65 (passed away May. 8th, 1994)
Oct. 1st, 1928
Detroit, Michigan, USA
George Peppard's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles1980 - Battle Beyond the Stars
1977 - Damnation Alley
1968 - House of Cards
1967 - Tobruk
1966 - The Blue Max
1965 - Operation Crossbow
1964 - The Carpetbaggers
1963 - The Victors
1962 - How the West Was Won
1961 - Breakfast at Tiffany's
1959 - Pork Chop Hill
Guest TV Roles
Dr. Jake Goodwin
John 'Hannibal' Smith
Handsome and elegant George Peppard occasionally displayed considerable talent through his career, but was too often cast in undemanding action roles. Following Broadway and television experience, he made a strong film debut in The Strange One (1957). He started getting noticed when he played Robert Mitchum's illegitimate son in the popular melodrama Home from the Hill (1960). He then established himself as a leading man, giving arguably his most memorable film performance as Audrey Hepburn's love interest in Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961). Seen by the studios as a promising young star, Peppard was subsequently cast in some of the major blockbusters of the early/mid-'60s: How the West Was Won (1962), The Victors (1963), The Carpetbaggers (1964) and Operation Crossbow (1965). He reached the peak of his popularity in another such lavish production, The Blue Max (1966), in which he effectively played an obsessively competitive German flying officer during WWI. By the late 1960s, however, he seemed to settle as a tough lead in more average, often hokum, adventures, including House of Cards (1968), Cannon for Cordoba (1970) and The Groundstar Conspiracy (1972). In the early 1970s his declining popularity was temporarily boosted thanks to the TV series "Banacek" (1972). With his film roles becoming increasingly uninteresting, he acted in, directed and produced the drama Five Days from Home (1979), but the result was rather disappointing. In the mid-'80s he again obtained success on television as the leader of "The A-Team" (1983).
- Attended Purdue University and Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.
- Studied at the famed Actors' Studio, with reknown acting coach, 'Lee Strasberg' (qv). One of his classmates was 'Rip Torn' (qv)
- He was in the running to replace 'Pete Duel' (qv) as Hannibal Heyes in _"Alias Smith and Jones" (1971)_ (qv).
- Born to George Peppard Sr., a building contractor, and his wife Vernelle Rohrer, an opera singer.
- Before his performing career began, George was a news announcer at radio station KQV in PIttsburgh, Pennsylvania for a short time.
- He was the original choice for Steve McQueen's role in _The Magnificent Seven (1960)_ (qv).
- Had a cancerous tumor removed from lung, so he quit smoking after many years (1992).
- Graduated from Dearborn High School in Dearborn, Michigan.
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