Gregory Peck

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Exhibition Label
In 1948, Time billed Hollywood actor Gregory Peck, then thirty-one, as “the average man on the flying trapeze.” Unpretentious by nature, Peck enjoyed projecting the image of the typical family man earning a living for an adoring wife and two young sons. Yet acting was his passion, and he strove to further hone his skills. Already he was one of the most valuable male talents in the business, largely because of, Time reported, “his good looks, which invest any role he undertakes with a certain idealized, legendary quality.” Later, his acting skills alone would win him a Best Actor Oscar in 1963 for his supreme performance as Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird (1962).
En 1948, Time describió en su portada al actor hollywoodense Gregory Peck, entonces de treinta y un años, como “un hombre normal montado en un trapecio volante”. De naturaleza sencilla, Peck prefería proyectar la imagen de hombre de familia típico que se ganaba el sustento para su amorosa esposa y sus dos hijos. No obstante, su pasión era actuar, e hizo grandes esfuerzos por pulirse. Ya para esa época era uno de los talentos masculinos más valiosos en la industria, sobre todo porque, según Time, “su atractivo físico infunde a cada papel que interpreta un aire idealizado, legendario”. Pero serían sus destrezas actorales las que le ganarían un Oscar al mejor actor en 1963 por su soberbia caracterización de Atticus Finch en To Kill a Mockingbird (1962).
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Mrs. Boris Chaliapin. Conserved with funds from The Pritzker Traubert Family Foundation
Restrictions & Rights
© Chris Murphy
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1948
Object number
NPG.88.TC54
Artist
Boris Chaliapin, 1904 - 1979
Sitter
Gregory Peck, 5 Apr 1916 - 12 Jun 2003
Topic
Symbols & Motifs\Star
Personal Attribute\Teeth
Gregory Peck: Male
Gregory Peck: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Movie
Gregory Peck: Oscar
Gregory Peck: Presidential Medal of Freedom
Portrait
Medium
Gouache, ink and graphite pencil on paperboard
Dimensions
Sheet: 38.3 × 34.9cm (15 1/16 × 13 3/4")
National Portrait Gallery
Type
Painting