Best Known For
Think you know about Biography?
Answer questions and see how you rank against other players.Play Now
Actor, director. Born Oliver Burgess Meredith in Cleveland, Ohio. After holding a variety of jobs and attending college sporadically during the 1920, Meredith became determined to break into show business. He began an unpaid apprenticeship in 1929 with Eva Le Gallienne's Civic Repertory Company in New York City. After making his Broadway debut in 1933's Little Ol' Boy, Meredith achieved great success in 1935 as Mio in the Maxwell Anderson play Winterset. He was a founder of the New Stage Society in 1937and served as vice president of the Actors' Equity in 1938. Meredith also played memorable stage roles in High Tor(1937), Liliom (1940), Playboy of the Western World (1946), and Major Barbara(1956). His notable film performances include roles in Of Mice and Men(1939), Advise and Consent(1962), and Rocky (1976). He was a character actor in television and also directed motion pictures (The Man in the Eiffel Tower, 1950) and plays including Macbeth and the Broadway production of James Baldwin's play Blues for Mr. Charlie. In the 1990s, he was noted for his role in Grumpy Old Men.
Meredith died September 9, 1997 of Alzheimer's disease and melanoma.
© 2013 A+E Networks. All rights reserved.
profile name: Burgess Meredith profile occupation:
Sign in with Facebook to see how you and your friends are connected to famous icons.
Your Friends' Connections
Included In These Groups
In the 1940s and 1950s, the United States was in the grips of a "red scare." Many prominent individuals suspected of sympathizing with liberal or humanitarian causes were branded a communist threat, and even accused of espionage. Hollywood was a major focus of the accusations, and after 10 actors refused to testify in front of the House Committee on Un-American Activities, the blacklist was created. Hundreds of actors, actresses, directors, screenwriters and other entertainment professionals were barred from working. Here are some of the famous people who were on the Hollywood blacklist.
Blacklisted 25 people in this group
A superhero like Batman needs a legion of super villains to zap, ka-pow and wham out of Gotham City. From his first appearance in Batman comic books of the late 1930s to later television shows and films, the Caped Crusader has battled such infamous foes as "the Penguin," played by Burgess Meredith on TV and Danny DeVito on the big screen, and "the Joker," played by both Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger, among others. Browse our evil lair of actors who have played some of the baddest Batman baddies.
Batman Villains 21 people in this group
Without question, the president of the United States is one of the most respected and dignified positions held throughout the world. However, the men that have taken the oath to lead the nation forward have their own stories, struggles and lives beyond the speeches and suits that are on display to the public. These are the actors that have shown the men of the White House for who they really are.
Actors Who Played Presidents 29 people in this group