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Burgess Meredith Biography

  • Profession: Actor
  • Born: Nov 16, 1908
  • Died: Sep 9, 1997
  • Birth Name: Oliver Burgess Meredith

Originally a newspaper reporter, Burgess Meredith came to the screen in 1936, repeating his stage role in [[Feature~V54916~Winterset~winterset]], a part written for him by [[Performer~P79634~Maxwell Anderson~maxwellanderson]]. Meredith has had a long and varied film career, playing everything from George in [[Feature~V35975~Of Mice and Men~ofmiceandmen]] (1939) to {$Sylvester Stallone)'s trainer in [[Feature~V41846~Rocky~rocky]] (1976). He received Oscar nominations for [[Feature~V12625~The Day of the Locust~thedayofthelocust]] (1975) and [[Feature~V41846~Rocky~rocky]]. As comfortable with comedy as with drama, Meredith also appeared in [[Feature~V24281~Idiot's Delight~idiotsdelight]] (1939); [[Feature~V43414~Second Chorus~secondchorus]] (1940), with Fred Astaire; [[Feature~V13629~Diary of a Chambermaid~diaryofachambermaid]] (1942), which he also wrote and produced; [[Feature~V111852~The Story of G.I. Joe~thestoryofgijoe]] (1945); and [[Feature~V32757~Mine Own Executioner~mineownexecutioner]] (1947). He also directed [[Feature~V31210~Man on the Eiffel Tower~themanontheeiffeltower]] (1949). On television, he made countless guest appearances in dozens of dramatic and variety productions, including one of the first episodes of The Twilight Zone, the touching Time Enough at Last, and as host on the first episode of [[Feature~V56062~Your Show of Shows~yourshowofshows[tvseries]]]. He was a regular on [[Feature~V134668~Mr. Novak~mre]] (1963-64) and Search (1972-73), hosted Those Amazing Animals (1981), co-starred with Sally Struthers in Gloria (1982-83), and made classic appearances as the Penguin on [[Feature~V4276~Batman~batman[tvseries]]] (1966-68). He won an Emmy in 1977 for [[Feature~V135621~Tailgunner Joe~joejoe]] and has done voiceover work for innumerable commercials, notably Volkswagen. Meredith made his final feature film appearance playing crusty Grandpa Gustafson in [[Feature~V135506~Grumpier Old Men~grumpieroldmen]] (1995), the sequel to [[Feature~V119907~Grumpy Old Men~grumpyoldmen]] (1993) in which he also appeared. In 1996, he played a role in the CD-rom video game Ripper. He was briefly married to [[Performer~P27336~Paulette Goddard~paulettegoddard]] in the 1940s. Meredith died in his Malibu home at the age of 88 on September 9, 1997. ~ Rovi