Brock Peters

Brock Peters

Birth
New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York
Death 23 Aug 2005 (aged 78)
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California
Burial Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Plot Revelation section, Lot 3529, Space 2, next to his wife, DiDi
Memorial ID 11596488 · View Source
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Actor. Born George Fisher in New York City, son of French-African sailor, Sonnie Fisher and West Indian Alma Norford. As a child, he sang soprano in the church choir segueing into baritone at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art. He made his stage debut as Jim in "Porgy and Bess" in 1943. In 1954 he made his movie debut in "Carmen Jones" for which he adopted a new stage name. He continued to sing, covering backup vocals on the 1956 hit, "Banana Boat Song" by Harry Belafonte. His most iconic role may be that of Tom Robinson in "To Kill a Mocking Bird" in 1962, at which time he struck up a lifelong friendship with Gregory Peck. He also became great friends with Charlton Heston with whom he worked on three films: "Major Dundee" (1965), "Soylent Green" (1973), and "Two Minute Warning" (1976). He was inducted into the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame in 1976. In 1979, Peters guest starred in one episode of the original "Battlestar Galactica" television series, and in 1982 appeared regularly on the soap opera "The Young and the Restless" while at the same time guest starred in numerous television series such as "Magnum, PI" and "Murder She Wrote". He played Darth Vader in the NPR radio dramatizations of "Star Wars" (1981), "The Empire Strikes Back" (1983), and "Return of the Jedi" (1996). In 1986 he appeared in "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home" as the memorable Fleet Admiral Cartwright, reprising the role in "Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country" (1991). He remains one of only two actors who appeared in "Star Trek" who have also played characters from "Star Wars." He succumbed to pancreatic cancer at the age of 78. He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7000 Hollywood Boulevard.

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Your strings of life touched music empyrean,
singing your memory as Actor, Husband, Father,
Friend better than you knew, May your spirit
rest in peace.


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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Brock Peters (2 Jul 1927–23 Aug 2005), Find A Grave Memorial no. 11596488, citing Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills), Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .