In today’s edition of classic Hollywood throwback Thursday, we’re taking a look at one of my personal favorites, Mr. Gregory Peck.
I remember seeing Gregory alongside Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday when I was 5 or 6 and instantly being taken by his on screen persona. He was kind and funny, in an utterly charming, dashing and handsome kind of way. Which is how he was sold off screen, too.
He first gained fame in theatre, before transitioning to film in 1944, and even received an Academy Award nomination for his second film, The Keys of the Kingdom.
While he’s was in a number of wonderful films–Roman Holiday, Gentleman’s Agreement and The Omen, just to name a few–Gregory is probably best know for his role as Atticus Finch in 1962′s To Kill A Mockingbird. Whenever I feel bad that Peter O’Toole didn’t win the Oscar for Lawrence of Arabia in 1963, I remember that it’s because he lost to Gregory as Atticus.
Probably one of my favorite things about Gregory Peck is how scandal-free he stayed throughout his time in Hollywood. He was married to his second wife, Veronique Passani, from 1955 till his death in 2003. And aside from a brief fling in 1945 with Ingrid Bergman during his first marriage, he was pretty much spotless.
So thank you, Gregory Peck, for being so wonderful. Make sure to check out some of the movies listed above if you haven’t seen them. And let’s all appreciate that Gregory aged very well.
Side note: Gregory’s grandson is the actor Ethan Peck, who I had a major crush on when he was Mary-Kate Olsen‘s love interest in Passport to Paris, and who is still plenty hot today.