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Gregory Peck (1916 -- 2003)

Gregory Peck was born, and died, in Los Angeles, and he remained a popular Hollywood screen legend throughout the second half of the 20th century. Young Peck took up acting on the New York stage, but moved back to Los Angeles when movie parts were offered.

His film debut came in the wartime drama, Days of Glory (1944), but it was his Oscar®-winning, lead role in To Kill A Mockingbird (1962) which defined his screen persona as a decent, upstanding man of integrity, willing to take risks and defy the odds for a just cause. Peck was consequently more successful as hero than villain, inclined either towards action or romance.

He leaves a substantial body of work, including many classics, Captain Horatio Hornblower (1951), Roman Holiday (1953), The Guns of Navarone (1961), Cape Fear (1962), The Omen (1976), The Boys From Brazil (1978) and The Sea Wolves (1980). Gregory Peck died peacefully in his sleep at home, aged 87, leaving a wife and four children.