Center for Latter-day Saint Arts

On This Day...

A DAILY FACTOID OF OUR ART HISTORY

Dec. 19

Laurence Kim Peek died on this day, 2009. Peek inspired the role of Raymond Babbitt in the movie Rain Man (1988), about a man with Savant Syndrome, played by Dustin Hoffman, who won an Oscar for his performance. The screenwriter, Barry Morrow, wrote an earlier made-for-television film, Bill, about Peek, starring Mickey Rooney (1981). See "Rain Man, the Movie/Rain Man, Real Life" by Darold Treffert, MD, WisconsinMedicalSociety.org

Glen Nelson