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Tall, dark, clean-cut, all-American actor with a stirring voice and a sincere squint, Eldred Gregory Peck (1916-2003) mostly made a career of playing [[IncorruptiblePurePureness incorruptible pillars of virtue and wisdom.]] Best known for his Oscar-winning turn as Atticus Finch in ''Literature/ToKillAMockingbird'' (voted by the American Film Institute as the greatest hero in the history of American film, a week before Peck died), he played similarly admirable characters in films such as ''The Yearling'', ''Film/GentlemansAgreement'', ''Twelve O'Clock High'', ''Other People's Money'' and ''The Big Country''. The Gregory Peck Law goes like this:

The frequency with which a character threatens Gregory Peck and his family is inversely proportional with their chances of surviving the movie.

He also liked to occasionally [[PlayingAgainstType play way against type]], with roles such as bigoted rapist Lewt [=McCanles=] in ''Film/DuelInTheSun'', or Josef Mengele in ''Literature/TheBoysFromBrazil''. In real life, he had a reputation as a gentleman and was a classical NiceGuy - which is a key reason he enjoyed playing Atticus Finch so much. In fact, Harper Lee (who wrote ''To Kill a Mockingbird'') said he reminded her of her father (on whom she'd based Atticus Finch). So much so that she gave Peck her father's pocketwatch, and he wore it in the film.

Peck was married twice and had a total of five children (three from his first marriage, two from his second). Peck died of cardiorespiratory arrest and bronchial pneumonia in 2003.

His grandson, Ethan Peck, has a reoccurring role on ''GossipGirl''.

List of his works with pages on this wiki:
* ''Film/RomanHoliday''
* ''Literature/ToKillAMockingbird''
* ''Literature/TheGunsOfNavarone''
* ''TheOmen''
* ''{{Spellbound}}''
* ''LosBravados''
* ''Film/HoratioHornblower, R.N.''
* ''MobyDick''
* ''CapeFear'' (both versions)
* ''Film/TheBoysFromBrazil''
* ''Film/GentlemansAgreement''

!! Tropes associated with GregoryPeck:
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: UsefulNotes/LyndonJohnson once told Peck that had he sought re-election in 1968, it would have offered Peck the post of U.S. ambassador to UsefulNotes/{{Ireland}}. Peck, being of Irish ancestry, later said that he likely would have taken the job. Johnson gave the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Peck to make up for not being able to give the offer.
** Peck was also seriously considered for the role of Professor Henry Jones Sr., AKA: Indy's father, in ''Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade''. Creator/HarrisonFord even cited Peck as one of his favorite actors. Incidentally, Peck actually ''was'' old enough to be Ford's father, being approximately 26 years older than Ford as opposed to Creator/SeanConnery, who is only 12 years older than Ford.

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