George Peppard Bio, Age, A-Team, Movies, Spouse, Children, Death

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George Peppard Biography

George Peppard Jr was an American film and television actor. Peppard secured a major role when he starred alongside Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s in the year 1961. Thereafter he portrayed a character based on Howard Hughes in 1964 Carpetbagger.

George Peppard Age

Peppard, Jr. was born in Detroit, Michigan on October 1, 1928, and died at the age of 65 on May 8, 1994. Graduated from Dearborn High School in Dearborn, Michigan in 1946. Peppard joined the U.S. Marine Corps on 8 July 1946 and became a corporal, leaving the Corps at the end of his enlistment in January 1948.

He studied civil engineering at Purdue University during 1948 and 1949, where he was a member of the theater group Purdue Playmakers and the fraternity Beta Theta Pi. He then moved to the Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he graduated in 1955 as a bachelor. He taught in the Pittsburgh Playhouse as well.

George Peppard Movies

Peppard made his stage debut in 1949 at the Pittsburgh Playhouse. After moving to New York City, Peppard enrolled in the Actors Studio, where he studied the Method with Lee Strasberg. He did a variety of jobs to pay his way during this time, such as working as a disc jockey, being a radio station engineer, teaching fencing, driving a taxi and being a mechanic in a motorcycle repair shop.

He worked in summer stock in New England and appeared at the open air Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland
Oregon. His first work on Broadway led to his first television appearance, with Paul Newman, in The United States Steel Hour (1956), as the singing, guitar-playing baseball player Piney Woods in Bang the Drum Slowly. His other movies include:

♦ He made his film debut in The Strange One (1957).

♦ Breakfast at Tiffany’s 1961, 115 min Starring: George Peppard, Patricia Neal, Buddy Ebsen
♦ Battle Beyond the Stars 1980, 104 min Starring: Richard Thomas, Robert Vaughn, John Saxon
♦ Jack Smight Starring: Jan-Michael Vincent, Dominique Sanda, Seamon Glass.

♦ Pork Chop Hill 1959, 97 min Starring: Gregory Peck, George Peppard, Rip TornTobruk 1967, 107 min Starring: Nigel Green, Jack Watson, George Peppard.
♦ Rough Night in Jericho 1967, 104 min Starring: Dean Martin, Jean Simmons, John McIntire

George Peppard A-Team

In 1982, Peppard auditioned for and won the role of Colonel John “Hannibal” Smith in the television action-adventure series The A-Team, acting alongside Mr. T, Dirk Benedict, and Dwight Schultz. In the series, the A-Team was a team of renegade commandos on the run from the military for “a crime they did not commit” while serving in the Vietnam War.

The A-Team members made their collective living as soldiers of fortune, but they helped only people who came to them with justified grievances. As “Hannibal” Smith, Peppard played the leader of the A-Team. Distinguished by his cigar smoking, confident smirk,  distinctive catchphrase, “I love it when a plan comes together.”

The show ran five seasons on NBC from 1983 to 1987. Made Peppard known to a new generation and is arguably his best-known role. It has been reported that the role was originally written with James Coburn in mind. But Coburn declined, and thus it went to Peppard.

Peppard was reportedly annoyed by Mr. T upstaging him in his public image, and at one point in their relationship, refused to speak directly to Mr. T. Instead, he sent messages through intermediaries (including at times fellow cast members, particularly Dirk Benedict), and for this, Peppard was occasionally portrayed by the press as not a team player.

George Peppard Family

He is the son of building contractor George Peppard, Sr. and opera singer Vernelle Rohrer.  Peppard was married five times and was the father of three children. His first marriage was (1954–1964) to Helen Davies. With whom they produced two children, Bradford and Julie. The second one was to Elizabeth Ashley (1966–1972), his co-star in The Carpetbaggers and The Third Day. They had one son, Christian.

In their 1972 divorce Peppard had to pay Ashley $2,000 a month in alimony for four years, and up to $400 a month for psychiatric care, plus $350 a month in child support. Later on, he married Sherry Boucher (1975–1979), originally from Springhill, Louisiana. Also Alexis Adams (1984–1986). And finally Laura Taylor (1992–until his death in 1994), a licensed mental health counselor in Lake Worth, Florida.

George Peppard Death

Peppard overcame a serious alcohol problem in 1978. Subsequently became deeply involved in helping other alcoholics. He had smoked three packs of cigarettes a day for most of his life. Until he quit after being diagnosed with lung cancer in 1992. Having part of one lung removed in an operation shortly after the formal diagnosis.

Despite health problems in his later years, he continued acting. In 1994, shortly before his death, Peppard completed a pilot with Tracy Nelson for a new series called The P.I. It aired as an episode of Matlock and was to be spun off into a new television series, with Peppard playing an aging detective and Nelson his daughter/sidekick.

While battling lung cancer, Peppard died on May 8, 1994, in Los Angeles from pneumonia. He was buried in Northview Cemetery, Dearborn, Michigan.

George Peppard Height

The star has a height estimated to be at  1.83 m. Other body measurements will be updated soon.

George Peppard Net Worth

The  American actor and producer had a net worth of $5 million by the time of his death. Information about his wealth cars, houses as of 2019 is under review we will update soon. Peppard also won a number of awards: the 1960 NBR Award (National Board ofReviewofMotion Pictures) for Home from the Hill as Best Supporting Actor.

1961 British Academy Film Award nomination, Category: Most Promising Newcomer To Leading Film Roles for Home From The HillStar on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (Category Motion Pictures, 6675 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles)