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Brock Peters has died

Wed Aug 24, 2005 3:43 pm

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actor Brock Peters, best known for his heartbreaking performance as the black man falsely accused of rape in To Kill a Mockingbird, died Tuesday at his home after battling pancreatic cancer. He was 78.

Peters was diagnosed with the disease in January and had been receiving chemotherapy treatment, according to Marilyn Darby, his longtime companion. His condition became worse in recent weeks.

He died peacefully in bed, surrounded by family, she said.

Peters was born George Fisher on July 2, 1927 in New York. His long film career began in the 1950s with the landmark productions of Carmen Jones in 1954 and Porgy and Bess in 1959.

In recent years, he played Admiral Cartwright in two of the Star Trek feature films. He also appeared in numerous TV shows. His distinctive deep bass voice was often used for animated characters.

He was perhaps best known for portraying accused rapist Tom Robinson, defended by Gregory Peck's Atticus Finch in the 1962 film To Kill a Mockingbird.


Great actor, great guy. He will be missed.


Wed Aug 24, 2005 4:07 pm

I'm saddened by Brock Peters death. To Kill A Mockingbird is one of my all-time favorite - if not my favorite - films. His moving performance as Tom Robinson in this great film helped to teach me about racial injustice at an early age. He was entirely believable.
RIP Brock Peters.

Wed Aug 24, 2005 7:34 pm

In addition to appearing in one of my all-time favorite films (and books) "To Kill A Mockingbird" Brock also appeared in several episodes of the TV series "Star Trek: Deep Space 9" as Ben Sisko's father. I don't know how many episodes he played this role but I would have to think it was 5-10 times.
A very good actor who will be missed.

jeff R

Tue Aug 30, 2005 5:08 am

I was sorry to hear this news recently.

I actually first came across him years ago as the host of an early '80s
2-VHS set from the library in which he hosted bluesmen like
Junior Wells & Buddy Guy, Cleanhead Vinson, BB King and others.

He was an effective host on this. Of course, "To Kill A Mockingbird"
was his great feat and I only saw that a few years ago.