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Oliver Burgess Meredith net worth:
$3 Million

Oliver Burgess Meredith information

Oliver Burgess Meredith information

Birth date: November 16, 1907
Birth place: Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
Death date: September 9, 1997, Malibu, California, United States
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

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Oliver Burgess Meredith – also known as Buzz – was born on the 16th November 1907, in Cleveland, Ohio USA of British decent, and was an actor, probably best recognized for starring in the “Rocky” film series in the role of boxing trainer Mickey Goldmill. He also appeared in many other TV and film titles, such as “The Twilight Zone” (1959), Batman” (1966-1968), etc. His career was active from 1929 to 1996; he passed away in 1997.

So, have you ever wondered how rich Burgess Meredith was? It was estimated by authoritative sources that Burgess counted his net worth at the amount of $3 million, which was accumulated through his successful career as a professional actor. Another source was coming from his writing career, including from his autobiographical book “So Far, So Good” (1994).

Burgess Meredith Net Worth $3 Million

Burgess Meredith was born to Dr. William George Meredith, who worked as a physician, and Ida Beth, who was a Methodist revivalist. He spent his childhood in his hometown, Cleveland, but went to Hoosac School in Hoosick, New York. Upon matriculation in 1926, he enrolled at Amherst College, a private liberal arts college; however, he dropped out and took work in a variety of jobs. During World War II, he served in the US Army Air Force, reaching the rank of Captain before being discharged to take a role in the propaganda film “The Story of GI Joe”, both of which added to his net worth.

His acting career had begun in 1929, when he started an unpaid apprenticeship with Eva Le Gallienne’s Civic Repertory Theatre company in New York City. The following year, he made his debut appearance on Broadway in “Romeo And Juliet”, after which his popularity and success started expanding, as did his et worth. In 1935 he became a star of “Winterset”, and “The Barretts Of Wimpole Street”, starring alongside Katharine Cornell. Two years later, Burgess founded the New Stage Society and served as vice-president of Actors’ Equity. Parallel with that, he appeared in other productions, such as “High Tor” (1937), “Liliom” (1940), and later “The Playboy Of The Western World” (1946).
At that time, he also started his career as a director – a theatrical adaptation of the “Nighttown” section of James Joyce’s “Ulysses”, winning a Tony Award nomination, also helping his net worth.

Speaking about his career on the screen, he debuted in a screen adaptation of “Winterset” (1936), which was followed by other appearances in such film titles as “Of Mice And Men” (1939), “The Diary Of A Chambermaid” (1946), and “Mine Own Executioner” (1947). During the next decade he featured in several TV series, including “Studio One In Hollywood” (1950), “Lights Out” (1950-1951), and “General Electric Theater” (1954-1958). In 1959, he was selected to be featured in the TV series “The Twilight Zone”, which lasted until 1963, when he earned another role, that of Vincent Marion in “77 Sunset Strip”, increasing his net worth. Furthermore, the famous director Otto Preminger liked his talent and performance, so he cast Burgess in many of his films such as “The Cardinal” (1963), “In Harm’s Way” (1965), and “Hurry Sundown” (1967). One of his most memorable roles was as trainer Mickey Goldmill in the “Rocky” film series in 1976, 1979, and 1982, and as Grandpa Gustafson in the film “Grumpy Old Men” (1993), and its sequel “Grumpier Old Men” (1995).

Additional to these, he was a director of several films and theater plays, such as “The Man On The Eiffel Tower”, “The Yin And The Yang Of Mr. Go”, among others, which also increased his net worth.

As a stage, film and television acto, and director, he was active more than six decades and had a very rich and successful career. Therefore, he was nominated for and won a number of awards such as an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1976 for “Rocky”, and in 1975 for “The Day Of The Locust”, for which he also received a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture. In addition to this, he won several Emmys and was the first male actor to win the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor twice.

Regarding his personal life, Burgess Meredith was married four times, firstly to Helen Derby Merrien Burgess (1932-1935), then to Margaret Perry (1936-1938), and thirdly to Paulette Goddard (1944-1949), all being actresses. In 1951 he married Kaja Sunsten, with whom he had two children and with whom he lived until passing away from melanoma and Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 89, on the 9th September 1997 in Malibu, California, USA.


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Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Ripper 1996 Video Game Hamilton Wofford / Covington Wofford
Grumpier Old Men 1995 Grandpa Gustafson
Across the Moon 1995 Barney
Tall Tale 1995 Old Man (uncredited)
The Great Battles of the Civil War 1994 TV Mini-Series documentary Gettysburg Star and Banner Columnist (Episode 6) (voice)
Camp Nowhere 1994 Fein
Grumpy Old Men 1993 Grandpa Gustafson
In the Heat of the Night 1993 TV Series Judge Cully Judge Culley
Lincoln 1992 TV Movie Winfield Scott (voice)
Mastergate 1992 TV Movie Wiley Slaughter
Night of the Hunter 1991 TV Movie Birdy
Rocky V 1990 Mickey Goldmill
State of Grace 1990 Finn
Oddball Hall 1990 Ingersol
The Wickedest Witch 1989 TV Movie Narrator (voice)
Full Moon in Blue Water 1988 The General
Hot to Trot 1988 Don's Dad (voice, uncredited)
Mister Corbett's Ghost 1987 TV Movie Mad Tom
King Lear 1987 Don Learo (uncredited)
G.I. Joe: The Movie 1987 Video Golobulus (voice)
The Blinkins: The Bear and the Blizzard 1986 TV Movie Mr. Ben the Owl (voice)
Outrage! 1986 TV Movie Judge Aaron Klein
Santa Claus: The Movie 1985 Ancient Elf
Answers 1985 TV Movie Chas Potter (Segment "The Constituent")
Wet Gold 1984 TV Movie Sampson
Faerie Tale Theatre 1984 TV Series Mole
Chasing the Limits 1983 TV Movie Narrator (voice)
Twilight Zone: The Movie 1983 Narrator (voice, uncredited)
Gloria 1982-1983 TV Series Dr. Willard Adams
Rocky III 1982 Mickey Goldmill
Puff and the Incredible Mr. Nobody 1982 TV Short Puff (voice)
Archie Bunker's Place 1982 TV Series Dr. Adams / Dr. Willard Adams / Dr. Williard Adams
True Confessions 1981 Msgr. Seamus Fargo
Clash of the Titans 1981 Ammon
The Last Chase 1981 Captain J.G. Williams
Mr. Griffin and Me 1981 TV Movie Kenneth Griffin
Final Assignment 1980 Zak
When Time Ran Out... 1980 Rene Valdez
Puff the Magic Dragon in the Land of the Living Lies 1979 TV Movie Puff (voice)
Rocky II 1979 Mickey
Magic 1978 Ben Greene
The Great Bank Hoax 1978 Jack Stutz
Puff the Magic Dragon 1978 TV Short Puff (voice)
Foul Play 1978 Mr. Hennessey
Kate Bliss and the Ticker Tape Kid 1978 TV Movie William Blackstone
The Manitou 1978 Dr. Snow
The Amazing Captain Nemo 1978 TV Movie Prof. Waldo Cunningham
Golden Rendezvous 1977 Van Heurden
The Last Hurrah 1977 TV Movie Cardinal Burke
SST: Death Flight 1977 TV Movie Willy Basset
Tail Gunner Joe 1977 TV Movie Joseph Welch
Johnny, We Hardly Knew Ye 1977 TV Movie John F. 'Honey Fitz' Fitzgerald
The Sentinel 1977 Charles Chazen
The Wandering Muse of Artemus Flagg 1977 TV Movie Artemus Flagg
Rocky 1976 Mickey
Burnt Offerings 1976 Arnold Allardyce
Circasia 1976 Clown
The Hindenburg 1975 Emilio Pajetta
The Master Gunfighter 1975 Narrator (voice)
92 in the Shade 1975 Goldsboro
The Day of the Locust 1975 Harry Greener
Korg: 70,000 B.C. 1974-1975 TV Series Narrator
Time of Apollo 1975 Short Narrator (voice)
Golden Needles 1974 Winters
Hay que matar a B. 1974 Hector
Old Faithful 1973 TV Movie Chief Ranger
Search 1972-1973 TV Series V.C.R. Cameron
Night Gallery 1970-1972 TV Series Charlie Finnegan / Dr. William Fall (segment "The Little Black Bag")
Mannix 1972 TV Series Noah Otway
The Man 1972 Senator Watson
Beware! The Blob 1972 Old Hobo (uncredited)
A Fan's Notes 1972 Mr. Blue
The New Healers 1972 TV Movie Dr. Simmons
Probe 1972 TV Movie V.C.R. Cameron
Getting Away from It All 1972 TV Movie Captain Frank Coffin
McCloud 1972 TV Series Marvin Sloan
Ironside 1968-1972 TV Series Harry Grenadine / Alfred Carney
Such Good Friends 1971 Kalman
The Man and the City 1971 TV Series
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color 1971 TV Series Henry Meade
The Strange Monster of Strawberry Cove 1971 TV Movie Henry Meade
Love, American Style 1970-1971 TV Series Harrison Merriweather (segment "Love and the Artful Codger") / The Reverend (segment "Love and the Hypnotist")
Lock, Stock and Barrel 1971 TV Movie Rev. Willie Pursle
Room 222 1971 TV Series Morris Henry
Clay Pigeon 1971 Freedom Lovelace
The Virginian 1968-1971 TV Series Muley / Tim Bradbury
The Yin and the Yang of Mr. Go 1970 The Dolphin
The Name of the Game 1970 TV Series Richard Garver
The Bold Ones: The Senator 1970 TV Series George P. Mallon
There Was a Crooked Man... 1970 The Missouri Kid
Winter of the Witch 1969 TV Short Narrator (voice)
The Reivers 1969 Lucius / Narrator (voice)
Hard Contract 1969 Ramsey Williams
Mackenna's Gold 1969 The Storekeeper
Daniel Boone 1969 TV Series Alex Hemming
The Father 1969 Short Captain Ned
Skidoo 1968 The Warden
The Monkees 1968 TV Series The Penguin
Stay Away, Joe 1968 Charlie Lightcloud
Batman 1966-1968 TV Series The Penguin
Bonanza 1967 TV Series Owney Duggan
Torture Garden 1967 Dr. Diabolo (Framework Story)
The Invaders 1967 TV Series Theodore Booth
Hurry Sundown 1967 Judge Purcell
The Crazy-Quilt 1966 Narrator (voice)
Batman: The Movie 1966 The Penguin
A Big Hand for the Little Lady 1966 Doc Scully (as Burgess Meridith)
Branded 1966 TV Series Horace Greeley
Please Don't Eat the Daisies 1966 TV Series Muldoon
Madame X 1966 Dan Sullivan
12 O'Clock High 1966 TV Series Dr. Michael Rink
The Loner 1965 TV Series Siedry
The Trials of O'Brien 1965 TV Series Judge Benjamin Vincent
The Wild Wild West 1965 TV Series Orkney Cadwallader
Laredo 1965 TV Series Grubby Sully
Mr. Novak 1965 TV Series Principal Martin Woodridge
In Harm's Way 1965 Commander Egan Powell
Profiles in Courage 1965 TV Series John Peter Altgeld
Fanfare for a Death Scene 1964 TV Movie Prof. George Bannerman
Burke's Law 1963-1964 TV Series Harold Harold / Burton Reese / Sidney Wilde
Rawhide 1961-1964 TV Series Hannibal H. Plew / Matthew Higgins / Tom Gwynn
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre 1964 TV Series Tumblers Fuller
Wagon Train 1964 TV Series Grover Allen
The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters 1964 TV Series Saracen
Breaking Point 1963 TV Series Walter Osborne
The Cardinal 1963 Father Ned Halley
77 Sunset Strip 1963 TV Series Vincent Marion
The Twilight Zone 1959-1963 TV Series Mr. Smith / Romney Wordsworth / Luther Dingle / ...
Ben Casey 1962 TV Series Lester Partridge
Sam Benedict 1962 TV Series Cyrus Carter
The Eleventh Hour 1962 TV Series Christopher Norbert III / Christopher Norbert II
Naked City 1962 TV Series Duncan Kleist
Advise & Consent 1962 Herbert Gelman
Play of the Week 1961 TV Series Vladimir
Our American Heritage 1959 TV Series Eli Whitney
Sunday Showcase 1959 TV Series
Ah, Wilderness! 1959 TV Movie Sid Davis
The DuPont Show of the Month 1959 TV Series Narrator
General Electric Theater 1954-1958 TV Series Velvet Pants / Thomas A. Edison
The Kidnappers 1958 Louis Halliburton
Albert Schweitzer 1957 Documentary Narrator (voice)
Suspicion 1957 TV Series Ramskill
The United States Steel Hour 1957 TV Series Alec Sherwood
Joe Butterfly 1957 Joe Butterfly
Omnibus 1953-1956 TV Series Avon Horsley Jr. / Man
Tales of Tomorrow 1953 TV Series Paul
Lux Video Theatre 1952 TV Series David
Celanese Theatre 1952 TV Series Rodney Deane
Lights Out 1950-1951 TV Series Professor Lyman
The Billy Rose Show 1950 TV Series Billy Rose
Studio One in Hollywood 1950 TV Series Gulley Jimson
Robert Montgomery Presents 1950 TV Series Stage Manager
The Gay Adventure 1949 Dick
The Man on the Eiffel Tower 1949 Joseph Heurtin
The Silver Theatre 1949 TV Series
The Ford Theatre Hour 1949 TV Series Biff Grimes
Jigsaw 1949 Jack - Bartender (cameo appearance) (uncredited)
On Our Merry Way 1948 Oliver M. Pease
Mine Own Executioner 1947 Felix Milne
Magnificent Doll 1946 James Madison
The Diary of a Chambermaid 1946 Captain Mauger
A Walk in the Sun 1945 Narrator (voice, uncredited)
Story of G.I. Joe 1945 Ernie Pyle: Scripps-Howard War Correspondent
Salute to France 1944 Short Joe - the American Soldier
The Rear Gunner 1943 Short Pvt. L.A. Pee Wee Williams (as Lieutenant Burgess Meredith)
Street of Chance 1942 Frank Thompson Danny Nearing
Tom, Dick and Harry 1941 Harry
That Uncertain Feeling 1941 Alexander Sebastian
San Francisco Docks 1940 Johnny Barnes
Second Chorus 1940 Hank Taylor
Castle on the Hudson 1940 Steven Rockford
Of Mice and Men 1939 George Milton
Idiot's Delight 1939 Quillary
Spring Madness 1938 The Lippencott
There Goes the Groom 1937 Dick Matthews
Winterset 1936 Mio Romagna
The Scoundrel 1935 Flop House Bum (uncredited)

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Oddball Hall 1990 performer: "GOOD NIGHT, LITTLE GIRL, GOOD NIGHT"
Faerie Tale Theatre 1984 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Puff and the Incredible Mr. Nobody 1982 TV Short performer: "Never Was A Feather", "Follow Your Own Star"
Mr. Griffin and Me 1981 TV Movie lyrics: "Best of All"
Puff the Magic Dragon in the Land of the Living Lies 1979 TV Movie performer: "Part of All the Wonderment", "The Walls Come A-Tumbling Town"
Puff the Magic Dragon 1978 TV Short performer: "The Boat Song", "Weave Me the Sunshine"
Tom, Dick and Harry 1941 performer: "Down by the Old Mill Stream" 1910 - uncredited
Second Chorus 1940 performer: "Sugar" uncredited, "Sweet Sue Just You" uncredited, "Double Mellow" uncredited, "Poor Mr. Chisholm"
There Goes the Groom 1937 performer: "Auld Lang Syne" 1788, "California Here I Come" 1924 - uncredited

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Yin and the Yang of Mr. Go 1970 screenplay
A Yank Comes Back 1949 Documentary short writer
The Diary of a Chambermaid 1946 screenplay
Salute to France 1944 Short screenplay
A Welcome to Britain 1943 Documentary uncredited

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Circasia 1976 producer
Works of Calder 1950 Documentary producer
A Yank Comes Back 1949 Documentary short producer
On Our Merry Way 1948 producer
The Diary of a Chambermaid 1946 producer

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Yin and the Yang of Mr. Go 1970
Playhouse 90 1957 TV Series 1 episode
The Man on the Eiffel Tower 1949
A Welcome to Britain 1943 Documentary uncredited

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Hypnotic Eye 1998 TV Series dedicatee - 1 episode
John Huston: The Man, the Movies, the Maverick 1988 Documentary acknowledgment

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The 29th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1977 TV Special Himself - Winner: Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Comedy or Drama Special
The 49th Annual Academy Awards 1977 TV Special Himself - Best Actor in a Supporting Role
The 48th Annual Academy Awards 1976 TV Special Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Dinah! 1976 TV Series Himself
The 28th Annual Tony Awards 1974 TV Special Himself
ABC Late Night 1973 TV Series Host / Narrator
The Bill Cosby Special, or? 1971 TV Movie Himself
The David Frost Show 1970 TV Series Himself
Project XX 1968-1969 TV Series documentary Narrator
Debrief: Apollo 8 1968 Documentary short Narrator
Dear Mr. Gable 1968 Documentary Narrator (voice)
Today 1967 TV Series Himself
National Geographic Specials 1965 TV Series documentary Narrator
The Bell Telephone Hour 1959-1960 TV Series Himself - Host
I've Got a Secret 1953-1960 TV Series Himself - Guest
The 14th Annual Tony Awards 1960 TV Special Himself - Winner: Special Award
The Arthur Murray Party 1959 TV Series Himself
The Big Story 1955-1959 TV Series Himself - Narrator / Himself - Host / Narrator / ...
The Jack Paar Tonight Show 1959 TV Series Himself
America Pauses for the Merry Month of May 1959 TV Movie Himself - Host
America Pauses for Springtime 1959 TV Movie Himself - Host
The Ben Hecht Show 1958 TV Series Himself - Actor
Sorcerers' Village 1958 Documentary Narrator (voice)
What's My Line? 1956 TV Series Himself - Guest Panelist
Screen Snapshots: Hollywood's Invisible Man 1954 Short Himself
Excursion 1953 TV Series documentary Himself - Host
The Name's the Same 1952 TV Series Himself - Contestant
Works of Calder 1950 Documentary Narrator (voice)
Robert Montgomery Presents 1950 TV Series Himself - Guest Host / Frank Hugo
Your Show of Shows 1950 TV Series Himself - Guest Performer
Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall 1950 TV Series Himself
Texaco Star Theatre 1950 TV Series Himself - Actor
A Yank Comes Back 1949 Documentary short
Attack! Battle of New Britain 1944 Documentary Narrator
Tunisian Victory 1944 Documentary American soldier (voice)
Hymn of the Nations 1944 Short documentary Narrator (voice, uncredited)
Our Country 1944 Himself
A Welcome to Britain 1943 Documentary Himself (uncredited)
The Forgotten Village 1941 Documentary Narrator (voice)
The 22nd Annual People's Choice Awards 1996 TV Special Himself - Accepting Award for Favorite Comedy Motion Picture
Wild Bill: Hollywood Maverick 1995 Documentary Himself
Jean Renoir: Part Two - Hollywood and Beyond 1993 TV Movie documentary
The Chaplin Puzzle 1992 TV Movie documentary Narrator (voice)
Dame Edna's Hollywood 1992 TV Series Himself
Preminger: Anatomy of a Filmmaker 1991 Documentary Narrator (voice)
Bloody Shenandoah 1991 TV Short documentary Narrator (voice)
CBS This Morning 1989 TV Series Himself
The Pat Sajak Show 1989 TV Series Himself
John Huston: The Man, the Movies, the Maverick 1988 Documentary Himself - Prologue narrator (uncredited)
Hollywood the Golden Years: The RKO Story 1987 TV Series documentary Himself
Broken Rainbow 1985 Documentary Historical Voices (voice)
Night of 100 Stars II 1985 TV Movie Himself
Zebulon Pike and the Blue Mountain 1984 Documentary Narrator
The Merv Griffin Show 1982 TV Series Himself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Frank Capra 1982 TV Special documentary Himself
Acting: Lee Strasberg and the Actors Studio 1981 Documentary Himself
Man, Myth and Titans 1981 TV Movie documentary Himself - Host
The John Davidson Show 1980 TV Series Himself
Those Amazing Animals 1980 TV Series documentary Himself
The 6th People's Choice Awards 1980 TV Special Himself - Accepting Favourite Motion Picture
Looks Familiar 1979 TV Series Himself - Guest
Food, Wine & Friends 1979 TV Series Himself
UFOs: It Has Begun 1979 Documentary Narrator (voice)
The Living Sands of Namib 1978 Documentary Narrator (voice)
Good Morning America 1978 TV Series Himself
The 30th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1978 TV Special Himself - Nominated: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy or Drama Special
The Mike Douglas Show 1976-1977 TV Series Himself - Actor

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
40 Years of Rocky: The Birth of a Classic 2017 Documentary pre-production
John G. Avildsen: King of the Underdogs 2017 Documentary post-production
The Sixties 2014 TV Mini-Series documentary The Penguin
Cinemassacre's Monster Madness 2010-2012 TV Series documentary Narrator / Dr. Snow
Biography 2011 TV Series documentary Mickey Goldmill
Pioneers of Television 2011 TV Mini-Series documentary Henry Bemis in Twilight Zone Episode Time Enough At Last
5 Second Movies 2008 TV Series Mickey Goldmill
Rocky Balboa 2006 Mickey Goldmill (uncredited)
Tribute to Burgess Meredith 2006 Video documentary short Himself
Return to the Batcave: The Misadventures of Adam and Burt 2003 TV Movie The Penguin (uncredited)
The John Garfield Story 2003 TV Movie documentary Himself
De Superman à Spider-Man: L'aventure des super-héros 2001 TV Movie documentary Pinguine
The 70th Annual Academy Awards 1998 TV Special Himself (Memorial Tribute)
American Masters 1995 TV Series documentary
La classe américaine 1993 TV Movie L'homme de l'hélicoptère
Holy Batmania 1989 Video documentary short The Penguin
South of Reno 1988 Clip from 'Second Chorus' (uncredited)
Rocky IV 1985 Mickey Goldmill (uncredited)
The United States Service Bands 1943 Documentary short edited from 'The Rear Gunner' (uncredited)

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1987 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Motion Picture On 5 November 1987. At 6904 Hollywood Blvd.
1982 Saturn Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Supporting Actor Clash of the Titans (1981)
1979 Saturn Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Supporting Actor Magic (1978)
1977 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Comedy or Drama Special Tail Gunner Joe (1977)
1977 Medalla Sitges en Plata de Ley Sitges - Catalonian International Film Festival Best Actor Burnt Offerings (1976)
1962 NBR Award National Board of Review, USA Best Supporting Actor Advise & Consent (1962)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1985 ACE CableACE Awards Actor in a Theatrical or Dramatic Special Answers (1985)
1978 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Comedy or Drama Special The Last Hurrah (1977)
1978 Saturn Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Supporting Actor The Sentinel (1977)
1977 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actor in a Supporting Role Rocky (1976)
1976 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actor in a Supporting Role The Day of the Locust (1975)
1976 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture The Day of the Locust (1975)
1976 BAFTA Film Award BAFTA Awards Best Supporting Actor The Day of the Locust (1975)


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#Fact
1 He died only one day after his Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983) co-star, Helen Shaw.
2 He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6904 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on November 5, 1987.
3 Was friends with French avant-garde composer Edgard Varese (1883-1965) who wrote "Dance for Burgess" for him in 1949.
4 His father, William George Meredith, was Canadian (born in Toronto, Ontario). His mother, Ida Beth (Burgess), was from Ohio.
5 Served in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II and held the rank of captain by 1945.
6 Loved to cook and was a noted connoisseur of fine wine and good cuisine.
7 His father was a doctor, and his mother a Methodist revivalist.
8 After 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.
9 Nephew of comedian and character actor, Jay "Handsome Danny Mann" Burgess (1856-1937).
10 Despite 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.
11 Relied on cue cards during the filming of Grumpier Old Men (1995), contributed from being in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease.
12 Once narrated a Gaelic Christmas Carol in English for The Chieftains on their CD "The Bells of Dublin".
13 Was 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.
14 He 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.
15 Biography in: "American National Biography". Supplement 1, pp. 406-407. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.
16 Was 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.
17 In 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".
18 Was only seventeen years older than Jack Lemmon when he played his father in Grumpy Old Men (1993).
19 Suffered from melanoma and other ailments, including Alzheimer's disease, at the time of his death.
20 On 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.
21 Had two children (with fourth wife Kaja Sundsten): Jonathon Meredith (musician) and Tala Meredith (painter).
22 His 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.
23 Otto Preminger was instrumental in restoring his film career.
24 Was placed on the "Red Channel" list of the HUAC.
25 Former 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.
2 Franchot 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.
4 I'll just take amusement at being a paradox.
5 Like 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.
6 I was born a character actor. I was never really a leading man type.
7 I 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
1 Distinctive raspy voice
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