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Peter Breck


American actor who played out Doc Holliday in Maverick and rose to fame through his function as Nick in ABC’s THE BEST Valley. He offered in america Navy and continued to study crisis at the College or university of Houston. He starred in such movies as Lad, A PUPPY, Shock Corridor, as well as the Crawling Hands. He resolved in Vancouver along with his wife, Diane, as well as the couple’s boy, Christopher. He and Edgar Buchanan both made an appearance as guest superstars on the favorite tv series, Perry Mason.

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Full Name Peter Breck
Date Of Birth March 13, 1929
Died February 6, 2012, Vancouver, Canada
Place Of Birth Rochester, NY
Height 1.88 m
Profession TV Actor
Education University of Houston
Nationality American, Canadian
Spouse Diana Bourne
Children Christopher Breck
Parents Joseph Breck, Doris Goings Breck
Siblings Georgie Breck, Virginia Weber, Judith Weber
Movies Shock Corridor, Benji, Thunder Road, The Crawling Hand, The Beatniks, Lad: A Dog, Highway 61, The Unnamable II: The Statement of Randolph Carter, Portrait of a Mobster, Terminal City Ricochet, The Glory Guys, Hootenanny Hoot, I Still Dream of Jeannie, The Wild and the Innocent, Red Nightmare, Sworn to Vengeance, A Man for Hanging, Lulu, Johnny Legend Presents: Beat Mania!
TV Shows The Big Valley, Black Saddle, The Secret Empire
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1Son of a traveling jazz musician. He was raised by his grandparents in Haverhill, Massachusetts. He served in the United States Navy. After his naval services, he studied drama and English at the University of Houston in Houston, Texas where he performed in theater productions at the Alley Theater in Houston, Texas before moving to the Arena Theater in Washington D.C. where Robert Mitchum saw him in George Bernard Shaw's play, "Man of Destiny," and offered him a small role in his next film, "Thunder Road.".
2After moving to Vancouver, Breck was asked by a casting director if he would consider teaching young actors about the film technique, one class a week. The class grew and he would eventually found The Breck Academy, an acting school which he was operating.
3For the last ten years of his life he suffered from dementia. On January 10, 2012 he went into the hospital and passed very peacefully on February 6.
4Best known for his starring role as Nick Barkley on The Big Valley (1965).
5He wrote a column for Wildest Westerns magazine.
6His parents divorced and remarried when he was quite young. Had a younger half-brother, Georgie, who died at age 24 of heart problems, from his father's remarriage, and two sisters, Judith and Virginia, from his mother's remarriage.
7Stepfather was Al Weber, who was the sports editor of the Rochester - Times Union in Rochester, New York.
8Served in the Navy, and on the USS Franklin D. Roosevelt.
9A club singer in Houston, Texas back in the early days, he put together a CD entitled "Just Kickin' Back with Peter Breck." It is all original tunes.
10He moved to Vancouver, Canada in the mid-eighties with his wife, Diana and their son, Christopher (born in 1962). Christopher died of acute myeloid in his twenties, after fighting the disease for two years.



Jiminy Glick in Lalawood2004Tibor
John Doe2002TV SeriesWilliam Leverton
Enemy Action1999Gen. Turner
The New Batman Adventures1998TV SeriesFarmer Brown / Enoch Brown / Goat
L.A. Heat1997TV SeriesWayne Berry / Captain Crimestopper
The Outer Limits1996TV SeriesKendal's Father
Sworn to Vengeance1993TV MovieChief Kelly
The Unnamable II: The Statement of Randolph Carter1992Sheriff Hatch
Yes Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus1991TV MovieChambers
I Still Dream of Jeannie1991TV MovieSahm-Ir
Highway 611991Mr. Watson
Terminal City Ricochet1990Ross Glimore
The Fall Guy1981-1985TV SeriesReggie Marinak / Nick Barkley / Sheriff Owens
Masquerade1983TV SeriesSenator Weyburn
Fantasy Island1979-1982TV SeriesColonel / Casey West
The Sword and the Sorcerer1982King Leonidas
The Dukes of Hazzard1981TV SeriesJ.J. Sunday
The Incredible Hulk1980TV SeriesHull
The Secret Empire1979TV SeriesJesse Keller
Vega$1978TV SeriesWalter Melford
Black Beauty1978TV Mini-SeriesDr. Halverson
The Six Million Dollar Man1977TV SeriesSilver Cloud
S.W.A.T.1975TV SeriesMarco
Benji1974Dr. Chapman
McMillan & Wife1974TV SeriesGeorge Noland
Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law1973TV SeriesMike Palmer
Mission: Impossible1972TV SeriesHarry Cordel
A Man for Hanging1972TV MovieAvery Porter
Alias Smith and Jones1971TV SeriesChuck Morgan
The Virginian1964-1970TV SeriesLafe Harkness / Jess Carver
The Big Valley1965-1969TV SeriesNick Barkley
The Glory Guys1965Lt. Bunny Hodges
Kraft Suspense Theatre1965TV SeriesWiley Bondesen
Perry Mason1963-1965TV SeriesPeter Warren / William Sherwood / Clay Elliot
Branded1965TV SeriesCrispo
Bonanza1964TV SeriesWard Bannister
Mr. Novak1963TV SeriesDr. Ted Dietrich
The Outer Limits1963TV SeriesSen. Orville
Shock Corridor1963Johnny Barrett
The Crawling Hand1963Steve Curan
Hootenanny Hoot1963Ted Grover
Gunsmoke1958-1963TV SeriesJubal / Fly Hoyt
General Hospital1963TV SeriesThe Magus / Masters (1982)
Red Nightmare1962ShortRussian Officer
77 Sunset Strip1958-1962TV SeriesClaude 'Opie' Price / Mark Wade / Tim Winslow / ...
Cheyenne1961-1962TV SeriesTony Chance / Sheriff Matt Kilgore / James Abbot
The Gallant Men1962TV SeriesPvt. Draper
Lawman1958-1962TV SeriesPete Bole / Hale Connors / First Ranchhand
Lad: A Dog1962Stephen Tremayne
Surfside 61961-1962TV SeriesHarry Sturgis / Mark Goodwin
Maverick1960-1962TV SeriesDoc Holliday / Sheriff Dan Trevor
Hawaiian Eye1960-1962TV SeriesRay Martins / Johnny Arnold / Lou Norris
The Roaring 20's1961TV SeriesBenny Lester / Buddy Benedict / Joe Peabody
Portrait of a Mobster1961Frank Brennan
Bronco1958-1961TV SeriesTheodore Roosevelt / Jim Brandt
The Beatniks1960Mooney
Sugarfoot1960TV SeriesTheodore Roosevelt / Lt. John Stickney
Black Saddle1959-1960TV SeriesClay Culhane
Sea Hunt1959TV SeriesJoe Gordon
The Wild and the Innocent1959Chip
Zane Grey Theater1958-1959TV SeriesRoy Bancroft / Marshal / Sundance Kid - Harry Longabaugh
The Restless Gun1958TV SeriesBrett Dixon
I Want to Live!1958Ben Miranda (uncredited)
Wagon Train1958TV SeriesAlf Meadows
Have Gun - Will Travel1958TV SeriesKurt Sprague / Frank Weaver
Highway Patrol1958TV SeriesWhitey Sims
Tombstone Territory1958TV SeriesSam Dixon
Thunder Road1958Stacey Gouge (uncredited)
The Court of Last Resort1958TV SeriesDeputy Bart Styles
The Gray Ghost1957TV SeriesDooley
The Sheriff of Cochise1956TV SeriesDoyle Ranker



The Donald O'Connor Show1969TV SeriesHimself
The Joey Bishop Show1968-1969TV SeriesHimself
The 10th Annual TV Week Logie Awards1968TV SpecialHimself
Here's Hollywood1961TV SeriesHimself
About Faces1960TV SeriesHimself

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19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2013TV SpecialHimself - In Memoriam
Pioneers of Television2011TV Mini-Series documentaryNick Barkley from Big Valley
The Men Who Made the Movies: Samuel Fuller2002TV Movie documentaryJohnny Barrett (uncredited)
A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies1995TV Movie documentaryJohnny Barrett, 'Shock Corridor' (uncredited)
Hollywood Mavericks1990DocumentaryActor 'Shock Corridor' (uncredited)
Broken Sabre1965Crispo

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1[o the disappearance of television westerns] I think they've just forgotten how to make them. Everybody is so anti-violence these days.
2[on the demise of TV western series, 1998] I think they've just forgotten how to make them. Everybody is so anti-violence these days.
3[Of Barbara Stanwyck]: Barbara Stanwyck was certainly an advocate of this lifestyle. You will recall, as I do, that she did Cattle Queen of Montana (1954) and many more westerns in her earlier career. She loved horses. She knew how to ride without making a big deal out of it and was at home on the set with all of the western paraphernalia around her. She was a classy lady and never forgot that she was representing the women of the west and their struggles. I was totally captured by Barbara's work in every scene that I had with her and I learned.
4[on his on- and off-screen chemistry with Barbara Stanwyck, who played Victoria Barkley]: I'd get chills, she would look at me with those eyes and our characters had a bond. Barbara was a tiger.
5I do miss the old Hollywood. I'm not too happy with what's there now. I did Jiminy Glick in Lalawood (2004) - they gave me the role of the head of the studio - and it was just a rush job. Everything's too fast now and you can't go bang-bang-bang and get a performance. They don't make good movies anymore.
6[When his and Lee Majors's characters encounter a rabid beast ready to pounce on another livestock]: It was a timber wolf. They threw him off a rock and on to me and doubled the close-up with a German shepherd. We would rehearse it and the gaffers would get up there with him and throw him at me. The paws were going every which way.
7[on remembering a scene with Martin Landau, who guest-starred on The Big Valley (1965)]: I was dragged. Martin Landau was shooting over a rock and as I rode up, an explosion went off, I was over my mark, and Boom! The horse went on the wildest eleven seconds I ever had. At one point, I looked up and got it right in the bottom of my chin.
8I love doing theatre - any kind of theatre - anywhere. Some theatre was carnival or small town circus. I have never not worked. I never went hungry. As long as there were restaurants available, I would eat. Of course, I worked in those restaurants. I wouldn't want to do it again but if it has to be done, you do it!

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