|Peter Breck enjoying a laugh on the set of Big Valley. Image provided by www.westerntvphotos.com|
I would first like to say "thank you" to Diane Breck for sending me the 2 recipes that appear on this post, which were sent to me last year before Mr. Peter Brecks passing this February. The first recipe tomato soup cake was something that Peter really liked to make, and while Mr. breck liked to make that first recipe it was the second recipe of BEEF BOURGUIGNON that he very much enjoyed having his wife Diane make.
Some of us could debate all day which show was the better show Bonanza or Big Valley, the show with the best TV theme ever produced to me would go to Peters show though. When you heard that music at the start of big Valley you knew you were about to watch something really special, and Nick Barkley (Peter Breaks character) was my hands down favorite person on that show. Nick Barkley would symbolize what i would call "controlled rage", yes he could have a bit of a temper but at the same time he was intelligent and was also able to reason things out in time. So while the Barkley's were generally nice people in nature the west was not built only by being nice, it was done with sweat and determination, and you had to hold your ground and be tough. And to me that's what Peter Breck's character was, and my gut tells me that Peter Breck the actor was a really good human being and a class act outside of Hollywood as well, and he leaves behind a very positive foot-print. Richard
The Big Valley: is an American western television series which ran on ABC from September 15, 1965, to May 19, 1969, which starred Barbara Stanwyck, as a California widowed mother. It was created by A.I. Bezzerides and Louis F. Edelman. The producer was Levy-Gardner-Laven.