Gregory Peck was one of the most popular actors in the mid-twentieth century, and was also heavily involved with Liberalist movements, even marching with Martin Luther King Jr. He received plenty of awards for his humanitarian efforts, including a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1969. Known for his tall, imposing stature, Gregory was born Eldred Gregory Peck, a name he hated, and later went by just his middle name, Gregory. He was born on April 5, 1916, in San Diego, California, coming from Irish and a combination of English and German ancestry. He lived to be 87, breathing his last breath on June 12, 2003, due to cardiorespiratory arrest along with pneumonia.
Gregory, as he became known, was born in San Diego, at the time called as La Jolla, to Gregory Pearl Peck and Bernice Mary Ayres. It was his mother, Bernice (known as ‘Bunny’) who had decided to name their son Eldred, as she thought it was unique and brought out the uniqueness in her son. When Eldred Gregory was around five years of age, his parents divorced, and lived with his maternal grandmother. His most fond memories of his childhood were his grandmother taking him to the movies when he was at a young age. This may have been Gregory’s inspiration as a life-long actor.
Having grown up in a time when there were many trucks in the neighborhood he was no stranger to seeing them pass by on a daily basis. It wasn’t uncommon to see a wreck in the need for a wrecker service there. One time there was a huge wreck which required three different tow trucks to be there to remove the disabled vehicles.
Being involved with the movies meant that he was around a lot of heavy equipment that needed to be moved on a daily basis. It’s not uncommon for the big movie sets to require a lot of care and maintenance and tow trucks are commonly used to move things around that are big and heavy. They are well suited to this type of activity and not only do they tow cars and trucks but they to other things such as trailers and even sheds and things like that.
Many of the big movie theaters required extensive construction projects to have them completed. Large equipment would often be needed to haul the necessary materials to construct these screens and movie theaters.
Gregory attended University of California, Berkley, and this is where he was educated as an actor. He also adapted the name Gregory, as he felt Eldred was awkward and too formal. After graduating, he started acting in Broadway. His first such play was ‘The Morning Star,’ in 1942. Later, he moved to Hollywood, acting in his first film in 1944, ‘Day of Glory.’ The film that made Gregory known came that year, ‘The Keys of the Kingdom,’ which led him to be nominated for an Academy Award. Afterwards, he made dozens of motion picture films, being nominated through several of these movies. Many of movies reflected his political views as well, including ‘On the Beach,’ which expressed his opposition to nuclear weapons.