... that Gregory Peck along with Dorothy McGuire and Mel Ferrer founded the respected La Jolla Playhouse. in La Jolla, California in 1947 as a place to Hollywood actors to perform on the stage.
... that Gregory Peck turned down the role of the beleaguered Sheriff in High Noon because he had just finished a movie that he thought was very similar (The Gunfighter.) He considers this the greatest mistake of his career. Learn more in our Tribute to High Noon.
... that Gregory Peck is on the very short list of American film stars (21 of them) who have been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Mr. Peck received his from President Lyndon Johnson in 1969 for his lifelong humanitarian efforts.
... that Gregory Peck was a man ahead of his time. Here he is in 1979 reminding us that we better start conserving energy.
... that Gregory Peck's grandmother was born in Ireland. He made many visits to Ireland and in 1997 he was named Irish American of the year. You can learn about his Irish connections and read a poem written by one of his ancestors.
... that you can have the privilege of hearing Gregory Peck talk about his admiration for his Roman Holiday costar Audrey Hepburn and recite one of her favorite poems.
... that Gregory Peck's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was stolen. Other stars have been taken during construction projects but Gregory Peck's was actually sawed right out of the cement sidewalk. The star was replaced but the thief and the missing star have never been found.
... Fans of the book and movie To Kill a Mockingbird travel to the tiny southern town of Monroeville, Alabama every year. This is where Harper Lee, the author of the book lives and this is the town where Gregory Peck filmed the movie. You can go on a walking tour and visit the courthouse. Throughout the year there are special events and seminars and a reenactment of the movie. There is a monument to Gregory Peck's character, Atticus Finch. You can watch a video of a fan's visit here:
Grauman's/Mann's Chinese Theater Footprints
Gregory Peck is just one of the many legendary celebrities to leave hand and footprints outside the famous Grauman's (now Mann's) Chinese Theater.
Mann's Chinese Theater
6925 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA SEE MAP
Hollywood Walk of Fame Star
In the early 1960's, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce developed the idea of the "Hollywood Walk of Fame." The sidewalks of the most famous streets in the heart of Hollywood were lined with "stars" recognizing celebrities' life-long contributions to the entertainment industry. Receiving a star is still to this day considered a huge honor. Here's where you can find Gregory Peck's star:
Walk of Fame Star (Motion Pictures)
6100 Hollywood Blvd.