Gregory Peck

Gregory Peck

  • Highest Rated: 100% Cape Fear (1962)
  • 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

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

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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
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
69% 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
84% 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
86% 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
67% 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
89% Behold a Pale Horse Manuel Artiguez 1964
No Score Yet Captain Newman, M.D. Capt. Josiah J. Newman, M.D. 1963
86% How the West Was Won Cleve Van Valen 1963
92% To Kill A Mockingbird Atticus Finch 1962
100% Cape Fear Sam Bowden 1962
95% The Guns of Navarone Capt. Mallory 1961
76% On the Beach Cmdr. Dwight Lionel Towers 1959
No Score Yet Beloved Infidel F. Scott Fitzgerald 1959
80% Pork Chop Hill Lt. Joe Clemons Executive Producer 1959
100% The Big Country Producer James McKay 1958
100% The Bravados Jim Douglass 1958
80% Designing Woman Mike Hagen 1957
86% 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
100% 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
83% 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
84% Spellbound John Ballantine 1945
No Score Yet The Valley of Decision Paul Scott 1945
50% Days of Glory Vladimir 1945
No Score Yet The Keys of the Kingdom Father Francis Chisholm 1944
No Score Yet Frederick Remington Actor

TV

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No Score Yet American Masters
2001
  • 2001
No Score Yet Ken Burns' Baseball
1994-2010
Voice
  • 1994

QUOTES FROM Gregory Peck CHARACTERS

Atticus Finch
Heck? Atticus Finch. Someone's been after my children.
Stretch
From now on, stay away from my men and stop swingin' your hips all over the place.
Andrew "Jorgy" Jorgenson
I have a daughter named scamp.
Capt. Ahab
I'll follow him around the Horn, and around the Norway maelstrom, and around perdition's flames before I give him up.
Capt. Ahab
From hell's heart I stab at thee; for hate's sake I spit my last breath at thee. Ye damned whale.
Capt. Ahab
By heavens man, we are turned round and round in this world, like yonder windlass, and fate is the handspike.
Major
One more year! That's all I ask.
Sam Varner
That's all you asked last year.
Sam Varner
That's all I'll ask next year!
Princess Anne
At midnight, I'll turn into a pumpkin and drive away in my glass slipper.
Joe Bradley
And that will be the end of the fairy tale.
Princess Anne
I could do some of the things I've always wanted to.
Joe Bradley
Like what?
Princess Anne
Oh, you can't imagine. I-I'd do just whatever I liked all day long.
Joe Bradley
You should always wear my clothes.
Princess Anne
It seems I do.
Joe Bradley
Irving! Am I glad to see you!
Irving Radovich
Why? Did you forget your wallet?
Princess Anne
Is this the elevator?
Joe Bradley
This is my ROOM!
Joe Bradley
This is my room!
Princess Anne
Do you have a silk nightgown with rosebuds?
Joe Bradley
I haven't worn a nightgown in years!
James McKay
Now tell me Leech, what did we prove?
Jean Louise "Scout" Finch
Mr Tate was right
Jean Louise "Scout" Finch
Mr Tate was right.
Atticus Finch
What do you mean ?
Atticus Finch
What do you mean?
Jean Louise "Scout" Finch
It would be sort of like shooting a mockingbird, wouldn't it ?
Dr. Anthony Edwardes
Oh, by the way - why are we going to Rockester for?
Dr. Constance Peterson
Well we're going to visit Dr. Brulov.
Dr. Anthony Edwardes
Oh oh oh, that's the gut who doesn't like sore-spotters
Dr. Constance Peterson
He was my analyst and psycho-analyzed me.
Dr. Anthony Edwardes
Really, and what was wrong with you?
Dr. Constance Peterson
oh all analysts get psycho-analyze by other analysts, before they start practicing.
Dr. Anthony Edwardes
Ohh; that's to make sure that they are not too crazy.
Dr. Constance Peterson
Apparently the mind is never to sick to make jokes ABOUT psycho-analysis.
Dr. Anthony Edwardes
I'm sorry. I'm a pig.
Dr. Constance Peterson
No, I'm am; I keep forgetting you're a patient.
Dr. Anthony Edwardes
So do I. When I hold you like this I feel entirely well. Will you love me just as much when I'm normal?
Dr. Constance Peterson
Oh I'll be insane - about you. [girlish giggling]
Sam Bowden
It's a mistake to teach women how to tell time. They always use it against you.
Sam Bowden
You shocking degenerate. I've seen the worst - the dregs - but you... you are the lowest. Makes me sick to breathe the same air.
Atticus Finch
It's A Sin To Kill A Mockingbird.
Atticus Finch
Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird.
Atticus Finch
Remember, it's a sin to kill a mockingbird
Atticus Finch
Remember, it's a sin to kill a mockingbird.
Atticus Finch
You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view
Atticus Finch
You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view.
Robert
: [ignoring Brennan's warnings about Damien] ... Now, I've heard you. I want you to hear me: I *never* want to see you again.
Father Brennan
...You'll see me in *hell*, Mr. Thorn. There, we will share out our sentence.
David Pollock
Maybe later, alligator.
Lt. Joe Clemons
Douse those lights! You want to murder us? Turn out those damn lights!!
Lt. Joe Clemons
Douse those lights! You want to murder us? Turn out those damn lights!
Ambrose Bierce
One night I wanted something grand. I would write a poem to make one feel the existence of one's life. I wrote and I wrote. I wrote,while my whole life drifted by. Then the only place I could have written that poem was with you in my arms.
Pat Terrill
Don't you care what people think?
James McKay
No, you're not responsible for what other people think, only what you are.
Princess Anne
Is this the elevator?
Joe Bradley
[offended] It's my room.
Gen. Frank Savage
really shows what happens to a mans mind in war time
Gen. Frank Savage
Really shows what happens to a man's mind in war time.
Atticus Finch
I remember when my daddy gave me that gun. He told me that I should never point it at anything in the house, and that he'd rather I'd shoot at tin cans in the backyard. But he said that sooner or later he supposed the temptation to go after birds would be too much, and that I could shoot all the blue jays I wanted, if I could hit 'em, but to remember it was a sin to kill a mockingbird.
Atticus Finch
Miss Jean Louise, Mr. Arthur Radley.
Atticus Finch
You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view, until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.