Peppard said when he made the film "I wasn't just broke I was up to my ears in debt. In his later years Peppard appeared in several stage productions. He starred in the 1977 science-fiction film Damnation Alley, which has gone on to attain a substantial cult following. His contract with MGM was for two pictures a year, allowing for one outside film and six TV appearances a year, plus the right to star in a play every second year. Home from the Hill and The Subterraneans. Military service: USMC Frank Doakey. He remained delighted with the series, which spawned a popular live-action show at Universal Studios amusement park, well after it ended. Being a star has never interested me. Los Angeles Times 21 Mar 1983: h8. SINATRA TO MAKE APPEARANCE HERE. After moving to New York City, Peppard enrolled in the Actors Studio, where he studied the Method with Lee Strasberg. In these TV detective films, Peppard played Los Angeles Police Detective Sgt. Who wins and who loses with California property tax measure Proposition 19. The decade was one of learning and exploration. ", In 1992 he toured in The Lion in Winter, in which he played Henry II to Susan Clark's Eleanor of Aquitaine. Peppard then had a notable success with the TV series Banacek (1972–74), (part of the NBC Mystery Movie series), and one of his most critically acclaimed, though rarely seen, performances in the TV movie Guilty or Innocent: The Sam Sheppard Murder Case (1975), as Sam Sheppard. Hedda Hopper 'THEY'LL MAKE GOOD IN HOLLYWOOD!'  The same year he and Ashley were divorced, with Peppard to pay her $2,000 a month alimony plus $350 a month child support for their son Christopher. ROLE IS OFFERED TO ANNE BAXTER New York Times 24 Sep 1956: 22. In Cannon for Cordoba (1970) he played the steely Captain Rod Douglas, who has been put in charge of gathering a group of soldiers on a dangerous mission into Mexico. 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. Although he was still being treated for lung cancer, Peppard's direct cause of death was pneumonia. , In November 1961 a newspaper article dubbed him "the next big thing". “I realized the role would give me the chance to do the sort of thing I’ve never been allowed to do in movies.  It was an instant ratings success, going straight into the top ten most watched shows in the country. His role as a Howard Hughes-like playboy in "The Carbetbaggers" (1964) was admired by some critics, who praised his ability to play a forceful, caddish character. The same leg, in the same place,” joked the tall, ruggedly handsome Peppard a few years ago. Peppard died on May 8, 1994, in Los Angeles, California. George Peppard, Elizabeth Ashley Granted Divorce It was the first film he made under a new contract with MGM to do one movie a year for three years. Peppard's role in the film was reportedly turned down by Steve McQueen due to salary issues. The second film Man Against the Mob: The Chinatown Murders was broadcast in December 1989. Southerland, Jackie. Publicity Listings "Looking back now I'm ashamed of some of the things I did when I was drinking." “You have problems, you think drink helps, then you have two problems.” (George Peppard), “I love to entertain an audience.” (George Peppard), “If they’ll have me and the show does well, I could do this another two or three years.” (George Peppard), “It’s not that I’m knocking the movie and television work.” (George Peppard), “The temporal quality of all things was being firmly impressed upon me.” (George Peppard), Copyright © 2020 / The Celebrity Deaths.com / All Rights Reserved. Conceding that television wasn’t so bad after all, he made the pilot for “Dynasty” in the role of the patriarch--only to be ousted in favor of John Forsythe. And, frankly, I need the money. If I get two out of three of those I'm satisfied. The same leg, in the same place. George Peppard, the actor who played a would-be writer smitten with Audrey Hepburn in the 1961 film "Breakfast at Tiffany's" and was better known to younger generations as the cigar-chomping, tough-guy commander of "The A-Team" on television, died on Sunday at the U.C.L.A. Peppard Engineered Stardom at Purdue It was a massive hit. “I’m concentrating on big-screen roles. But he is perhaps best known for his role on "The A-Team" on NBC as John (Hannibal) Smith, a former Army colonel leading a team of renegade Vietnam veterans who became soldiers of fortune. Helen Davies (1954–1964): two children, Bradford and Julie. “I don’t know of one good actor who hasn’t gone to hell when he got big enough,” he raged to syndicated columnist Hedda Hopper in 1962, although he later conceded that he admired Stewart, Wayne and others when he got to know them. "I almost disappeared for awhile, between ages 45 and 55," he later reflected. In the mid-1980s, he again obtained success on television as Colonel John "Hannibal" Smith, the cigar-chomping leader of The A-Team (1983). Peppard Firm Sets 'Circle' Los Angeles Times 26 Mar 1971: e19. In September 1957 he trialled a play by Robert Thom, The Minotaur, directed by Sidney Lumet. The cemetery was subsequently restored. The A-Team members made their collective living as soldiers of fortune, but they helped only people who came to them with justified grievances. After moving to New York, he was accepted into the Actors Studio, where he studied the Method with Lee Strasberg. Not much work over a three-year period. New York Times 23 Oct 1958: 36. In the series, Peppard played John "Hannibal" Smith. Mr. Peppard was born in Detroit, the only child of George Peppard Sr., a building contractor, and Vernelle Rohrer Peppard, a light-opera singer and voice teacher. He might have been the Alan Ladd or the Richard Widmark of the Sixties: but the Sixties didn't want a new Alan Ladd. MISSED 'DYNASTY' ROLE: [3 STAR Edition] "It inspires my fantasy. This reached Broadway in November. Peppard returned to television to do Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre, "The Game with Glass Pieces". The bulk of his work around this stage was for television: The Kaiser Aluminum Hour ("A Real Fine Cutting Edge", directed by George Roy Hill), Studio One in Hollywood ("A Walk in the Forest"), The Alcoa Hour ("The Big Build-Up" with E.G. This is a digitized version of an article from The Times’s print archive, before the start of online publication in 1996.  He graduated from Dearborn High School in Dearborn, Michigan in 1946. MGM Reactivates True Olympic Tale: It's 'Seven From America'; Single Projector Hits 360 Deg. Occasionally the digitization process introduces transcription errors or other problems; we are continuing to work to improve these archived versions. This page was last edited on 15 October 2020, at 16:47.  He was cast in part because he was unfamiliar to moviegoers.. As film critic David Shipman once wrote of this stage in his career: With his cool, blond baby-face looks and a touch of menace, of meanness, he had established a screen persona as strong as any of the time. Los Angeles Times 24 Jan 1963: C6. It was a giant boost to my career, and made me a viable actor for other roles.". He then established himself as a leading man, giving arguably his most memorable film performance as Audrey Hepburn's love interest in Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961). Los Angeles Times 28 Feb 1972: aB. This is a hassle-free site -- no popups, no sound, no user IDs, no spyware, and no huge graphics. 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. New York Times 10 July 1966: 81. In a rare game show appearance, Peppard did a week of shows on Password Plus in 1979. California’s November election will feature 12 statewide ballot measures. St. Petersburg Times 3 May 1988: 4D. Hunter Speechless Over Big TV Offer: Hasn't Time to Consider It; Plans Six Films This Year Director Talks About War: Hollywood Letter Election of a board majority will shape the nation’s largest community college district. Son of George Peppard and Vernelle Rohrer David Shipman published this appraisal of Peppard in 1972: George Peppard's screen presence has some agreeable anomalies. How to vote. The tv actor George Peppard died at the age of 65. His last television role was guest-starring in an 1994 episode of Matlock entitled "The P.I". In 1990 he said, "Getting married and having a bad divorce is just like breaking your leg. Discover what happened on this day. Los Angeles Times 15 Apr 1965: 35. 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. Sun Sentinel 5 Apr 1992: 1F. Here are the Los Angeles Times’ editorial board endorsements for president, California ballot measures and more.