Coleman was an extrovert who loved interacting with people and making them laugh with his “million-dollar smile,” his family said.

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It was not a voice, though, that gave itself readily to mimics - not the drawl of John Wayne or James Stewart, nor the slur of Robert Mitchum or the tommy-gun patter of James Cagney.

Peck's voice and physique exuded confidence and integrity and, it must be said, a kind of blandness.

In doing this he often ran, knowingly, the risk of being dull.

One way of estimating Peck's talent and personality is to consider William Wyler's Roman Holiday (1953), which made a star out of Audrey Hepburn.

“He always had hope that a cure would be coming.” Pastor Bruce Oxford and the Bethel Baptist congregation “reached out to Mr.

Coleman when he began to get ill and visited him, conducting church services at the nursing home during his time of need,” his family said. A line from his biggest hit, The Guns of Navarone (1961), sums up his appeal.David Niven is goading him about his stuckupmanship when Peck growls back, "Somebody's got to take the responsibility if the job's to get done. " Peck actually made the burden look easy and he did it with total conviction.In addition to his children and sister, he is survived by a large extended family. Eldred Gregory Peck, actor: born La Jolla, California 5 April 1916; Chairman, Board of Trustees, American Film Institute 1967-69; President, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences 1967-70; married 1942 Greta Rice (two sons, and one son deceased; marriage dissolved 1954), 1955 Veronique Passani (one son, one daughter); died Los Angeles 12 June 2003.and Berks Streets under the tutelage of coach Dan Corbitt, who encouraged him to compete on the rec center’s swim team. Coleman won many trophies for his swimming prowess and capitalized on that gift by working as a lifeguard for the Philadelphia Department of Recreation during the summer for 20 years.