Thursday, July 8, 2010
He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor five times, four of which came in his first five years of film acting:
Gentleman's Agreement (1947). Philip Green is a highly respected writer who is hired by a national magazine to write a series of articles on anti-Semitism in America. He's not to sure how to write the article until he comes up with the idea to pretend that he was Jewish. It does not take long before he experiences what it must have been like for the Jews.
Among his other films:
Peck and Hepburn were close friends until her death, Peck even introduced her to her first husband, Mel Ferrer.
Peck once again teamed up with director William Wyler in the epic Western, The Big Country (1958), which he co-produced.
He served as the president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 1967, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the American Film Institute from 1967 to 1969, Chairman of the Motion Picture and Television Relief Fund in 1971 and National Chairman of the American Cancer Society in 1966. He was a member of the National Council on the Arts from 1964 to 1966.