Ralph Meeker

Born Nov 21, 1920

Ralph Meeker was an American film, stage and television actor best known for starring in the 1953 Broadway production of Picnic, and in the 1955 film noir cult classic Kiss Me Deadly.

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1920 Birth Born on November 21, 1920.


1951 30 Years Old He made his film debut in 1951 with a small role in MGM's Teresa, followed by a starring role in the Swiss-made Four in a Jeep (1951), directed by Leopold Lindtberg.
1953 32 Years Old In 1953, he was cast as a misfit ex-cavalryman in the classic western The Naked Spur directed by Anthony Mann.
1954 33 Years Old For his performance in William Inge's Picnic, Meeker was awarded the New York Critic's Circle Award in 1954.
Picnic became a classic film in 1955, with William Holden and Kim Novak starring in the roles originated by Meeker and Janice Rule. … Read More
1958 37 Years Old He starred in the 1958 episode "A Man Called Horse" of NBC's Wagon Train.
1959 38 Years Old In 1959 and 1960, Meeker starred as U.S. Army Sergeant Steve Dekker in the TV series Not for Hire.


1963 42 Years Old In 1963, he appeared in "The Bull Roarer" on ABC's medical drama about psychiatry, Breaking Point, starring Paul Richards.
1964 43 Years Old Meeker guest-starred in the 1964 episode "Swing for the Moon" of ABC's Channing, set on a fictitious college campus and costarring Jason Evers and Henry Jones.
1967 46 Years Old In 1967, he appeared in ABC's military-western Custer, with Wayne Maunder in the title role.


1971 50 Years Old In 1971, Meeker played FBI agent Bernie Jenks in the television movie The Night Stalker. … Read More
1980 59 Years Old In 1980, he suffered a severe stroke, which ended his career. … Read More


1988 68 Years Old Died on August 5, 1988.
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