#Brock Peters, was an African-American actor who was born in July, 2, 1927. He was born George Fisher in New York City. He began his acting career at the age of ten. As a young boy he attended New York City’s Music and Arts High School. Peters had to take odd jobs to help support himself. He received a break when he received a stage part in Porgy and Bess in 1949.
He soon left and went on the musical tour. His film debut came in Carmen Jones in 1954. However, he is best known for his role in films “#To Kill a Mockingbird,” and “The L-Shaped Room.” Peters played the role of Tom Robinson in the 1962 film “To Kill a Mockingbird.” He was the #Black man unjustly convicted of raping a white girl.
In 1970 Peters portrayed the voice of African-American boxer Jack Johnson in Bill Cayton’s film of the same name, and it is in this role that he can be heard at the end of Miles Davis’ soundtrack album, Jack Johnson, saying: “I’m Jack Johnson. Heavyweight champion of the world. I’m black. They never let me forget it. I’m black all right! I’ll never let them forget it!”
In radio, Peters was the voice of Darth Vader for the National Public Radio adaptation of the original Star Wars trilogy. He also played the role of a Colonial prosecutor trying to make a murder case against Starbuck in an episode of the original Battlestar Galactica.
His accolades include the National Film Society Award, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Screen Actors Guild, and a nomination for Broadway’s 1973 Tony Award as Best Actor (Musical) for “Lost in the Stars”. Peters died at the age of 73 from pancreatic cancer.