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Burgess Meredith Overview:

Legendary actor, Burgess Meredith, was born Oliver Burgess Meredith on Nov 16, 1907 in Cleveland, OH. Meredith died at the age of 89 on Sep 9, 1997 in Malibu, CA .

HONORS and AWARDS:

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Although Meredith was nominated for one Oscar, he never won a competitive Academy Award.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1976Best Supporting ActorRocky (1976)MickeyNominated
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He was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures.

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Burgess Meredith Quotes:

Janie: Where's your car?
Harry: Why, do you mind walking?
Janie: [laughs] I'd love to.
Harry: Good, I like to walk.
[Breathes deeply]
Janie: I guess, if you don't have to, you want to, hunh?
Harry: Well, even if you don't want to, you may have to, so... might as well want to.
Janie: [laughs] I guesss if you don't want to, and you don't have to, you just don't if you don't want to.
Harry: Yeah, well, you can always take a taxi!


[Final Line]
Ernie Pyle: (Voice-over): For those beneath the wooden crosses, there is nothing we can do, except perhaps to pause and murmur, "Thanks pal, thanks."


[The bigoted Judge Purcell rebukes a white lawyer for his help to the black defendant]
Judge Purcell: Don't you rattle your skeleton in my court! Your being here at all constitutes a treachery to the entire white community that's too colossal to be believed!


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Burgess Meredith Facts
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.

Was the second choice for the Penguin role in "Batman" (1966) . Producers had originally wanted Spencer Tracy in the role, but Tracy wouldn't 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.

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.

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