Dick (1956) brought to the fore a quality previously hinted at in Spellbound and Twelve O'Clock High that of a strong-willed man driven to madness by internal demons. He went on to star in the delightful comedy Designing Woman (1957, opposite Lauren Bacall), The Big Country, The Bravados (both 1958), Pork Chop Hill (a pet project which he also produced), Beloved Infidel (as F. Scott Fitzgerald), On the Beach (all 1959), The Guns of Navarone (1961), and Cape Fear (1962), which he produced, and in which he allowed Robert Mitchum to take the flashier, more memorable part. That same year he produced and starred in the film for which he is most celebrated, To Kill a Mockingbird in which he plays a lawyer who defends a black man against a rape charge in the South. He won his only Oscar for his moving portrayal of Atticus Finch, the hero of Harper Lee's best-selling novel.
    Peck's subsequent films include How the West Was Won (1962), Captain Newman, M.D (1963), Behold a Pale Horse (1964), Mirage (1965, a Hitchcockian thriller in which he plays an amnesiac), Arabesque (1966, an espionage drama teaming him with Sophia Loren), The Stalking Moon (1968), Mackenna's Gold, The Chairman, Marooned (all 1969), I Walk the Line (1970), Shootout (1971), Billy Two Hats (1974), The Omen (1976, a hit horror film), MacArthur (1977, in the title role as the famed general), The Boys From Brazil (1978, badly cast as Nazi scientist Josef Mengele in this silly thriller), and The Sea Wolves (1980).
    Peck found little to attract him in the 1980s. However, having been described more than once as Lincolnesque, he finally got the chance to play the Great Emancipator in the TV miniseries "The Blue and the Gray" (1982). He took a supporting role as the president of the United States in the innocuous fable Amazing Grace and Chuck (1987), and then replaced an ailing Burt Lancaster in the plum role of curmudgeonly Ambrose Bierce, would-be romantic, in Old Gringo (1989); it was one of his best latter-day performances. He petitioned filmmaker Norman Jewison to cast him in the tailormade part of a principled factory owner in Other People's Money (1991, which was perhaps too tailor-made-too pat), and took an amusing cameo as a Southern lawyer in Martin Scorsese's remake of Cape Fear (1991). In 1993 he produced a made-for-TV adaptation of an offBroadway play that offered ideal parts for himself, Lauren Bacall, and daughter Cecilia Peck: The Portrait His son Tony Peck has also begun to carve a reputation for himself as a young leading man.
    Very much an activist, Peck supports many charitable and political causes. He has been a chairman of the American Cancer Society and of the American Film Institute, and served as president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences from 1967 to 1970. In 1989 he received the AFI's Life Achievement Award.
     
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