Gregory Peck's Grown-up Grandson Is His Spitting Image and Follows in His Footsteps in Film
Ethan Peck is following in his legendary father's footsteps as he prepares to be part of the USS Enterprise in the tv adaptation of "Star Trek."
Ethan, son of the late Gregory Peck, will play the role of Spock on the SVOD service's "Star Trek: Discovery." The half-human, half-Vulcan science official was not easy to cast.
Showrunner Alex Kurtzman said in a statement that CBS "searched for months for an actor who would, like them, bring his own interpretation to the role."
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Beyond all logic, beyond what I thought was possible, I find myself in this reality. It is with great honor and a sense of immense responsibility that I take on the iconic role that Leonard gave to us and that Zachary did brilliant justice to. Thank you Adam Nimoy, Julie Nimoy, Terry Farrell and David Knight for your open arms, warm welcome, smiling curiosity, support, for making me feel worthy, as I embrace and take into my heart the half alien we know as Mr. Spock. 🖖🏼 #StarTrekDiscovery #LLAP
Kurtzman recalled years of Spock:
"Through 52 years of television and film, a parallel universe and a mirror universe, Mr. Spock remains the only member of the original bridge crew to span every era of Star Trek. The great Leonard Nimoy, then the brilliant Zachary Quinto, brought incomparable humanity to a character forever torn between logic and emotion."
"An actor who would, like them, effortlessly embody Spock’s greatest qualities, beyond obvious logic: empathy, intuition, compassion, confusion and yearning."
According to the showrunner, Ethan was the man for the job:
"Ethan Peck walked into the room inhabiting all of these qualities, aware of his daunting responsibility to Leonard, Zack and the fans, and ready to confront the challenge in the service of protecting and expanding on Spock’s legacy. In that spirit, we’re thrilled to welcome him to the family."
Spock is expected to join the show on its second season as the Discovery encounters the USS Enterprise ship. He works under Captain Christoper Pike.
In the newest trailer, Pike speaks about Spock as being away on his own journey. Through a voiceover, we hear Pike say that "he took leave." Ethan, 32, not only looks the part but had the skills passed on to him.
The son of the "To Kill A Mockingbird" star had an early start when he reportedly gave Mary-Kate Olsen her first kiss in 1999's "Passport to Paris."
Now, he's teamed up with longtime girlfriend Molly DeWolf Swenson, an Emmy-winning entrepreneur, producer, and musician. Ethan's father Gregory died as recently as 2013, but his story will forever live on.
Another memorable role that will stick with us is that in "Moby Dick." Prior to that, Gregory played a part in 1945's "Spellbound," 1948's "Yellow Sky" and 1950's "The Gunfighter."
After "To Kill A Mockingbird," Gregory went into the horror category by taking a role in 1976's "The Omen." Grandson Ethan is not only following in Gregory's footsteps, but he's also sharing a piece of him with the world.
The resemblance between the two men is striking. Between modeling and acting, Ethan continues to share the distinct gorgeous looks that his grandfather introduced to the industry.
Ethan has also had roles in shows like "Gossip Girl, "That 70s Show," and Madam Secretary." He's gained many fans on social media who are not afraid to express their love for the dark-haired hunk.