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Ralph Meeker (1920–1988)


Burly American character actor Ralph Meeker first acted on stage at his Alma mater, Northwestern University, alongside other budding performers Charlton Heston and Patricia Neal. He graduated as a music major, because his dean had discouraged him from pursuing a theatrical career. Ignoring that advice, Meeker nevertheless moved to New York to ... See full bio »

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 1980 Without Warning
Dave
 1979 CHiPs (TV Series)
- Counterfeit (1979)
 1979 Winter Kills
Gameboy Baker
 1979 Kaz (TV Series)
 1978 My Boys Are Good Boys
Bert Morton
 1978 The Alpha Incident
Charlie
 1978 Hi-Riders
Mike
 1977 Police Woman (TV Series)
Bellwood
- Screams (1977) ... Bellwood
 1976 The Food of the Gods
Bensington
 1975 Harry O (TV Series)
Sgt. Frank Brannen
- Exercise in Fatality (1975) ... Sgt. Frank Brannen
 1973-1975 Police Story (TV Series)
Alfred Attles / Sergeant Emit Howard / Chief Harry Stahlgaher
- Face for a Shadow (1975) ... Alfred Attles
- Chief (1974) ... Sergeant Emit Howard
- Slow Boy (1973) ... Chief Harry Stahlgaher
 1975 Barbary Coast (TV Series)
Big Lou Hobart
- The Ballad of Redwing Jail (1975) ... Big Lou Hobart
 1975 Johnny Firecloud
Colby
 1975 Brannigan
Capt. Moretti
 1975 Movin' On (TV Series)
Dave Bennet
- Ransom (1975) ... Dave Bennet
 1975 The Rookies (TV Series)
Officer Menteer
- The Shield (1975) ... Officer Menteer
 1975 Cannon (TV Series)
Phil Dexter
- Perfect Fit for a Frame (1975) ... Phil Dexter
 1975 The Dead Don't Die (TV Movie)
Police Lt. Reardon
 1974 The Girl on the Late, Late Show (TV Movie)
Inspector DeBiesse
 1974 Toma (TV Series)
Frank Beecher
- Friends of Danny Beecher (1974) ... Frank Beecher
 1974 Night Games (TV Movie)
Dutch Armbreck
 1968-1974 Ironside (TV Series)
Wescott / Ex-Detective
- Riddle at 24,000 (1974) ... Wescott
- Price Tag: Death (1968) ... Ex-Detective
 1974 Cry Panic (TV Movie)
Chuck Braswell
 1974 Faraday and Company (TV Series)
Ed Kelso
- A Matter of Magic (1974) ... Ed Kelso
 1974 Room 222 (TV Series)
Jones
 1974 Run, Joe, Run (TV Series)
Gant
- The Hunters (1974) ... Gant
 1973 Love Comes Quietly
Ben Hoeksema
 1973 You'll Never See Me Again (TV Movie)
Will Alden
 1973 Birds of Prey (TV Movie)
Jim McAndrew
 1972 Police Surgeon (TV Series)
James Blinn
- The Text According to Gracie (1972) ... James Blinn
 1972 The Happiness Cage
The Major
 1972 Primus (TV Series)
- The Sniper (1972)
 1972 The Night Stalker (TV Movie)
Bernie Jenks
 1972 Norman Corwin Presents (TV Series)
- Hold That Line (1972)
 1971 The Reluctant Heroes (TV Movie)
Capt. Luke Danvers
 1966-1971 The F.B.I. (TV Series)
Graham Newcomb / Scott Martin / King Hogan
- Recurring Nightmare (1971) ... Graham Newcomb
- The Raid (1967) ... Scott Martin
- The Plunderers (1966) ... King Hogan
 1971 The Anderson Tapes
Delaney
 1970 I Walk the Line
Carl McCain
 1970 The Virginian (TV Series)
August Gruber
- Experiment at New Life (1970) ... August Gruber
 1970 Lost Flight (TV Movie)
Glenn Walkup
 1969 The Devil's 8
Burl
 1968 A Punt, a Pass, and a Prayer (TV Movie)
Wally Walters
 1968 The Name of the Game (TV Series)
Senator Goddard
- The Protector (1968) ... Senator Goddard
 1968 The Detective
Curran
 1967 The High Chaparral (TV Series)
Tracy Conlin
- The Price of Revenge (1967) ... Tracy Conlin
 1967 Dundee and the Culhane (TV Series)
Maximus Tobin
- The 1000 Feet Deep Brief (1967) ... Maximus Tobin
 1967 Gentle Giant
Fog Hanson
 1967 Custer (TV Series)
Kermit Teller
- Glory Rider (1967) ... Kermit Teller
 1967 Tarzan (TV Series)
Karnak
- The Ultimatum (1967) ... Karnak
 1967 The Green Hornet (TV Series)
Earl Evans
- Seek, Stalk, and Destroy (1967) ... Earl Evans
 1966 Seaway (TV Series)
Roy Burke
- Hot Line (1966) ... Roy Burke
 1966 The Long, Hot Summer (TV Series)
Jess Corbett
- A Time to Die (1966) ... Jess Corbett
 1964 Kraft Suspense Theatre (TV Series)
Harly Clay
- Threepersons (1964) ... Harly Clay
 1964 The Doctors and the Nurses (TV Series)
Sheffer
- The Respect of One for Another (1964) ... Sheffer
 1964 Suspense (TV Series)
- I, Lloyd Benson (1964)
 1964 Channing (TV Series)
Frank Martin
- Swing for the Moon (1964) ... Frank Martin
 1964 The Defenders (TV Series)
Floyd Cooper
- The Last Day (1964) ... Floyd Cooper
 1963 The Outer Limits (TV Series)
John Dexter
- Tourist Attraction (1963) ... John Dexter
 1963 Breaking Point (TV Series)
Murray Knopf
- The Bull Roarer (1963) ... Murray Knopf
 1963 Wall of Noise
Matt Rubio
 1962-1963 Route 66 (TV Series)
Parker Smith / Willard McIntyre
- Shadows of an Afternoon (1963) ... Parker Smith
- Two on the House (1962) ... Willard McIntyre
 1962-1963 The United States Steel Hour (TV Series)
Charlie Williams
- Night Run to the West (1963) ... Charlie Williams
 1962 Empire (TV Series)
Barney Swanton
- Walk Like a King (1962) ... Barney Swanton
 1962 Going My Way (TV Series)
Jack Slade
- The Crooked Angel (1962) ... Jack Slade
 1961 Something Wild
Mike
 1961 Ada
Colonel Yancey
 1961 Tallahassee 7000 (TV Series)
Harry Gifford
- Man from Tallahassee (1961) ... Harry Gifford
 1961 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (TV Series)
Frank Clell
 1958-1961 The Loretta Young Show (TV Series)
Willis Cooper / Pilot Duke Cavanaugh / Ed James / ...
- Enter at Your Own Risk (1961) ... Willis Cooper
- The Break-Off (1959) ... Pilot Duke Cavanaugh
- Strange Money (1958) ... Ed James
- I Want to Get Married (1958) ... Joe Martin
 1960 Dillinger (TV Movie)
John Dillinger
 1959 The Texan (TV Series)
Sam Kerrigan
- Blood Money (1959) ... Sam Kerrigan
 1955-1959 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
John Forbes / Mel Reeves / Carl Borden / ...
- I'll Take Care of You (1959) ... John Forbes
- Total Loss (1959) ... Mel Reeves
- Malice Domestic (1957) ... Carl Borden
- Revenge (1955) ... Carl Spann
 1958-1959 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
Rich Adams
- Bluebeard's Seventh Wife (1958) ... Rich Adams
 1959 Wanted: Dead or Alive (TV Series)
Martin Ash
- Reunion for a Revenge (1959) ... Martin Ash
 1958 Pursuit (TV Series)
- Free Ride (1958)
 1951-1958 Kraft Theatre (TV Series)
- Fifty Grand (1958)
 1958 Wagon Train (TV Series)
Horse
- A Man Called Horse (1958) ... Horse
 1957-1958 Climax! (TV Series)
'Griff' Griffith / Alex Hill
- So Deadly My Love (1958) ... 'Griff' Griffith
- A Matter of Life and Death (1957) ... Alex Hill
 1957 The Fuzzy Pink Nightgown
Mike Valla
 1957 Run of the Arrow
Lt. Driscoll
 1957 The 20th Century-Fox Hour (TV Series)
Commander John Lawrence
- Deep Water (1957) ... Commander John Lawrence
 1957 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Carbine Webb
- Four Women in Black (1957) ... Carbine Webb
 1957 Zane Grey Theater (TV Series)
Steve Elkins
- A Time to Live (1957) ... Steve Elkins
 1956 Studio 57 (TV Series)
Ranson
- The Blue Wall (1956) ... Ranson
 1956 A Woman's Devotion
Trevor Stevenson
 1956 Jane Wyman Presents The Fireside Theatre (TV Series)
Joe Novak
- Between Jobs (1956) ... Joe Novak
 1952-1956 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Mike / Nicky Hanks
- The Guilty (1956) ... Mike
- Amo, Amas, Amat (1952) ... Nicky Hanks
 1952-1956 Goodyear Playhouse (TV Series)
- The Film Maker (1956)
 1956 The Alcoa Hour (TV Series)
Billy Hepburn
- The Magic Horn (1956) ... Billy Hepburn
 1956 Star Stage (TV Series)
 1955-1956 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series)
Mr. Sheridan / Steve
- Dino (1956) ... Mr. Sheridan
- Dominique (1955) ... Steve
 1955 Desert Sands
Capt. David Malcolm
 1953 The Revlon Mirror Theater (TV Series)
- The Happy Tingle (1953)
- Someone Like You (1953)
 1953 Code Two
Chuck O'Flair
 1953 Jeopardy
Lawson
 1952 Somebody Loves Me
Ben 'Benny' Fields
 1952 Shadow in the Sky
Burt
 1952 Glory Alley
Socks Barbarrosa
 1951 Teresa
Sgt. Dobbs
 1951 Four in a Jeep
Sergeant William Long
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Stage: Appeared in "Natural Affection" at Sombrero Playhouse, Phoenix, AZ. See more »

Height:

6' 1" (1.85 m)
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Worked as understudy for Henry Fonda in the theater version of Mister Roberts (1947) See more »

Star Sign:

Scorpio

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