Brock Peters

Biography

Date of Birth 2 July 1927, New York City, New York, USA Date of Death 23 August 2005, Los Angeles, California, USA (pancreatic cancer) Birth Name George Fisher Height 6' 2" (1.88 m) Brock Peters was an American actor, best known for the role in the 1962 film To Kill a Mockingbird of Tom Robinson, the black man unjustly convicted of raping a white girl. Peters was born George Fisher in New York City, the son of Alma A. (née Norford) and Sonnie Fisher, a sailor.[1] He was of African and West Indian descent. Peters set his sights on a show business career early on, at age 10. A product of NYC's famed Music and Arts High School, Peters initially fielded more odd jobs than acting jobs as he worked his way up from Harlem poverty. Landing a stage role in Porgy and Bess in 1949, he quit physical education studies at City College of New York and went on tour with the opera. Peters made his film debut in Carmen Jones in 1954, but he really began to make a name for himself in such films as To Kill a Mockingbird and The L-Shaped Room. He received a Tony nomination for his starring stint in Broadway's Lost in the Stars. He sang background vocals on the 1956 hit, "Banana Boat (Day-O)" by Harry Belafonte as well as Belafonte's 1957 hit, "Mama Look At Bubu." In the movie Abe Lincoln, Freedom Fighter (1978), Peters plays Henry, a freed Negro slave who is falsely accused of robbery but, defended by Abe Lincoln, is found not guilty due to the fact he has a damaged hand and couldn't have committed the crime. In To Kill A Mockingbird, Peters plays Tom Robinson, a black man falsely accused of raping a white girl, whom Atticus Finch shows could not have committed due to the fact his hand (and arm) were damaged. In radio, Peters was the voice of Darth Vader for the National Public Radio adaptation of the original Star Wars trilogy. He also worked in the films Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country as Fleet Admiral Cartwright of Starfleet Command.[2] Peters worked with Charlton Heston on several theater productions in the 1940s and 1950s. The two became friends and subsequently worked together on several films, including Major Dundee, Soylent Green, and Two-Minute Warning. He also voiced Soul Power in the cartoon Static Shock (2000–2004). He died in Los Angeles, California of pancreatic cancer on August 23, 2005 at the age of 78.

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Birth Name

George Fisher

Birth Place

New York City, New York, États-Unis

Birth Date

7/2/1927

Death Date

8/23/2005
Known For
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The Pawnbroker

Rodriguez

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Aces High

Thomas

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The McMasters

Benjie

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The Incident

Arnold Robinson

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Lost in the Stars

Stephen Kumalo

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P.J.

Waterpark

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Slaughter's Big Rip-Off

Reynolds

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Black Girl

Earl

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To Kill a Mockingbird

Tom Robinson

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Porgy and Bess

Crown

Starring In
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The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest (Season 1, Vol. 1)

Masai / ... (2 episodes, 1996-1997)

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Oscarverleihung 2006

Himself - Memorial sequence (archive footage)

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The Wild Thornberrys Movie

Jomo (voice)

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10,000 Black Men Named George

Leon Frey

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The Locket

Henry McCord

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Ghosts Of Mississippi

Walter Williams

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Alligator II: The Mutation

Chief Speed

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Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

Admiral Cartwright

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When It Was a Game

Bass singer 'Play Ball, You All' (voice) (archive footage) (uncredited)

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The Big One: The Great Los Angeles Earthquake

David Motubu

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Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

Admiral Cartwright

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A Caribbean Mystery

Dr. Graham

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The Incredible Journey of Doctor Meg Laurel

Joe

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SST: Death Flight

Dr. Ralph Therman

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Two Minute Warning

Paul

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The Best of Baretta

John Shockley / ... (2 episodes, 1975)

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Framed

Sam Perry

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Lost in the Stars

Stephen Kumalo

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Slaughter's Big Rip-Off

Reynolds

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Soylent Green

Chief Hatcher

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Black Girl

Earl

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The McMasters

Benjie

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Aces High

Thomas

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P.J.

Waterpark

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The Incident

Arnold Robinson

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The Pawnbroker

Rodriguez

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Major Dundee

Aesop

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Heavens Above!

Matthew Robinson

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To Kill a Mockingbird

Tom Robinson

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The L-Shaped Room

Johnny

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Porgy and Bess

Crown

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Carmen Jones

Sergeant Brown (as Broc Peters)

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