- 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.
- 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
- 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
- Amherst College, Amherst, MA
- Birth Name: Oliver Burgess Meredith
- Birth Place: Cleveland, OH
- Died: September 9, 1997
- Profession: Actor, Director, Producer
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