Burgess Meredith

Film and Television Actor
Born Nov 16, 1907

Oliver Burgess Meredith, known professionally as Burgess Meredith, was an American actor in theatre, film, and television, who also worked as a director. Active for more than six decades, Meredith has been called "a virtuosic actor" who was "one of the most accomplished actors of the century. " Meredith won several Emmys and was nominated for Academy Awards.… Read More

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1907 Birth Meredith was born in 1907 in Cleveland, Ohio, the son of Ida Beth (née Burgess) and Dr. William George Meredith, a Canadian-born physician, of English descent.


1926 18 Years Old Meredith graduated from Hoosac School in 1926 and then attended Amherst College (class of 1931). … Read More


1929 21 Years Old In 1929, he became a member of Eva Le Gallienne's Civic Repertory Theatre company in New York City. … Read More
1935 27 Years Old He garnered critical acclaim in the 1935 Broadway revival of The Barretts of Wimpole Street starring Katharine Cornell. … Read More


1939 31 Years Old Early in his career, Meredith attracted favorable attention, especially for playing George in a 1939 adaptation of John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men and as war correspondent Ernie Pyle in The Story of G.I. Joe (1945). … Read More


1961 53 Years Old In the 1961 episode "Mr. Dingle, the Strong", Meredith played the title character, a timid weakling who receives superhuman strength from an extraterrestrial experiment in human nature. … Read More
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He also guest starred in the ABC drama about psychiatry, Breaking Point in the 1963 episode titled "Heart of Marble, Body of Stone". … Read More
1966 58 Years Old Meredith also played the Penguin in the television series Batman from 1966 to 1968. … Read More


1972 64 Years Old From 1972–73, Meredith played V.C.R. Cameron, director of Probe Control, in the television movie/pilot Probe and then in Search, the subsequent TV series (the name was changed to avoid conflict with a program on PBS).
1977 69 Years Old He won an Emmy Award as Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy or Drama Special for the 1977 television film Tail Gunner Joe, a fictitious study of U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy, the anticommunist leader of the 1950s. … Read More
1983 75 Years Old Meredith performed voiceover work. He provided the narration for A Walk in the Sun. As a nod to his longtime association with The Twilight Zone, he served as narrator for the 1983 film based on the series. … Read More
1991 83 Years Old In 1991, he narrated a track on The Chieftains' album of traditional Christmas music and carols, The Bells of Dublin.
1992 84 Years Old …  Meredith was considered to play the Penguin's father in the 1992 Tim Burton film Batman Returns, but illness prevented him from it and that role was taken by Paul Reubens.
1994 86 Years Old In 1994, Meredith published his autobiography, So Far, So Good. … Read More
1997 89 Years Old 1 More Event
He acted in the Kenny G music video of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas", which was released in 1997.
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