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Gregory Peck's Stolen Star Replaced

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Dec 01, 2005 | 9:50am EST

Gregory Peck's stolen star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame has been replaced in a simple ceremony, which took place yesterday.

Late actor Peck's original star had been part of the Hollywood Boulevard celebrity shrine for more than four decades until someone with a cement saw cut the bronze and terrazzo marker out of the sidewalk.

The crime occurred sometime in late November, and apparently drew no one's attention.

While unveiling the replacement yesterday, 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, who died in 2003 at age 87, became the fourth celebrity have his star stolen since the Walk of Fame was inaugurated.

Stars honoring Jimmy Stewart and Kirk Douglas disappeared some years ago after being removed for construction and were later recovered by police. Gene Autry's star also vanished during a construction project.

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