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Gregory Peck

Lowest Rated:   29% Amazing Grace and Chuck (1987)
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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 fo

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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
80% Moby Dick
  • Capt. Ahab
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
76% Cape Fear
  • Lee Heller
1991
33% 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
70% 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
100% Marooned
  • Charles Keith
1969
No Score Yet The Chairman
  • John Hathaway
1969
No Score Yet 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
86% Behold a Pale Horse
  • Manuel Artiguez
1964
No Score Yet Captain Newman, M.D.
  • Capt. Josiah J. Newman, M.D.
1963
100% How the West Was Won
  • Cleve Van Valen
1963
91% To Kill A Mockingbird
  • Atticus Finch
1962
95% 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
No Score Yet Pork Chop Hill
  • Lt. Joe Clemons
  • Executive Producer
1959
100% The Big Country
  • James McKay
1958
No Score Yet The Bravados
  • Jim Douglass
1958
78% 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
78% 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
81% 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
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

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet American Masters
2001
  • Actor
  • 2001

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