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|Also Known As:||Died:||June 11, 2003|
|Born:||April 5, 1916||Cause of Death:||natural causes|
|Birth Place:||La Jolla, California, USA||Profession:||Cast ...|
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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
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
Suffered spinal injury; could no longer compete in sports
After graduating, moved to NYC
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
Professional stage debut, had small role in the touring company of "The Doctor's Dilemma" starring Katharine Cornell
Broadway debut in "The Morning Star"
Spotted by talent scouts and signed to contracts by four film studios
Film acting debut, "Days of Glory"
Earned first Best Actor Oscar nomination for his second feature, "The Keys of the Kingdom"
Acted in Alfred Hitchcok's "Spellbound"
Received second Best Actor Academy Award nod as the father in "The Yearling"
Played a reporter uncovering anti-semitism in Elia Kazan's "Gentleman's Agreement", earned third Academy Award nomination as Best Actor
Reteamed with Hitchcock on "The Paradine Case"
First film based on an Ernest Hemingway story "The Macomber Affair"
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
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 didn't want to do back-to-back Westerns
Took to the high seas as Raoul Walsh's "Captain Horatio Hornblower"
Reteamed with Walsh as the skipper in "The World in His Arms"
Fourth film with King, "The Snows of Kiliminjaro"; his second film based on a Hemingway story; second of three films with Ava Gardner
First collaboration with director William Wyler, "Roman Holiday", the film which introduced Audrey Hepburn to the public
Portrayed Captain Ahab in John Huston's "Moby Dick"
Stoically endured a plate of spaghetti tipped in his lap by Lauren Bacall in "Designing Women"
Film producing debut, Wyler's "The Big Country" (co-produced by Wyler); also starred
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
Played the conscience-laden platoon commander in Korean War drama "Pork Chop Hill"; also produced (with Sy Bartlett)
First of four collaborations with director J Lee Thompson, "The Guns of Navarone"
Produced (with Bartlett) and starred in Thompson's "Cape Fear"
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
Produced and starred in "Behold a Pale Horse"
Starred opposite Sophia Loren in Stanley Donen's secret agent thriller "Arabesque"
Reteamed with Mulligan for "The Stalking Moon"
Essayed the title role in Thompson's "Mackenna's Gold"; also acted that year in Thompson's "The Chairman"
Produced "The Trial of the Catonsville Nine"; did not act in picture
Last feature producing credit to date, "The Dove"; did not act in picture
Starred in Richard Donner's "The Omen" as the father of a child who could be the Anti-Christ
Offered a striking performance as "MacArthur"
Portrayed Joseph Mengele in "The Boys from Brazil"
First association with director Andrew V McLaglen, "The Sea Wolves"
TV acting debut as Abraham Lincoln in the CBS miniseries "The Blue and the Gray", directed by McLaglen
Played Ambrose Bierce in "Old Gringo", adapted from the novel by Carlos Fuentes
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"
Provided the recorded voice of Florenz Ziegfeld in the Broadway musical "The Will Rogers Follies"
Executive produced and starred opposite Bacall and his daughter Cecilia in Arthur Penn's "The Portrait" (TNT)
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 Peck; Mary Badham, who played Scout in "To Kill a Mockingbird", came to a 1995 show in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and the two reenacted a "Mockingbird" scene together; retired the production in February 2000
Rushed to hospital and underwent surgery for appendicitis in the Czech Republic
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
Narrated the documentary "From Russia to Hollywood: The 100-Year Odyssey of Chekhov and Shdanoff"
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