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Gregory Peck Biography

Birth Name:
Eldred Gregory Peck
Birth Place:
La Jolla, California, United States
Profession
Actor, producer

Fast Facts

  • Earned a varsity letter in rowing at the University of California
  • Prior to landing acting jobs in New York in 1940, worked as a thrill-ride barker at the World's Fair and as a tour guide at Rockefeller Center
  • A back injury suffered during a dance class at New York's Neighborhood Playhouse made him ineligible for military service during WWII
  • With Mel Ferrar and Dorothy Malone, founded the La Jolla Playhouse in his hometown in 1947
  • Atticus Finch, his To Kill a Mockingbird character, was chosen as the Top Film Hero of the Last 100 Years by the American Film Institute in 2003
  • (He also received the AFI's Lifetime Achievement Award, in 1989)
  • Was a three-term president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
  • Was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1969
  • Was honored with a commemorative stamp in 2011 as part of the U
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  • Postal Service's Legends of Hollywood series

Awards

  • 1999Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: winner
  • 1998Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie: nominated
  • 1979Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: nominated
  • 1978Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: nominated
  • 1964BAFTA Film Awards-Best Foreign Actor: nominated
  • 1964Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: nominated
  • 1963Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: winner
  • 1962Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: winner
  • 1954BAFTA Film Awards-Best Foreign Actor: nominated
  • 1950New York Film Critics Circle-Best Actor: winner
  • 1949Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 1947Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 1947Golden Globe-Actor in a Leading Role: winner
  • 1946Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 1945Oscar-Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: nominated

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