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His fight with Mr. T that ruined the series and the death that few lamented: George Peppard, the actor hated by his colleagues from Brigade AThe series that was all the rage in the 80s was the icing on the cake for his successful career. However, he only reaped what he was looking for: enemies. And few would end up moved by his departure

George Peppard, one of the protagonists of Squad A with Mr. T, Dirk Benedict and Dwight Shultz

The adventures of a team of marginal heroes – former members of the US Army who are imprisoned for a crime they did not commit, and when they escape, they make a living solving cases against criminals – lasted just four years, from 1983 to 1987. But they were enough to do of Brigade A one of the most remembered series.

mario baracus (Mr T) was the burly one who put the group on his shoulder when the situation required strength. the seducer Templeton Peck (dirk benedict) was capable of achieving the impossible when the mission required it. how to forget about Murdock (Dwight Shultz), the expert pilot who managed to get his friends out of the most complex situations. And we must not overlook who history tried to remove from success: the journalist Amy Allen (melinda), the only woman in the brigade.

This group is missing the main link: the colonel Hannibal Smith. The boss, the one who diagrammed every step the band of ex-military men took. This character was played by George Peppard. On screen he presented himself as the most good-natured of the group, almost like that kind and good-natured grandfather. That was what they tried to convey to the public, in a script that intended, in its essence, to bring to light the consequences of the Vietnam War.

George Peppard as a young man
George Peppard as a young man

However, that perfect orchestra did not sound the same when the cameras were turned off. Over the years, details of what happened on the set became known, and the one who remained in the eye of the storm was Peppard. At that time he was one of the great figures that cinema had, a true star in the 60s -thanks to his leading role in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The conquest of the west Y the insatiable, among others- who, as often happens, tried to place himself several steps above the rest of the cast. And this caused rispides.

As they say, George took plate from his record. To top it off, he didn’t care about making new friends, he wasn’t interested in pleasing the cast, and he let it be known. He talked about this back in 2004 Dwight Shultz, when the fans asked him about his companions in that memorable project. When it was his turn to talk about Peppard, he stated: “It was an extraordinary professional. The first day I walked onto the set of Brigade AI went to the makeup salon and he shook my hand: ‘I am George Peppard and I am not a very nice man,’ he told me.”.

George Peppard and Sophia Loren in Operation Crossbow, a film that was released in 1965 (Photo: FilmPublicityArchive/United Archives via Getty Images)
George Peppard and Sophia Loren in Operation Crossbow, a film that was released in 1965 (Photo: FilmPublicityArchive/United Archives via Getty Images)

it was very competitive and a movie star. Sometimes movie stars think everyone lives like them.” Murdock, and he immediately commented that the lyrics in each scene depended on Peppard: it had to be adapted to his desire or to what he was willing to do. “If he didn’t like a part of the script, he would mark it early and anticipate: ‘This is the only thing I’m going to say.’ And obviously your lines depended entirely on what he decided on that page, ”explained his former partner.

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The actor’s strongest clashes were with Mr T. High on the audience level, jealousy blossomed between them. The reason? The popularity of mario baracus among teenagers It was a wave that covered everyone. And of course, who took it worst was Peppard. His decision was to reduce his workday. They were 14 hours, and at one point, arbitrarily, the actor decided to cut his work at 5 in the afternoon. Baracus approached the production and told them that they were all peers and that if George left at that time, he would too. The tension caused one of the many breaks.

George Peppard, a true movie star (Photo: Art Zelin / Getty Images)
George Peppard, a true movie star (Photo: Art Zelin / Getty Images)

By the end, they weren’t talking. For the entire team, working in that climate became untenable. The producers didn’t want to cut the hit down to size and did their best to fix the issue. When they understood that there was no turning back, they summoned the actor hulk hoganwho was a friend of the two, to interfere, but could not enter Brigade A for being committed to other projects. The other option was to call Robert Vaughn, who joined in what would end up being the last chapters. Because nothing achieved anything. And there was no other alternative than to give the series a final cut.

After the abrupt end, Peppard’s life in the media faded away. He somehow felt that he had given everything in a place that he had come to by chance. If we move to his adolescence, he just finished school he enlisted in the Army. He belonged to the naval artillery, holding the rank of corporal. After a few years there, the first thing he did when he left was start studying Civil Engineering. In the meantime, he worked as a taxi driver, in a radio station and even as a teller in a bank to be able to pay for his studies. Thanks to this he managed to graduate.

Public Figures, Private Enemies: George Peppard and Mr T (Photo: Avalon/Getty Images)
Public Figures, Private Enemies: George Peppard and Mr T (Photo: Avalon/Getty Images)

But Peppard did not feel comfortable: he had followed the race to fulfill a mandate and work in the family business. When his father died, he felt liberated, and he sought his fate in other ways, wanting to write his own story. At the age of 26 he enrolled in a drama school and at 30 he had his first foray into The United States Steel Hour. Despite his late entry, he had a career on the rise and was very successful beyond the way he was and the way he (badly) treated his colleagues, whom he did not see up to the task of the.

After his departure from Brigade Afilmed three more films and retired due to health problems in 1992, after shooting tigers. His addiction to cigarettes caused lung cancer. To this was added the excessive consumption of alcohol. Although he had three children -two from his first marriage and another with his second partner- he died alone, since the last few years he spent in a rehabilitation center where he could not regularly receive visitors, according to the rules of the place.

George Peppard in one of the last times he was seen publicly (Photo: François Pugnet / Sygma, via Getty Images)
George Peppard in one of the last times he was seen publicly (Photo: François Pugnet / Sygma, via Getty Images)

George Peppard’s life ended on May 8, 1994 at the Hospital of the University of California, Los Angeles. There he arrived with severe respiratory complications that had no solution. He died a few hours after his hospitalization, with only 65 years.

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