Brock Peters was an American actor, best known for playing the role of Tom Robinson in the 1962 film To Kill a Mockingbird. He also gained recognition among Star Trek fans for his portrayals of Fleet Admiral Cartwright in two of the Star Trek feature films and Joseph Sisko, father of Benjamin Sisko, in .
Peters was born George Fisher in New York City, the son of Alma A. and Sonnie Fisher, a sailor. He was of African descent. Peters set his sights on a show business career early on, at age 10. A product of New York’s famed High School of Music and Art, Peters initially fielded more odd jobs than acting jobs as he worked his way up from Harlem poverty. Landing a stage role in Porgy and Bess in 1949, he quit physical education studies at City College of New York and went on tour with the opera.
Peters made his film debut in Carmen Jones in 1954, but he really began to make a name for himself in such films as To Kill a Mockingbird and The L-Shaped Room. He received a Tony nomination for his starring stint in Broadway’s Lost in the Stars.
He sang background vocals on the 1956 hit, “Banana Boat ” by Harry Belafonte as well as Belafonte’s 1957 hit, “Mama Look a Boo-Boo”. He also sang on the song “Where” from Randy Weston’s 1959 album Live at the Five Spot and shared vocal duties with Martha Flowers on Weston’s album of the following year, Uhuru Africa.