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 Meeker 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 1 More Event
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.
1957 36 Years Old In 1957, he portrayed an ex-convict who kidnaps and then falls for Jane Russell in the romantic comedy, The Fuzzy Pink Nightgown, which failed at the box office. … 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 1 More Event
From 1959 - 1960, Meeker had the leading role as United States Army Sergeant Steve Dekker in the 39-episode television series Not for Hire. … Read More


1962 41 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1962, Meeker portrayed Jack Slade in the episode "The Crooked Angel" of ABC's drama series Going My Way, starring Gene Kelly as a Roman Catholic priest in New York City and loosely based on the Bing Crosby 1944 film of the same name.
1963 42 Years Old In 1963, he appeared as Murray Knopf in "The Bull Roarer" on ABC's medical drama about psychiatry, Breaking Point, starring Paul Richards and Eduard Franz.
1964 43 Years Old Meeker guest-starred as Frank Marin in the 1964 episode "Swing for the Moon" of ABC's Channing, set on a fictitious college campus and co-starring Jason Evers and Henry Jones.
1967 46 Years Old In 1967, he appeared as Kermit Teller in the episode "Glory Rider" of the ABC 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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