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Brock Peters

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Brock Peters

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Brock Peters (July 2, 1927 – August 23, 2005) was an American actor, best known for playing the role, in the 1962 film To Kill a Mockingbird, of Tom Robinson, the black man unjustly convicted of raping a white girl. He also gained recognition among Star Trek fans for his portrayals of Admiral Cartwright and Joseph Sisko, father of Benjamin Sisko. Peters set his sights on a show business career early on, at age 10. A product of New York's famed Music and Arts High School, Peters initially fielded more odd jobs than acting jobs as he worked his way up from Harlem poverty. Landing a stage role in Porgy and Bess in 1949, he quit physical education studies at City College of New York and went on tour with the opera. Peters made his film debut in Carmen Jones in 1954, but he really began to make a name for himself in such films as To Kill a Mockingbird.

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  • Born: George Fisher July 2, 1927 Harlem, New York, United States
  • Died: August 23, 2005 (aged 78) Los Angeles, California, United States
  • Occupation: Actor
  • Years active: 1949–2005
  • Spouse(s): Dolores Daniels (m. 1961; her death 1989)

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