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Eldred Gregory Peck was born on April 5, 1916 in San Diego, California. When he was six years of age, his parents divorced. His mother took him to be raised by his grandmother. His mother visited him occasionally. At ten years of age, he was sent to Saint John’s Military Academy in Los Angeles. His studies excelled and his personality developed. He liked going to school at Saint John’s. When he was fourteen years of age, he went to live with his father in San Diego where he attended San Diego High School. After he graduated, he attended college at Berkeley University where he majored in English. It was after he was asked to act in the play "Moby Dick" by one of his college instructors did he fall in love with acting.

Upon graduating from college, he missed graduation services. Instead, he took a train to New York with money and a letter of introduction in his pocket. By the time he arrived in Manhattan three days later, Eldred had changed his name to Gregory, dropping his first name. For five years, he worked on stage, after which he went back to California to work in the movies. In between roles, Peck worked as a model and waited on tables.

In 1944, he made his film debut in the movie "Days of Glory." He also made "The Keys of the Kingdom" in the same year. He became one of America’s most distinguished actors and made over fifty movies with outstanding performances in each one. His most memorable film was "To Kill A Mockingbird."

In 1947, he joined forces with actress Dorothy McGuire and actor Mel Ferrer to form the La Jolla Playhouse.

Throughout his career, Gregory Peck has raised funds for cancer research, gun control and other causes that get his attention.