Brock Peters, 1927 – 2005

Brock Peters (front right) with Gregory Peck in To Kill a Mockingbird.

Details here, at CNN.

LOS ANGELES, California (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.

I’ll remember him best as the voice of Darth Vader in the Star Wars radio dramas.

Here’s the IMDB page on his films. They include To Kill a Mockingbird, Soylent Green, and Star Trek: The Voyage Home.

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  • The Cubicle Reverend

    It’ll probably be money better spent.

  • wngl

    Keep in mind this is a movie directed by Andrew Adamson, the director of another franchise title that is completely unfaithful to the source material: Shrek. At least Lewis is not around to see his work compromised; William Steig, the author of Shrek, had the great indignity of hearing his creation voiced by Mike Myers, something he referred to as an “aberration.”

    But, based on what I’m reading from y’all, I think I’ll skip the movie and use my ticket money to pick up a copy of the book.

  • BethR

    “enjoy the books”…make that “Enjoy the original books” and I’m right there with you. All these adaptations and easy-reader versions and add-ons are banished to the Outer Darkness, as far as I’m concerned. They will never cross my threshhold, nor the threshhold of any Young Person for whom I buy books as gifts. They’re all just
    “Madison Avenue” (ref. song of that title by T-Bone Burnett).

    So, how do I really feel?

  • The Cubicle Reverend

    Why do people insist on ruining a story that is fine the way it is? Just leave it alone. Don’t change or force out the religious themes. It’ll come out naturally. Let’s just enjoy this movie and enjoy the books.