Monday, August 29, 2005


Brock Peters

Image hosted by A few days back I saw on CNN home page a news item which spoke of the death of actor Brock Peters.The name meant nothing to me so I didn't even click on it.Much later,to my embarrassment I realised Brock Peters was none other than the actor who played Tom Robinson in the film adaptation of Harper Lee's masterpiece To Kill a Mockingbird.

NY Times had this to say "A towering figure, with a rich, booming voice, he provided backing vocals for Harry Belafonte’s Banana Boat Song (Day-O) and played the Star Wars villain Darth Vader on radio. But he could display dignity as readily as menace: when asked by the defence lawyer Atticus Finch (Gregory Peck) if he raped the girl in To Kill a Mockingbird he delivered the line “I did not, sir”, with tears in his eyes. There was enough integrity and suppressed anger to convince of his innocence and elicit sympathy at his plight and the injustices prevalent in Alabama in the 1930s, when the story was set."And to think after watching that movie(countless times)and his stirring portrayal I still never took time to find out his name.

Mockingbird has always been a favourite of mine for the way it looks at prejudice,racism, conscience,coming of age, all seen through the eyes of a child.For me the biggest lesson of that book is tolerance and Scout summed it up best with this quote."Atticus was right.One time he said you really never know a man until you stand in his shoes and walk around in them.Just standing on the Radley porch was enough."

R.I.P Brock Peters
I would have never known. Such great actors/ress gets lost in the Hollywood shuffle. How sad.

dont think i've watched the movie, did the book for CXC though
Like JDid, I don't think I saw the movie.

Read the book many times in high school, could almost feel the characters.
Y'all have got to see the movie.It does real justice to the book
I'm in the process of building my library (well this started a while ago... I LOVE BOOKS!)

This is one that wasn't required reading in school... and I've always heard about it but never read it.

Must see the movie as well. Thanks sis.
This was such an excellent book! Wow! And I saw the movie too.., I should watch it again.
Yes the book covered so many things...
Abeni's right, the film is excellent. Peck did Atticus Finch justice too.
Interesting. I'm just not good with names. I can remember a face though.
I remember reading the book several times in grade school. I watched the movie in school too but never learned who the actor was behind Tom Robinson. Shameful on part because I really loved the chacacter.......
Love the book and the movie. One of my favorites and its one of the greatest ever made.
I'm getting older. One of the icons of African-American actors has passed. God rest your soul, Brock Peters. You have paved the way for others and that's not too bad.
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