After his death, Peckinpah was cremated and his ashes were scattered at sea off the coast of Malibu.
Peckinpah was fired as director of the 1965 film The Cincinnati Kid because of creative differenced with producer Martin Ransehoff.
Peckinpah was voted the 32nd greatest movie director of all-time by Entertainment Weekly.
Peckinpah reportedly had terrible handwriting that only a few people were able to decipher.
Peckinpah's last directoral job was a music video for Julian Lennon.
Peckinpah had a small acting role in the 1956 cult sci-fi film Invasion of the Body Snatchers.
Peckinpah married Begonia Palacios in 1965. They had one child.
Peckinpah was married to Marie Selland from 1947 to 1960. They had three children.
Peckinpah was 5 feet, 9 inches tall when he shot The Wild Bunch on location in Mexico in 1968.
Peckinpah's films have influenced other directors such as Martin Scorcese, Clint Eastwood, and John Woo.
Peckinpah reportedly began using cocaine heavily while working on The Killer Elite.
The trademarks of Peckinpah's films were graphic violence, slow motion, and rapid-fire edits.
Peckinpah's biggest box office success was The Getaway released in 1973.
The first film for which Peckinpah won acclaim was Ride the High Country in 1962.
Peckinpah loved spending time in Mexico and was fascinated by Mexican culture.
The first feature film directed by Peckinpah was The Deadly Companion.
Peckinpah was a heavy drinker and substance abuser who often went on violent binges.
Peckinpah earned a Master's Degree from USC in 1950.
Peckinpah served in the U.S. Marines from 1943 to 1946 but did not see combat during World War II.
Peckinpah was close friends with actor/songwriter Kris Kristofferson who starred in Peckinpah's 1973 film Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid.
Director Peckinpah feuded with stars Charlton Heston and Richard Harris on the set of Major Dundee.
Peckinpah wrote and directed numerous episodes of Gunsmoke during its early years.
Peckinpah was nominated for an Academy Award for Original Screenplay in 1970 for The Wild Bunch. This was his only Oscar nomination.
At the time of his death, Peckinpah was in pre-production on an original script by Stephen King entitled The Shotgunners.
Peckinpah (about Junior Bonner): I made a movie where nobody got killed and nobody went to see it.
Peckinpah: The end of a picture is always the end of a life.