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George Peppard – MovieActors.com

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Peppard in BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S.

About George Peppard (1928 – 1994)

George Peppard was born on October 1st, 1928, in Detroit, Michigan; the son of an opera singer and a building contractor. George graduated from Dearborn High School inDearborn, Michigan.

George served in the Marine Corps from 1946 to 1948. He then studied civil engineering at Purdue University, transferring to the Carnegie Institute of Technology, in Pittsburg, PA. George also enrolled in the drama program, and trained at the Pittsburgh Playhouse, where he was bitten by the acting bug, making his stage debut.

For good measure, George studied at Actor's Studio with acting coach and mentor, Lee Strasberg.

Peppard moved to New York City and studied at The Actor's Studio with Lee Strasberg. He appeared on Broadway, until he signed a Hollywood contract and appeared in his 1957 film debut, THE STRANGE ONE as a military cadet.

His most memorable role came in 1961, with BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S, in an adaptation of Truman Capote's novel, about a lively young New Yorker social butterfly, engaged in lucrative love affairs (played by Audrey Hepburn) who becomes romantically entangled with a handsome, new neighbor who is being kept by an older woman.

In 1962, he was an ensemble member of the cast of HOW THE WEST WAS WON, as Zeb Rawlings.

George Peppard was in several blockbuster hits in the 60's: HOW THE WEST WAS WON, THE VICTORS, THE CARPETBAGGERS, and OPERATION CROSSBOW. In the 1966 movie, THE BLUE MAX Peppard played a dare devil German pilot in World War .

George Peppard acted in, directed and produced the drama FIVE DAYS FROM HOME (1979), about an con who escapes to visit his son in the hospital. It wasn't exactly a profitable hit, which was disappointing to all involved.

In 1981, Peppard began to shoot DYNASTY, but due to differences about the script with the producers, he was fired and his part reassigned to John Forsythe. George thought that his character, Blake Carrington, was too much like Larry Hagman's depiction of J.R. Ewing in the rival show, DALLAS.

In 1982, George Peppard starred in the television action show THE A-TEAM, which ran from 1983 to 1987.

George Peppard was married 5 times. His drinking issues, that he conquered in 1978, had torpedoed at least one of his marriages. Elizabeth Ashley shared this issue in her autobiography. George admitted the truth about his drinking problem; "I turned into my own worst enemy."

To his credit, George spent a good deal of his time toward the end of his life, helping people with drinking problems, and working for the good of charities.

His first marriage was to Helen Davies;(1954-1965). They had two children; Julie and Brad. His second marriage was to actress Elizabeth Ashley;(1966-1972). They had a son, Christian.

His third marriage was to actress and producer, Sherry Boucher; (1975-1979). His fourth marriage to actress Alexis Adams was a brief one; lasting only 2 years;(1984-1986.)

Fifth time around was the charm, perhaps because Laura Taylor wasn't involved with show business, but was a licensed Mental Health Counselor. They were married on September 10th, 1992.

In 1992, George had a health scare. A cancerous tumor was removed from his lung, which inspired him to stop smoking. George died young at 65 because of pneumonia on May 8th, 1994, in Los Angeles, Calif. This could've been a result of low resistence to illness due to the cancer treatments.

George Peppard's notable movie credits include...

THE TIGRESS (1992)
WELCOME TO OBLIVION (1990)
SILENCE LIKE GLASS (1989)
DISORGANIZED CRIME (1989)
TREASURE OF THE YANKEE ZEPHYR (1981)
BATTLE BEYOND THE STARS (1980)
FIVE DAYS FROM HOME (1979)
NEWMANS LAW (1974)
THE GROUNDSTAR CONSPIRACY (1972)
THE EXECUTIONER (1970)
PENDULUM (1969)
WHAT'S SO BAD ABOUT FEELING GOOD? (1968)
P.J. (1968)
ROUGH NIGHT IN JERICHO (1967)
TOBRUK (1967)
THE BLUE MAX (1966)
THE THIRD DAY (1965)
OPERATION CROSSBOW (1965)
THE CARPETBAGGERS (1964)
THE VICTORS (1963)
HOW THE WEST WAS WON (1962)
BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S (1961)
THE SUBTERRANEANS (1960)
PORK CHOP HILL (1959)
THE STRANGE ONE (1957)

George Peppard's notable television credits include...

NIGHT OF THE FOX (TV MOVIE) (1990)
MAN AGAINST THE MOB: THE CHINATOWN MURDERS (TV MOVIE) (1989)
MAN AGAINST THE MOB (TV MOVIE) (1988)
THE A-TEAM (TV SERIES )(1983-1987)
TORN BETWEEN TWO LOVERS (TV MOVIE) (1979)
DOCTORS' HOSPITAL (TV SERIES) (1975-1976)
GUILTY OR INNOCENT:THE SAM SHEPPARD MURDER CASE (TV MOVIE) (1975)
ONE OF OUR OWN (TV MOVIE) (1975)
BANACEK (TV SERIES) (1972-1974)
LITTLE MOON OF ALBAN (TV MOVIE) (1958)



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George Peppard in BATTLE BEYOND THE STARS.

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George Peppard with Audrey Hepburn in BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S.

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George Peppard in BANACEK (TV Series).

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George Peppard in THE BLUE MAX (1966).