Gregory Peck was a good actor

Gregory Peck's 100th birthdayThe good person from Hollywood

"I fell in love with movie making, that’s what happened. And I haven’t got over that yet."

That theater fanatic Gregory Peck would one day fall in love with the cinema probably amazed him. And he held out in the film business for a long time. At 73 he was celebrated again for the starring role of the death-plagued writer Ambrose Bierce in "Old Gringo". "Perhaps the best achievement of his life," congratulated the New York Times. The actor, whom Alfred Hitchcock considered a beautiful bore, quickly became a crowd favorite thanks to his outward appearance. However, "The Most Beautiful Man in Hollywood" endeavored from the start to offer a variety of roles. He resigned the star role in "High Noon" in 1952 to Gary Cooper only because he had previously played the gunslinger Jimmy Ringo in "The Gunfighter". Unlucky artists!

Born on April 5, 1916 in La Jolla, California, Eldred Gregory Peck came into contact with the fine arts late; all the more resolutely did he then pursue his professional goal of becoming an actor. Since Peck, who was unfit for military service, stayed at home at the beginning of the war and actors were in short supply at the time, all doors were soon open to him in Hollywood.

"When I first started acting, I was discouraged rather than encouraged. Nobody in my family had anything to do with theater or film, and everyone thought - me too - that I was going down a very dangerous path. But after I turned four, Having spent five years in New York dealing with minor roles and performing in the summer repertoire, I got a job in film. All in all, my luck has not left me since then. "

Became a superstar as captain Ahab in "Moby Dick"

Gregory Peck starred in more than 50 films in 40 years. At first, westerns and melodramas dominated, his first comedy "Roman Holiday", "A Heart and a Crown" from 1953 was a huge success. Three years later, the role of Captain Ahab in "Moby Dick" made him a superstar, even if the criticism spoke of a "miscast" and clearly referred to the limits of the actor Gregory Peck. But the deficits only spurred his ambition. Peck won the role of southern attorney Atticus Finch in "To Kill a Mockingbird" based on the novel by Harper Lee, which in 1963 earned him his only Oscar. The Stanislavsky student balanced between the adapted star existence of the old Hollywood studios and the nonconformists of New Hollywood. He had no chance against the young rebels with charisma, Marlon Brando, James Dean.

"I have stories in store, but I don't tell them. Discretion, discretion. It probably has to do with the fact that I'm shy of publicity. I avoid the public, except when I work or deal with the press. In everyday life, there I live a quiet private life. "

An understatement. Gregory Peck never raised his political commitment. He was considered the good person of Hollywood, a Mr. Clean, Mr. Integrity, the positive hero par excellence. As a trustee of liberal America, he protested against the smear campaigns of the communist hunter McCarthy.

On the list of Nixon enemies

As a producer, Peck first shot "The Trial of the Catonsville Nine" in 1972, about the protest against the Vietnam War, in which 387 collection orders were burned. Peck earned respect and an entry on Nixon's black list.

"I wouldn't call it an honor, but it was definitely not a dishonor.

In the last years of his life, things became quieter for Gregory Peck. But his protest continued, against American gunfury, after the Columbine High School massacre. He stayed in public with his one-man show "A Conversation with Gregory Peck" and received countless honors. The National Medal of Merit for the Arts was presented to him by his fan, President Bill Clinton.

"It's a great honor for me to present this award as a genuine fan of Gregory Peck."