Donald Meek Overview:

Character actor, Donald Meek, was born on Jul 14, 1878 in Glasgow, Scotland. Meek died at the age of 68 on Nov 18, 1946 in Los Angeles, CA from leukemia .


Slight, bald and quavery-voiced, Donald Meek was the personification of the timid soul. Ironically, off screen the gifted comic was a strong and determined man who served in two wars (Spanish-American War and World War I), toured as an acrobat, and loved boxing. Born in Scotland, this stage veteran made 20 films in a single year (1935) including The Informer, in which he played one of his first major parts. Other notable films include You Can't Take it With You (1938), Stagecoach (1939), My Little Chickadee (1940), Keeper of the Flame (1942) and State Fair (1945) 

(Source: available at Amazon The Movie Makers [please note: the book has some data errors which have been corrected in this article by CMH]).



He was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures.

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By Annette Bochenek on Sep 2, 2021 From Classic Movie Hub Blog

Classic Movie Travels: A beloved character actor, Thomas was born in Glasgow, Scotland, on July 14, 1878, to Matthew and Annie Meek. Meek was one of four children, with two older sisters named Annie and Maggie as well as a younger brother named Marcus. His f... Read full article

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By Caftan Woman on Sep 4, 2009 From Caftan Woman

July 14, 1878 or 1880 - November 18, 1946 Next up in my look at character actors of classic Hollywood and the roles that have won them loyal fans, but not awards, is . T.S. Eliot's, Gus, the Theatre Cat has nothing on Glasgow born Meek. Do you recall how it was bragged th... Read full article

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Donald Meek Quotes:

[the stagecoach occupants are voting whether or not to continue without a cavalry escort]
Marshal Curly Wilcox: How 'bout you, Mr. Hancock?
Samuel Peacock: Peacock. I'd like to go on, brother. I want to reach the bosom of my dear family in Kansas City, Kansas as quickly as possible; but, I may never reach that bosom if we go on... so, under the circumstances - you understand, brother - I think it best we go back with the bosoms... I mean the soldiers.

Fontainbleau Palace Caretaker: We must hurry. At 12 o'clock I turn into a pumpkin.

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Donald Meek Fact
In the US as a young teen, he fought in the Spanish-American War at age 18 and contracted yellow fever. This is how he lost his hair so young and decided character work would be his calling in Hollywood.

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