Burgess Meredith

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Biography

  • Birth Name: Oliver Burgess Meredith
  • Birth Place: Cleveland, OH
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 11/16/1907, Scorpio
  • Date of Death: 09/09/1997
  • Profession: Actor; director; producer
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Burgess Meredith 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. 
  • Burgess Meredith Relationships:
  • Kaja Sundsten - Wife
  • Helen Berrian Derby - Ex-wife
  • Margaret H. Frueauff - Ex-wife
  • William George Meredith - Father
  • Paulette Goddard - Ex-wife
  • Tala Beth Meredith - Daughter
  • Ida Beth Meredith - Mother
  • Jonathan Sanford Meredith - Son
  • Burgess Meredith Awards:
  • 1974 Tony: Director (Dramatic) - Nominee
  • 1978 Emmy: Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Comedy or Drama Special - Nominee
  • 1976 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture - Nominee
  • 1977 Emmy: Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Comedy or Drama Special - Winner
  • 1975 BAFTA Film Awards: Best Supporting Actor - Nominee
  • 1975 Oscar: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role - Nominee
  • 1976 Oscar: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role - Nominee
  • 1960 Tony: Special Award - Winner
  • College:
  • Amherst College, Amherst, MA

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