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Burgess Meredith (1907–1997)


One of the truly great and gifted performers of the century who often suffered lesser roles, Burgess Meredith was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1907 and educated in Amherst College in Massachusetts before joining Eva Le Gallienne's stage company in New York City in 1933. He became a favorite of dramatist Maxwell Anderson, premiering on film in the ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 6 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Filmography

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 2011 Biography (TV Series documentary)
Mickey Goldmill
 1996 Ripper (Video Game)
Hamilton Wofford / Covington Wofford
 1995 Across the Moon
Barney
 1995 Tall Tale
Old Man (uncredited)
 1994 The Great Battles of the Civil War (TV Mini-Series documentary)
Gettysburg Star and Banner Columnist (Episode 6) (voice)
 1992 Lincoln (TV Movie)
Winfield Scott (voice)
 1992 Mastergate (TV Movie)
Wiley Slaughter
 1991 Night of the Hunter (TV Movie)
Birdy
 1989 The Wickedest Witch (TV Movie)
Narrator (voice)
 1988 Full Moon in Blue Water
The General
 1988 Hot to Trot
Don's Dad (voice, uncredited)
 1987 Mister Corbett's Ghost (TV Movie)
Mad Tom
 1987 King Lear
Don Learo (uncredited)
 1987 G.I. Joe: The Movie (Video)
Golobulus (voice)
 1986 The Blinkins (TV Movie)
Mr. Ben the Owl (voice)
 1986 Outrage! (TV Movie)
Judge Aaron Klein
 1985 Answers (TV Movie)
Chas Potter (Segment "The Constituent")
 1984 Wet Gold (TV Movie)
Sampson
 1984 Faerie Tale Theatre (TV Series)
Mole
- Thumbelina (1984) ... Mole
 1983 Chasing the Limits (TV Movie)
Narrator (voice)
 1983 Twilight Zone: The Movie
Narrator (voice, uncredited)
 1982 Puff and the Incredible Mr. Nobody (TV Short)
Puff (voice)
 1981 True Confessions
Msgr. Seamus Fargo
 1981 The Last Chase
Captain J.G. Williams
 1981 Mr. Griffin and Me (TV Movie)
Kenneth Griffin
 1980 Final Assignment
Zak
 1980 When Time Ran Out...
Rene Valdez
 1979 Rocky II
Mickey
 1978 Magic
Ben Greene
 1978 The Great Bank Hoax
Jack Stutz
 1978 Puff the Magic Dragon (TV Short)
Puff (voice)
 1978 Kate Bliss and the Ticker Tape Kid (TV Movie)
William Blackstone
 1978 The Manitou
Dr. Snow
 1978 The Amazing Captain Nemo (TV Movie)
Prof. Waldo Cunningham
 1977 Golden Rendezvous
Van Heurden
 1977 The Last Hurrah (TV Movie)
Cardinal Burke
 1977 SST: Death Flight (TV Movie)
Willy Basset
 1977 Tail Gunner Joe (TV Movie)
Joseph Welch
 1977 The Wandering Muse of Artemus Flagg (TV Movie)
Artemus Flagg
 1976 Rocky
Mickey
 1976 Burnt Offerings
Arnold Allardyce
 1975 Hay que matar a B.
Hector
 1975 The Hindenburg
Emilio Pajetta
 1975 The Master Gunfighter
Narrator (voice)
 1975 92 in the Shade
Goldsboro
 1974 Korg: 70,000 B.C. (TV Series)
Narrator (voice)
 1974 Golden Needles
Winters
 1973 Old Faithful (TV Movie)
Chief Ranger
 1970-1972 Rod Serling's Night Gallery (TV Series)
Charlie Finnegan / Dr. William Fall (segment "The Little Black Bag")
- Finnegan's Flight (1972) ... Charlie Finnegan
- Room with a View/The Little Black Bag/The Nature of the Enemy (1970) ... Dr. William Fall (segment "The Little Black Bag")
 1972 Mannix (TV Series)
Noah Otway
- The Crimson Halo (1972) ... Noah Otway
 1972 The Man
Senator Watson
 1972 Beware! The Blob
Old Hobo (uncredited)
 1972 A Fan's Notes
Mr. Blue
 1972 The New Healers (TV Movie)
Dr. Simmons
 1972 Probe (TV Movie)
V.C.R. Cameron
 1972 Getting Away from It All (TV Movie)
Captain Frank Coffin
 1972 McCloud (TV Series)
Marvin Sloan
- A Little Plot at Tranquil Valley (1972) ... Marvin Sloan
 1968-1972 Ironside (TV Series)
Harry Grenadine / Carney
- Unreasonable Facsimile (1972) ... Harry Grenadine
- The Macabre Mr. Micawber (1968) ... Carney
 1971 Such Good Friends
Kalman
 1971 The Man and the City (TV Series)
 1971 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (TV Series)
Henry Meade
 1971 The Strange Monster of Strawberry Cove (TV Movie)
Henry Meade
 1970-1971 Love, American Style (TV Series)
Harrison Merriweather (segment "Love and the Artful Codger") / The Reverend (segment "Love and the Hypnotist")
- Love and the Artful Codger/Love and the Neglected Wife/Love and the Traveling Salesman (1971) ... Harrison Merriweather (segment "Love and the Artful Codger")
- Love and the Hypnotist/Love and the Psychiatrist (1970) ... The Reverend (segment "Love and the Hypnotist")
 1971 Lock, Stock and Barrel (TV Movie)
Rev. Willie Pursle
 1971 Room 222 (TV Series)
- K-W-W-H (1971)
 1971 Clay Pigeon
Freedom Lovelace
 1968-1971 The Virginian (TV Series)
Muley / Tim Bradbury
- Flight from Memory (1971) ... Muley
- The Orchard (1968) ... Tim Bradbury
 1970 The Yin and the Yang of Mr. Go
The Dolphin
 1970 The Name of the Game (TV Series)
Richard Garver
- All the Old Familiar Faces (1970) ... Richard Garver
 1970 The Bold Ones: The Senator (TV Series)
George P. Mallon
- Power Play (1970) ... George P. Mallon
 1970 There Was a Crooked Man...
The Missouri Kid
 1969 Winter of the Witch (TV Short)
Narrator (voice)
 1969 The Reivers
Lucius / Narrator (voice)
 1969 Mackenna's Gold
The Storekeeper
 1969 Daniel Boone (TV Series)
Alex Hemming
- Three Score and Ten (1969) ... Alex Hemming
 1969 The Father (Short)
Captain Ned
 1968 Skidoo
The Warden
 1968 The Monkees (TV Series)
The Penguin
- Monkees Blow Their Minds (1968) ... The Penguin (uncredited)
 1968 Stay Away, Joe
Charlie Lightcloud
 1967 Bonanza (TV Series)
Owney Duggan
- Six Black Horses (1967) ... Owney Duggan
 1967 Torture Garden
Dr. Diabolo (Framework Story)
 1967 The Invaders (TV Series)
Theodore Booth
- Wall of Crystal (1967) ... Theodore Booth
 1967 Hurry Sundown
Judge Purcell
 1966 The Crazy-Quilt
Narrator (voice)
 1966 A Big Hand for the Little Lady
Doc Scully (as Burgess Meridith)
 1966 Branded (TV Series)
Horace Greeley
 1966 Please Don't Eat the Daisies (TV Series)
Muldoon
- The Magnificent Muldoon (1966) ... Muldoon
 1966 Madame X
Dan Sullivan
 1966 12 O'Clock High (TV Series)
Dr. Rink
- Back to the Drawing Board (1966) ... Dr. Rink
 1965 The Loner (TV Series)
Sicdry
- Hunt the Man Down (1965) ... Sicdry
 1965 The Trials of O'Brien (TV Series)
Judge Benjamin Vincent
- No Justice for the Judge (1965) ... Judge Benjamin Vincent
 1965 The Wild Wild West (TV Series)
Orkney Cadwallader
- The Night of the Human Trigger (1965) ... Orkney Cadwallader
 1965 Laredo (TV Series)
Grubsty 'Grubby' Sully
- Lazyfoot, Where Are You? (1965) ... Grubsty 'Grubby' Sully
 1965 In Harm's Way
Commander Egan Powell
 1965 Profiles in Courage (TV Series)
John Peter Altgeld
- John Peter Altgeld (1965) ... John Peter Altgeld
 1964 Fanfare for a Death Scene (TV Movie)
Bannerman
 1963-1964 Burke's Law (TV Series)
Harold Harold / Burton Reese / Sidney Wilde
- Who Killed 711? (1964) ... Harold Harold
- Who Killed Jason Shaw? (1964) ... Burton Reese
- Who Killed Alex Debbs? (1963) ... Sidney Wilde
 1961-1964 Rawhide (TV Series)
Hannibal H. Plew / Matthew Higgins / Tom Gwynn
- Incident at Deadhorse: Part II (1964) ... Hannibal H. Plew
- Incident at Deadhorse: Part I (1964) ... Hannibal H. Plew
- Incident at Paradise (1963) ... Matthew Higgins
- The Little Fishes (1961) ... Tom Gwynn
 1964 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (TV Series)
Tumblers Fuller
- The Square Peg (1964) ... Tumblers Fuller
 1964 Wagon Train (TV Series)
Grover Allen
- The Grover Allen Story (1964) ... Grover Allen
 1964 The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters (TV Series)
Saracen
- The Day of the Wizard (1964) ... Saracen
 1963 Breaking Point (TV Series)
Walter Osborne
- Heart of Marble, Body of Stone (1963) ... Walter Osborne
 1959-1963 Twilight Zone (TV Series)
Mr. Smith / Romney Wordsworth / Luther Dingle / ...
- Printer's Devil (1963) ... Mr. Smith
- The Obsolete Man (1961) ... Romney Wordsworth
- Mr. Dingle, the Strong (1961) ... Luther Dingle
 1962 Ben Casey (TV Series)
Lester Partridge
- Pack Up All My Cares and Woes (1962) ... Lester Partridge
 1962 Sam Benedict (TV Series)
Cyrus Carter
- Everybody's Playing Polo (1962) ... Cyrus Carter
 1962 The Eleventh Hour (TV Series)
Christopher NorbertII / Chris III
- Hooray, Hooray the Circus Is Coming to Town (1962) ... Christopher NorbertII / Chris III
 1962 Naked City (TV Series)
Duncan Kleist
- Hold for Gloria Christmas (1962) ... Duncan Kleist
 1962 Advise & Consent
Herbert Gelman
 1961 Play of the Week (TV Series)
Vladimir
 1959 Sunday Showcase (TV Series)
 1959 Ah, Wilderness! (TV Movie)
Sid Davis
 1959 The DuPont Show of the Month (TV Series)
Narrator
- The Human Comedy (1959) ... Narrator (voice)
 1954-1958 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Velvet Pants / Thomas A. Edison
- The Unfamiliar (1958) ... Velvet Pants
 1958 The Kidnappers
Louis Halliburton
 1957 Suspicion (TV Series)
Ramskill
- Hand in Glove (1957) ... Ramskill
 1957 The United States Steel Hour (TV Series)
Alec Sherwood
- Haunted Harbor (1957) ... Alec Sherwood
 1957 Joe Butterfly
Joe Butterfly
 1953-1956 Omnibus (TV Series)
Avon Horsley Jr. / Man
- The Christmas Tie (1956) ... Avon Horsley Jr.
- Grandma Moses (1953) ... Man
 1953 Tales of Tomorrow (TV Series)
Paul
- The Great Silence (1953) ... Paul
 1952 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
David
- Decision (1952) ... David
 1952 Celanese Theatre (TV Series)
Rodney Deane
- Brief Moment (1952) ... Rodney Deane
 1950-1951 Lights Out (TV Series)
Professor Lyman
- This Way to Heaven (1951) ... Professor Lyman
- The Martian Eyes (1951) ... Professor Lyman
- The Martian Eyes (1950) ... Professor Lyman
 1950 Works of Calder
Narrator (voice)
 1950 The Billy Rose Show (TV Series)
Billy Rose
- George III Once Drooled in This Plate (1950) ... Billy Rose
 1950 Robert Montgomery Presents (TV Series)
Stage Manager
- Our Town (1950) ... Stage Manager
 1949 The Gay Adventure
Dick
 1949 The Silver Theatre (TV Series)
 1949 The Ford Theatre Hour (TV Series)
Biff Grimes
- One Sunday Afternoon (1949) ... Biff Grimes
 1949 Jigsaw
Jack - Bartender (cameo appearance) (uncredited)
 1948 On Our Merry Way
Oliver M. Pease
 1946 The Diary of a Chambermaid
Captain Mauger
 1945 A Walk in the Sun
Narrator (voice, uncredited)
 1945 Story of G.I. Joe
Ernie Pyle - Scripps-Howard War Correspondent
 1944 Salute to France (Short)
Joe - the American Soldier
 1943 The Rear Gunner (Short)
Pvt. L.A. Pee Wee Williams
 1941 Tom Dick and Harry
Harry
 1941 That Uncertain Feeling
Alexander Sebastian
 1940 San Francisco Docks
Johnny Barnes
 1940 Second Chorus
Hank Taylor
 1940 Castle on the Hudson
Steven Rockford
 1939 Idiot's Delight
Quillary
 1938 Spring Madness
The Lippencott
 1937 There Goes the Groom
Dick Matthews
 1936 Winterset
Mio Romagna
 1935 The Scoundrel
Flop House Bum (uncredited)
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Other Works:

Stage Play: The Frogs of Spring. Comedy. Written by Nathaniel Benchley. Scenic Design / Lighting Design by Boris Aronson. Costume Design by Alvin Colt. Broadhurst Theatre: 21 Oct 1953- 31 Oct 1953 (15 performances). Cast: Barbara Baxley (as "Virginia Belden"), Malcolm Brodrick (as "John Allen"), Mary Grace Canfield (as "Alice Kemp"), Kevin... See more »

Publicity Listings:

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Alternate Names:

Burgess Meridith

Height:

5' 5½" (1.66 m)
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Personal Quote:

I did 'Batman' for two reasons, one of which was the salary. The other was that, after the first few episodes, 'Batman' became the in-thing to do. Everybody...would either play a villain or appear as himself in that cameo showcase where a celebrity would poke his head through the window of a building that Batman and Robin were climbing...Actually, we didn't get as much money from the show as you ... See more »

Trivia:

His father was Canadian (born in Toronto, Ontario). His mother was from Ohio. See more »

Trademark:

Distinctive raspy voice

Nickname:

Buzz

Star Sign:

Scorpio

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