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Gregory Peck

March 4, 2000

  • It's that time a year again! On April 5th, Greg will turn 84. If you have been to this page in the past, you might remember that I've made it possible to send birthday greetings to him. Well, this year is no different! To send a greeting, click here. To see the greetings, click here. Remember, these are birthday wishes, not a time to ask for an autograph. Please keep that in mind. I have the power to delete messages and will do so if need be. On the first of April, I will print the messages out and mail them. With that said, go ahead and and send a greeting now!

January 30, 2000

  • Seems like it's been forever since there's been an update, doesn't it? Well, it's because it has been forever! It's a new century, and depending on who you ask, it's a new millennium. So, I'd say it's about time I put some new stuff up, don't you? :)

  • Thanks to Annie, Beth, and Hiromi, there are quite a few new photos in the gallery. I want to take the opportunity again to thank them for their help.

  • Annie has also had an Encounter story to tell since October, but because of my apathy and lack of free time, it's only now up. Sorry about that, Annie. Be sure to check it out.

  • In the links this update are Annie's new Greg page and a wonderful Audrey Hepburn page from Anna.

  • That's about it from this end for now. I'd like to thank you all for sticking with me even though I've slacked off on updates. Remember, if you'd ever like to contribute anything, just e-mail me. BTW, does anyone know of any good free unlimited servers (No Xoom please)? I'm quickly running out of space here and probably ought to start thinking about possible places to move. If you do, give me a shout. Ciao

October 12, 1999

  • Once again, sorry for the lack of updates. However, I've got a nice treat for you. List member Herman sent in thirteen new photos! They can be found on the Movie photo page. Thanks again Herman!

  • List member Annie informed me the other day that she will be attending an award presentation for Greg in Chicago this weekend. It seems Greg will be receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Chicago International Film Festival. This will also serve as the premiere of the documentary "A Conversation With Gregory Peck." Annie says she will inform us of her adventure afterwards. Good luck Annie!

  • That's pretty much it for now. Don't forget to catch all of the shows during Gregory Peck Week on Turner Classic Movies starting next Monday! For a schedule, check below! And if I've been slow getting back to your e-mails, I'll get to them soon. It's the end of the nine weeks at school and I have a bunch of tests to complete right now.

September 23, 1999

  • Here is the schedule for the upcoming 21 film tribute to Greg on Turner Classic Movies:
    Monday, October 18
    • A Conversation With Gregory Peck
    • To Kill A Mockingbird
    • A Conversation With Gregory Peck
    • The Yearling

    Tuesday, October 19

    • The Big Country
    • Yellow Sky
    • How the West Was Won
    • Billy Two Hats

    Wednesday, October 20

    • Roman Holiday
    • Designing Woman
    • Man With A Million
    • Captain Newman, M.D.

    Thursday, October 21

    • Pork Chop Hill
    • Twelve O'Clock High
    • MacArthur
    • The Purple Plain

    Friday, October 22

    • Cape Fear
    • A Conversation With Gregory Peck
    • Night People
    • The Great Sinner

    Saturday, October 23

    • The Guns of Navarone
    • Captain Horatio Hornblower
    • Moby Dick
    • The Portrait

September 21, 1999

  • Hello everyone. I apoligize for the lack of updates, but with school starting in August, I haven't had a lot of time to do much with the page. There are a few things that need to be mentioned, so let's go:

  • I received the following information on Greg from Miss Nancy Nelson: Nancy Nelson's Fax. Thanks Nancy!

  • Along with the information on TCM having Greg as Star of the Month, I'd just like to mention that I'm glad it's happening. You don't know how many times I asked them in them the last few years when or if Greg would be SotM. Nice to see that it's finally happening.

  • That's all I have for now. As always, if you have anything you'd like to share for the page, just let me know.

July 30, 1999

  • Last month Greg received the Marian Anderson award. Karen Cohen sent me some information on the event. Include were some photos and this article:
    The Philadelphia Inquirer
    Sunday, June 27, 1999

    Peck denounces violence

         Accepting the Marian Anderson Award yesterday from Mayor Rendell, actor and activist Gregory Peck took aim at Congress for dithering on gun control and at Hollywood for producing violent entertainment.

         "What is wrong with keeping guns out of the hands of the wrong people?" he asked striking a chord with the crowd of about 1,000 assembled on Broad Street. "No one is trying to outlaw hunting or marksmanship."

         "As for the impact of gratuitous violence in movies and television on young minds, can it trigger a tragedy like Columbine? Of course it can!"

         The words of the leonine figure, 83, met with rousing applause from the audience, among them postal workers, groupie grandmothers and Harry Belafonte, a longtime Peck friend and recipient of the inaugural Anderson award last year. The $100,000 prize is named for the Philadelphia-born singer who broke the race barrier at the Metropolitan Opera and who advanced social progress in her humanitarian work.

         Throughout his career, the Oscar-winning star of To Kill a Mockingbird and Roman Holiday has raised consciousness and cash for a spectrum of causes, ranging from cancer research to civil rights to gun control. During the 1960's and 70's, Anderson and Peck served together on the Nation Council of the Arts.

         One who has long put his money where his mouth is, Peck will divide his prize award among four institutions: the Free Library of Philadelphia, the Los Angeles Public Library, University College in Dublin, Ireland, and, not surprisingly given the topic of his speech, Sarah Brady's Center for Handgun Violence.

         As he exhorted the crowd to "refuse to give excessively violent films our patronage" in a baritone as rich and passionate as Anderson's contralto, it was easy to see why for so many years Domocrats tried to draft him to run against another actor and activist, Ronald Reagan.

         From the dais during a parade in his honor preceding the ceremony, Peck waved and blew kisses to many, including Ronnie Quinn and Peg Slusarczyk of Holmesburg. "I've loved this man since I was 15!" exclaimed Quinn, who looked to be about 20 years Peck's junior. "Gregory, we love you!" screamed other fans.

         Letter carrier Ed Washington, who works out of 30th Street Station, also was in the audience, thrilled to see "Three great guys: Peck is the greatest actor, Belafonte the greatest singer, and Rendell the greatest mayor." Washington called it, "A beautiful ceremony, and right on my route." The Broad and Locust Street site of the event was seven blocks from the Walnut Street Theater, where Peck made his professional debut in 1941.

    Two of the actor's biggest fans were on the dais with him. Mayor Rendell learned about lawyering, he confided to Peck at a private gathering Friday night, from studying the actor's performance as Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird. Just before yesterday's ceremony, Belafonte warmly characterized his friend as the "paragon of artistic and social commitment."

         After the award ceremony, Peck and his wife, Veronique, made a pilgrimage to the Marian Anderson residence at 762 S. Martin St. in South Philadelphia, now owned by Blanche Burton-Lyles, a classical pianist and founder of the Marian Anderson Society.

         For that quietist and most understated of American actors, they day began with a parade and ended with fireworks. The coda to a gala dinner in Peck's honor was a pryotechnic display over the Schuylkill.

         At the gala, Charley Connolly, who heads First Union's Pennsylvania operations, which underwrote the award and the dinner, cited Gentleman's Agreement as his favorite Peck performance "for the unusual resonance in speaking out against the wrongs of anti-Semitism."

         Comcast founder Ralph Roberts and his wife, Suzanne, spoke for many when they characterized Peck as "a principled actor an man."

         "When you leave a Greg Peck movie," Roberts said, "you always learn something."

June 23, 1999

  • As some of you might know, this weekend in Philadelphia Greg is receiving the Marian Anderson award. I received this e-mail from Gretjen Clausing, the Program Director for Film at the Prince, yesterdary in regards to their schedule this weekend. Hopefully it can be of use to some of you attending this event.

    He's the Man - The Films of Gregory Peck

         The unmistakable voice, rugged good looks, and strength of character on and off screen, confirm Gregory Peck's status as one of the great originals of American cinema.

         Come to the Prince Music Theater on Saturday, June 26 & Sunday, June 27th for a 2-day film series highlighting the actor's most original and beloved performances on the occasion of his receiving the 2nd Annual Marian Anderson Award as part of the Philadelphia Festival of the Arts.

    Saturday, June 26 at 10:30 am

    Captain Newman M.D.
    (David Miller, 1963, USA, video, 126 mins) With Angie Dickenson in person

         See Gregory Peck's lighter side in this compelling drama-comedy about a dedicated military doctor treating mentally disturbed soldiers stateside during WWII featuring Angie Dickenson, Tony Curtis and Oscar-nominee Bobby Darin.

    Saturday, June 26 at 1:15 pm

    12 O' Clock High
    (Henry King, 1949, USA, 16mm, B&W, 132 mins)

         Peck gives one of his finest performances in this stirring WWII drama about the pressures facing fighter pilots and the officers sending them off to risk their lives.

    Sunday, June 27 at 10:30 am

    To Kill A Mockingbird
    (Robert Mulligan, 1962, USA, 35mm, B&W, 131 mins) Followed by an informal conversation with Gregory Peck & Brock Peters in person.

         One of the classics of American cinema, Peck won an Oscar for his brilliant performance as southern lawyer Atticus Finch.

    Sunday, June 27 at 6:30 pm

    The Gunfighter
    (Henry King, 1950, USA, 35mm, B&W, 84 mins)

         Considered one of the greatest westerns of all times and Peck includes it as one of his favorite films.

    Sunday, June 27 at 8:15 pm

    (Alfred Hitchcock, 1945, USA, 35mm, B&W, 111 mins)

         A dreamy young Gregory Peck is the object of Ingrid Bergman's analysis as she attempts to uncover his mysterious past.

    Prince Music Theater 1412 Chestnut Street (Chestnut at Broad)

    For information and to purchase advance tickets call Upstages at 215 569 9700.

    Tickets: $7 General, $6 Students/Seniors, $4 children 12 & under. To Kill A Mockingbird w/ Greg Peck - $16 in advance, $20 at the door. Gregory Peck Film Package - $25 in advance - see To Kill A Mockingbird plus 3 other films of your choice.

    The Prince Music Theater, home to Film at the Prince - The Sharon Pinkenson Film Project, is Philadelphia's newest and most state-of-the-art theater for live musical theater and film. This pairing of art forms promises to inspire innovative film programming from the historic to the fantastic, the silent to the musical, the classic to the kitsch, the doc to the drama, the local to the international, and the emerging to the high profile. Film at the Prince hopes to become a gathering place for filmmakers, film lovers, actors, writers, students and families to see exciting new and classic films, socialize, and exchange ideas.

June 19, 1999

  • Well, I'm finally back from Boys' State and settling back in just fine. Over the last few days, I added all of the merchandise links and decided to try my skills out. After honing my skills over the last few months, I managed to encode the entire score to To Kill A Mockingbird into RealAudio G2. Please check it out by clicking here. It is also accessible through the sounds page. It was a pretty big project and I'd appreciate feedback if possible.

June 3, 1999

  • If you haven't noticed, there are a few banners on the site now that weren't here before. Let me explain them to you:

    • The banner at the top of the pages is advertising the book, "Gregory Peck" by Michael Munn, which is coming out in America this month. By clicking on the banner, you can purchase the book from Amazon.com in association with my site. If you plan on buying the book anyways, please consider buying it this way. Not only do you get Amazon.com's great service, but it also helps me out.

    The other banners are at the bottom of the pages:

    • The first is a search banner. With this you can choose a word and search the entire site for it. It also gives you the option of searching the Internet for the same word.

    • Directly below that is a banner for AllAdvantage.com. This is a site that pays you money to surf the net. For every hour you are online, they pay you 50 cents, good for up to 40 hours a month. You also get money for referring people to them. While I hate to just tell people to go there, it is certainly something you may want to check out. Seeing as how it costs you nothing to possible make twenty dollars a month(and help me out), please stop by their site if you get a chance.

    • The final banner/table at the bottom allows you to look for products at Amazon.com. Again, if you plan on making a purchase from them, please consider doing it through the site. It doesn't cost you any extra to do it this way and it helps me out a lot.

  • Finally, I'll be out of town starting this Sunday, June 6th, until Saturday, June 12th. I don't know if I'll be able to check my e-mail while away, so please understand if you don't get a quick response.

May 29, 1999

  • As promised, here is the new site! You may be asking, "What's so different?" Well, aside from the look of the site, most of the new changes are just cosmetic as well. Like what? Well, take a swing by the Films page, for example. Also, the Sounds page has been changed in the fact that not only have the bigger files been converted to RealAudio G2, but you can listen to them first, without downloading. That is the "Streaming" feature. I hope you enjoy the new version of this site. It should load quite a bit faster, and be a bit easier to navigate. Let me know what you think! E-Mail me!

May 17, 1999

  • Many have asked me what I've been up to recently. Well, I've been really busy with school, but when I've actually had free time, I've been working on a new venture, The Unofficial James Garner Page. Working there and on The Unofficial Lee Majors Page, I've managed to refine my HTML a bit. Looking at this site now, it seems really sloppy. That is why, after school is let out in the next few weeks, I want to try and re-design this site, hopefully making it more attractive, faster loading, and easier to use. While this will be a major task, I believe it can be done. I'll try and keep you posted. Until then... Oh yeah, check this out for some familiar faces...

May 2, 1999

  • I've received many letters asking why there haven't been many updates recently. Truthfully, I don't know what much more can be done. Besides adding a new photo here and there or the such, there isn't much. However, I've been working on the Gregory Peck Fans site on Yahoo! Clubs. I think this will be the next wave for this site. It allows for more interaction with you. Not only can you post messages and speak with other fans, you can chat, post pictures, post links, and much more! It really is a neat site. Together with the mailing list, they are great tools. So please stop by the club and join!

April 6, 1999

  • On February 27th, Cecilia's first child, Harper Daniel, was born in New York. Greg and Veronique were overjoyed.

  • From now on, if you have any questions about Greg that don't pertain to this site, please check out Liz at AllExperts.com. She knows a LOT more than I do. Tell her Jeff sent you.

  • The birthday messages were sent on the first of the month. Thanks to everyone who contributed!

  • While I may be "back," I am not off of my hiatus yet. I'll let you know when I'm back for good.

March 3, 1999

  • Greg's birthday is approaching quickly. On April 5, 1999, he will turn eighty-three years old. Last year, I compiled birthday messages to Greg. This year is not any different. All you have to do is click here to send a message. Be sure to read over your message as you can only submit one and only I can make changes. If you make a mistake, e-mail me at mantooth@mailcity.com and I'll try to change the mistake. If you'd just like to view the guestbook, click here.

February 10, 1999

    As of today, I will be on a short hiatus from the Internet. This hiatus is by no means permanent. If all goes well, it will only be a month. The basic effect of this hiatus will be that I won't be able to update the page at all. I can still receive mail at mantooth@mailcity.com, but be forewarned it will most likely take a long time for me to get back with you. I'm sorry that this has to happen but it can't be helped. If you'd like to find out when I'm back online, join the Mailing List. Thanks for your cooperation. Hope to talk with you all again soon! This has been a great experience and I'm not going to let it go so easily.

January 26, 1999

  • If you haven't already heard, Greg tied with Don Cheadle (Sammy Davis, Jr. in "The Rat Pack") to win "Best Performance By An Actor In A Supporting Role In A Series, Mini-Series Or Motion Picture Made For Television" at the 1999 Hollywood Foreign Press Association's Golden Globe Awards. Greg was in attendence and gave a nice speech. Click here to hear Greg's acceptance speech in RealAudio G2 format. The speech will be on the Sounds page from now on. Great job Greg!

December 29, 1998

  • First off, I hope all of you have had a nice holiday! You might not notice, but the site should be a little faster as I've reduced the file size of most of the photos, yet they should still have the same quality. Just about the biggest file I've seen around now is 50kb, so they are a lot smaller.

  • Second, there are a few new photos up, so check them out if you get a chance. I recently received a scanner, so I should be putting up some of my personal photos from time to time. Reducing the photos gave me more space for more photos as well.

  • In case you haven't already, download the RealPlayer G2 as I have been learning how to encode files and you just never know what may pop up. Check out the Sounds page to see what I'm talking about. In the future, longer clips will be in this method. I hope to be able to add video in the future, but that might be a ways off.

  • Now on to some Greg news, here is an article from The Philadelphia Inquirer on December 24, 1998. Thanks to Karen for sending this is:
    By Leonard W. Boasberg

         Gregory Peck, who acted in more than 50 films in a career that has spanned more than half a century, yesterday was named the second recipient of the annual Marian Anderson Award.

         Announcing the winner's name in the Grand Salon of the Rittenhouse, Mayor Rendell emphasized that the award is meant to honor not only artistic achievement but humanitarian endeavors. Peck, he said, is "one of the greatest actors of our time," but also a man who had shown courage as "one of the leading gun-control advocates in the United States." Peck, he recalled, early in his career had taken the leading role in Gentleman's Agreement, the 1947 film denouncing anti-Semitism, and in To Kill a Mockingbird, a 1962 film that attacked racism. Peck won an Oscar for his role as the courageous Southern lawyer Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird, and he was nominated four other times -- for his roles in The Keys of the Kingdom, The Yearling, Gentleman's Agreement, and Twelve O'Clock High.

         Speaking by telephone from his home in Bel Air, Calif., in that sonorous voice familiar to filmgoers all over the world, the 82-year-old actor said he was honored to receive an award named after Marian Anderson, with whom he had worked on the National Council on the Arts in the 1970s. Anderson, an African American Philadelphia-born, world-renowned operatic contralto, came to symbolize not only great artistry but courage and determination in the battle against racism. The first award went to Harry Belafonte, a singer, actor and social activist.

         The award carries with it a cash honorarium of $100,000, underwritten by First Union National Bank. It will be presented officially during a weekend of festivities starting June 25.

         At the podium yesterday, Charles Connolly, president of First Union National Bank, Pennsylvania and Delaware, announced that the bank had committed $1 million to underwrite the award and the festivities for the next two years.

         Peck said he looked forward to accepting the award in person in Philadelphia, where, he recalled, he had had his first paying job at the Walnut Street Theatre in The Doctor's Dilemma in the early 1940s.

         The Anderson Award is one of many honors that Peck has received for his good works. In 1968, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences gave him its Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. He was president of the academy from 1967 to 1974. And in 1969, President Lyndon B. Johnson gave him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian award.

         He has also received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Lincoln Center, the Legion d'Honneur from France, the Life Achievement Award of the American Film Institute, of which he had been first chairman in 1967-69, the Screen Actor's Award of the Screen Actor's Guild, and the National Medal of Arts. He has served as national chairman of the American Cancer Society.

    1998 Philadelphia Newspapers Inc.

  • Finally, congratulations to Greg to who was nominated for a Golden Globe. Here is the press release:
         The nominees were announced on Thursday morning 5:30 a.m., December 17, 1998, at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California, by Elisabeth Shue, Dennis Quaid, Christina Applegate and Noah Wyle.

         The 56th Golden Globe Awards will be presented on Sunday, January 24, 1999.

         The Awards will be held at the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton and telecast live by the NBC Television Network at 8:00 p.m.


    • Don Cheadle
      The Rat Pack

    • Joe Mantegna
      The Rat Pack

    • Gregory Peck
      Moby Dick

    • David Spade
      Just Shoot Me

    • Noah Wyle

December 1

  • Check out Greg's appearance schedule for December on the Tour page.

November 19, 1998

October 17, 1998

  • If you like posters and lobby cards and would love to try and get your hands on some originals, check out http://www.brucehershenson.com. Bruce is having an auction in December and among other things, he is selling a poster from Spellbound and a lobby card from Duel in the Sun. Check them out and tell Bruce that I sent you!

September 30, 1998

  • It's official, we're official! That's right this page will soon be "The Official Gregory Peck Page"!

  • My new e-mail address is mantooth@mailcity.com, please make note of it.

August 14, 1998

  • Just a notice: School starts soon for me, so updates might not come very often. The page won't be dead, just updates will be slower.

July 24, 1998

  • Yesterday morning it was announced that Greg is nominated for an Emmy. The show is on Sunday, September, 13 1998. GOOD LUCK GREG!!! Here is information from The Emmy Website:

    Hume Cronyn as Juror #9
    12 Angry Men • Showtime • MGM Worldwide Television

    Gregory Peck as Father Mapple
    Moby Dick • USA • Hallmark Entertainment

    George C. Scott as Juror #3
    12 Angry Men • Showtime • MGM Worldwide Television

    Martin Short as Frik
    Merlin • NBC • Hallmark Entertainment

    J.T. Walsh as Ray Percy
    Hope • TNT • A Cherry Alley and Camino Palmero Production

July 15, 1998

  • Thanks to Eamonn for this following tidbit:
         London, 14 July 1998 - Plans for Gregory Peck to recite poetry written by Pope John Paul II and released on a CD later this year (98) have been put on hold.

         Italian music publishing house Edizio Musicali III Millennio had lined up GP earlier this year to record 14 poems written by The Pope, Karol Wojtyla, in English as part of a massive international project.

         The Vatican has already cleared the way for CD's in several languages and read by great actors in their native tongue.

         Spanish versions have already been recorded by Enrique Rocha Ruiz (USA and Mexico) and Victor La Place (South America) and Jerry Zelnik has done a Polish version. Vittorio Gassman and Monica Vitti have recited poems for two separate Italian discs.

         GP was originally scheduled to record his part in Autumn (98) but a spokeswoman for III Milennio in Rome said today (14JUL98) a new shortlist of American and English actors has been drawn up and will be looked at in August.

         She said she did not know whether GP was still on the shortlist for the role or why plans had changed.

July 04, 1998

  • This page (News) might slow down as Greg left for France today. I don't expect to hear much news the rest of this summer.

  • Rumor has it that Greg has started working on his book, but no word yet on when it might be finished.

May 18, 1998

  • Sorry for the recent lack of updates. Things have been really hectic around here. Hopefully when school ends, things will slow down a bit.

  • I met Gregory Peck this weekend! For more information, check out the EncountersPage.

April 19, 1998

  • IT'S HERE! Now it's finally possible to buy Gregory Peck movies and books from my page, in association with Amazon.com, so check it out by clicking here.

April 5, 1998

  • HAPPY 82ND BIRTHDAY GREGORY PECK!!! Hope it's a great one!

  • I was contacted again by Mr. Peck on Friday and among other things said, he wanted me to share a poem with you, his fans. To read the poem, click here! BTW, Mr. Peck, if you are reading this, I'm in the process of contacting you again.

April 2, 1998

  • I sent the birthday greetings on March 30. I also plan on trying to add a bio page this weekend in time for Gregory's birthday on April 5! Click here to see the greetings!

  • Mr. Peck is featured in the April issue of AMC Magazine. Check it out!

March 14, 1998

  • I started a page for sending birthday greetings to Gregory. If you want to go there click here. A week or so before the big day (April 5th), I'll print out all of the greetings and mail them to him. Send one today!

  • Get ready! Moby Dick starts tomorrow!

March 8, 1998

  • The Behind-the-Scenes Documentary of Moby Dick airs tonight at 6:30 Central Time. Be sure to watch it!

  • I picked up the new widescreen version of To Kill a Mockingbird on Friday. I'll watch it soon and let you know how it is.

March 4, 1998

  • On March 8th, USA Networks will air a behind the scenes documentary on the new Moby Dick. The actual movie will first air March 15-16

February 28, 1998

  • I was sent this article from someone, it came from AOL's News:
    Gregory Peck Still Persuing Scripts
    .c The Associated Press

    NEW YORK (AP) - Gregory Peck, who will be 82 in April, still peruses scripts that producers send his way, but he's afraid of being typecast. ``They always have an old codger in a home with a precocious grandson, and he springs me, and we go on to enormous adventures,'' the Academy Award-winning actor told Parade magazine for Sunday's issue. ``They're all dreadful, and I won't do 'em.''

    Peck found a script he liked in a new TV version of ``Moby Dick,'' in which he makes a cameo role as Father Mapple and Patrick Stewart plays the driven Captain Ahab.

    ``I play this cameo, and I get to do all the talking! Six minutes of hell and brimstone. Great fun,'' said Peck, who starred as Ahab in John Huston's 1956 film version of the Herman Melville tale.

    ``Moby Dick'' airs March 15-16 on the USA Network.

    AP-NY-02-27-98 0640EST
    Copyright 1997 The Associated Press.

  • Check out this link for a cool interview with Gregory: Hollywood.com Interview

February 24, 1998

  • I was contacted by Gregory Peck yesterday. I will be attending his May 15 performance in Kansas City.