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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 incorruptible pillars of virtue and wisdom. Best known for his Oscar-winning turn as Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird (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, Gentleman's Agreement, Twelve O'Clock High, 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.

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He also liked to occasionally play way against type, with roles such as bigoted rapist Lewt McCanles in Duel in the Sun, or Josef Mengele in The Boys from Brazil. In real life, he had a reputation as a gentleman and was a classical Nice Guy — 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, is the latest actor to play Spock in Star Trek: Discovery.

Fun fact: His name is Cockney Rhyming Slang for "neck". Depending on age, this is probably the way that British youngsters are introduced to Gregory Peck. It's definitely the most iconic (and imitated) Cockney slang term, next to "apples and pears" note .

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Tropes associated with Gregory Peck:

  • Badass Baritone: He is up there with James Earl Jones and Sir Christopher Lee in terms of having a deep, distinctive voice.
  • Shout-Out: He got an extended one in Bob Dylan's 1986 song "Brownsville Girl" (which Dylan co-wrote with Sam Shepard). The narrator starts out remembering a Peck movie he once saw (not named, but, based on the description, obviously The Gunfighter), before unwinding a long "Shaggy Dog" Story, with a few more references to Peck sprinkled around.
    Well, I’m standin’ in line in the rain to see a movie starring Gregory Peck
    Yeah, but you know it’s not the one that I had in mind
    He’s got a new one out now, I don’t even know what it’s about
    But I’ll see him in anything so I’ll stand in line
  • What Could Have Been: Lyndon Johnson once told Peck that had he sought re-election in 1968, it would have offered Peck the post of U.S. ambassador to 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, had Sean Connery turned down the role. Harrison Ford 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.
    • Was offered a role in Pocahontas, during its preproduction period as a character named "Old Man River". He turned down the role when the producers explained the plot to him and the character he would play, making the argument that Pocahontas already had several male paternal figures and they really needed to her a maternal figure. Taking his advice, the crew drafted the concept that would become Grandmother Willow. He often said in interviews how the one regret in his career was that he was never in a Disney movie.
    • His family confirmed that just before he died, he was talking about coming out of retirement to play Grandpa Joe in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.


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