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 .

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For a man who made virtually nothing for the cinema between 1949 and 1962, this mercurial, tousle-haired American actor must be one of the most difficult tasks for any filmographer: fresh Meredith films, sometimes from the most unlikely places, seem to turn up everywhere one looks. A first-class talent who continually upset Hollywood in his early days, he attacked his parts like a terrier. Four times married, including Paulette Goddard (third) from 1944 to 1949. Long-delayed Academy Award nominations finally came for Day of the Locust and Rocky. Died from skin cancer and Alzheimer's Disease.

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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:

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


Danny O'Neill: [hiding himself] What'ya think you're doing under this bed?
Hank Taylor: Looking for a collar button.


[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.

Otto Preminger was instrumental in restoring his film career.

Suffered from melanoma and other ailments, including Alzheimer's disease, at the time of his death.

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