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Eldred Gregory Peck (born April 5, 1916 in San Diego, CA; passed away June 12, 2003 in Los Angeles, CA) was an American actor who was considered one of the world's most popular film stars from the 1940s to the 1960s, Peck continued to play major film roles until the late 1970s. His performance as Atticus Finch in the 1962 film To Kill a Mockingbird earned him the Academy Award for Best Actor. He had also been nominated for an Oscar for the same category for The Keys of the Kingdom (1944), The Yearling (1946), Gentleman's Agreement (1947) and Twelve O'Clock High (1949).
Other notable films he appeared in include Spellbound (1945), The Paradine Case (1947), Roman Holiday (1953), Moby Dick (1956) (and its 1998 miniseries of the same name with Patrick Stewart), The Guns of Navarone (1961), Cape Fear (1962) (and its 1991 remake of the same name with Nick Nolte and Joe Don Baker), How the West Was Won (1962), Experiment 409 Space Travelers (1969), The Omen (1976) and The Boys from Brazil (1978).
President Lyndon B. Johnson honored Peck with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1969 for his lifetime humanitarian efforts. In 1999, the American Film Institute named Peck among the Greatest Male Stars of All Time, ranking at No. 12. He was named to the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame in 1983.