I've always liked this guy … but never got totally comfortable with him…. Now I was a Banacek rerun fan and not really an A-Team watcher ('Fool was misguided').. Pappard made Banacek a guy you wanted to be, not necessarily hang-out with. Banacek was smart, aloof, cool, smoked Nat Sherman dark thin cigars, drank good booze, had a Limo and nailed a lot of hot babes… a lot like the real life guy himself it seems.
Brought up by an opera singer Mom and a contractor Father in 1930s Dearborn, Michigan.
In 1945, at 17; he enlists in the Marine Corps. (in this period still a very very tuff organization) He only serves out the enlistment, but leaves under the rank of Acting Gunnery Sergeant, Artillery…
He then attends Purdue, studying Civil Engineering and also is enrolled at Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh.
Somewhere the Engineering interest turns to Acting and he's taking classes at Actor's Studio and getting parts on Broadway and TV. All and all, an impressive beginning.
He stars as the male lead 'Paul Vajak' with Audrey Hepburn in the classic Breakfast at Tiffany's…
This guy is on a roll…..
But George drinks some (for 30 years apparently), and is a man of his own ideas….. with the unfortunate down-fall of not being afraid to say them…… apparently a lot…. at the wrong time…. about the wrong people…. (much like his second wife Elizabeth Ashley…. whom I believe suffers from the same personality quirk)
It seems that the public is on his side, so he continues to land jobs… which he molds into a level of success…. (as long as his bosses can stand him)
He plays Dr Sam Sheppard (another interesting guy) in the 'Sheppard Murder Case.' (1975)
He quits drinking in 1978
He was supposed to be Blake Harrington in 'Dynasty' But George will be George and production 're-shot' his scenes in the pilot with John Forsythe instead.
Redemption comes as a tuff-ass 'Gunny-type' Colonel John "Hannibal" Smith of the A-Team.(1983 - 1987)
Peppard also works with fellow recovering Alcoholics.
He is diagnosed with Lung Cancer in 1992.
A life-long smoker, he passes of chemotherapy complications on 08-MAY-1994
A true home-boy, he was interned at a cemetery in Dearborn.
Sweet dreams George.
Last edited by Analyst_Rob; 11-01-2007 at 09:13 AM.
Reason: Collecting my 10% 'Finder's Fee')
Ground Control to Major Tom
Your circuit’s dead, there’s something wrong
Can you hear me, Major Tom?