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Gregory Peck

Gregory Peck
Publicity photo of Peck, 1948
Born Eldred Gregory Peck
(1916-04-05)April 5, 1916
San Diego, California, U.S.
Died June 12, 2003(2003-06-12) (aged 87)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of death Bronchopneumonia
Resting place Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, Los Angeles, California
Education St. John's Military Academy, Los Angeles
La Jolla High School
Alma mater San Diego State University
University of California, Berkeley
Occupation Actor, Humanitarian
Years active 1942–2000 (his retirement)
Home town San Diego, California, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Religion Roman Catholic
Spouse(s) Greta Kukkonen (m. 1942; div. 1955)
Veronique Passani (m. 1955–2003)
Children 5; including
Cecilia Peck
Family Ethan Peck (grandson)

Eldred Gregory Peck (April 5, 1916 – June 12, 2003) was an American actor. One of the world's most popular film stars from the 1940s to the 1960s, Peck continued to play major film roles until the late 1970s. His performance as Atticus Finch in the 1962 film To Kill a Mockingbird earned him the Academy Award for Best Actor. He had also been nominated for an Oscar for the same category for The Keys of the Kingdom (1944), The Yearling (1946), Gentleman's Agreement (1947) and Twelve O'Clock High (1949). Other notable films he appeared in include Spellbound (1945), The Paradine Case (1947), Roman Holiday (1953), Moby Dick (1956) (and its 1998 miniseries of the same name), The Guns of Navarone (1961), Cape Fear (1962) (and its 1991 remake of the same name), How the West Was Won (1962), The Omen (1976) and The Boys from Brazil (1978).

President Lyndon Johnson honored Peck with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1969 for his lifetime humanitarian efforts. In 1999, the American Film Institute named Peck among Greatest Male Stars of Classic Hollywood cinema, ranking at No. 12. He was named to the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame in 1983.[1]


  • Early life 1
  • Acting career 2
    • Stage 2.1
    • Film 2.2
    • Later work 2.3
  • Politics 3
  • Personal life and death 4
  • Awards and honors 5
  • Filmography 6
    • Box Office ranking 6.1
  • Radio appearances 7
  • See also 8
  • References 9
  • Further reading 10
  • External links 11

Early life

Eldred Gregory Peck was born on April 5, 1916 in the San Diego, California neighborhood of La Jolla, the son of Gregory Pearl Peck, a New York-born chemist and pharmacist, and his Missouri-born wife Bernice Mary "Bunny" (née Ayres).[2] His father was of English (paternal) and Irish (maternal) heritage,[3][4] while his mother had English and Scottish ancestry.[5] Peck's father was Roman Catholic, while his mother converted to Roman Catholicism when she married his father. Through his Irish-born paternal grandmother Catherine Ashe, Peck was related to Thomas Ashe, who took part in the Easter Rising less than three weeks after Peck's birth and died while on hunger strike in 1917. Peck's parents divorced by the time he was six years old; his maternal grandmother raised him for the next few years.[6]

Peck attended a Catholic military school, St. John's Military Academy, in Los Angeles at the age of 10. His grandmother died while he was enrolled there, and his father again took over his upbringing. At 14, Peck attended La Jolla High School and lived with his father.[7] When he graduated, he enrolled briefly at San Diego State Teacher's College, (now known as San Diego State University), joined the track team, took his first theatre and public-speaking courses, and joined the Epsilon Eta fraternity.[8] He stayed for just one academic year, thereafter obtaining admission to his first-choice college, the University of California, Berkeley.[9] For a short time, he took a job driving a truck for an oil company. In 1936, he declared himself a pre-medical student at Berkeley, and majored in English. Standing 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m), he rowed on the university crew.

The Berkeley acting coach saw Peck as perfect material for university theater. Peck developed an interest in acting and was recruited by Edwin Duerr, director of the university's Little Theater. He appeared in five plays during his senior year. Although his tuition fee was only $26 per year, Peck still struggled to pay, and had to work as a "hasher" (kitchen helper) for the Gamma Phi Beta sorority in exchange for meals. Peck would later say about Berkeley that, "it was a very special experience for me and three of the greatest years of my life. It woke me up and made me a human being."[10] In 1997, Peck donated $25,000 to the Berkeley rowing crew in honor of his coach, the renowned Ky Ebright.

Acting career


After graduating from Berkeley with a BA degree in English, Peck dropped the name "Eldred" and headed to New York City to study at the Neighborhood Playhouse with the legendary acting teacher Sanford Meisner. He was often broke and sometimes slept in Central Park.[11] He worked at the 1939 World's Fair and as a tour guide for NBC's television broadcasting. In 1940, Peck learned more of the acting craft, working in exchange for food, at the Barter Theatre in Abingdon, Virginia, appearing in five plays including Family Portrait and On Earth As It Is.[12]

His stage career began in 1941 when he played the secretary in a The Doctor's Dilemma. Unfortunately, the play opened in San Francisco just one week before the attack on Pearl Harbor.[13] He made his Broadway debut as the lead in Emlyn Williams' The Morning Star in 1942. His second Broadway performance that year was in The Willow and I with Edward Pawley. Peck's acting abilities were in high demand during World War II because he was exempt from military service owing to a back injury suffered while receiving dance and movement lessons from Martha Graham as part of his acting training. Twentieth Century Fox claimed he had injured his back while rowing at university, but in Peck's words, "In Hollywood, they didn't think a dance class was macho enough, I guess. I've been trying to straighten out that story for years."[14]

In 1947, Peck co-founded The La Jolla Playhouse, at his birthplace, with Mel Ferrer and Dorothy McGuire.[15] This local community theater and landmark (now in a new home at the University of California, San Diego) still thrives today. It has attracted Hollywood film stars on hiatus both as performers and enthusiastic supporters since its inception.


Gregory Peck in the Designing Woman trailer
Gregory Peck in The Snows of Kilimanjaro, 1952

Peck's first film, Days of Glory, was released in 1944. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor five times, four of which came in his first five years of film acting: for The Keys of the Kingdom (1944), The Yearling (1946), Gentleman's Agreement (1947), and Twelve O'Clock High (1949).

The Keys of the Kingdom emphasized his stately presence. As the farmer Ezra "Penny" Baxter in The Yearling, his good-humored warmth and affection toward the characters playing his son and wife confounded critics who had been insisting he was a lifeless performer. Duel in the Sun (1946) showed his range as an actor in his first "against type" role as a cruel, libidinous gunslinger. Gentleman's Agreement established his power in the "social conscience" genre in a film that took on the deep-seated but subtle antisemitism of mid-century corporate America. Twelve O'Clock High was the first of many successful war films in which Peck embodied the brave, effective, yet human fighting man.

Among his other films were Spellbound (1945), The Paradine Case (1947), The Gunfighter (1950), Moby Dick (1956), The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit (1956), On the Beach (1959), which brought to life the terrors of global nuclear war, The Guns of Navarone (1961), and Roman Holiday (1953), with Audrey Hepburn in her Oscar-winning role. Peck and Hepburn were close friends until her death; Peck even introduced her to her first husband, Mel Ferrer. Peck once again teamed up with director William Wyler in the epic Western The Big Country (1958), which he co-produced. Peck won the Academy Award with his fifth nomination, playing Atticus Finch, a Depression-era lawyer and widowed father, in a film adaptation of the Harper Lee novel To Kill a Mockingbird. Released in 1962 during the height of the US civil rights movement in the South, this film and his role were Peck's favorites. In 2003, Peck's portrayal of Atticus Finch was named the greatest film hero of the past 100 years by the American Film Institute.[16]

Peck in 1973, by Allan Warren

Peck served as the president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 1967, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the American Film Institute from 1967 to 1969, Chairman of the Motion Picture and Television Relief Fund in 1971, and National Chairman of the American Cancer Society in 1966. He was a member of the National Council on the Arts from 1964 to 1966.[17]

A physically powerful man, he was known to do a majority of his own fight scenes, rarely using body or stunt doubles. In fact, Robert Mitchum, his on-screen opponent in Cape Fear, told about the time Peck once accidentally punched him for real during their final fight scene in the movie. He felt the impact for days afterward. Peck's rare attempts at villainous roles were not acclaimed. Early on, he played the renegade son in the Western Duel in the Sun and, later in his career, the infamous Nazi doctor Josef Mengele in The Boys from Brazil co-starring Laurence Olivier.[18]

Later work

In the 1980s, Peck moved to television, where he starred in the mini-series The Blue and the Gray, playing Abraham Lincoln. He also starred with Christopher Plummer, John Gielgud, and Barbara Bouchet in the television film The Scarlet and The Black, about Monsignor Hugh O'Flaherty, a real-life Catholic priest in the Vatican who smuggled Jews and other refugees away from the Nazis during World War II.

At the Cannes Film Festival in 2000.

Peck, Mitchum, and Martin Balsam all had roles in the 1991 remake of Cape Fear directed by Martin Scorsese. All three were in the original 1962 version. In the remake, Peck played Max Cady's lawyer.

His last prominent film role also came in 1991, in Other People's Money, directed by Norman Jewison and based on the stage play of that name. Peck played a business owner trying to save his company against a hostile takeover bid by a Wall Street liquidator played by Danny DeVito.

Peck retired from active film-making at that point. Peck spent the last few years of his life touring the world doing speaking engagements in which he would show clips from his movies, reminisce, and take questions from the audience. He did come out of retirement for a 1998 miniseries version of one of his most famous films, Moby Dick, portraying Father Mapple (played by Orson Welles in the 1956 version), with Patrick Stewart as Captain Ahab, the role Peck played in the earlier film. It would be his final performance, and it won him the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries or Television Film.

Peck had been offered the role of Grandpa Joe in the 2005 film Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, but died before he could accept it. The Irish actor David Kelly was then given the part.[19]


In 1947, while many Hollywood figures were being blacklisted for similar activities, Peck signed a letter deploring a House Un-American Activities Committee investigation of alleged communists in the film industry.

A lifelong supporter of the Democratic Party, Peck was suggested in 1970 as a possible Democratic candidate to run against Ronald Reagan for the office of California Governor. Although he later admitted that he had no interest in being a candidate himself for public office, Peck encouraged one of his sons, Carey Peck, to run for political office. Carey was defeated both times by slim margins in races in 1978 and 1980 against Republican U.S. Representative Bob Dornan, another former actor.

In an interview with the Irish media, Peck revealed that former President Lyndon Johnson had told him that, had he sought re-election in 1968, he intended to offer Peck the post of U.S. ambassador to Ireland – a post Peck, owing to his Irish ancestry, said he might well have taken, saying "[It] would have been a great adventure".[20] The actor's biographer Michael Freedland substantiates the report and says that Johnson indicated that his presentation of the Medal of Freedom to Peck would perhaps make up for his inability to confer the ambassadorship.[21] President Richard Nixon, though, placed Peck on his enemies list owing to his liberal activism.[22]

Peck was outspoken against the Vietnam War, while remaining supportive of his son, Stephen, who fought there. In 1972, Peck produced the film version of Daniel Berrigan's play The Trial of the Catonsville Nine about the prosecution of a group of Vietnam protesters for civil disobedience. Despite his reservations about American general Douglas MacArthur as a man, Peck had long wanted to play him on film, and did so in MacArthur in 1976.[23]

In 1978, Peck traveled to Alabama, the setting of To Kill a Mockingbird, to campaign for Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Donald W. Stewart of Anniston, who defeated the Republican candidate, James D. Martin, a former U.S. representative from Gadsden.

In 1987, Peck undertook the voice-overs for television commercials opposing President Reagan's Supreme Court nomination of conservative judge Robert Bork.[24] Bork's nomination was defeated. Peck was also a vocal supporter of a worldwide ban of nuclear weapons, and a lifelong advocate of gun control.[25][26]

Personal life and death

Gregory Peck's tomb in Los Angeles

In October 1942, Peck married Finnish-born Greta Kukkonen (1911–2008), with whom he had three sons, Jonathan (b. 1944– d. 1975), Stephen (b. 1946), and Carey Paul (b. 1949). They were divorced on December 30, 1955.

During his marriage with Greta, Peck had a brief affair with Spellbound costar Ingrid Bergman.[27] He confessed the affair to Brad Darrach of People in a 1987 interview, saying "All I can say is that I had a real love for her (Bergman), and I think that's where I ought to stop... I was young. She was young. We were involved for weeks in close and intense work." [28][29][30]

On December 31, 1955, the day after his divorce was finalized, Peck married Veronique Passani (1932–2012),[31] a Paris news reporter who had interviewed him in 1952 before he went to Italy to film Roman Holiday. He asked her to lunch six months later and they became inseparable. They had a son, Anthony Peck (b. 1956),[32] and a daughter, Cecilia Peck (b. 1958).[33] The couple remained married until Gregory Peck's death. His daughter Cecilia lives in Los Angeles.

Peck had grandchildren from both marriages.[34]

Peck owned the thoroughbred steeplechase race horse Different Class, which raced in England.[35] The horse was favored for the 1968 Grand National but finished third. Peck was close friends with French president Jacques Chirac.[36]

Peck was Roman Catholic and once considered entering the priesthood. Later in his career, a journalist asked Peck if he was a practicing Catholic. Peck answered, "I 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."[37] His second marriage was performed by a justice of the peace, and not the Roman Catholic Church, because the Church prohibits multiple sacramental marriages when both spouses of a sacramental marriage are still living and have not had their original marriage annulled. Peck was a significant fundraiser for a priest friend of his (Father Albert O'Hara), and served as co-producer of a cassette recording of the New Testament with his son Stephen.[37]

On June 12, 2003, Peck died in his sleep at home from bronchopneumonia at the age of 87.[38] His wife, Veronique, was by his side.[39]

Gregory Peck is entombed in the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels mausoleum in Los Angeles. His eulogy was read by Brock Peters, whose character, Tom Robinson, was defended by Peck's Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird.[40][41] The celebrities who had attended Peck's funeral included Lauren Bacall, Sidney Poitier, Harry Belafonte, Shari Belafonte, Harrison Ford, Calista Flockhart, Mike Farrell, Shelley Fabares, Jimmy Smits, Louis Jourdan, Dyan Cannon, Stephanie Zimbalist, Michael York, Angie Dickinson, Larry Gelbart, Michael Jackson, Anjelica Huston, Lionel Richie, Louise Fletcher, Tony Danza, and Piper Laurie.[40][42]

Awards and honors

Peck was nominated for five Academy Awards, winning once. He was nominated for The Keys of the Kingdom (1945), The Yearling (1946), Gentleman's Agreement (1947), and Twelve O'Clock High (1949). He won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role as Atticus Finch in the 1962 film To Kill a Mockingbird. In 1968, he received the Academy's Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.

Peck also received many Golden Globe awards. He won in 1947 for The Yearling, in 1963 for To Kill a Mockingbird, and in 1999 for the TV miniseries Moby Dick. He was nominated in 1978 for The Boys from Brazil. He received the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 1969, and was given the Henrietta Award in 1951 and 1955 for World Film Favorite – Male.

In 1969, US President Lyndon Johnson honored Peck with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor. In 1971, the Screen Actors Guild presented Peck with the SAG Life Achievement Award. In 1989, the American Film Institute gave Peck the AFI Life Achievement Award. He received the Crystal Globe award for outstanding artistic contribution to world cinema in 1996.

In 1986, Peck was honored alongside actress Gene Tierney with the first Donostia Lifetime Achievement Award at the San Sebastian Film Festival in Spain for their body of work.

In 1987, Peck was awarded the George Eastman Award, given by

Non-profit organization positions
Preceded by
Arthur Freed
President of Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts and Sciences
Succeeded by
Daniel Taradash

External links

Further reading

  1. ^ Vanity Fair
  2. ^
  3. ^ Freedland, Michael. Gregory Peck: A Biography. New York: William Morrow and Company. 1980. ISBN 0-688-03619-8 p.10
  4. ^ United States Census records for La Jolla, California 1910
  5. ^ United States Census records for St. Louis, Missouri – 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910
  6. ^ Freedland, pp. 12–18
  7. ^ Freedland, pp. 16–19
  8. ^
  9. ^ Thomas, Tony. Gregory Peck. Pyramid Publications, 1977, p. 16
  10. ^
  11. ^ Freedland, p. 35
  12. ^ "Gregory Peck Returns to Theatre Roots in Virginia Mountains", Playbill, June 29, 1998
  13. ^ Tad Mosel, Leading Lady: The World and Theatre of Katharine Cornell, Boston: Little, Brown & Co. 1978
  14. ^ Welton Jones. "Gregory Peck," San Diego Union-Tribune, April 5, 1998
  15. ^
  16. ^
  17. ^ Freedland, pp. 191–195
  18. ^ Freedland, pp. 242–243
  19. ^
  20. ^ Haggerty, Bridget. "Gregory Peck's Irish Connections".
  21. ^ Freedland, p. 197
  22. ^ Corliss, Richard. "The American as Noble Man". Time. June 16, 2003
  23. ^ Freedland, pp. 231–241
  24. ^
  25. ^ Srteve Profitt "Gregory Peck: A Leading Hollywood Liberal Still Can't Put Down a Good Book", Los Angeles Times, November 5, 2000
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  32. ^ Gary Fishgall, Gregory Peck: A Biography, Simon and Schuster, 2002 p196
  33. ^ Gary Fishgall, Gregory Peck: A Biography, Simon and Schuster, 2002 p203
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  37. ^ a b The Religious Affiliation of Gregory Peck
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  43. ^ "Awards granted by George Eastman House International Museum of Photography & Film". George Eastman House. Retrieved April 30, 2012.
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  47. ^ Broadway World, April 4, 2011
  48. ^ Fox News, 28 April 2011
  49. ^ International Motion Picture Almanac, Quigley Publishing, 2014
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  51. ^ "Hope Tops Crosby At the Boxoffice" by Richard L. Coe. The Washington Post [Washington, D.C.] 30 Dec 1949: 19.
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  54. ^ Gary Fishgall, Gregory Peck: A Biography, Simon and Schuster, 2002 pg98
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See also

Year Program Episode/source
1944 The Screen Guild Theater Anna Karenina[54]
1946 Hollywood Players Sullivan's Travels[55]
1946 Lux Radio Theatre Now, Voyager[56]
1946 Hollywood Players No Time for Comedy[57]
1952 Stars in the Air The Yearling[58]

Radio appearances

  • 1948 – 10th (UK)[50]
  • 1949 – 23rd (US)[51]
  • 1950 – 12th (US)
  • 1951 – 11th (US)
  • 1952 – 8th (US), 2nd (UK)[52]
  • 1953 – 14th (US), 4th (UK)
  • 1954 – 21st (US), 3rd (UK)[53]
  • 1956 – 19th (US)
  • 1958 – 22nd (US)
  • 1961 – 20th (US)
  • 1962 – 25th (US)

At the height of his career, Peck was voted by film exhibitors in different polls as being among the most popular stars in the country in the US and the UK:[49]

Box Office ranking

Year Film Role Notes
1944 Days of Glory Vladimir
The Keys of the Kingdom Father Francis Chisholm Nominated – Academy Award for Best Actor
1945 The Valley of Decision Paul Scott
Spellbound John Ballantyne
1946 The Yearling Ezra "Penny" Baxter Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Actor
Duel in the Sun Lewton 'Lewt' McCanles
1947 The Macomber Affair Robert Wilson
Gentleman's Agreement Philip Schuyler Green Nominated – Academy Award for Best Actor
The Paradine Case Anthony Keane
1948 Yellow Sky James 'Stretch' Dawson
1949 The Great Sinner Fedja
Twelve O'Clock High Gen. Frank Savage New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Actor
Nominated – Bambi Award for Best International Actor
1950 The Gunfighter Jimmy Ringo
1951 Captain Horatio Hornblower R.N. Captain Horatio Hornblower
Only the Valiant Captain Richard Lance
Screen Snapshots: Hollywood Awards Short subject
David and Bathsheba King David Bambi Award for Best International Actor
Pictura: An Adventure in Art Narrator Documentary
1952 The Snows of Kilimanjaro Harry Street
The World in His Arms Capt. Jonathan Clark
1953 Roman Holiday Joe Bradley Nominated – BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated – Bambi Award for Best International Actor
Boum sur Paris Himself
1954 Night People Col. Steve Van Dyke
The Purple Plain Squadron Leader Bill Forrester
The Million Pound Note Henry Adams
1956 The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit Tom Rath
Moby Dick Captain Ahab
1957 Designing Woman Mike Hagen
1958 The Hidden World Narrator Documentary
The Bravados Jim Douglass Nominated – Laurel Award for Top Male Action Performance
The Big Country James McKay Also producer
1959 Pork Chop Hill Lieutenant Joe Clemons
Beloved Infidel F. Scott Fitzgerald
On the Beach Cmdr. Dwight Lionel Towers, USS Sawfish
1961 The Guns of Navarone Capt. Keith Mallory Nominated – Laurel Award for Top Male Dramatic Performance
1962 Cape Fear Sam Bowden
Lykke og krone Documentary
How the West Was Won Cleve Van Valen
To Kill a Mockingbird Atticus Finch Academy Award for Best Actor
David di Donatello Award for Best Foreign Actor
Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
Nominated – BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated – Laurel Award for Top Male Dramatic Performance
1963 Captain Newman, M.D. Capt. Josiah J. Newman, MD Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
1964 Behold a Pale Horse Manuel Artiguez
1965 Mirage David Stillwell
1966 John F. Kennedy: Years of Lightning, Day of Drums Narrator Documentary
Arabesque Prof. David Pollock Nominated – Laurel Award for Top Male Action Performance
1967 Pähkähullu Suomi Cameo
1969 The Stalking Moon Sam Varner
Mackenna's Gold MacKenna
The Chairman John Hathaway
Marooned Charles Keith
1970 I Walk the Line Sheriff Tawes
1971 Shoot Out Clay Lomax
1974 Billy Two Hats Arch Deans
The Dove Producer
1976 The Omen Robert Thorn
1977 MacArthur General Douglas MacArthur Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
1978 The Boys from Brazil Josef Mengele Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
1980 The Sea Wolves Col. Lewis Pugh
1982 The Blue and the Gray Abraham Lincoln
1983 The Scarlet and the Black Monsignor Hugh O'Flaherty
1984 Terror in the Aisles Documentary. Archival footage.
1985 Sanford Meisner: The American Theatre's Best Kept Secret Documentary
1986 American Masters Documentary episode: "Directed by William Wyler"
1987 Amazing Grace and Chuck President
1989 Old Gringo Ambrose Bierce
Super Chief: The Life and Legacy of Earl Warren Narrator Documentary
1991 Other People's Money Andrew Jorgenson
Frederic Remington: The Truth of Other Days Narrator Documentary
Cape Fear Lee Heller
1993 The Portrait Gardner Church
1994 L'Hidato Shel Adolf Eichmann Narrator Documentary
1996 Wild Bill: Hollywood Maverick Documentary
1998 Moby Dick Father Mapple TV Miniseries
Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
1999 The Art of Norton Simon Narrator Short subject
American Prophet: The Story of Joseph Smith Narrator
2000 A Conversation With Gregory Peck Himself Documentary


On April 28, 2011, a ceremony was held in Beverly Hills, California, celebrating the first day of issue of a U.S. postage stamp commemorating Peck. The stamp is the 17th commemorative stamp in the Legends of Hollywood series.[47][48]

For his contribution to the motion picture industry, Gregory Peck has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6100 Hollywood Blvd. In November 2005, the star was stolen, and has since been replaced.[46]

In 2000, Peck was made a Doctor of Letters by the National University of Ireland. He was a founding patron of the University College Dublin School of Film, where he persuaded Martin Scorsese to become an honorary patron. Peck was also chairman of the American Cancer Society for a short time.

In 1998, he was awarded the National Medal of Arts.[45]

In 1993, Peck was awarded with an Honorary Golden Bear at the 43rd Berlin International Film Festival.[44]


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