Among modern generations, it may be hard to grasp just how great Gregory Peck was in the 1940s and right up to the 1960s. While actors such as Cary Grant and Humphrey Bogart were often cast as some of the greatest male style icons of the 20th century, Gregory Peck is more rarely heard of in these contexts – despite the fact that they all appeared in roughly the same decades of Hollywood’s Golden Age.
Although Gregory Peck may not have quite the same star power around him today, he was definitely one of Hollywood’s biggest stars during those three decades. This was true whether it was romantic movies, comedies, dramas or adventure films.
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Gregory Peck won an Oscar in 1962 for his role in How to Kill a Mockingbird. His role as Captain Keith Mallory in the 1961 film The Guns of Navarone is also widely remembered to this day.
In addition to his acting talents, his greatness was perhaps due in part to the fact that many of the other leading stars were at war during World War II. He himself was exempted from participation in the war because of a back injury sustained during a rowing match while at university.
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Articles about Gregory Peck
But above all, this tall, dark and handsome man was accessible to the media in a very different way from many of his fellow actors. That this was the case is easy to see when you go through all the articles written about him in the Hollywood magazine Modern Screen. During the 1940s and 1950s, there was hardly a single edition that did not contain some kind of article featuring Gregory Peck.
If you want to read more in any of those editions, here are some examples:
- At-home Report with his family from 1945. Another at-home report in their newly moved-in house in Hollywood from 1947.
- From the making of the film Gentleman’s Agreement (1947).
- Gregory Peck and family (1947).
- Gossip from 1948.
- From the set of Twelve O’Clock High (1949).
- Gossip about Gregory Peck and his future wife Veronique Passani in an article from 1954.
Here are a couple of clips of a documentary about Gregory Peck from 1988, reviewing his life story and his Hollywood career.