Burgess Meredith
American film and television actor
Burgess Meredith
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.
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Popcorn & Candy: Music is the Food of Movies Edition - DCist.com
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This production of Waiting for Godot stars Zero Mostel as Estragon and Burgess Meredith as Vladimir. Also shown with Beckett's only screenplay, the short Film (1965), one of the last acting credits for stone-faced comic legend Buster Keaton
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Majors gives in to adoring fans - Toronto Sun
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He did the action film The Last Chase in Toronto with Burgess Meredith and Chris Makepeace, and Agency in Montreal with a young producer named Robert Lantos. "Robert Lantos went on to one or two more things," Majors says with a chuckle
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Nuns, a 'Dying Breed,' Fade From Leadership Roles at Catholic Hospitals
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ST. LOUIS -- When Sister Mary Jean Ryan entered the convent as a young nurse in 1960, virtually every department of every Catholic hospital was run by a nun, from pediatrics to dietary to billing. After her retirement on July 31 as the chief executive of one of the country's largest networks of Catholic hospitals, only 11 nuns remained among her
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Borders: The demise of a 'great good place': Neil Cotiaux - Plain Dealer
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Like the Burgess Meredith character in the old "Twilight Zone" episode, we seek "time enough at last" to savor an endless sampling of literary morsels, but the twist ending has changed. We have plenty of reading glasses, but where do we find all the
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US troops weather rockets, recoilless rifles, and grenades in Sabari - Long War Journal
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his Burgess Meredith impression was uncannily accurate. A cute little girl shyly circled the visitors before growing bolder. She began to point at and name her favorite cows to the Americans, in between haughtily chiding them for some unknown faux pas
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The Twilight Zone Economic Theory - Pajamas Media
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Or how about this: We create a huge government optician monopoly to manufacture millions of coke-bottle eyeglasses, and then made a profit selling them to all the Burgess Meredith lookalikes who break their lenses after the upcoming nuclear holocaust?
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COMIC BOOK MOVIE : FLASH BACK 1966 : BATMAN THE MOVIE - Comic Book Movie
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The dynamic duo use there high flying heroism and groovy gadgets to declaw Catwomam ( Lee Meriwether ), ice the Penguin ( Burgess Meredith ), upstage the Joker ( Cesar Romero ) and stump the Riddler ( Frank Gorshin ) in a cheesy, camped up 105 minutes
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Paulette Goddard on TCM: MODERN TIMES, REAP THE WILD WIND - Alt Film Guide (blog)
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And let's not forget her eclectic taste in husbands — Chaplin, Burgess Meredith, Erich Maria Remarque, and millionaire businessman Edgar James; her leaving $20 million to New York University at the time of her death in 1990; and her firm — and
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DVD; Gleason as Tripster, Groucho as God
NYTimes - over 5 years
Skidoo Stanley Kubrick's ''2001'' may have been billed as ''the ultimate trip,'' but attention must also be paid to another cinematic acid experience of 1968, Otto Preminger's surpassingly weird ''Skidoo.'' Now available on home video for the first time with its original wide-screen image and strategically garish Technicolor intact, this
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Talk of the town - Lewiston Sun Journal
Google News - over 5 years
PS: It's a cookbook, they're Christmas toys, the ugly lady really is just a human, they were on Earth the whole time, Burgess Meredith breaks his glasses, those calls are coming from the cemetery, both gunslingers drank the potion
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All things sequel - Sydney Morning Herald
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Stars Sylvester Stallone (right), Burt Young, Tony Burton, Talia Shire, Burgess Meredith, Carl Weathers. Highlights Training on Philadelphia steps, The Eye of the Tiger, screaming ''Adrian'', Cold War politics, Rocky Balboa
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DVD Extra: Preminger's head trip - New York Post (blog)
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When Gleason arrives at Alcatraz to take out Rooney with the assistance of Frank Gorshin -- Burgess Meredith, like Gorshin, Romero and Preminger a former "Batman'' villain, is the warden -- things really get wiggy. Gleason accidentally ingests LSD
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Episode Recap: 'White Collar' Season 3, Episode 4 - 'Veiled Threat' - Yidio TV & Movie News
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Suddenly she's Burgess Meredith and she'll be damned if Mr. Suit won't eat lightning, crap thunder and fetch a damn fine (fake) price . . . with her help. Neal, meanwhile, will get his kicks as Texas oil heir Nicholas Monroe, much to the contrasting
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Meeting celebrities sometimes interesting - AndersonValleyPost.com
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Adleman joked about living in Malibu in his home that was formerly owned by Burgess Meredith. I'll never forget the day the Jacksonville filming took place as there was a misty rain falling that day. As we all waited around, I couldn't keep from
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With Syfy Marathon Ahead, Here Are The Best 'Twilight Zone' Episodes - Starpulse.com
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The main character, Henry Bemis, is played sensitively by Burgess Meredith. Henry is a banker who is an avid reader, and for some reason, everyone who meets him is appalled by his bookworm tendencies. His wife is an utter nag, his boss a complete
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Urban Meyer's ESPN debut likely will be at Ohio State - USA Today
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Musburger has also played his human self in The Waterboy and Rocky II, where the Burgess Meredith character gets so angry at Musburger on TV that he kicks the set. (No, Musburger wasn't saying Rocky was fighting for "all the Tostitos!
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Burgess Meredith
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1997
    Age 89
    He acted in the Kenny G music video of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas", which was released in 1997.
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  • 1994
    Age 86
    In 1994, Meredith published his autobiography, So Far, So Good.
    More Details Hide Details In the book he confessed that he suffered from violent mood swings caused by cyclothymia, a form of bipolar disorder. Meredith was married four times. His first wife, Helen Derby Merrien Burgess, was the daughter of Harry L. Derby, president of the American Cyanamid and Chemical Corporation; she took her life after their divorce. His next two wives were actresses, Margaret Perry and Paulette Goddard. Goddard suffered a miscarriage in 1944. His last marriage, to Kaja Sundsten, lasted 46 years and produced two children—Jonathon (a musician) and Tala (a painter).<ref name="imdb"/
  • 1992
    Age 84
    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.
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  • 1991
    Age 83
    In 1991, he narrated a track on The Chieftains' album of traditional Christmas music and carols, The Bells of Dublin.
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  • 1983
    Age 75
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He was the TV commercial voice for Bulova watches, Honda, Stokely-Van Camp, United Airlines, and Freakies breakfast cereal. He supplied the narration for the 1974–75 ABC Saturday morning series Korg: 70,000 B.C. and was the voice of Puff in the series of animated adaptations of the Peter, Paul, and Mary song Puff, the Magic Dragon. In the mid-1950s, he was one of four narrators of the NBC and syndicated public affairs program, The Big Story (1949–58), which focused on courageous journalists.
  • 1977
    Age 69
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He was cast as crusading lawyer Joseph Welch. In 1992, Meredith narrated a television documentary entitled The Chaplin Puzzle which provided a rare insight into Charles Chaplin's early work circa 1914 at Keystone Studios and Essanay, which is where Chaplin developed his Tramp character. After extensive research,the documentary producers re-edited Chaplin's Police into a two-reeler, the way Chaplin had intended it to be. Essannay had cut it to half the intended length.
  • 1972
    Age 64
    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).
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1966
    Age 58
    Meredith also played the Penguin in the television series Batman from 1966 to 1968.
    More Details Hide Details His role as the Penguin was so well-received, the show's writers always had a script featuring the Penguin ready whenever Meredith was available. He and Cesar Romero (the Joker) are tied for number of appearances on the show.
  • 1963
    Age 55
    In 1963, he appeared as Vincent Marion in a five-part episode of the last season of the Warner Bros.
    More Details Hide Details ABC detective series 77 Sunset Strip. He starred three times in Burke's Law (1963–1964), starring Gene Barry.
    He also guest starred in the ABC drama about psychiatry, Breaking Point in the 1963 episode titled "Heart of Marble, Body of Stone".
    More Details Hide Details Meredith appeared in various western series, such as Rawhide (four times), The Virginian (twice), Wagon Train, Branded, The Wild Wild West, The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters, Laredo, Bonanza, and Daniel Boone.
  • 1961
    Age 53
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In "Time Enough at Last" he portrayed a henpecked bookworm who finds himself the sole survivor of an unspecified apocalypse which leads him to contemplate suicide until he discovers the ruins of the library. "Printer's Devil", Meredith portrayed the Devil himself, and in "The Obsolete Man" he portrayed a librarian, sentenced to death in a dystopic totalitarian society. He would later play two more roles in Rod Serling's other anthology series, Night Gallery. Meredith was the narrator for Twilight Zone: The Movie in 1983. The actor appeared in various other television programs, including the role of Chris, III, in the 1962 episode "Hooray, Hooray, the Circus Is Coming to Town" of the NBC medical drama about psychiatry, The Eleventh Hour starring Wendell Corey and Jack Ging.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1939
    Age 31
    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).
    More Details Hide Details He was featured in many 1940s films, including three — Second Chorus (1940), Diary of a Chambermaid (1946), and On Our Merry Way (1948) — co-starring then-wife Paulette Goddard. He also played alongside Lana Turner in Madame X. As a result of the House Committee on Un-American Activities investigation, Meredith was placed on the Hollywood blacklist, and was largely absent from film for the next decade, though he remained involved in stage plays and radio during this time. Meredith was a favorite of director Otto Preminger, who cast him in Advise and Consent (1962), The Cardinal (1963), In Harm's Way (1965), Hurry Sundown (1967), Skidoo (1968), and Such Good Friends (1971). He was the Penguin in the Batman movie of 1966 based on the TV series, and in Stay Away Joe (1968) appeared as the father of Elvis Presley's character. In 1975, he received critical acclaim for his performance as Harry Greene in The Day of the Locust and received nominations for the BAFTA, Golden Globe, and Academy Award for best supporting actor. Meredith then played Rocky Balboa's trainer, Mickey Goldmill, in the first three Rocky films (1976, 1979, and 1982). Though his character died in the third Rocky film, he returned briefly in a flashback in the fifth film, Rocky V (1990). His portrayal in the first film earned him his second consecutive nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1935
    Age 27
    He garnered critical acclaim in the 1935 Broadway revival of The Barretts of Wimpole Street starring Katharine Cornell.
    More Details Hide Details She subsequently cast him in several of her later productions. Other Broadway roles included Van van Dorn in High Tor (1937), Liliom in Liliom (1940), Christy Mahon in The Playboy of the Western World (1946), and Adolphus Cusins Major Barbara (1957). He created the role of Erie Smith in the English-language premiere of Eugene O'Neill's Hughie at the Theater Royal in Bath, England in 1963. He played Hamlet in avant garde theatrical and radio productions of the play. A distinguished theatre director, he won a Tony Award nomination for his 1974 Broadway staging of Ulysses in Nighttown, a theatrical adaptation of the "Nighttown" section of James Joyce's Ulysses. Meredith also shared a Special Tony Award with James Thurber for their collaboration on A Thurber Carnival (1960).
  • 1929
    Age 21
    In 1929, he became a member of Eva Le Gallienne's Civic Repertory Theatre company in New York City.
    More Details Hide Details Although best known to the larger world audience for his film and television work, Meredith was an influential actor and director for the stage. He made his Broadway debut as Peter in Le Gallienne's production of Romeo and Juliet (1930) and became a star in Maxwell Anderson's Winterset (1935), which became his film debut the following year. His early life and theatre work were the subject of a New Yorker profile.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1926
    Age 18
    Meredith graduated from Hoosac School in 1926 and then attended Amherst College (class of 1931).
    More Details Hide Details He later served in the United States Army Air Forces in World War II, reaching the rank of Captain. He was discharged in 1944 to work on the movie The Story of G.I. Joe, in which he starred as the popular war correspondent Ernie Pyle.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1907
    Born
    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.
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