In 1999, Gregory Peck was named among the Greatest Male Stars of All Time, by the American Film Institute, ranking at No. 12. With a career that spanned 5 decades, and a list of films that include some of the best ever made, Peck was a true master of the Cinema.
In 1960’s he made 10 films during that decade, such as; The Guns of Navarone, Cape Fear, How the West Was Won and Mackenna’s Gold. But in 1963 a film was released in which he starred as the soft spoken, yet strong Alabama attorney Atticus Finch. The film was To Kill A Mockingbird, and the role would become the role of a lifetime, and one that would define Gregory Peck for the rest of his life. It would also be the role that gave him the Academy Award for Best Actor. His character from To Kill a Mockingbird
(1962), Atticus Finch, was voted the greatest screen hero of all time by the American Film Institute in May 2003, only two weeks before his death (beating out Indiana Jones, who was placed second, and James Bond who came third).
Peck continued to make films up until his death in 2003, and was also outspoken politically, aligning himself with the Democratic party. Peck was nominated for five Academy Awards, winning once. He was nominated in 1946 for The Keys of the Kingdom, in 1947 for The Yearling, in 1948 for Gentleman’s Agreement, and in 1950 for Twelve O’Clock High. He won the Oscar in 1963 for To Kill a Mockingbird. In 1968, he was awarded with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.
Peck received many Golden Globe awards. He won in 1947 for The Yearling, in 1963 for To Kill a Mockingbird, and in 1999 for Moby Dick. He was nominated in 1978 for The Boys from Brazil. He received the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 1969, and was given the Henrietta Award in 1951 and 1955 for World Film Favorite — Male.
In 1969, Lyndon Johnson honored Peck with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award.
In 1971, the Screen Actors Guild presented Peck with the SAG Life Achievement Award. In 1989, the American Film Institute gave Peck the AFI Life Achievement Award. He received the Crystal Globe award for outstanding artistic contribution to world cinema in 1996.