Gregory Peck young
April 5, 1916
6 ft 3 in | 190 cm
84 kg | 185 pounds
Gregory Peck was born in La Jolla, California, United States, on April 5, 1916, was an American actor. Young Gregory Peck first started acting during his years at the University of California, Berkeley in school theater productions.
He began his professional acting career in a play "The Doctor's Dilemma" (1941) in San Francisco. He landed his Broadway debut in Emlyn Williams' "The Morning Star" (1942).
He made his big screen debut in drama romance movie Days of Glory (1944) in role as Vladimir.
Gregory's breakthrough role came as Father Francis Chisholm in drama movie The Keys of the Kingdom (1944), for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor.
He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for his roles in movies:
Gentleman's Agreement (1947) drama in role as Philip Schuyler Green
Twelve O'Clock High (1949) drama in role as Brigadier General Frank Savage
The Yearling (1946) family drama in role as Ezra "Penny" Baxter, for which he won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor
He won the Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor for his role as Atticus Finch in drama movie To Kill a Mockingbird (1962).
He was nominated for the Golden Globe Awards for Best Actor for his performances in movies:
The Boys from Brazil (1978) thriller drama in role as Dr Josef Mengele
MacArthur (1977) biographical war in role as General Douglas MacArthur
He was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his role as Joe Bradley in romantic comedy movie Roman Holiday (1953), opposite Audrey Hepburn.
The Gunfighter (1950) Western in role as Jimmy Ringo
Moby Dick (1956) drama adventure in role as Captain Ahab
On the Beach (1959) post-apocalyptic science fiction drama with Ava Gardner, Fred Astaire and Anthony Perkins
The Guns of Navarone (1961) epic adventure war with Anthony Quinn
The Big Country (1958) epic Western opposite Charlton Heston Jean Simmons
Spellbound (1945) noir psychological mystery thriller opposite Ingrid Bergman
The Omen (1976) supernatural horror with Lee Remick
Arabesque (1966) comedy thriller with Sophia Loren
Designing Woman (1957) romantic comedy with Lauren Bacall
He won a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor and was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for his performance as Father Mapple in miniseries Moby Dick (1998).
He played Abraham Lincoln in CBS miniseries The Blue and the Gray (1982).
Attended Catholic military school, St. John's Military Academy in Los Angeles.
Graduated from San Diego High School in 1934.
Received Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley (1939).
Studied acting at the Neighborhood Playhouse, with acting teacher Sanford Meisner.
Had Irish, English and German ancestry.
He received the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 1969.
He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6100 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California in 1960.
He was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his lifetime humanitarian efforts (1969).
He was close friends with Michael Jackson, Audrey Hepburn and Jane Fonda.
He was Roman Catholic.
He was close friends with French president Jacques Chirac.
Received the Academy's Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award in 1967.
Peck died on June 12, 2003, Los Angeles, California, United States, at age of 87.
He was married to:
Greta Kukkonen (1942–1955), they had three sons
Veronique Passani (1955-2003), they had a son and a daughter
He dated Barbara Payton (1951) and Ingrid Bergman (1944-1945).
I don't lecture and I don't grind any axes. I just want to entertain.
Inside of all the makeup and the character and makeup, it's you, and I think that's what the audience is really interested in... you, how you're going to cope with the situation, the obstacles, the troubles that the writer put in front of you.
They say the bad guys are more interesting to play but there is more to it than that - playing the good guys is more challenging because it's harder to make them interesting.
I just do things I really enjoy. I enjoy acting. When I'm driving to the studio, I sing in the car. I love my work and my wife and my kids and my friends.
You have to dream, you have to have a vision, and you have to set a goal for yourself that might even scare you a little because sometimes that seems far beyond your reach. Then I think you have to develop a kind of resistance to rejection, and to the disappointments that are sure to come your way.
Entertainment is all right, but entertainment with an idea behind it is much more important.