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:

Dick Matthews: For three years, I've been wondering how you'd look... and *you do!*


Quillary: While you sit here eating and drinking, their planes dropped fifty thousand kilos of bombs on innocent people. Heavens knows how many were killed; how much of life and beauty is forever destroyed. And you sit here eating and drinking with them, the murderers. It was their planes from the very field down there. Assassins!


George Milton: It's lonesome for a guy to be without a dog.


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Burgess Meredith Facts
Was only seventeen years older then Jack Lemmon when he played his father in Grumpy Old Men (1993).

On the "Batman" (1966) TV series, developed his grunting Penguin laugh out of necessity. Meredith had given up smoking some twenty-odd years earlier, but his character was required to smoke with a cigarette holder. The smoke would get caught in his throat and he would start coughing. Rather than constantly ruin takes in this matter, he developed the laugh to cover it up. "Actually, it was a pretty funny noise for a penguin to make," said Meredith. "I sounded more like a duck." Needless to say, Meredith gave up smoking again immediately after the series ended.

His father was a doctor, and his mother a Methodist revivalist.

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