BEVERLY HILLS (CBS) — A stamp honoring the late Academy Award-winning actor Gregory Peck will be issued today in Beverly Hills.

Actor Morgan Freeman, actresses Sharon Stone and Laura Dern, singer Natalie Maines, and former Sen. Christopher Dodd, the chairman of the Motion Picture Association of America, are set to attend the ceremony at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences headquarters in Beverly Hills.

Peck was president of the academy from 1967-70.

The stamp is the 17th in the Legends of Hollywood series. Its portrait is a still photograph from the 1962 film “To Kill a Mockingbird,” which Peck won a Oscar for his portrayal of principled and idealistic Southern attorney Atticus Finch.

Peck also received best actor Academy Award nominations for his roles in “Gentlemen’s Agreement,” “The Keys of the Kingdom,” “Twelve O’Clock High” and “The Yearling.”

Peck’s other memorable films included “The Gunfighter,” “Moby Dick,” “Captain Horatio Hornblower,” “The Snows of Kilimanjaro” and “Cape Fear.”

Peck “was a true movie star, larger than life, and he will be remembered as long as the screen is silver,” then-academy President Frank Pierson said in 2003 when Peck died at the age of 87.

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  1. peck says:

    There are so many wonderful pictures of Gregory Peck, why this one?

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