Legendary Actor Gregory Peck Dies Oscar Winner Was 87 Posted: 1:50 p.m. EDT June 12, 2003 Updated: 2:01 p.m. EDT June 12, 2003 Legendary actor Gregory Peck has died. Peck died overnight, his spokesman Monroe Friedman told The Associated Press. He was 87. The actor, whose "To Kill a Mockingbird" character, Atticus Finch, was just named the top movie hero of all time by the American Film Institute, died Thursday. In the 1962 classic, Finch was a faultlessly noble widower raising a daughter and son amid Southern racial unrest as he defended a black man accused of raping a white woman. Peck's career in films dated back to the early 1940s. He was nominated for five Oscars for his film work, and won for "To Kill a Mockingbird." The lanky, handsome movie star's long career also included such classics as "Roman Holiday" and "Spellbound." He additionally won an honorary Oscar -- the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award - in 1968. Please refresh this page for continuous updates to this developing story.