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  • Real name : George Peppard Jr.
  • Date of birth : 01/10/1928
  • Date of death : 08/05/1994

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  • Peppard George

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George Peppard (1928)

George Peppard Jr.

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George Peppard, Jr. (; October 1, 1928 – May 8, 1994) was an American film and television actor.

Peppard secured a major role when he starred alongside Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's , portrayed a character based on Howard Hughes in The Carpetbaggers , and played the title role of the millionaire sleuth Thomas Banacek in the early-1970s television series Banacek.

He is probably best known to younger audiences for his role as Col. John "Hannibal" Smith, the cigar-chomping leader of a renegade commando squad, in the 1980s television show The A-Team.

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 early life
George Peppard, Jr. was born in Detroit, Michigan, the son of building contractor George Peppard, Sr. and opera singer Vernelle Rohrer. He graduated from Dearborn High School in Dearborn, Michigan.

Peppard enlisted in the United States Marine Corps at age 17 on July 8, 1946 and rose to rank of Corporal in the 10th Marines, leaving the Marines at the end of his enlistment in January 1948.

From 1948 to 1949, he studied Civil Engineering at Purdue University where he was a member of the Purdue Playmakers theatre troupe and Beta Theta Pi fraternity. He then transferred to Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he received his bachelor's degree in 1955. He also trained at the Pittsburgh Playhouse.

 personal life
Peppard was married five times, and was the father of three children.
  • Helen Davies (1954–1964): two children, Bradford and Julie
  • Elizabeth Ashley (1966–1972), his co-star in The Carpetbaggers: one son, Christian
  • Sherry Boucher-Lytle (1975–1979), originally from Springhill in northern Webster Parish, Louisiana
  • Alexis Adams (1984–1986)
  • Laura Taylor (1992–1994)

 death
Peppard overcame a serious alcohol problem in 1978, and subsequently became heavily involved in helping other alcoholics. He had smoked two packs of cigarettes a day for most of his life until he quit after being diagnosed with lung cancer in 1992. His illness never forced his retirement from acting, and Peppard completed a pilot for a new series in 1994 (a Matlock spin-off) shortly before his death. Peppard died on May 8, 1994, in Los Angeles, California. Although he was still being treated for lung cancer, the direct cause of death was pneumonia. He is buried alongside his parents George Sr and Vernelle in Northview Cemetery, Dearborn, Michigan.

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