|All Authors / Contributors:
American Film Institute.
Originally broadcast on NBC.
Copyright notice on videocassette: c1989 by The American Film Institute.
||Editors, Michael L. Weitzman, Eric Yang; music, Dennis McCarthy.
||Host: Audrey Hepburn.
||producers, George Stevens, Jr., Jeffrey Lane ; director, Louis J. Horvitz ; writers, George Stevens, Jr., Jeffrey Lane.
"The American Film Institute presents its 17th Life Achievement Award to 'a solid, likable, self-effacing--and very American--actor.' That's how film historian David Shipman describes Gregory Peck, who was born Eldred Gregory Peck in La Jolla, Cal. in 1916. After breaking in on Broadway, he headed for Hollywood. It was wartime and the ranks of leading men had been thinned considerably. (Peck was disqualified from service by a back injury.) Hollywood welcomed Peck. In only his second film--1945's The keys of the kingdom--he earned an Oscar nomination. Other meaty dramatic roles soon followed, in Spellbound (1945), Duel in the sun (1947), Gentleman's agreement (1947) and 12 o'clock high (1949). In the '50s, Peck showed a flair for comedy in Roman holiday (1953) and Designing woman (1957). He won an Oscar for 1962's To kill a mockingbird and received official salutes as MacArthur in 1977. Clips from those movies are scheduled to be shown at this fete (taped March 9), along with scenes from Peck's upcoming Western, Old Gringo. Also slated: tributes from host Audrey Hepburn, Lauren Bacall, Jennifer Jones, Dean Stockwell, Anthony Quinn, Richard Widmark, 'Old Gringo' costars Jane Fonda and Jimmy Smits, and AFI co-chair George Stevens, Jr."--TV guide, March 21, 1989.