Julian, with Mr. Peck's aversion to the limelight throughout his whole career, it's not surprising that some folks might think he's passed on. I've always admired Peck for this reason, among others. The man is a good actor, and when he finds a role that suits him, he often excels in portraying it, but he's also just a good person, and doesn't care for notoriety in the least. Peck rocks. Now if only we could get Horatio Hornblower on dvd, dagnabbit!