Peck married Greta Kukkonen, a Finnish woman, in October 1942, and they had three sons: Jonathan, Stephen, and Carey Paul. On December 31, 1955, they divorced. On June 26, 1975, Peck's eldest son was discovered dead in his house, officials believing it was a suicide.
Peck with his wife, Veronique
Peck had a brief affair with Spellbound co-star Ingrid Bergman during his first marriage. In a 1987 interview with Brad Darrach of People, he admitted to the affair, saying: "All I can say is that I adored her [Bergman], and I believe that's where I should end it... I was a kid at the time. She was a young lady. We had been working closely and intensively for weeks."
Peck married Véronique Passani, a Paris news reporter who had interviewed him in 1952 before he flew to Italy to film Roman Holiday, on New Year's Eve in 1955, the day after his divorce was formalized. Six months later, he invited her to lunch, and the two became inseparable. Anthony Peck was their son, and Cecilia Peck was their daughter. Until Gregory Peck's death, the couple stayed married. Anthony, his son, is the ex-husband of supermodel Cheryl Tiegs. Both of Peck's marriages resulted in grandkids. Actor Ethan Peck is one of his grandsons from his first marriage. Peck was a thoroughbred steeplechase racehorse owner. Owen's Sedge came in seventh place in the Grand National in 1963. Another of his horses competed in the 1968 Grand National, the horse was the favorite, but he came in third.
Peck was a devout Roman Catholic who explored becoming a priest. Peck was questioned if he was a practicing Catholic later in his career by a journalist. Peck replied: "I'm a devout Roman Catholic. I'm not a die-hard fan, but I put in enough effort to keep the series alive. I am not always in agreement with Pope Francis. Several topics concern me, including abortion, contraception, women's ordination, and others." Because the Church forbids remarriage if a previous spouse is still alive and the first marriage was not annulled, his second marriage was performed by a justice of the peace rather than a priest. Peck was a major fund-raiser for the missionary work of a priest friend (Father Albert O'Hara), and he and his son Stephen co-produced a tape recording of the New Testament.
Death and Legacy
Peck died in his sleep from bronchopneumonia on June 12, 2003, at 87, at his home in Los Angeles. Veronique, his wife, was by his side.
Gregory Peck is buried in the mausoleum at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles. Brock Peters, whose character, Tom Robinson, was defended by Gregory Peck's Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird, read his eulogy. Lauren Bacall, Sidney Poitier, Harry Belafonte, Shari Belafonte, Harrison Ford, Calista Flockhart, Mike Farrell, Shelley Fabares, Jimmy Smits, Louis Jourdan, Dyan Cannon, Stephanie Zimbalist, Michael York, Angie Dickinson, Larry Gelbart, Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie, Louise Fletcher, Tony Danza, and Piper Laurie were among the celebrities who attended Peck.
The Peck family established the Gregory Peck Award for Cinematic Excellence in 2008 to celebrate a director, producer, or actor's life's work in memory of their father. It was first shown at the Dingle International Film Festival in his ancestral birthplace of Dingle, Ireland, and has been shown in the San Diego International Film Festival in his hometown since 2014. Gabriel Byrne, Laura Dern, Alan Arkin, Annette Bening, Patrick Stewart, and Laurence Fishburne are among the honorees.Return to the previous page
|Birth Date:||5 Apr, 1916|
|Citizenship:||United States of America|
|Birth Place:||La Jolla|