Fast Facts

  • Starred on Broadway as Mio in Maxwell Anderson's 1935 play Winterset, 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 Batman 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.

Awards

  • 1974, Tony — Director (Dramatic): Nominee
  • 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
  • 1975, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 1978, Emmy — Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Comedy or Drama Special: Nominee
  • 1976, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Supporting Actor: Nominee
  • 1960, Tony — Special Award: Winner
  • 1976, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Nominee

Relationships

  • Paulette Goddard — Ex-wife
  • Tala Beth Meredith — Daughter
  • Ida Beth Meredith — Mother
  • Jonathan Sanford Meredith — Son
  • William George Meredith — Father
  • Helen Berrian Derby — Ex-wife
  • Margaret H. Frueauff — Ex-wife
  • Kaja Sundsten — Wife

College

  • Amherst College, Amherst, MA

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Details

  • Birth Name: Oliver Burgess Meredith
  • Birth Place: Cleveland, OH
  • Died: September 9, 1997
  • Profession: Actor, Director, Producer

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