Eldred Gregory Peck was born on 5 April 1916 in La Jolla, California in the USA, the son of a pharmacist. After his parents split up, the young Gregory was sent away to be raised by his grandmother. In later life he would fondly recall his weekly visits to the cinema with his grandmother during this period and his dog, which followed him wherever he went.
After high school in San Diego, Gregory Peck attended St. John's Military Academy in Los Angeles, eventually going on to study Medicine at Berkeley University. Due to his overriding interest in acting, however, he changed his priorities around this time and became a member of the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York. Shortly after graduating, Peck made his Broadway debut in the play 'The Morning Star' (1942).
Just two years later peck made his big screen debut in the film 'Days of Glory', and soon made the jump into Hollywood big league with his second film, 'The Keys Of The Kingdom' (1944), for which he received an Oscar nomination.
After making a series of major films and producing some powerful performances, for which he received a total of 4 Oscar nominations, Gregory Peck eventually succeeded in making the big breakthrough in 1962 with the film 'To Kill A Mockingbird', for which he was awarded an Oscar.
In addition to his film work, Gregory Peck devoted himself to a range of charitable and artistic organisations, receiving the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award in 1967 and a Life Achievement Award from the American Film Institute in 1989. In 1993 Peck was also awarded a Golden Bear by the Berlin Film Festival for his lifetime achievements.
Gregory Peck died of old age on 12 June 2003 in Los Angeles at the age of 87.