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Oliver Burgess Meredith net worth:
$3 Million

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Birth date: November 16, 1907
Death date: September 9, 1997, Malibu, California, United States
Birth place: Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
Height:5' 5½" (1.66 m)
Profession:Actor
Education:Amherst College, Hoosac School
Nationality:American
Spouse:Kaja Sundsten (m. 1950–1997), Goddard (m. 1944–1949), Margaret Perry (m. 1936–1938), Helen Derby (m. 1933–1935)
Children:Jonathon Meredith, Tala Meredith
Parents:Ida Beth Burgess, William George Meredith
Awards:Saturn Award, Special Tony Award, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Performance By A Supporting Actor In A Comedy Or Drama Special
Nominations:Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture, BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Tony Award for Best Direction of a Play
Movies:Rocky, Rocky III, Rocky II, Rocky V, Batman, Rocky Balboa, Grumpier Old Men, The Day of the Locust, Clash of the Titans, Advise & Consent, Grumpy Old Men, Foul Play, In Harm's Way, The Man on the Eiffel Tower, Second Chorus, The Story of G.I. Joe, State of Grace, A Big Hand for the Little Lady, That Uncertain Feeling, Burnt Offerings, Stay Away, Joe, Madame X, True Confessions, Camp Nowhere, The Hindenburg, The Manitou, Of Mice and Men, There Was a Crooked Man..., Torture Garden, The Sentinel, The Cardinal, Hurry Sundown, Skidoo, Winterset, Mine Own Executioner, The Great Bank Hoax, Mackenna's Gold, Santa Claus: The Movie, The Last Chase, When Time Ran Out, Street of Chance, Idiot's Delight, Across the Moon, The Reivers, 92 in the Shade, Castle on the Hudson, G.I. Joe: The Movie, On Our Merry Way, Such Good Friends, The Master Gunfighter, Tunisian Victory
TV shows:Gloria, Those Amazing Animals, Korg: 70, 000 B.C., Search, Batman, Mr. Novak, The Big Story

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Burgess Meredith Net Worth: Meredith continues to be called a virtuosic performer who was among the very realized of the century. He was a life member of The Actors Studio and won several Emmy Awards. Meredith was the very first man performer to win the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor twice. He became a Captain serving in the United States Army Air Forces in the Second World War. Meredith had over 175 playing credits to his name. He appeared in the television series Twilight Zone from 1959 to 1963 as well as in the show Rawhide from 1961 to 1964. In 1965 Meredith starred as Principal Martin Woodridge in the TV series Mr. Novak. He starred as The Penguin in the Batman television series from 1966 to 1968. From 1972 to 1973 Burgess starred as V.C.R. Cameron in the television series Search Control. He starred as Dr. Willard Adams in the show Gloria from 1982 to 1983. He was positioned on the Hollywood blacklist and failed to appear on screen for seven years. Burgess Meredith passed away on September 9, 1997 in the age of 89.


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Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Ripper1996Video GameHamilton Wofford / Covington Wofford
Grumpier Old Men1995Grandpa Gustafson
Across the Moon1995Barney
Tall Tale1995Old Man (uncredited)
The Great Battles of the Civil War1994TV Mini-Series documentaryGettysburg Star and Banner Columnist (Episode 6) (voice)
Camp Nowhere1994Fein
Grumpy Old Men1993Grandpa Gustafson
In the Heat of the Night1993TV SeriesJudge Cully Judge Culley
Lincoln1992TV MovieWinfield Scott (voice)
Mastergate1992TV MovieWiley Slaughter
Night of the Hunter1991TV MovieBirdy
Rocky V1990Mickey Goldmill
State of Grace1990Finn
Oddball Hall1990Ingersol
The Wickedest Witch1989TV MovieNarrator (voice)
Full Moon in Blue Water1988The General
Hot to Trot1988Don's Dad (voice, uncredited)
Mister Corbett's Ghost1987TV MovieMad Tom
King Lear1987Don Learo (uncredited)
G.I. Joe: The Movie1987VideoGolobulus (voice)
The Blinkins: The Bear and the Blizzard1986TV MovieMr. Ben the Owl (voice)
Outrage!1986TV MovieJudge Aaron Klein
Santa Claus: The Movie1985Ancient Elf
Answers1985TV MovieChas Potter (Segment "The Constituent")
Wet Gold1984TV MovieSampson
Faerie Tale Theatre1984TV SeriesMole
Chasing the Limits1983TV MovieNarrator (voice)
Twilight Zone: The Movie1983Narrator (voice, uncredited)
Gloria1982-1983TV SeriesDr. Willard Adams
Rocky III1982Mickey Goldmill
Puff and the Incredible Mr. Nobody1982TV ShortPuff (voice)
Archie Bunker's Place1982TV SeriesDr. Adams / Dr. Willard Adams / Dr. Williard Adams
True Confessions1981Msgr. Seamus Fargo
Clash of the Titans1981Ammon
The Last Chase1981Captain J.G. Williams
Mr. Griffin and Me1981TV MovieKenneth Griffin
Final Assignment1980Zak
When Time Ran Out...1980Rene Valdez
Puff the Magic Dragon in the Land of the Living Lies1979TV MoviePuff (voice)
Rocky II1979Mickey
Magic1978Ben Greene
The Great Bank Hoax1978Jack Stutz
Puff the Magic Dragon1978TV ShortPuff (voice)
Foul Play1978Mr. Hennessey
Kate Bliss and the Ticker Tape Kid1978TV MovieWilliam Blackstone
The Manitou1978Dr. Snow
The Amazing Captain Nemo1978TV MovieProf. Waldo Cunningham
Golden Rendezvous1977Van Heurden
The Last Hurrah1977TV MovieCardinal Burke
SST: Death Flight1977TV MovieWilly Basset
Tail Gunner Joe1977TV MovieJoseph Welch
Johnny, We Hardly Knew Ye1977TV MovieJohn F. 'Honey Fitz' Fitzgerald
The Sentinel1977Charles Chazen
The Wandering Muse of Artemus Flagg1977TV MovieArtemus Flagg
Rocky1976Mickey
Burnt Offerings1976Arnold Allardyce
Circasia1976Clown
The Hindenburg1975Emilio Pajetta
The Master Gunfighter1975Narrator (voice)
92 in the Shade1975Goldsboro
The Day of the Locust1975Harry Greener
Korg: 70,000 B.C.1974-1975TV SeriesNarrator
Time of Apollo1975ShortNarrator (voice)
Golden Needles1974Winters
Hay que matar a B.1974Hector
Old Faithful1973TV MovieChief Ranger
Search1972-1973TV SeriesV.C.R. Cameron
Night Gallery1970-1972TV SeriesCharlie Finnegan / Dr. William Fall (segment "The Little Black Bag")
Mannix1972TV SeriesNoah Otway
The Man1972Senator Watson
Beware! The Blob1972Old Hobo (uncredited)
A Fan's Notes1972Mr. Blue
The New Healers1972TV MovieDr. Simmons
Probe1972TV MovieV.C.R. Cameron
Getting Away from It All1972TV MovieCaptain Frank Coffin
McCloud1972TV SeriesMarvin Sloan
Ironside1968-1972TV SeriesHarry Grenadine / Alfred Carney
Such Good Friends1971Kalman
The Man and the City1971TV Series
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color1971TV SeriesHenry Meade
The Strange Monster of Strawberry Cove1971TV MovieHenry Meade
Love, American Style1970-1971TV SeriesHarrison Merriweather (segment "Love and the Artful Codger") / The Reverend (segment "Love and the Hypnotist")
Lock, Stock and Barrel1971TV MovieRev. Willie Pursle
Room 2221971TV SeriesMorris Henry
Clay Pigeon1971Freedom Lovelace
The Virginian1968-1971TV SeriesMuley / Tim Bradbury
The Yin and the Yang of Mr. Go1970The Dolphin
The Name of the Game1970TV SeriesRichard Garver
The Bold Ones: The Senator1970TV SeriesGeorge P. Mallon
There Was a Crooked Man...1970The Missouri Kid
Winter of the Witch1969TV ShortNarrator (voice)
The Reivers1969Lucius / Narrator (voice)
Hard Contract1969Ramsey Williams
Mackenna's Gold1969The Storekeeper
Daniel Boone1969TV SeriesAlex Hemming
The Father1969ShortCaptain Ned
Skidoo1968The Warden
The Monkees1968TV SeriesThe Penguin
Stay Away, Joe1968Charlie Lightcloud
Batman1966-1968TV SeriesThe Penguin
Bonanza1967TV SeriesOwney Duggan
Torture Garden1967Dr. Diabolo (Framework Story)
The Invaders1967TV SeriesTheodore Booth
Hurry Sundown1967Judge Purcell
The Crazy-Quilt1966Narrator (voice)
Batman: The Movie1966The Penguin
A Big Hand for the Little Lady1966Doc Scully (as Burgess Meridith)
Branded1966TV SeriesHorace Greeley
Please Don't Eat the Daisies1966TV SeriesMuldoon
Madame X1966Dan Sullivan
12 O'Clock High1966TV SeriesDr. Michael Rink
The Loner1965TV SeriesSiedry
The Trials of O'Brien1965TV SeriesJudge Benjamin Vincent
The Wild Wild West1965TV SeriesOrkney Cadwallader
Laredo1965TV SeriesGrubby Sully
Mr. Novak1965TV SeriesPrincipal Martin Woodridge
In Harm's Way1965Commander Egan Powell
Profiles in Courage1965TV SeriesJohn Peter Altgeld
Fanfare for a Death Scene1964TV MovieProf. George Bannerman
Burke's Law1963-1964TV SeriesHarold Harold / Burton Reese / Sidney Wilde
Rawhide1961-1964TV SeriesHannibal H. Plew / Matthew Higgins / Tom Gwynn
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre1964TV SeriesTumblers Fuller
Wagon Train1964TV SeriesGrover Allen
The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters1964TV SeriesSaracen
Breaking Point1963TV SeriesWalter Osborne
The Cardinal1963Father Ned Halley
77 Sunset Strip1963TV SeriesVincent Marion
The Twilight Zone1959-1963TV SeriesMr. Smith / Romney Wordsworth / Luther Dingle / ...
Ben Casey1962TV SeriesLester Partridge
Sam Benedict1962TV SeriesCyrus Carter
The Eleventh Hour1962TV SeriesChristopher Norbert III / Christopher Norbert II
Naked City1962TV SeriesDuncan Kleist
Advise & Consent1962Herbert Gelman
Play of the Week1961TV SeriesVladimir
Our American Heritage1959TV SeriesEli Whitney
Sunday Showcase1959TV Series
Ah, Wilderness!1959TV MovieSid Davis
The DuPont Show of the Month1959TV SeriesNarrator
General Electric Theater1954-1958TV SeriesVelvet Pants / Thomas A. Edison
The Kidnappers1958Louis Halliburton
Albert Schweitzer1957DocumentaryNarrator (voice)
Suspicion1957TV SeriesRamskill
The United States Steel Hour1957TV SeriesAlec Sherwood
Joe Butterfly1957Joe Butterfly
Omnibus1953-1956TV SeriesAvon Horsley Jr. / Man
Tales of Tomorrow1953TV SeriesPaul
Lux Video Theatre1952TV SeriesDavid
Celanese Theatre1952TV SeriesRodney Deane
Lights Out1950-1951TV SeriesProfessor Lyman
The Billy Rose Show1950TV SeriesBilly Rose
Studio One in Hollywood1950TV SeriesGulley Jimson
Robert Montgomery Presents1950TV SeriesStage Manager
The Gay Adventure1949Dick
The Man on the Eiffel Tower1949Joseph Heurtin
The Silver Theatre1949TV Series
The Ford Theatre Hour1949TV SeriesBiff Grimes
Jigsaw1949Jack - Bartender (cameo appearance) (uncredited)
On Our Merry Way1948Oliver M. Pease
Mine Own Executioner1947Felix Milne
Magnificent Doll1946James Madison
The Diary of a Chambermaid1946Captain Mauger
A Walk in the Sun1945Narrator (voice, uncredited)
Story of G.I. Joe1945Ernie Pyle: Scripps-Howard War Correspondent
Salute to France1944ShortJoe - the American Soldier
The Rear Gunner1943ShortPvt. L.A. Pee Wee Williams (as Lieutenant Burgess Meredith)
Street of Chance1942Frank Thompson Danny Nearing
Tom, Dick and Harry1941Harry
That Uncertain Feeling1941Alexander Sebastian
San Francisco Docks1940Johnny Barnes
Second Chorus1940Hank Taylor
Castle on the Hudson1940Steven Rockford
Of Mice and Men1939George Milton
Idiot's Delight1939Quillary
Spring Madness1938The Lippencott
There Goes the Groom1937Dick Matthews
Winterset1936Mio Romagna
The Scoundrel1935Flop House Bum (uncredited)

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Oddball Hall1990performer: "GOOD NIGHT, LITTLE GIRL, GOOD NIGHT"
Faerie Tale Theatre1984TV Series performer - 1 episode
Puff and the Incredible Mr. Nobody1982TV Short performer: "Never Was A Feather", "Follow Your Own Star"
Mr. Griffin and Me1981TV Movie lyrics: "Best of All"
Puff the Magic Dragon in the Land of the Living Lies1979TV Movie performer: "Part of All the Wonderment", "The Walls Come A-Tumbling Town"
Puff the Magic Dragon1978TV Short performer: "The Boat Song", "Weave Me the Sunshine"
Tom, Dick and Harry1941performer: "Down by the Old Mill Stream" 1910 - uncredited
Second Chorus1940performer: "Sugar" uncredited, "Sweet Sue Just You" uncredited, "Double Mellow" uncredited, "Poor Mr. Chisholm"
There Goes the Groom1937performer: "Auld Lang Syne" 1788, "California Here I Come" 1924 - uncredited

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Yin and the Yang of Mr. Go1970screenplay
A Yank Comes Back1949Documentary short writer
The Diary of a Chambermaid1946screenplay
Salute to France1944Short screenplay
A Welcome to Britain1943Documentary uncredited

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Circasia1976producer
Works of Calder1950Documentary producer
A Yank Comes Back1949Documentary short producer
On Our Merry Way1948producer
The Diary of a Chambermaid1946producer

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Yin and the Yang of Mr. Go1970
Playhouse 901957TV Series 1 episode
The Man on the Eiffel Tower1949
A Welcome to Britain1943Documentary uncredited

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Hypnotic Eye1998TV Series dedicatee - 1 episode
John Huston: The Man, the Movies, the Maverick1988Documentary acknowledgment

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The 29th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1977TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Comedy or Drama Special
The 49th Annual Academy Awards1977TV SpecialHimself - Best Actor in a Supporting Role
The 48th Annual Academy Awards1976TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Dinah!1976TV SeriesHimself
The 28th Annual Tony Awards1974TV SpecialHimself
ABC Late Night1973TV SeriesHost / Narrator
The Bill Cosby Special, or?1971TV MovieHimself
The David Frost Show1970TV SeriesHimself
Project XX1968-1969TV Series documentaryNarrator
Debrief: Apollo 81968Documentary shortNarrator
Dear Mr. Gable1968DocumentaryNarrator (voice)
Today1967TV SeriesHimself
National Geographic Specials1965TV Series documentaryNarrator
The Bell Telephone Hour1959-1960TV SeriesHimself - Host
I've Got a Secret1953-1960TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The 14th Annual Tony Awards1960TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Special Award
The Arthur Murray Party1959TV SeriesHimself
The Big Story1955-1959TV SeriesHimself - Narrator / Himself - Host / Narrator / ...
The Jack Paar Tonight Show1959TV SeriesHimself
America Pauses for the Merry Month of May1959TV MovieHimself - Host
America Pauses for Springtime1959TV MovieHimself - Host
The Ben Hecht Show1958TV SeriesHimself - Actor
Sorcerers' Village1958DocumentaryNarrator (voice)
What's My Line?1956TV SeriesHimself - Guest Panelist
Screen Snapshots: Hollywood's Invisible Man1954ShortHimself
Excursion1953TV Series documentaryHimself - Host
The Name's the Same1952TV SeriesHimself - Contestant
Works of Calder1950DocumentaryNarrator (voice)
Robert Montgomery Presents1950TV SeriesHimself - Guest Host / Frank Hugo
Your Show of Shows1950TV SeriesHimself - Guest Performer
Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall1950TV SeriesHimself
Texaco Star Theatre1950TV SeriesHimself - Actor
A Yank Comes Back1949Documentary short
Attack! Battle of New Britain1944DocumentaryNarrator
Tunisian Victory1944DocumentaryAmerican soldier (voice)
Hymn of the Nations1944Short documentaryNarrator (voice, uncredited)
Our Country1944Himself
A Welcome to Britain1943DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
The Forgotten Village1941DocumentaryNarrator (voice)
The 22nd Annual People's Choice Awards1996TV SpecialHimself - Accepting Award for Favorite Comedy Motion Picture
Wild Bill: Hollywood Maverick1995DocumentaryHimself
Jean Renoir: Part Two - Hollywood and Beyond1993TV Movie documentary
The Chaplin Puzzle1992TV Movie documentaryNarrator (voice)
Dame Edna's Hollywood1992TV SeriesHimself
Preminger: Anatomy of a Filmmaker1991DocumentaryNarrator (voice)
Bloody Shenandoah1991TV Short documentaryNarrator (voice)
CBS This Morning1989TV SeriesHimself
The Pat Sajak Show1989TV SeriesHimself
John Huston: The Man, the Movies, the Maverick1988DocumentaryHimself - Prologue narrator (uncredited)
Hollywood the Golden Years: The RKO Story1987TV Series documentaryHimself
Broken Rainbow1985DocumentaryHistorical Voices (voice)
Night of 100 Stars II1985TV MovieHimself
Zebulon Pike and the Blue Mountain1984DocumentaryNarrator
The Merv Griffin Show1982TV SeriesHimself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Frank Capra1982TV Special documentaryHimself
Acting: Lee Strasberg and the Actors Studio1981DocumentaryHimself
Man, Myth and Titans1981TV Movie documentaryHimself - Host
The John Davidson Show1980TV SeriesHimself
Those Amazing Animals1980TV Series documentaryHimself
The 6th People's Choice Awards1980TV SpecialHimself - Accepting Favourite Motion Picture
Looks Familiar1979TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Food, Wine & Friends1979TV SeriesHimself
UFOs: It Has Begun1979DocumentaryNarrator (voice)
The Living Sands of Namib1978DocumentaryNarrator (voice)
Good Morning America1978TV SeriesHimself
The 30th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1978TV SpecialHimself - Nominated: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy or Drama Special
The Mike Douglas Show1976-1977TV SeriesHimself - Actor

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
40 Years of Rocky: The Birth of a Classic2017Documentary pre-production
John G. Avildsen: King of the Underdogs2017Documentary post-production
The Sixties2014TV Mini-Series documentaryThe Penguin
Cinemassacre's Monster Madness2010-2012TV Series documentaryNarrator / Dr. Snow
Biography2011TV Series documentaryMickey Goldmill
Pioneers of Television2011TV Mini-Series documentaryHenry Bemis in Twilight Zone Episode Time Enough At Last
5 Second Movies2008TV SeriesMickey Goldmill
Rocky Balboa2006Mickey Goldmill (uncredited)
Tribute to Burgess Meredith2006Video documentary shortHimself
Return to the Batcave: The Misadventures of Adam and Burt2003TV MovieThe Penguin (uncredited)
The John Garfield Story2003TV Movie documentaryHimself
De Superman à Spider-Man: L'aventure des super-héros2001TV Movie documentaryPinguine
The 70th Annual Academy Awards1998TV SpecialHimself (Memorial Tribute)
American Masters1995TV Series documentary
La classe américaine1993TV MovieL'homme de l'hélicoptère
Holy Batmania1989Video documentary shortThe Penguin
South of Reno1988Clip from 'Second Chorus' (uncredited)
Rocky IV1985Mickey Goldmill (uncredited)
The United States Service Bands1943Documentary shortedited from 'The Rear Gunner' (uncredited)

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1987Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameMotion PictureOn 5 November 1987. At 6904 Hollywood Blvd.
1982Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest Supporting ActorClash of the Titans (1981)
1979Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest Supporting ActorMagic (1978)
1977Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Comedy or Drama SpecialTail Gunner Joe (1977)
1977Medalla Sitges en Plata de LeySitges - Catalonian International Film FestivalBest ActorBurnt Offerings (1976)
1962NBR AwardNational Board of Review, USABest Supporting ActorAdvise & Consent (1962)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1985ACECableACE AwardsActor in a Theatrical or Dramatic SpecialAnswers (1985)
1978Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Comedy or Drama SpecialThe Last Hurrah (1977)
1978Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest Supporting ActorThe Sentinel (1977)
1977OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actor in a Supporting RoleRocky (1976)
1976OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actor in a Supporting RoleThe Day of the Locust (1975)
1976Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Supporting Actor - Motion PictureThe Day of the Locust (1975)
1976BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Supporting ActorThe Day of the Locust (1975)


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#Fact
1He died only one day after his Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983) co-star, Helen Shaw.
2He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6904 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on November 5, 1987.
3Was friends with French avant-garde composer Edgard Varese (1883-1965) who wrote "Dance for Burgess" for him in 1949.
4His father, William George Meredith, was Canadian (born in Toronto, Ontario). His mother, Ida Beth (Burgess), was from Ohio.
5Served in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II and held the rank of captain by 1945.
6Loved to cook and was a noted connoisseur of fine wine and good cuisine.
7His father was a doctor, and his mother a Methodist revivalist.
8After dropping out of Amherst College, Meredith held down various jobs in journalism, retail, as a clerk, and as an editor. He also had a brief spell in the merchant marine and as a runner on Wall Street.
9Nephew of comedian and character actor, Jay "Handsome Danny Mann" Burgess (1856-1937).
10Despite his character dying in Rocky III (1982), he has appeared in every Rocky film, as either the real character, a flashback, or through archive footage.
11Relied on cue cards during the filming of Grumpier Old Men (1995), contributed from being in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease.
12Once narrated a Gaelic Christmas Carol in English for The Chieftains on their CD "The Bells of Dublin".
13Was offered the role of the Penguin's father in Batman Returns (1992) (which eventually went to Paul Reubens), but could not film it because of his delicate health.
14He was fascinated by the subject of non-human intelligence, particularly dolphins. He once believed that a dolphin somehow called to him for help in the middle of the night while he was staying at a friend's home on the beach. He ran out and found the dolphin, caught in a net under a dock down the beach, although there was no way he should have been able to know it was there. He released it, saving its life. He believed it had made some sort of connection with him, perhaps telepathic, to call for help.
15Biography in: "American National Biography". Supplement 1, pp. 406-407. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.
16Was the second choice for the role of the Penguin on Batman (1966). Producers had originally wanted Spencer Tracy in the role, but Tracy would not sign unless his character was allowed to kill Batman. Obviously, they did not want to kill the main character, so the role went to Meredith.
17In 1960, he received a special Tony Award, along with James Thurber, for "A Thurber Carnival". He was also nominated for a 1974 Tony Award as best director (dramatic) for Ulysses in "Nighttown".
18Was only seventeen years older than Jack Lemmon when he played his father in Grumpy Old Men (1993).
19Suffered from melanoma and other ailments, including Alzheimer's disease, at the time of his death.
20On the television series Batman (1966), he developed his grunting Penguin laugh out of necessity. Meredith had given up smoking some twenty-odd years earlier, but his character was required to smoke with a cigarette holder. The smoke would get caught in his throat and he would start coughing. Rather than constantly ruin takes in this matter, he developed the laugh to cover it up. "Actually, it was a pretty funny noise for a penguin to make," said Meredith. "I sounded more like a duck." Needless to say, Meredith gave up smoking again immediately after the series ended.
21Had two children (with fourth wife Kaja Sundsten): Jonathon Meredith (musician) and Tala Meredith (painter).
22His character, the Penguin, was so popular as a villain on the television series Batman (1966), the producers always had a Penguin script ready in case Meredith wanted to appear as a guest star.
23Otto Preminger was instrumental in restoring his film career.
24Was placed on the "Red Channel" list of the HUAC.
25Former son-in-law of Antoinette Perry.

#Quote
1[on Otto Preminger]: I haven't done anything of importance with Preminger - I just go in with him because he's a friend of mine, and he astonishes me, always. I play cameo roles, which is always a mistake. He's an amazing man - a kind of Jekyll and Hyde. In his life, he's one of the most charming, articulate and kind, loving of men, and on the set he gets foam-flecked, you know? He doesn't bother me, he won't yell at - we'll say - Fonda or Wayne, but then I was never in his films for very long.
2Franchot Tone is nuttier than a fruitcake, so don't let the genteel frosting fool you.
3[on his childhood] All my life, to this day, the memory of my childhood remains grim and incoherent. If I close my eyes and think back, I see little except violence and fear. In those early years, I somehow came to understand I would have to draw from within myself whatever emotional resources I needed to go wherever I was headed. As a result, for years, I became a boy who lived almost totally within himself.
4I'll just take amusement at being a paradox.
5Like the seasons of the year, life changes frequently and drastically. You enjoy it or endure it as it comes and goes, as it ebbs and flows.
6I was born a character actor. I was never really a leading man type.
7I did Batman (1966) 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 might think, although we were paid decent money for the feature film version. The main impetus to continue appearing on Batman - beyond the desire to get some TV work - was that it was fashionable.

#Trademark
1Distinctive raspy voice
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