Gregory Peck one of the most popular film stars from the 1940’s to the 1960’s.
Did you know Gregory Peck was a rower in the California Berkeley rowing team
Mr. Peck Recalls His Days on Berkeley’s Rowing Team in 1937 and in ’38. A member of the rowing team, Peck attributed the skills he had to master as a rower–rhythm, harmony and balance–to the success he achieved in his personal and professional life. Even though Peck’s Berkeley Fees were only $26.00 a year, he had to struggle to make ends meet.
It was 50 years in movies where Mr. Peck gave back to the University.
He has been a generous supporter and has recently pledged $25,000 for an endowment in honor of his crew coach, Ky Ebright, for the men’s rowing team.
Here are Mr. Peck’s most memorable movies, and sharing his Hollyood stories
Here are some of his most memorable films, Roman Holiday, The Guns of Navarone, The Boys from Brazil, and the moving, final courtroom scene from To Kill a Mockingbird, which left the audience in momentary silence.
Peck also shared some stories from his years as a Hollywood insider. When filming started for The Gunfighter, Peck said he was outfitted with a bad fake mustache. When the director, who had been out of town, saw the early scenes he was horrified at the sight of the ridiculous prop. You’re supposed to be a sex symbol, we’ll have to re-shoot everything, demanded the director. Not wanting to re-do two weeks worth of work, Peck said he convinced the film’s accountant to inflate the cost. When told how expensive it would be, the director backed down and Peck wore the mustache for the remainder of the film.