Seriously considered challenging then California Governor Ronald Reagan's re-election campaign in 1970 but decided against it at the last minute despite state and national pressure from the Democrat Party of California and The Democratic National Committee.
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).
During his lean salad days, he supported himself as a Radio City Music Hall tour guide and as a catalog model for Montgomery Ward.
Peck was the first native Californian to win an Academy Award for Best Actor.
Peck was inducted into the "Hall of Great Western Performers" of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in 1979.
He was voted the 27th "Greatest Movie Star of All Time" by Premiere Magazine.
According to at least one biography, he took his role in The Omen (1976) at a huge cut in salary (a mere $250,000) but was guaranteed 10% of the film's box office take. When it went on to gross more than $60 million in the U.S. alone, The Omen produced the highest-paid performance of Peck's career.
Peck was voted the 58th "Greatest Movie Star" of all time by Entertainment Weekly.
Peck was named the 12th greatest actor on "The 50 Greatest Screen Legends" list by the American Film Institute.
He and The Big Country (1958) co-star, Charlton Heston, both played the infamous Nazi war criminal, Dr. Josef Mengele: Peck in The Boys from Brazil (1978) and Heston in My Father, Rua Alguem 5555 (2003).
In the spring of 1939, Peck skipped graduation at the University of California at Berkeley and, with $160 and a letter of introduction in his pocket, went by train to New York, traveling coach, to embark on his acting career.
He was Warner Bros. original choice to play Grandpa Joe in Tim Burton's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005). He was offered the role and seriously considered it but passed away before he could give them an answer.
His performance as Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) is ranked #13 on Premiere Magazine's "100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time".
He was awarded the American National Medal of the Arts in 1998 by the National Endowment of the Arts in Washington D.C.
He was a U.C. Berkeley graduate (BA '39) Oarsman on Cal's JV crew team.
One of his trademarks was playing courageous, nobly heroic good guys who saw injustice and fought it.
He was the first Chairman of the American Film Institute (1967-1969).
Was the National Chairman of the American Cancer Society in 1966.
In 1967, he won a Special Academy Award: "The Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award".
In 1967, he was the President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.
He was a Charter Member of the National Council on the Arts (1968-1974).
Out of all the movies he had done, To Kill A Mockingbird was his favorite.
He was good friends with Martin Luther King Jr.
Height: 6'3 ft. tall.
In 1975, his oldest son Jon committed suicide.
His "Walk of Fame" Star was discovered stolen on November 30, 2005. No small feat, considering the bronze stars weigh in at 300 pounds and happen to be located in a tourist-heavy area of Los Angeles.
His parents divorced when he was five and he was sent to live with his grandmother.
He was pre-med before he decided to become an actor.
He was an only child.
Peck: Faith is a force, a powerful force. To me, it's been like an anchor to windward, something that's seen me through troubled times and some personal tragedies and also through the good times and success and the happy times.
Peck: (About John Holmes's porn trial) You know, someone once asked me that and I said the day that Laurence Olivier drops his pants on the screen is the day that I will support adult actors, and then I saw the movie The Betsy (1978).
Peck: You have to dream, you have to have a vision, and you have to set a goal for yourself that might even scare you a little because sometimes that seems far beyond your reach. Then I think you have to develop a kind of resistance to rejection, and to the disappointments that are sure to come your way.
Peck: I don't lecture and I don't grind any axes. I just want to entertain.
Peck: I'm not a do-gooder. It embarrassed me to be classified as a humanitarian. I simply take part in activities that I believe in.
Peck: They say the bad guys are more interesting to play but there is more to it than that, playing the good guys is more challenging because it's harder to make them interesting.
Peck: (As a presenter at the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) awards ceremony in 1997) It just seems silly to me that something so right and simple has to be fought for at all.
Peck: (On his 1962 Oscar-winning role in To Kill A Mockingbird (1955)) I put everything I had into it, all my feelings and everything I'd learned in 46 years of living, about family life and fathers and children. And my feelings about racial justice and inequality and opportunity.