In 1999, the American Film Institute named Peck among the Greatest Male Stars of All Time.
On June 12, 2003, Peck died from bronchopneumonia while asleep at his home in Los Angeles. He was survived by his wife of nearly 49 years, Veronique Passani (they were married on December 31, 1955), and their two children, Anthony and Cecilia, as well as his children from his first marriage, Stephen and Carey.
It was there that he became interested in acting and appeared in several school plays.
By the time he graduated in 1939, he had abandoned his plans to become a doctor and headed to New York City to pursue his passion for acting, winning a scholarship to the Neighborhood Playhouse, where he studied with notable instructor Sanford Meisner..
During the time he lived in the house, the famous actor appeared in numerous films and television shows, including the miniseries, Moby Dick, for which he won a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor in 1998.
She converted to her husband's religion, Roman Catholicism, when she married his father, and Peck was raised as a Catholic.Their marriage lasted 48 years until his death in June 2003 at age 87 from bronchopneumonia.Veronique Peck helped create the Inner City Cultural Center in South Los Angeles, was a founder of the Los Angeles Music Center and a longtime fund-raiser for the Los Angeles Public Library.Family publicist Monroe Friedman says Veronique died Friday of heart failure at her Los Angeles home.PHOTOS: Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2012 Born in Paris, Veronique met the actor when he was en route to Italy to star in At age 23, she moved to the U. and married the handsome leading man on New Year's Eve 1955, one day after the divorce from his first wife, Greta Kukkonen, was finalized.