One of my favorite books of all time is Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird. Shortly after it was published in 1960, it was turned into a movie (1962) in which half of the money needed to make it was provided by actor Gregory Peck. Peck had such great respect for Harper Lee’s only published piece of literature, that one of his grandson’s was named Harper as a way to pay homage.
The film To Kill A Mockingbird earned Peck an Academy Award for best actor for playing Scout’s father, Atticus, which he has said was one of his favorite roles. As testament to this fact in some small way, the gentleman who played Tom Robinson (Brock Peters), the character Peck’s character defended, read Peck’s eulogy at his funeral in 2003.
With the 50th anniversary of the film right around the corner, the founder of Oliver Peoples eye glasses, Larry and Dennis Leight, are introducing a Gregory Peck frame.
After being approached by Gregory Peck’s son, Anthony Peck (who is also a loyal customer of Oliver Peoples) who now has the famed “Atticus” frames, he felt such a style would be something well-recognized and appreciated by the public.