Ralph Meeker
actor
Ralph Meeker
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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BenU Welcomes Dr. Bart Ng as the New Dean of College of Science - The Candor
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BenU named Dr. Bart S. Ng new Dean of the College of Science (COS) after Dr. Ralph Meeker, former dean of College of Science, stepped down from the position as the dean this past semester of spring 2011 and decided to continue being a professor
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Escola d´Estiu de Banyoles: Hablemos de Kubrick - kaosenlared.net
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Montaje: Eva Kroll, Intérpretes: Kirk Douglas, Ralph Meeker. Adolphe Menjou, George Macready, Wayne Morris, Richard Anderson. Duración 86 minutos. Todo comenzó cuando Kubrick, que había leído de niño la novela de Humphrey Cobb “Senderos de gloria”,
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Regional arts and entertainment events | Philadelphia Inquirer | 2011-08-21 - Philadelphia Inquirer
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The best depiction of the quintessential antihero may be Ralph Meeker in Robert Aldrich's sly 1955 adaptation of Kiss Me Deadly, which weaves sadistic thugs, nuclear espionage, and a femme fatale into a noir plot for the amoral Hammer to shatter to
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Kiss Me Deadly - Montages
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Han slår fast at Ralph Meeker spilte den sleipeste, dummeste og mest brutale detektiven i amerikansk film. Aldrich mente at Mike Hammer var en kynisk fascist, og at forfatteren Mickey Spillane var en udemokratisk person
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Vegas vampires in the 1970s faced an unforgettable foe - Chicago Tribune (blog)
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The cast of "The Night Stalker" included Carol Lynley, Simon Oakland, Claude Akins and Ralph Meeker. Until seeing "The Night Stalker" again recently, in the less-than-ideal YouTube edition, I'd forgotten that Meeker was part of the cast
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James Stewart's early roles featured Aug 13 on TCM's Summer Under The Stars - Examiner.com
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While tracking down killer Ben Vandergroat (Robert Ryan), Howard Kemp (Stewart), a bounty hunter with a past of his own, is forced to take on a couple of ruthless partners (Ralph Meeker and Millard Mitchell) wanting their share of the reward
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Chevy's 100: Iconic brand leaves pop culture imprint - The Detroit News
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Producers were trying to give detective Hammer a younger, more upscale image by casting a younger actor to play him (Ralph Meeker) and putting him in the 'Vette, said Metro Detroit car collector (and grandson of AJ Fisher of "Body by Fisher") Bill
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Co warto zobaczyć w TV w PONIEDZIAŁEK 25.07.2011: Władcy ognia – SPIS - SE.pl
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Grupa dowodzona przez Ala Capone (Jason Robards) zamierza ostatecznie rozprawić się z konkurencyjna bandą Georgea "Bugsa" Morana (Ralph Meeker). Przebrani za policjantów gangsterzy tego pierwszego, zaskakują swoich konkurentów w położonym na odludziu
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Kiss Me Deadly: Criterion Collection Blu-ray Review - TheHDRoom
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A young hitchhiker, wearing nothing but a trench coat, is running hysterically down the highway until she finds herself literally in the path of private detective Mike Hammer (Ralph Meeker). Hammer tells her to get in and speeds down the highway,
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Kiss Me Deadly (The Criterion Collection) - JustPressPlay
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Robert Aldrich crafted an iconic film noir with his take on Kiss Me Deadly and he coached a swarthy apathetic performance from Ralph Meeker all while capitalizing on the film noir aesthetic and Cold War paranoia. The sum of it all is an entirely
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The Night Stalker – Johnny Depp als Carl Kolchak? Disney plant Leinwandadaption - BlairWitch.de
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Doch ihm glaubt keiner – außer seiner Freundin Gail Foster (Carol Lynley) und dem befreundeten FBI-Agenten Bernie Jenks (Ralph Meeker), der ihn mit Insider-Informationen versorgt. Demnach vermutet das FBI, dass hinter den Morden der über 70-jährige
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Kiss Me Deadly DVD Review - Paste Magazine
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Completely at random, Mike Hammer (Ralph Meeker) nearly runs over a girl wearing nothing but a trenchcoat. While she's soon caught by the police, Hammer's intrigued by her tale and begins investigating her past. The very act of pursuing this sets a
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Wilmington on DVD: Kiss Me Deadly, If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle, Sucker Punch - Isthmus
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A word about Ralph Meeker, who's far from meek: the Mike Hammer of your worst nightmare. Every good actor has at least one good run, and for Meeker, it was the early '50s. He took over (successfully) from Brando as Stanley Kowalski in the original
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Blu-Ray Review: Criterion Edition of Noir Classic 'Kiss Me Deadly' - HollywoodChicago.com
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Ralph Meeker plays the legendary Mike Hammer, one of the models for all tough guy detectives to follow. Meeker's version of Hammer is particularly square-jawed and cool as the other side of the pillow. He gets the girls, beats the bad guys,
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A lot of chasing going on: 'Unknown,' 'Kiss Me Deadly' - VillageSoup Belfast (blog)
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In this 1955 film noire, directed by Robert Aldrich, he is played by a slightly uneven Ralph Meeker as a divorce detective who farms out his secretary (Maxine Cooper in her debut as Velda) to ensure the clients' husbands are found at fault
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DVD releases - Boston Globe
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Ralph Meeker plays the iconically low-living detective, who's drawn into a '50s-topical mystery involving atomic secrets and murder. Meeker is uneven, but genuinely sadistic flashes make you understand why Aldrich felt compelled to defend the film's
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DVD review: 'Kiss Me Deadly' - Brand X
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As portrayed by the underused and underrated Ralph Meeker, Hammer is morally soiled beyond recognition: He's not merely ruthless; he's sadistic, dishonest, sleazy and (frankly) not very bright. He's less a private eye than a blackmailer — and (worst
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Kiss Me Deadly - Entertainment Weekly
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Packed with extras, this new Criterion release sends novelist Mickey Spillane's knuckle-dragging private eye Mike Hammer (played by gruff lump Ralph Meeker) through a cesspool of tawdry twists, all of them hinging on a mysterious box containing a
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Ralph Meeker
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1988
    Age 67
    Died on August 5, 1988.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1980
    Age 59
    In 1980, he suffered a severe stroke, which ended his career.
    More Details Hide Details His health steadily declined, punctuated by several more strokes. He spent the last year of his life in the Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital in the Woodland Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, and died there, age 67, of a heart attack. He was survived by his third wife, Millicent. He is interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in the Hollywood Hills of Los Angeles.
  • 1971
    Age 50
    In 1971, Meeker played FBI agent Bernie Jenks in the television movie The Night Stalker.
    More Details Hide Details He made guest appearances on numerous other television series, including Ironside, CHiPs, Dundee and the Culhane, Toast of the Town, The Outer Limits, The Green Hornet, Studio One, The High Chaparral (episode "The Price of Revenge"), The Men from Shiloh (episode "Experiment At New Life"), and The Eddie Capra Mysteries (episode "Murder Plays a Dead Hand"). Meeker married three times: his first wife (1964–1966) was actress Salome Jens, his second was Colleen Meeker, and his third was Millicent Meeker.
  • FORTIES
  • 1967
    Age 46
    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.
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  • 1964
    Age 43
    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.
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  • 1963
    Age 42
    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.
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  • 1962
    Age 41
    He was also cast in 1962 as Barney Swanton in the episode "Walk Like a King" of the NBC modern western series Empire, starring Richard Egan.
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    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.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1959
    Age 38
    Meeker was cast with Dorothy Provine in the 1959 episode, "Blood Money", of the CBS western series The Texan, starring Rory Calhoun.
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    From 1959 - 1960, Meeker had the leading role as United States Army Sergeant Steve Dekker in the 39-episode television series Not for Hire.
    More Details Hide Details Dekker is an investigator in the Army Criminal Investigations Division; the series was somewhat a precursor 40 years earlier of the 21st century hit NCIS, with Mark Harmon in a Navy role akin to Meeker's Army screen assignment in 1959.
  • 1958
    Age 37
    He starred in the 1958 episode "A Man Called Horse" of NBC's Wagon Train.
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  • 1957
    Age 36
    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.
    More Details Hide Details That same year he appeared in Stanley Kubrick's Paths of Glory, playing a soldier, Corporal Paris, accused of cowardice during battle in World War I. Later films included 1961's political story Ada with Dean Martin, the drama Something Wild that same year, in which Meeker portrayed a mechanic who saves a young woman (Carroll Baker) from committing suicide but then holds her captive in his apartment, and the 1967 crime drama The St. Valentine's Day Massacre, in which he played gangster George "Bugs" Moran. Meeker was also in the 1967 war film The Dirty Dozen as Captain Stuart Kinder, a military psychologist who attempts to analyze the men. Meeker portrayed police officers in The Detective (1969) with Frank Sinatra and The Anderson Tapes (1970) with Sean Connery. He was producer of the film My Boys Are Good Boys (1978).
  • 1955
    Age 34
    On television, Meeker starred in the 1955 premiere episode, "Revenge," of CBS's Alfred Hitchcock Presents, along with Vera Miles.
    More Details Hide Details He later appeared in three other Alfred Hitchcock segments.
    In perhaps his most-remembered role, Meeker starred as private detective Mike Hammer in the 1955 Robert Aldrich film of Mickey Spillane's Kiss Me Deadly.
    More Details Hide Details Many years later, this film acquired cult status and was seen as an influence on French New Wave directors such as Jean-Luc Godard.
    Picnic became a classic film in 1955, with William Holden and Kim Novak starring in the roles originated by Meeker and Janice Rule.
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  • 1954
    Age 33
    For his performance in William Inge's Picnic, Meeker was awarded the New York Critic's Circle Award in 1954.
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  • 1953
    Age 32
    He played an escaped killer who terrorizes Barbara Stanwyck in the 1953 thriller Jeopardy and a cold-blooded convict in Big House, U.S.A. (1955).
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    In 1953, he was cast as a misfit ex-cavalryman in the classic western The Naked Spur directed by Anthony Mann.
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  • 1951
    Age 30
    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.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1920
    Born
    Born on November 21, 1920.
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