An American film and television actor.
He secured a major role early in his career when he starred alongside Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961), and he played the title role of the millionaire sleuth Thomas Banacek in the early-1970s television series Banacek, but he is probably best known to younger audiences for his role as Col. John "Hannibal" Smith, the cigar-chomping leader of a renegade commando squad, in the 1980s television show The A-Team.
Peppard enlisted in the United States Marine Corps at 17.
Peppard made his stage debut in 1949 at the Pittsburgh Playhouse. After moving to New York, Peppard enrolled in The Actors Studio, where he studied the Method with Lee Strasberg. His first work on Broadway led to his first television appearance, with a young Paul Newman, in The United States Steel Hour (1956).
His good looks, elegant manner and superior acting skills landed Peppard his most famous film role as Paul Varjak in Breakfast at Tiffany's with Audrey Hepburn. This role boosted him briefly to a major film star. His leading roles in that film's wake included How the West Was Won in 1962, The Victors in 1963, The Carpetbaggers in 1964 and The Blue Max in 1966.
In 1981, Peppard was offered, and accepted, the role of Blake Carrington in the TV series Dynasty. Peppard repeatedly clashed with the show's producers.
Three weeks later, before filming was to begin on additional episodes, Peppard was fired and the part was offered to John Forsythe; the scenes with Peppard were reshot.
He had charisma plus and admittedly could have had better roles.
He was the star of the TV series ’The A Team’ - 1983 to 1987
Films includePeppard's last series was an intended occassional television movie features entitled "Man against the Mob" set in the 1940s. Peppard played Los Angeles Police Detective Sgt. Frank Doakey.
A third film in this series was planned, but Peppard died before it was filmed.
Peppard died on May 8, 1994, in Los Angeles, California. Although he was being treated for lung cancer, his actual cause of death, according to the Internet Movie Database, was pneumonia.
The Tigress (1992)
Ultra Warrior (1990)
Night of the Fox (1990)
The A-Team (1983–1987)
Hit Man (1982)
Race for the Yankee Zephyr (1981)
Your Ticket Is No Longer Valid (1981)
Battle Beyond the Stars (1980)
Crisis in Mid-Air (1979)
From Hell to Victory (1979)
Five Days from Home (1979)
Damnation Alley (1977)
Doctors' Hospital (1975-76)
Newman's Law (1974)
Banacek (1972-1974) TV series
The Groundstar Conspiracy (1972)
One More Train to Rob (1971)
Cannon for Cordoba (1970)
The Executioner (1970)
House of Cards (1968)
What's So Bad About Feeling Good? (1968)
Rough Night in Jericho (1967)
The Blue Max (1966)
The Third Day (1965)
Operation Crossbow (1965)
The Carpetbaggers (1964)
The Victors (1963)
How the West Was Won (1962)
Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)
The Subterraneans (1960)
Home from the Hill (1960)
Pork Chop Hill (1959)
The Strange One (1957)
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