A Beautiful Man

by Lori McCubbin

Gregory Peck was a beautiful man, inside and out. He had such a profound effect on me as a child. “To Kill A Mockingbird” was a powerful film and had such an impact on me. The scene where he is aiming his gun at a rabid dog, when he pushed his glasses up so he could get a better look, has always stayed with me. I guess because that subtle gesture personified the skill of this brilliant actor. Vulnerability and strength in one small movement. Atticus stood for all that was right, with a world that was so wrong. Mr. Peck had so much humility. This humility radiated from the man and the characters he played. That’s why they were so real to us, because they were real to him. I will always remember you. You were one in a million.