Many said the actor exemplified the man of honor and values he played in the character Atticus Finch, which earned him an Oscar for the movie To Kill a Mockingbird. In real life, he was known for his humanitarian efforts (earning the Presidential Medal of Freedom for it) in causes for health, art, religion and education. A Catholic born and raised, he attended Catholic schools and once considered the priesthood. Despite several marriage and divorces, Peck remained true to his faith always, even though he struggled to live it fully. “ Faith is a force, a powerful force. To me, it’s been like an anchor to windward
-- something that’s seen me through troubled times and some personal tragedies and also through the good times and success and the happy times,” Peck said.