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Brock Peters

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Brock Peters (born George Peters on July 2, 1927 in New York City) is an American actor who is probably best known for his role as Tom Robinson, the black man acuused of raping a white girl in the film To Kill a Mockingbird.

Born of African and West Indian parentage in New York City, Brock Peters set his sights on a show business career early on, at age ten. A product of NYC'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 CCNY and went on tour with the acclaimed musical. His film debut came in Carmen Jones in 1954, but he really began to make a name for himself--having dropped his real name George Fisher, in 1953--in such films as To Kill a Mockingbird and The L-Shaped Room He received a Tony nomimation for his starring stint in Broadway's "Lost in the Stars".

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