Another week, another “Many Faces of…”, this week with a special edition. I usually make these for recent actors/actresses, but since Ruth at Flixchatter was doing a tribute to Gregory Peck I felt obliged to make one especially for the occasion. You’ll be able to see what he looked like in all the roles he played. I think Ruth will be able to tell you way more about this actor than I can, but I’ll give it a shot.
Eldred Gregory Peck was born on April 5 1916 in California. After his parents divorced, he was raised by his grandmother and sent to a military Catholic school at the age of ten. During his school time he rowed, was part of the track team and had his first theatre experience. He majored in English at Berkeley and an acting coach at the university thought he would be the right guy for theatre. He appeared in several plays.
After graduating he moved to New York where he gained more experience. During the second World War he couldn’t fight because of a back injury and was wanted as an actor. He appeared in his first movie, Days of Glory, in 1944. It would be the start of a very long career in which he received one Oscar and several nominations. His last role would be Father Mapple in Moby Dick. He would play Grandpa Joe in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, but died before he could accept it.
As I said yesterday, I have not seen enough of his movies to tell you what my favorite movie is, but I do remember what I saw in To Kill a Mockingbird.
What’s your favorite Gregory Peck role?