According to the Associated Press:
He topped my list as a candidate for human cloning. An exemplary human being. Indeed, a mensch!
Offscreen as well as on, Peck conveyed a quiet dignity. . . . He served as president of the Motion Picture Academy and was active in the Motion Picture and Television Fund, American Cancer Society, National Endowment for the Arts and other causes.
''I'm not a do-gooder,'' he insisted after learning of the Academy's Jean Hersholt humanitarian award in 1968. ''It embarrassed me to be classified as a humanitarian. I simply take part in activities that I believe in.''