Here's a brief recap of Gregory Peck's brilliant career. The Oscar winner has played a WWII general, a Nazi, and an astronaut

By EW Staff
Updated June 12, 2003 at 04:00 AM EDT

Days of Glory (1944) Played a Russian partisan fighting the Nazis in his debut film

The Keys of the Kingdom (1944) Won his first Academy Award nomination for playing a priest attempting to convert the non-Christian Chinese

Spellbound (1945) Played an amnesiac opposite Ingrid Bergman in this Alfred Hitchcock-directed thriller

Yearling, The (1946) Won his second Best Actor nomination and a Golden Globe as a sensitive dad helping his young son into adulthood

Duel in the Sun (1946) David O. Selznick (”Gone With the Wind”) directed this lusty Western.

Gentleman’s Agreement (1947) Another Best Actor nomination for playing a reporter who pretends to be Jewish to investigate anti-Semitism. Directed by Elia Kazan (”On the Watefront”)

Twelve O’Clock High (1949)His fourth Best Actor nomination came for playing a World War II bomber.

Captain Horatio Hornblower (1951) Played the title role opposite Virginia Mayo in this adaptation of the C.S. Forester novel

Roman Holiday (1953) Played a charming reporter opposite Audrey Hepburn in her screen debut

Moby Dick (1956) John Huston directed Peck’s dark Captain Ahab; he later made a cameo in a 1998 TV version.

Beloved Infidel (1959) Played an alcoholic, heartbroken F. Scott Fitzgerald in his declining years as a Hollywood screenwriter

On the Beach (1959) An American captain in Australia loses his family to nuclear war.

Cape Fear (1962) The beleaguered attorney Sam Bowden stalked by Robert Mitchum’s Max Cady; in the 1991 remake, both he and Mitchum made cameos

To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) Peck won the Best Actor Oscar for his heroic portrayal of attorney and single dad Atticus Finch, who defends a black man accused of rape in the Depression-era South.

Marooned (1969) One of three pre-Apollo 13 astronauts who are stranded in space with a limited oxygen supply

The Omen (1976) An American ambassador becomes papa to bad seed Damien in this chiller directed by Richard Donner (the ”Lethal Weapon” series).

MacArthur (1977) Played WWII and Korean War Gen. Douglas MacArthur

The Boys From Brazil (1978) Played in-hiding Nazi scientist Dr. Josef Mengele

Old Gringo (1989) Played cynical satirist Ambrose Bierce, seeking to end his career in a blaze of glory in revolutionary 1910s Mexico

Other People’s Money (1991) Played a small-town CEO defending his factory against corporate takeover artist (Danny DeVito)