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Bob Peak - Legends of Movie Poster Art vol.2

Updated on January 8, 2015
Excalibur (1981) art by Bob Peak
Excalibur (1981) art by Bob Peak
My Fair Lady (1964) art by Bob Peak
My Fair Lady (1964) art by Bob Peak

A tribute to Bob Peak, one of Hollywood’s greatest film poster artists.

Robert M. Peak was born in Denver, Colorado in 1927. He had always wanted to be an illustrator from a young age. Serving his country in the Korean war he moved to California where he attended the Art Center College of Design, he graduated in 1951.

He started working in advertising during the 1950’s, he also contributed artwork to various magazines.

In 1961 Bob Peak was hired by United Artists to create a poster for the musical West Side Story, this led to more poster work for films including Camelot, In Like Flint, My Fair Lady, Kaleidoscope, Modesty Blaise and Thoroughly Modern Millie.

Bob Peak created 45 covers for Time Magazine. He also contributed artwork for TV Guide and Sports Illustrated.

In 1984 he designed 30 stamps for the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles and the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia, the largest commission of an individual artist from the U.S. Postal Service.

Apocalypse Now (1979) art by Bob Peak
Apocalypse Now (1979) art by Bob Peak
The Missouri Breaks (1976) art by Bob Peak
The Missouri Breaks (1976) art by Bob Peak
Star Trek II art by Bob Peak
Star Trek II art by Bob Peak
Rollerball (1975) art by Bob Peak
Rollerball (1975) art by Bob Peak

Bob Peak’s poster for Star Trek the Motion Picture is one of his most famous works, he also created the posters to the first four Trek sequels.

The Society of Illustrators elected him to its Hall of Fame in 1977. and in 1992 the Hollywood Reporter presented him with the Key Art Lifetime Achievement Award for his 30 years of outstanding contribution to the film industry,

His paintings of Marion Brando, Mother Teresa and Anwar Sadat hang in the Smithsonian Institution.

Bob Peak died in August 1992, he was 64 years old.


Some of the films Bob Peak worked on -

West Side Story (1961)
Kaleidoscope (1966)
Modesty Blaise (1966)
In Like Flint (1967)
Camelot (1967)
Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967)
Funny Girl (1968)
Enter the Dragon (1973)
The Yakuza (1974)
Rollerball (1975)
The Missouri Breaks (1976)
The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
Apocalypse Now (1979)
Every Which Way But Loose (1978)
Superman the Movie (1978)
Star Trek The Motion Picture (1979)
The Wiz (1979)
Any Which Way You Can (1980)
Excalibur (1981)
The Dark Crystal (1981)
Pennies from Heaven (1981)
Star Trek II The Wrath of Khan (1982)
The Year of Living Dangerously (1982)
Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983)
Star Trek III The Search for Spock (1984)
Star Trek IV The Voyage Home (1986)
Star Trek V The Final frontier (1989)

Kaleidoscope (1966) art by Bob Peak
Kaleidoscope (1966) art by Bob Peak
Modesty Blaise (1966) art by Bob Peak
Modesty Blaise (1966) art by Bob Peak
Camelot (1967) art by Bob Peak
Camelot (1967) art by Bob Peak
The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) art by Bob Peak
The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) art by Bob Peak
Superman the Movie (1978) art by Bob Peak
Superman the Movie (1978) art by Bob Peak
Star Trek the Motion Picture (1979) art by Bob Peak
Star Trek the Motion Picture (1979) art by Bob Peak
The Dark Crystal (1981) art by Bob Peak
The Dark Crystal (1981) art by Bob Peak
The Year of Living Dangerously (1982) art by Bob Peak
The Year of Living Dangerously (1982) art by Bob Peak
Every Which Way But Loose (1978) art by Bob Peak
Every Which Way But Loose (1978) art by Bob Peak

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    • Steve Lensman profile imageAUTHOR

      Steve Lensman 

      6 years ago from London, England

      Thanks for that info Thomas. I've been a fan of your father's artwork for years.

      I've added a link to the website on the main article.

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      Thomas Peak 

      6 years ago

      I am Thomas Peak the son of illustrator Bob Peak and director of the NEW OVERSIZED HARCOVER COFFEE-TABLE BOOK

      "THE ART OF BOB PEAK" available late Fall 2011. The book covers his entire career with a large section devoted to his extrodinary Film advertising career. For more information and a "Pre-Release Special Price Offer" log onto WWW.BOBPEAK.COM

    • Steve Lensman profile imageAUTHOR

      Steve Lensman 

      6 years ago from London, England

      Cheers Cogerson, thanks for popping in. Yeah the Rollerball poster is great, I would have loved to have that one on my wall as a kid. Enter the Dragon was pretty cool too, I had the Chinese poster pinned up way back in my 'kung fu' years. :)

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      UltimateMovieRankings 

      6 years ago from Virginia

      I must admit I have never heard of Bob Peak before this hub. But I must also admit I am very familiar with his work. This is an impressive collection of artwork on many classic films. I have always liked the Star Trek posters....but the ones I like the best are Apocalypse Now and Rollerball. Thanks for another interesting and educational hub.

    • Steve Lensman profile imageAUTHOR

      Steve Lensman 

      6 years ago from London, England

      Thanks Gregory, Peak was one of the best.

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      Gregory 

      6 years ago

      I have enjoyed his work for many many years. It is very nice to see someone give the man some credit, which he richly deserves.

    • Steve Lensman profile imageAUTHOR

      Steve Lensman 

      6 years ago from London, England

      Flora, Mentalist, thanks for posting.

      One thing I've discovered about compiling hubs on modern artists, there is precious little bio on them. All the various articles I encounter are virtually the same, with the same bits of info.

      Bob Peak is said to have created well over a hundred movie posters but I could only find about 30 titles listed. Why isn't there a complete filmography on the web?

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      Mentalist acer 

      6 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

      Thanks for the biography Steve...I recognize and love these posters.;)

    • FloraBreenRobison profile image

      FloraBreenRobison 

      6 years ago

      I've seen a lot of the films on his resume. When I saw the Bond exhibit in Vancouver, Dad bought me th ebook "James Bond Movie Posters: The Official 007 Collection (don't know how to type a gun). I would love a collection of movie posters from musicals. I am also a fan of the Star Trek:TOS (classic tv) and have seen that cast's list of films.

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