Peter Breck, the rugged, dark-haired actor is most famous for his role of Nick Barkley, second son of Victoria Barkley (played by Barbara Stanwyck) on Big Valley. In 2010, Breck's wife announced that he had been suffering from dementia. He was hospitalized on Jan. 10, 2012 and died on Feb. 6, 2012 at the age of 82.
Peter Breck 2/14/2012 Peter Breck Big Valley - Standout in TV Westerns also appeared in dozens of shows like "Maverick," "Black Saddle" and "Branded." Peter Breck, who played a hot-headed son of California ranch owner Barbara Stanwyck on the 1960s TV Western The Big Valley, died Monday in Vancouver after a long illness. He was 82.