Eldred Gregory Peck (April 5, 1916 June 12, 2003) was an American actor who was one of the most popular film stars from the 1940s to the 1960s. A tall, dark, clean-cut, all-American with a stirring voice and a sincere squint, he 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 Creator/AmericanFilmInstitute as the greatest hero in the history of American film, a week before Peck died), he played similarly admirable characters in films such as ''Literature/TheYearling'', ''Film/GentlemansAgreement'', ''Film/TwelveOClockHigh'', and ''Film/TheBigCountry''. 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). He died of cardiorespiratory arrest and bronchial pneumonia in 2003.

His grandson, Ethan Peck, has a recurring role on ''Series/GossipGirl''.

Fun fact: His name is UsefulNotes/CockneyRhymingSlang for "neck". Depending on age, this is probably the way that British youngsters are introduced to Gregory Peck. It's definitely the most [[PopCultureOsmosis iconic]] ([[BriefAccentImitation and imitated]]) Cockney slang term, next to "apples and pears" [[note]]"stairs", by the way[[/note]].
!! List of his works with pages on this wiki:

* ''Film/{{Spellbound}}'' (1945)
* ''Literature/TheYearling'' (1946)
* ''Film/DuelInTheSun'' (1946)
* ''Film/GentlemansAgreement'' (1947)
* ''Film/TwelveOClockHigh'' (1949)
* ''Film/TheGunfighter'' (1950)
* ''Film/HoratioHornblower, R.N.'' (1951)
* ''Film/RomanHoliday'' (1953)
* ''Film/TheMillionPoundNote'' (1954)
* ''Film/MobyDick'' (1956)
* ''Film/DesigningWoman'' (1957)
* ''Film/TheBigCountry'' (1958)
* ''Film/PorkChopHill'' (1959)
* ''Film/OnTheBeach'' (1959)
* ''Literature/TheGunsOfNavarone'' (1961)
* ''Film/HowTheWestWasWon'' (1962)
* ''Literature/ToKillAMockingbird'' (1962)
* ''Film/CapeFear'' (both versions, 1962/91)
* ''Film/{{Mirage|1965}}'' (1965)
* ''Film/MackennasGold'' (1969)
* ''Film/{{Marooned}}'' (1969)
* ''Film/{{The Omen|1976}}'' (1976)
* ''Film/TheBoysFromBrazil'' (1978)
* ''Film/TheScarletAndTheBlack'' (1983)
* ''Film/AmazingGraceAndChuck'' (1987)
* ''[[Film/OtherPeoplesMoney Other People's Money]]'' (1991)

!! Tropes associated with Gregory Peck:
* BadassBaritone: He is up there with Creator/JamesEarlJones and Sir Creator/ChristopherLee in terms of having a deep, distinctive voice.
* 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 ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade'', had Creator/SeanConnery turned down the role. 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 Connery, who is only 12 years older than Ford.