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Brock Peters

Brock Peters
Peters in 1961.
Born George Fisher
(1927-07-02)July 2, 1927
Harlem, New York, United States
Died August 23, 2005(2005-08-23) (aged 78)
Los Angeles, California, United States
Occupation Actor
Years active 1949–2005
Spouse(s) Dolores Daniels (m. 1961; her death 1989)
Children Lise Jo Peters (nee Lisa), (born November 3, 1962)

Brock Peters or Brock G. Peters (born George Fisher; July 2, 1927 – August 23, 2005) was an American actor, best known for playing the role of Tom Robinson in the 1962 film Star Trek fans for his portrayals of Fleet Admiral Cartwright in two of the Star Trek feature films and Joseph Sisko, father of Benjamin Sisko, in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and was also notable for his role as Hatcher in Soylent Green.[1]


  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
  • Personal life 3
  • Death 4
  • Selected filmography 5
  • Other notable performances 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

Early life

Peters was born George Fisher in New York City, the son of Alma A. (née Norford) and Sonnie Fisher, a Senegalese sailor with the French Navy.[2][1] He was African American.

Peters set his sights on a show business career early on, at the age of 10. Avidly encouraged by his mother Alma to pursue a musical career, he studied the violin from 10 to 14 years of age, but found his singing talents were more prodigious and upon enrolling at New York's famed High School of Music and Art, immediately signed up for several productions in the musical theatre program. Upon graduation, Peters initially fielded more odd jobs than acting jobs, often working as a hospital orderly at night while he worked his way through physical education studies at


Peters with Fess Parker on Daniel Boone in the "Pompey" episode, 1964.

Peters made his film debut in Carmen Jones in 1954, but began to make a name for himself in such films as To Kill a Mockingbird and The L-Shaped Room. He received a Tony nomination for his starring stint in Broadway's Lost in the Stars.

He sang background vocals on the 1956 hit "The Banana Boat Song (Day-O)" by Harry Belafonte, as well as on Belafonte's 1957 hit, "Mama Look a Boo-Boo". He also sang on the song "Where" from Randy Weston's 1959 album Live at the Five Spot and shared vocal duties with Martha Flowers on Weston's album of the following year, Uhuru Afrika. During this time, Peters and Belafonte became fast friends, sharing similar political views and approaches to their careers.

In 1963 he played Matthew Robinson in Heavens Above, a British satirical comedy film starring Peter Sellers, directed by John and Roy Boulting.

He played a supporting role as the gangster Rodriguez in the 1965 film The Pawnbroker.

He was a special guest star in the third season of The Streets of San Francisco, playing the character "Jacob" in the episode called "Jacob's Boy" (1974).

In the film Abe Lincoln, Freedom Fighter (1978), Peters plays Henry, a freed black slave who is falsely accused of robbery but, defended by Abraham Lincoln, is found not guilty due to the fact he has a damaged hand and could not have committed the crime. In To Kill a Mockingbird, Peters plays Tom Robinson, a black man falsely accused of raping a white girl, whom Atticus Finch shows could not have committed because his hand (and arm) were damaged.

In 1970 Peters portrayed the voice of African-American boxer

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.

He worked in the films Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country as Fleet Admiral Cartwright of Starfleet Command.[3] Peters portrayed Joseph Sisko, father of Deep Space Nine's commanding officer, Benjamin Sisko, on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

In 1993, he was a member of the jury at the 43rd Berlin International Film Festival.[4]

In early 2005, Peters guest-starred in an episode of JAG during its final season, "Bridging the Gulf", season 10 episode 15.

Peters worked with Charlton Heston on several theater productions in the 1940s and 1950s. The two became friends and subsequently worked together on several films, including Major Dundee, Soylent Green, and Two-Minute Warning.

He voiced Soul Power in the animated series Static Shock (2000–2004). Appeared in an episode of Gunsmoke.

Personal life

Peters delivered Gregory Peck's eulogy at Peck's funeral in 2003. His character, Tom Robinson, was defended by Peck's Atticus Finch in 1962's To Kill a Mockingbird.[5][6]


He died in Los Angeles, California, of pancreatic cancer on August 23, 2005, at the age of 78.[1]

Selected filmography

Other notable performances


  1. ^ a b c  
  2. ^ Brock Peters Biography (1927-)
  3. ^ "Brock Peters Biography". CBS Studios. Retrieved 2008-10-08. 
  4. ^ "Berlinale: 1993 Juries". Retrieved 2011-05-29. 
  5. ^ Rubin, Joel; Hoffman, Alice (17 June 2003). "Peck Memorial Honors Beloved Actor and Man".  
  6. ^ McLaughlin, Katie (3 February 2012). Mockingbird' film at 50: Lessons on tolerance, justice, fatherhood hold true"'".  
  7. ^ "'"Brock Peters Is Chosen For Role in 'Pawnbroker.  

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