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     Brock Peters Dies    
     Author:  Ken
     Dated:  Tuesday, August 23 2005 @ 11:14 PM EDT
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    General NewsBrock Peters Dies 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 the voice of Darth Vader in the Star Wars Radio Dramas

    Brock Peters Dies

    By GARY GENTILE, Associated Press Writer Tue Aug 23,
    5:25 PM ET

    LOS ANGELES - 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

    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
    Tom Robinson, defended by Gregory Peck's Atticus Finch
    in the 1962 film "To Kill a Mockingbird."

    Peters paid tribute to Peck after he died in 2003.

    "In art there is compassion, in compassion there is
    humanity, with humanity there is generosity and love,"
    Peters said. "Gregory Peck gave us these attributes in
    full measure."

    Peters recounted how shortly before he was to start
    filming, he was awakened early on a Sunday morning by
    a phone call from Peck to welcome him to the
    production. He was so surprised, he recalled, that he
    dropped the telephone.

    "I worked over the years in many, many productions,
    but no one ever again called me to welcome me aboard,
    except perhaps the director and the producer, but not
    my fellow actor-to-be."

    In May, Peters was on hand as Harper Lee, the
    reclusive author of "To Kill a Mockingbird," made a
    rare step into the limelight to be honored by the Los
    Angeles Public Library.

    In "Carmen Jones," Peters worked with Dorothy
    Dandridge and
    Harry Belafonte. Otto Preminger's production of
    "Porgy" starred
    Sidney Poitier and Dandridge, and featured
    Sammy Davis Jr., Pearl Bailey and
    Diahann Carroll as well as Peters.

    Among Peters' other films were "Soylent Green," "The
    L-Shaped Room" and "The Pawnbroker."

    His accolades include a National Film Society Award, a
    Life Achievement Award from the
    Screen Actors Guild, and a Tony Award nomination for
    his performance on Broadway in "Lost in the Stars."

    In a 1985 story by The Associated Press on blacks in
    the movies, Peters said there had been a string of
    recent hits involving blacks, but "I have been here a
    long time, and I have seen this cycle happen before.
    I'll wait awhile and see if this flurry of activity
    leads to anything permanent."

    Peters was a widower and has one daughter, Lise Jo


    AP Writer Polly Anderson in New York contributed to
    this report.

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