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Oliver Burgess Meredith
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Actor; director; producer
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Burgess Meredith Fast Facts:
Starred on Broadway as Mio in Maxwell Anderson's 1935 play
and made his film debut a year later, playing the same character in the film adaptation.
Received critical acclaim for his performance as George in 1939's
Of Mice and Men
Was one of many performers accused of having un-American political views in the 1950s, and was blacklisted in Hollywood for a time.
His Penguin character in the 1960s
episodes was so well-received that the writer was said to have always had a script ready in case Meredith was available.
Was showing symptoms of Alzheimer's disease during filming of
Grumpier Old Men
and had to be coached through his lines.
Revealed in his 1994 memoir,
So Far, So Good
, that he suffered from a bipolar disorder, which caused him to have violent mood swings.
Burgess Meredith Relationships:
Helen Berrian Derby - Ex-wife
Margaret H. Frueauff - Ex-wife
William George Meredith - Father
Kaja Sundsten - Wife
Paulette Goddard - Ex-wife
Tala Beth Meredith - Daughter
Ida Beth Meredith - Mother
Jonathan Sanford Meredith - Son
Burgess Meredith Awards:
1977 Emmy: Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Comedy or Drama Special - Winner
1976 Oscar: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role - Nominee
1976 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture - Nominee
1975 Oscar: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role - Nominee
1974 Tony: Director (Dramatic) - Nominee
1978 Emmy: Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Comedy or Drama Special - Nominee
1975 BAFTA Film Awards: Best Supporting Actor - Nominee
1960 Tony: Special Award - Winner
Amherst College, Amherst, MA
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