Gregory Peck

Actor, Producer, Barker
As an actor who conveyed moral certitude and unwavering strength, Gregory Peck became the unofficial conscience of postwar Hollywood, turning in several iconic performances in some of cinema's most important films. Peck ... Read more »
Born: 04/05/1916 in La Jolla, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (128)

Angie Dickinson: Tinseltown's Classiest Broad 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Lauren Bacall 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Screen Actors Guild 4th Annual Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Thar She Blows! The Making of "Moby Dick" 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The 70th Annual Academy Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Performer

The Kennedy Center Honors 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Performer

Jack Lemmon: America's Everyman 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Roger Moore: A Matter of Class 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Sinatra: 80 Years My Way 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Baseball 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Voice

Charlton Heston: For All Seasons 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The 67th Annual Academy Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Presenter

Legend to Legend Night 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The 51st Annual Golden Globe Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Hunt For Adolf Eichmann 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Narrator

50th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Presenter

Audrey Hepburn Remembered 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Nova 1992 - 1993 (Tv Show)

Voice

The 65th Annual Academy Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Hunt For Adolf Eichmann 1993 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

AFI Salute to Sidney Poitier 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Performer

An American Portrait 1984 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Adlai Stevenson: The Man From Libertyville 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Narrator

Cape Fear 1991 (Movie)

Lee Heller (Actor)

MDA Jerry Lewis Telethon 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Other People's Money 1991 (Movie)

Andrew "Jorgy" Jorgenson (Actor)

Sinatra 75: The Best Is Yet to Come 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Swimming With Whales 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Narrator

The 63rd Annual Academy Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Concert For Peace From Oslo 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The 47th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Performer

The 62nd Annual Academy Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Presenter

Old Gringo 1989 (Movie)

Ambrose Bierce--Bitter (Actor)

The 15th Annual People's Choice Awards 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Performer

The 75th Anniversary of Beverly Hills 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The American Film Institute Salute to Gregory Peck 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Performer

The Television Academy Hall of Fame 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Performer

Unauthorized Biography: Jane Fonda 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

99th Tournament of Roses Parade 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

CBS Tournament of Roses Parade 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Directed By William Wyler 1988 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award Show 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Performer

Gregory Peck -- His Own Man 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Narrator

The 60th Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Performer

We the People 200: The Constitutional Gala 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Amazing Grace and Chuck 1987 (Movie)

President (Actor)

Happy Birthday, Hollywood! 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Liberty Weekend 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The Blue and the Gray 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

George Burns' 100th Birthday Party 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

The Sea Wolves 1979 (Movie)

Lieutenant-Colonel Lewis Pugh (Actor)

A Tribute to "Mr. Television," Milton Berle 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

The Boys From Brazil 1978 (Movie)

Dr Josef Mengele (Actor)

MacArthur 1977 (Movie)

General Douglas MacArthur (Actor)

The First 50 Years 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Martha Graham Dance Company 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

The Omen 1976 (Movie)

Robert (Actor)

It's Showtime 1975 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Billy Two Hats 1973 (Movie)

Deans (Actor)

I Walk the Line 1970 (Movie)

(Actor)

Shoot Out 1970 (Movie)

Clay Lomax (Actor)

Hollywood: The Selznick Years 1968 - 1969 (TV Show)

Actor

MacKenna's Gold 1969 (Movie)

Mackenna (Actor)

Marooned 1969 (Movie)

Charles Keith (Actor)

The Chairman 1969 (Movie)

Dr John Hathaway (Actor)

The Stalking Moon 1968 (Movie)

Sam Varner (Actor)

Arabesque 1966 (Movie)

David Pollock (Actor)

Mirage 1965 (Movie)

David Stillwell (Actor)

Behold a Pale Horse 1964 (Movie)

Manuel Artiguez (Actor)

Cape Fear 1962 (Movie)

Sam Bowden (Actor)

Captain Newman, M.D. 1962 (Movie)

Capt Josiah Newman (Actor)

How the West Was Won 1962 (Movie)

Cleve Van Valen (Actor)

To Kill a Mockingbird 1962 (Movie)

Atticus Finch (Actor)

The Guns of Navarone 1961 (Movie)

Mallory (Actor)

On the Beach 1959 (Movie)

Dwight Towers (Actor)

Pork Chop Hill 1959 (Movie)

Lieutenant Clemens (Actor)

Beloved Infidel 1958 (Movie)

F Scott Fitzgerald (Actor)

The Big Country 1958 (Movie)

James McKay (Actor)

The Bravados 1958 (Movie)

Jim Douglas (Actor)

Designing Woman 1957 (Movie)

Mike Hagen (Actor)

The Hidden World 1957 (Movie)

(Narrator)

Moby Dick 1956 (Movie)

Captain Ahab (Actor)

The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit 1956 (Movie)

Tom Roth (Actor)

The Purple Plain 1955 (Movie)

Forrester (Actor)

Night People 1953 (Movie)

Colonel Van Dyke (Actor)

Roman Holiday 1953 (Movie)

Joe Bradley (Actor)

The Man With a Million 1953 (Movie)

Henry Adams (Actor)

The World in His Arms 1952 (Movie)

Capt. Jonathan Clark (Actor)

The Snows of Kilimanjaro 1951 (Movie)

Harry Street (Actor)

Twelve O'Clock High 1949 (Movie)

General Savage (Actor)

Duel in the Sun 1947 (Movie)

(Actor)

Gentleman's Agreement 1947 (Movie)

Phil Green (Actor)

The Paradine Case 1947 (Movie)

Anthony Keane (Actor)

Spellbound 1945 (Movie)

John Ballantine (Actor)

Ava Gardner (TV Show)

Actor

Captain Horatio Hornblower (Movie)

Capt. Horatio Hornblower (Actor)

David and Bathsheba (Movie)

King David (Actor)

Moby Dick (TV Show)

Actor

Only the Valiant (Movie)

Capt. Richard Lance (Actor)

The Gunfighter (Movie)

Jimmy Ringo (Actor)

The Keys of the Kingdom (Movie)

Father Francis Chisholm (Actor)

The Macomber Affair (Movie)

Robert Wilson (Actor)

The Portrait (TV Show)

Actor

The Scarlet and the Black (TV Show)

Actor

The Universal Story (TV Show)

Actor

Valley of Decision (Movie)

Paul Scott (Actor)

Yellow Sky (Movie)

Stretch (Actor)
Producer (4)

The Dove 1973 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Trial of the Catonsville Nine 1971 (Movie)

(Producer)

Pork Chop Hill 1959 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Big Country 1958 (Movie)

(Producer)
Sound (1)

Front Page 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Sound

Biography

As an actor who conveyed moral certitude and unwavering strength, Gregory Peck became the unofficial conscience of postwar Hollywood, turning in several iconic performances in some of cinema's most important films. Peck began appearing in movies during the war with "Days of Glory" (1944) and became an almost instant star thanks to his Oscar-nominated performance in "The Keys of the Kingdom" (1945). He went on to portray an amnesiac psychoanalyst in Alfred Hitchcock's "Spellbound" (1945), turned in another Academy Award-worthy performance in 'The Yearling" (1946) and played against type in "Duel in the Sun" (1946). Following seminal work in "Twelve O'Clock High" (1949), "Roman Holiday" (1953) and "Moby Dick" (1956), Peck took on the role that became inextricably tied to his career, that of Atticus Finch in "To Kill a Mockingbird" (1962), which earned him his only Oscar for Best Actor while inspiring audiences for generations. He had a major box office hit with "The Guns of Navarone" (1961), starred in the original "Cape Fear" (1962) and reunited with "Mockingbird" director Robert Mulligan for "The Stalking Moon" (1969). His career began to slow in the 1970s, though he was notable in "The Omen" (1976) and "The Boys of Brazil" (1978). Following a turn as Abraham Lincoln in "The Blue and the Grey" (CBS, 1982) and his Emmy-nominated performance in a contemporary remake of "Moby Dick" (USA, 1998), Peck left behind a legacy as an iconic performer who exerted creative independence while becoming a beloved actor to generations fans.

Relationships

Veronique Passani Peck

Wife
Married Dec. 31, 1955; mother of Peck's two younger children Died Aug. 17, 2012

Gregory Peck

Father
divorced from Peck's mother c. 1922

Bernice Peck

Mother
divorced from Peck's father c. 1922

Cecilia Peck

Daughter
born in May 1958 mother, Veronique Passani married to Daniel Voll on September 8, 2001

Carey Peck

Son
born on June 17, 1949 mother, Greta Rice

Jonathan Peck

Son
born on July 20, 1944 mother, Greta Rice committed suicide in 1975

Stephen Peck

Son
born on August 16, 1946 mother, Greta Rice created Far From Home, organization which assists homeless veterans

Tony Peck

Son
born in October 1956 mother, Veronique Passani married to Cheryl Tiegs on November 23, 1990

Zachery Peck

Grandson
born on October 1, 1991 father, Anthony Peck

Greta Rice

Wife
met during the 1941 tour of "The Doctor's Dilemma" when she worked as Katharine Cornell's hairdresser married in October 1942 divorced in 1954 mother of Peck's three older children

Harper Vol

Grandson
born in February 1999 mother, Cecelia Peck

EDUCATION

San Diego State College

San Diego , California
attended for one year before transferring to Berkeley

San Diego High School

San Diego , California

St John's Military Academy

Los Angeles , California

Playhouse School of Dramatics

New York , New York 1939 - 1941
received a two-year scholarship; studied under Rita Morgenthau, Irene Lewisohn, Sanford Meisner and Martha Graham; school name later changed to Neighborhood Playhouse

Little Red Schoolhouse

La Jolla , California

University of California at Berkeley

Berkeley , California 1939
became interested in acting; was a standout university oarsman until a spinal injury compelled him to forsake competitive sports

University of California at Berkeley

Berkeley , California 1939
became interested in acting; was a standout university oarsman until a spinal injury compelled him to forsake competitive sports(pre-med and English)

Milestones

1999

Narrated the documentary "From Russia to Hollywood: The 100-Year Odyssey of Chekhov and Shdanoff"

1998

Portrayed fire and brimstone preacher in USA Network miniseries version of "Moby Dick", receiving an Emmy nomination and a Golden Globe Award for his efforts

1996

Rushed to hospital and underwent surgery for appendicitis in the Czech Republic

1995

Began performing a one-man show of anecdotes and film clips from his career, "An Evening with Gregory Peck" (originally entitled "A Conversation with Gregory Peck"); TNT has completed an untitled documentary about these shows, written by daughter Cecilia

1993

Executive produced and starred opposite Bacall and his daughter Cecilia in Arthur Penn's "The Portrait" (TNT)

1991

Last feature film roles to date, a co-starring role in "Other People's Money" and a cameo in Martin Scorsese's remake of "Cape Fear"

1991

Provided the recorded voice of Florenz Ziegfeld in the Broadway musical "The Will Rogers Follies"

1989

Played Ambrose Bierce in "Old Gringo", adapted from the novel by Carlos Fuentes

1982

TV acting debut as Abraham Lincoln in the CBS miniseries "The Blue and the Gray", directed by McLaglen

1980

First association with director Andrew V McLaglen, "The Sea Wolves"

1978

Portrayed Joseph Mengele in "The Boys from Brazil"

1977

Offered a striking performance as "MacArthur"

1976

Starred in Richard Donner's "The Omen" as the father of a child who could be the Anti-Christ

1974

Last feature producing credit to date, "The Dove"; did not act in picture

1972

Produced "The Trial of the Catonsville Nine"; did not act in picture

1968

Essayed the title role in Thompson's "Mackenna's Gold"; also acted that year in Thompson's "The Chairman"

1968

Reteamed with Mulligan for "The Stalking Moon"

1966

Starred opposite Sophia Loren in Stanley Donen's secret agent thriller "Arabesque"

1964

Produced and starred in "Behold a Pale Horse"

1962

Finally took home the Best Actor Oscar as liberal country lawyer Atticus Finch (what he calls his signature role) in Robert Mulligan's "To Kill a Mockingbird", based on the Harper Lee novel

1962

Produced (with Bartlett) and starred in Thompson's "Cape Fear"

1961

First of four collaborations with director J Lee Thompson, "The Guns of Navarone"

1959

Sixth and last picture with King, "Beloved Infidel", miscast him as writer F Scott Fitzgerald, but he believed (rightly or wrongly) his scenes of despair and drunkenness were among the best he ever did

1959

Played the conscience-laden platoon commander in Korean War drama "Pork Chop Hill"; also produced (with Sy Bartlett)

1958

Film producing debut, Wyler's "The Big Country" (co-produced by Wyler); also starred

1957

Stoically endured a plate of spaghetti tipped in his lap by Lauren Bacall in "Designing Women"

1956

Portrayed Captain Ahab in John Huston's "Moby Dick"

1953

First collaboration with director William Wyler, "Roman Holiday", the film which introduced Audrey Hepburn to the public

1952

Reteamed with Walsh as the skipper in "The World in His Arms"

1952

Fourth film with King, "The Snows of Kiliminjaro"; his second film based on a Hemingway story; second of three films with Ava Gardner

1951

Took to the high seas as Raoul Walsh's "Captain Horatio Hornblower"

1950

Starred as King's "The Gunfighter", attempting to overcome his bloody past; voted "Cowboy of the Year" (over John Wayne!) on the strength of his performance; also turned down the following year's "High Noon" (which earned Gary Cooper an Oscar) because he

1949

Snagged fourth Best Actor Oscar nomination for his riveting portrayal of a commander cracking under the strain of war in "Twelve O'Clock High"; first of six films with director Henry King

1947

First film based on an Ernest Hemingway story "The Macomber Affair"

1947

Played a reporter uncovering anti-semitism in Elia Kazan's "Gentleman's Agreement", earned third Academy Award nomination as Best Actor

1947

Reteamed with Hitchcock on "The Paradine Case"

1946

Received second Best Actor Academy Award nod as the father in "The Yearling"

1944

Earned first Best Actor Oscar nomination for his second feature, "The Keys of the Kingdom"

1944

Acted in Alfred Hitchcok's "Spellbound"

1943

Film acting debut, "Days of Glory"

1941

Broadway debut in "The Morning Star"

1940

Professional stage debut, had small role in the touring company of "The Doctor's Dilemma" starring Katharine Cornell

1939

Worked as a barker at a concession in the amusement zone of the New York World's Fair and later as a tour guide at Radio City Music Hall

1928

Travelled to New York with Berkeley crew team for competition; stopped off in NYC and saw first Broadway show, "I Married an Angel"; inspired to become an actor

Spotted by talent scouts and signed to contracts by four film studios

Raised in Southern California

While a 19-year-old undergraduate at UC-Berkely, acted in his first play, an adaptation of "Moby Dick", in which he played the first mate Starbuck

Suffered spinal injury; could no longer compete in sports

After graduating, moved to NYC

Bonus Trivia

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Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1969 by Lyndon Johnson.

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Honored with the 1992 gala tribute of the Film Society of Lincoln Center.

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Peck was one of a group of friends who founded the La Jolla Playhouse in the 40s and still devotes time raising money for it. He is also a fundraiser on behalf of the film department of University College in Dublin, Ireland.

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