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George Peppard
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Name: George Peppard Jr.
Born: October 1, 1928
Died: May 8, 1994 (aged 65)
Occupation: Actor
Years active: 1951-1994
Known for: playing as Colonel John "Hannibal" Smith on the action adventure series The A-Team from 1983 until 1987

George Peppard Jr. (/pəˈpɑːrd/; b. October 1, 1928 – d. May 8, 1994) was an American film and television actor.


Peppard secured a major role when he starred alongside Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961),[1] and later portrayed a character based on Howard Hughes in The Carpetbaggers (1964). On television, he played the title role of millionaire insurance investigator and sleuth Thomas Banacek in the early-1970s mystery series Banacek. He played Col. John "Hannibal" Smith, the cigar-smoking leader of a renegade commando squad, in the hit 1980s action show The A-Team.

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Peppard was a heavy smoker and alcoholic. As a result, in 1992, he was diagnosed with lung cancer, which included a removal of one of his lungs. Then, on May 8, 1994, he died from pneumonia.