Gregory Peck

Lowest Rated: 20% MacKenna's Gold (1969)
Birthday: Apr 5, 1916
Birthplace: La Jolla, California, USA
One of the postwar era's most successful actors, Gregory Peck was long the moral conscience of the silver screen; almost without exception, his performances embodied the virtues of strength, conviction, and intelligence so highly valued by American audiences. As the studios' iron grip on Hollywood began to loosen, he also emerged among the very first stars to declare his creative independence, working almost solely in movies of his own choosing. Born April 5, 1916, in La Jolla, CA, Peck worked as a truck driver before attending Berkeley, where he first began acting. He later relocated to New York City and was a barker at the 1939 World's Fair. He soon won a two-year contract with the Neighborhood Playhouse. His first professional work was in association with a 1942 Katherine Cornell/Guthrie McClintic ensemble Broadway production of The Morning Star. There Peck was spotted by David O. Selznick, for whom he screen-tested, only to be turned down. Over the next year, he played a double role in The Willow and I, fielding and rejecting the occasional film offer. Finally, in 1943, he accepted a role in Days of Glory, appearing opposite then-fiancée Tamara Toumanova. While the picture itself was largely dismissed, Peck found himself at the center of a studio bidding war. He finally signed with 20th Century Fox, who cast him in 1944's The Keys of the Kingdom - a turn for which he snagged his first of many Oscar nods. From the outset, he enjoyed unique leverage as a performer; he refused to sign a long-term contract with any one studio, and selected all of his scripts himself. For MGM, he starred in 1945's The Valley of Decision, a major hit. Even more impressive was the follow-up, Alfred Hitchcock's Spellbound, which co-starred Ingrid Bergman. Peck scored a rousing success with 1946's The Yearling (which brought him his second Academy Award nomination) and followed this up with another smash, King Vidor's Duel in the Sun. His third Oscar nomination arrived via Elia Kazan's 1947 social drama Gentleman's Agreement, a meditation on anti-Semitism which won Best Picture honors. For the follow-up, Peck reunited with Hitchcock for The Paradine Case, one of the few flops on either's resumé. He returned in 1948 with a William Wellman Western, Yellow Sky, before signing for a pair of films with director Henry King, Twelve O'Clock High (earning Best Actor laurels from the New York critics and his fourth Oscar nod) and The Gunfighter. After Captain Horatio Hornblower, Peck appeared in the Biblical epic David and Bathsheba, one of 1951's biggest box-office hits. Upon turning down High Noon, he starred in The Snows of Kilimanjaro. To earn a tax exemption, he spent the next 18 months in Europe, there shooting 1953's Roman Holiday for William Wyler. After filming 1954's Night People, Peck traveled to Britain, where he starred in a pair of features for Rank -- The Million Pound Note and The Purple Plain -- neither of which performed well at the box office; however, upon returning stateside he starred in the smash The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit. The 1958 Western The Big Country was his next major hit, and he quickly followed it with another, The Bravados. Few enjoyed Peck's portrayal of F. Scott Fitzgerald in 1959's Beloved Infidel, but the other two films he made that year, the Korean War drama Pork Chop Hill and Stanley Kramer's post-apocalyptic nightmare On the Beach, were both much more successful. Still, 1961's World War II adventure The Guns of Navarone topped them all -- indeed, it was among the highest-grossing pictures in film history. A vicious film noir, Cape Fear, followed in 1962, as did Robert Mulligan's classic adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird; as Atticus Finch, an idealistic Southern attorney defending a black man charged with rape, Peck finally won an Academy Award. Also that year he co-starred in the Cinerama epic How the West Was Won, yet another massive success. However, it was to be Peck's last for many years. For Fred Zinneman


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Joseph Smith: American Prophet Actor 2017
No Score Yet From Russia To Hollywood Actor 2002
No Score Yet Isaac Stern: Life's Virtuoso Actor 2000
No Score Yet Ballad of a Gunfighter Actor 2000
No Score Yet From Russia to Hollywood: The 100-Year Odyssey of Chekhov and Shdanoff Narrator 1999
No Score Yet American Prophet: The Story of Joseph Smith Actor 1999
75% Moby Dick Father Mapple 1998
100% A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies Actor 1995
No Score Yet Wild Bill Hollywood Maverick Actor 1995
No Score Yet The Portrait Executive Producer Gardner Church 1993
No Score Yet Passage a L'Acte Actor 1993
75% Cape Fear Lee Heller 1991
31% Other People's Money Andrew `Jorgy' Jorgenson 1991
No Score Yet Frederic Remington: The Truth of Other Days Narrator 1990
42% Old Gringo Ambrose Bierce 1989
No Score Yet Resurrection at Masada Actor 1989
29% Amazing Grace and Chuck President 1987
No Score Yet Hollywood Home Movies Actor 1987
No Score Yet The Blue And The Gray Actor 1985
No Score Yet The Scarlet and the Black Monsignor Hugh O'Flaherty 1983
No Score Yet The Sea Wolves Lt. Col. Lewis Pugh 1981
No Score Yet Blue and the Gray Actor 1981
72% The Boys from Brazil Dr. Josef Mengele 1978
No Score Yet The AFI Lifetime Achievement Awards: Henry Fonda Actor 1978
63% MacArthur Gen. Douglas MacArthur 1977
86% The Omen Robert Thorn 1976
No Score Yet The Dove Producer 1974
No Score Yet Billy Two Hats (The Lady and the Outlaw) Arch Deans 1974
No Score Yet The Trial of the Catonsville Nine Producer 1972
No Score Yet Shoot Out Clay Lomax 1971
No Score Yet I Walk the Line Sheriff Tawes 1970
83% Marooned Charles Keith 1969
No Score Yet The Chairman John Hathaway 1969
20% MacKenna's Gold Mackenna 1969
No Score Yet The Stalking Moon Sam Varner 1968
64% Arabesque David Pollock 1966
No Score Yet John F. Kennedy: Years of Lightning, Day of Drums Actor 1966
No Score Yet Mirage David Stillwell 1965
88% Behold a Pale Horse Manuel Artiguez 1964
No Score Yet Captain Newman, M.D. Capt. Josiah J. Newman, M.D. 1963
90% How the West Was Won Cleve Van Valen 1963
91% To Kill A Mockingbird Atticus Finch 1962
100% Cape Fear Sam Bowden 1962
95% The Guns of Navarone Capt. Mallory 1961
75% On the Beach Cmdr. Dwight Lionel Towers 1959
No Score Yet Beloved Infidel F. Scott Fitzgerald 1959
80% Pork Chop Hill Executive Producer Lt. Joe Clemons 1959
100% The Big Country Producer 1958
100% The Bravados Jim Douglass 1958
80% Designing Woman Mike Hagen 1957
85% Moby Dick Capt. Ahab 1956
75% The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit Tom Rath 1956
No Score Yet The Purple Plain Forrester 1955
No Score Yet The Million Pound Note (Man With a Million) Henry Adams 1954
No Score Yet Night People Col. Van Dyke 1954
98% Roman Holiday Joe Bradley 1953
No Score Yet The World in His Arms Capt. Jonathan Clark 1952
100% The Snows of Kilimanjaro Harry Street 1952
100% Captain Horatio Hornblower Capt. Horatio Hornblower, R.N 1951
80% David and Bathsheba King David 1951
No Score Yet Only the Valiant Capt. Richard Lance 1951
100% The Gunfighter Actor 1950
No Score Yet The Great Sinner Fedja 1949
96% Twelve O'Clock High Gen. Frank Savage 1949
80% The Paradine Case Anthony Keane 1948
No Score Yet Yellow Sky Stretch 1948
78% Gentleman's Agreement Phil Green 1947
No Score Yet The Macomber Affair (The Great White Hunter) Robert Wilson 1947
80% Duel in the Sun Lewton "Lewt" McCanles 1946
100% The Yearling Pa Baxter 1946
83% Spellbound John Ballantine 1945
No Score Yet The Valley of Decision Paul Scott 1945
46% Days of Glory Vladimir 1945
No Score Yet The Keys of the Kingdom Father Francis Chisholm 1944
No Score Yet Frederick Remington Actor


No Score Yet American Masters
  • 2001
No Score Yet Ken Burns' Baseball
  • 1994