Peters, Gregory |
August 2, 1925 - March 27, 2010
Passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 27, 2010 at home in Pacific Palisades, CA after complications resulting from a longtime battle with Parkinson's Disease. Born August 2, 1925 in Los Angeles to silent film star Robert House Peters Sr. and Mae King Peters he spent his childhood living in Beverly Hills, Big Bear Lake, Pasadena and San Marino, enjoyed fishing and hunting with his older brother House Peters Jr. He attended Washington State University before entering the Army Air Force (1943-45) training as a pilot. After his honorable discharge to active reserve duty he attended UCLA (1946-50) and received his BA studying business administration with theatre arts major.
A longtime resident of Sherman Oaks and Pacific Palisades, he had a 38 year career in radio, television, and film holding such positions as Stage Manager, Associate Producer, First Assistant Director and Unit Production Manager, remaining an active member of both the Directors and Producers Guilds of America. One of several pioneers in live and tape production at NBC Burbank (The Milton Berle Show, The Bob Hope Show, Dinah Shore Chevy Hour, The Tonight Show, This Is Your Life, Academy and Emmy Award telecasts, Rose Parade and Rose Bowl telecasts), he worked on two feature films The Music Man and Gypsy before moving back to television on Star Trek (orig. series), Here's Lucy, Love American Style, The Immortal, The Bob Newhart Show, Taxi, Best of The West, The Associates, Maggie Briggs, Foley's Square and Easy Street.
In retirement by 1988, he enjoyed world travel, golf, oil painting, gardening, reading, cooking and being a docent at The Museum of Flying in Santa Monica, CA. He is survived by wife Elaine Peters, daughter Cynthia "Cindi" Peters, stepson Mark Dickinson (Letizia), grandson Liam Mawhinney and sister Patricia (Peters) Mattson and predeceased by his parents and brother. We will miss his zest for life, incredible inner strength and wicked sense of humor. We love you.
Services will be private and in lieu of flowers, please donate to the American Red Cross 1-800 RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013 in his name and memory.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Apr. 18, 2010