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Burgess Meredith

Guru Casper BN-ZERO 2011/11/16 21:48:06
RIP Burgess Meredith
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Birth: Nov. 16, 1907
Cleveland
Cuyahoga County
Ohio, USA
Death: Sep. 10, 1997
Malibu
Los Angeles County
California, USA
deathnbsp sep 10 1997 malibu los angeles county california usa
Actor. Born in Cleveland Ohio, the youngest of three children, in the late 1920s, he drifted to New York City, where he had numerous jobs including selling vacuum cleaners, clerking at Macy's, and working as a runner on Wall Street. He then made two trips to South America as an ordinary seaman on an ocean liner, after which he was fired for disobeying orders. In 1933 he joined Eva Le Gallienne's theatre company in New York. His debut role of Red Barry in ‘Little Ol' Boy', a play of reform school life gained him notice. His film premier was ‘Winterset' in 1936. He was a founder of the New Stage Society in 1937 and in the following year served as vice president of Actors' Equity. He attracted attention as 'George' in a 1939 film adaptation of the book ‘Of Mice and Men'. His career was put on hold during World War II when he joined the United States Army Air Corps, where he attained a captaincy. With the end of the war he demonstrated his versatility in both dramatic and comedic roles, and appeared in four different starring roles in the ‘The Twilight Zone' until being named an unfriendly witness and blacklisted by the House Un-American Activities Committee, after which studio work disappeared. There is a conspicuous gap in his filmography between 1950 and 1957 as a result. With the help of industry friend including Otto Preminger, Meredith came back to the screen with a vengeance appearing in more than eighty roles after the end of his working exile, most memorably perhaps as 'The Penguin' on the television series "Batman". In 1960, he received a special Tony Award for ‘A Thurber Carnival.' He appeared in ‘Madame X' in 1966 with Lana Turner; and ‘Stay Away, Joe' with Elvis Presley in 1968. He was nominated for a Tony Award in 1974 as Best Director for ‘Ulysses in Nighttown.' He landed the role of Rocky Balboa's trainer, 'Mickey', in ‘Rocky', to great acclaim. He returned for four of the five ‘Rocky' sequels, appearing in flashback in ‘Rocky V'. He earned back-to-back Academy Award nominations, in 1975 for ‘The Day of the Locust' and in 1976 for ‘Rocky'. He also did a great deal of voice over work, serving as the spokesman for Skippy Peanut Butter and United Air Lines, among others including the narrator's role in ‘Twilight Zone: The Movie' in 1983. His last films included the ‘Grumpy Old Men' duology the last of which was released in 1995. He died two years later at his home in Malibu, California.

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  • Foxy Warrior Guru 2011/11/21 02:53:06
    RIP,thanks for the entertainment
    Foxy Warrior Guru
    +1
    He was one of the last TRULY GREAT character actors
  • Nan 2011/11/19 05:16:25
    RIP,thanks for the entertainment
    Nan
    +1
    He was one of the best actors out there for so many years. How can anyone forget his 'Penquin' on the 60's "Batman' show? He was just terrific and don't forget him in the Rocky movies either.. He was just one of the greats.
  • Moose 2011/11/18 06:32:41
  • ImageBandit ~ American Patriot 2011/11/17 20:06:01
    RIP,thanks for the entertainment
    ImageBandit ~ American Patriot
    +1
    sorry to see him go - great comedian
  • Xerxes 2011/11/17 19:26:35
    RIP,thanks for the entertainment
    Xerxes
    +2
    He did a Twilight Zone episode, that still haunts me to this day
  • Guru Ca... Xerxes 2011/11/17 19:28:58
    Guru Casper BN-ZERO
    +1
    yes
    he was in 3 episode all classic!
  • Xerxes Guru Ca... 2011/11/17 19:30:34
    Xerxes
    +1
    This one he was a bank teller and all he wanted to do was read.
  • Guru Ca... Xerxes 2011/11/17 19:34:21
    Guru Casper BN-ZERO
    +1
    lol
    I related to him
    ty
  • Junior the Outer Space Musi... 2011/11/17 19:22:43
    RIP,thanks for the entertainment
    Junior the Outer Space Music Man
    +2
    To me, the most convincing Burgess Meredith performance was in that one episode of the Twilight Zone where he was the only person on earth. I forgot, was that the episode where he was trapped with the books or was it something else entirely?
  • Guru Ca... Junior ... 2011/11/17 19:27:32
    Guru Casper BN-ZERO
    +2
    you're right
    he was in 3 Twilight Zones
    ty
    burgess meredith twilight zone
  • Junior ... Guru Ca... 2011/11/17 19:35:10
    Junior the Outer Space Music Man
    +1
    You're welcome :-D
  • Foxy Wa... Junior ... 2011/11/18 05:17:47 (edited)
    Foxy Warrior Guru
    +3
    The episode was called "Time Enough At Last" and was an all-time classic. And of course...

    burgess merideth penguin
  • Junior ... Foxy Wa... 2011/11/20 03:58:39
    Junior the Outer Space Music Man
    That was another I liked. I almost wished Batman could've lasted longer. Burgess Meredith did terrific in that role. Much better than the two who played the roles of the Joker and the Riddler. I believe the Riddler was Frank Gorshin, but can't remember the Joker.
  • Foxy Wa... Junior ... 2011/11/21 02:43:08 (edited)
    Foxy Warrior Guru
    +2
    The Joker was Caesar Romero. An interesting bit of trivia about him was, if you look close at the Joker, you can see his moustache under his make-up. He always said that, being of Latin heritage, it would be unmanly for him to shave it off.
    caesar romero caesar romero

    Frank Gorshin was the second actor to play the Riddler.
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    The actor who originated the role was John Astin
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    john astin riddler

    He, of course, left the show to take on the role that would make him a legend...
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  • Junior ... Foxy Wa... 2011/11/23 02:47:03
    Junior the Outer Space Music Man
    +2
    Yeah I can see that mustache beneath the makeup. Thanks for that interesting fact.
  • Cunningmungus 2011/11/17 04:19:52 (edited)
    RIP,thanks for the entertainment
    Cunningmungus
    +1
    Loved him as the Penguin:
    burgess merideth penguin gif burgess merideth penguin gif
  • Guru Ca... Cunning... 2011/11/17 18:22:25
    Guru Casper BN-ZERO
    +1
    ty
    me too!
  • Doug King 2011/11/17 03:03:07
    RIP,thanks for the entertainment
    Doug King
  • Singerar 2011/11/17 02:25:56
    RIP,thanks for the entertainment
    Singerar
    +1
    Genius!
  • wcpjams 2011/11/17 02:18:25
    RIP,thanks for the entertainment
    wcpjams
    +1
    He was a very good actor. I use to laugh at him when he played the Penguin on the old 60s Batman TV show. But I loved him as Mick in the Rocky series. I still find myself holding back the tears when he dies. https://lh5.googleusercontent...
  • Deborah 2011/11/17 01:01:50
    RIP,thanks for the entertainment
    Deborah
    +3
    This movie is what I remember most about him. He was the last man alive and he loved books. He was happy to be left alone to read all the books he wanted until his glasses got broken.
  • Cunning... Deborah 2011/11/17 04:22:01
    Cunningmungus
    +2
    Oh yeah.. Twilight zone!!
  • Guru Ca... Cunning... 2011/11/17 18:23:51
    Guru Casper BN-ZERO
    +1
    he was in 3 episodes,all great!
  • Guru Ca... Deborah 2011/11/17 18:24:44
    Guru Casper BN-ZERO
    +2
    yea
    a classic episode of Twilight Zone
  • Balladeer-PWCM-POTL 2011/11/16 23:32:47
    RIP Burgess Meredith
    Balladeer-PWCM-POTL
    +3
    He was a class act all they way around...he was the definitive penguin played some of the most unforgettable roles in the Twilight zone series..

    in my o pinon his TWO finest Twilight Zone Roles

    THE OBSOLETE MAN



    PRINTER's DEVIL

    Twilight Zone Printer s Devil
  • Guru Ca... Ballade... 2011/11/16 23:42:07
    Guru Casper BN-ZERO
    +1
    thank YOU
    both favorite episodes to ME
  • Moose Ballade... 2011/11/18 06:30:41
  • Joe61 2011/11/16 23:11:45
    RIP Burgess Meredith
    Joe61
    +2
    he was a very good and talented actor
  • Wild Dog 2011/11/16 22:38:59
    RIP Burgess Meredith
    Wild Dog
    +3
    I really noticed him in thr "Grumpy Old Men" movies ,and he cracked me up .I have to admit I was taken by his movie death in the last movie, and really sad when his life ended.
  • 2468 2011/11/16 22:36:43
    RIP,thanks for the entertainment
    2468
    +2
    As I get older I am finding more and more of the people like Burgess that were a part of my life are dying. Makes me feel more and more mortal.

    Best wishes Burgess, I hope the next stop on your journey is pleasant.
  • Tits ISHBAHFF McGee 2011/11/16 22:31:16
    RIP,thanks for the entertainment
    Tits ISHBAHFF McGee
    +4
    I had no idea he passed away...
  • Guru Ca... Tits IS... 2011/11/16 22:34:56
    Guru Casper BN-ZERO
    +3
    lol
    ty
  • Tits IS... Guru Ca... 2011/11/16 22:35:38
    Tits ISHBAHFF McGee
    +4
    jesus christmas, he's been dead for 15 years?
  • Guru Ca... Tits IS... 2011/11/16 22:40:10
    Guru Casper BN-ZERO
    +1
    yea,sad
    as the rap goes all people die,but not all people live
    Burgess,Walter and Jack LIVED!
  • Guru Casper BN-ZERO 2011/11/16 22:13:54
    RIP,thanks for the entertainment
    Guru Casper BN-ZERO

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