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.
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
Star Sign Pisces
Son 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.".
After 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.
For 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.
Best known for his starring role as Nick Barkley on The Big Valley (1965).
He wrote a column for Wildest Westerns magazine.
His 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.
Stepfather was Al Weber, who was the sports editor of the Rochester - Times Union in Rochester, New York.
Served in the Navy, and on the USS Franklin D. Roosevelt.
A 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.
He 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 Lalawood
The New Batman Adventures
Farmer Brown / Enoch Brown / Goat
Wayne Berry / Captain Crimestopper
The Outer Limits
Sworn to Vengeance
The Unnamable II: The Statement of Randolph Carter
Yes Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus
I Still Dream of Jeannie
Terminal City Ricochet
The Fall Guy
Reggie Marinak / Nick Barkley / Sheriff Owens
Colonel / Casey West
The Sword and the Sorcerer
The Dukes of Hazzard
The Incredible Hulk
The Secret Empire
The Six Million Dollar Man
McMillan & Wife
Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law
A Man for Hanging
Alias Smith and Jones
Lafe Harkness / Jess Carver
The Big Valley
The Glory Guys
Lt. Bunny Hodges
Kraft Suspense Theatre
Peter Warren / William Sherwood / Clay Elliot
Dr. Ted Dietrich
The Outer Limits
The Crawling Hand
Jubal / Fly Hoyt
The Magus / Masters (1982)
77 Sunset Strip
Claude 'Opie' Price / Mark Wade / Tim Winslow / ...
Tony Chance / Sheriff Matt Kilgore / James Abbot
The Gallant Men
Pete Bole / Hale Connors / First Ranchhand
Lad: A Dog
Harry Sturgis / Mark Goodwin
Doc Holliday / Sheriff Dan Trevor
Ray Martins / Johnny Arnold / Lou Norris
The Roaring 20's
Benny Lester / Buddy Benedict / Joe Peabody
Portrait of a Mobster
Theodore Roosevelt / Jim Brandt
Theodore Roosevelt / Lt. John Stickney
The Wild and the Innocent
Zane Grey Theater
Roy Bancroft / Marshal / Sundance Kid - Harry Longabaugh
The Restless Gun
I Want to Live!
Ben Miranda (uncredited)
Have Gun - Will Travel
Kurt Sprague / Frank Weaver
Stacey Gouge (uncredited)
The Court of Last Resort
Deputy Bart Styles
The Gray Ghost
The Sheriff of Cochise
The Donald O'Connor Show
The Joey Bishop Show
The 10th Annual TV Week Logie Awards
19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards
Himself - In Memoriam
Pioneers of Television
TV Mini-Series documentary
Nick Barkley from Big Valley
The Men Who Made the Movies: Samuel Fuller
TV Movie documentary
Johnny Barrett (uncredited)
A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies
TV Movie documentary
Johnny Barrett, 'Shock Corridor' (uncredited)
Actor 'Shock Corridor' (uncredited)
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[o the disappearance of television westerns] I think they've just forgotten how to make them. Everybody is so anti-violence these days.
[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.
[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.
[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.
I 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.
[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.
[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.
I 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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