Oliver Burgess  Meredith

Oliver Burgess Meredith

Male 1909 - 1997  (87 years)    Has 3 ancestors and 2 descendants in this family tree.

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  • Name Oliver Burgess Meredith 
    Relationshipwith Adam
    Born 16 Nov 1909  Cleveland, Cuyahoga Co., OH Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 9 Sep 1997 
    Person ID I372642  Geneagraphie
    Last Modified 1 Apr 2002 

    Father Dr. William George Meredith,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother Ida Beth Burgess,   b. Fitchville, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Siblings 1 sibling 
     1. Virginia Meredith
     
    Family ID F147655  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Helen Derby 
    Married 1933 
    Divorced 1935 
    Last Modified 1 Apr 2002 
    Family ID F147651  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Margaret Perry,   b. 23 Feb 1913, Denver, Colorado, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 10 Jan 1936 
    Divorced Jul 1938 
    Last Modified 1 Apr 2002 
    Family ID F147649  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 Paulette Goddard,   b. 3 Jun 1911, Whitestone Landing, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Apr 1990, Ronco, CH Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Married 21 May 1944 
    Divorced 1950 
    Last Modified 1 Apr 2002 
    Family ID F147647  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 4 Kaja Sundsten 
    Married 1950 
    Children 
     1. Johnathon Meredith
     2. Tala Meredith
    Last Modified 1 Apr 2002 
    Family ID F147650  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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  • Notes 
    • former child soprano

      One of the truly great and gifted performers of the century who often suffered lesser roles, Meredith was educated in Amherst College in Massachusetts before joining Eva Le Gallienne's stage company in New York City in 1933. He bcame a favorite of dramatist Maxwell Anderson, premiering on film in the playwright's Winterset (1936). Served in the Air Force in WWII. He continued in a variety of dramatic and comedic roles until being named an unfriendly witness by the House Un-American Activities Committee in the early 1950s, whereupon studio work disappeared. His career picked up again, especially with television roles, in the 1960s, although younger audiences know him best for either the Rocky (1976) or 0107050 film series. Meredith also did a large amount of commercial work, serving as the voice for Skippy Peanut Butter and United Air Lines, among others. He was also an ardent environmentalist who believed pollution one of the greatest tragedies of the time, and an opponent of the Vietnam War.

      A veteran of stage and film whose numerous accomplishments in dramatic roles will, alas, probably be forever overshadowed by his portrayal of "The Penguin" on the 1960s TV series "Batman" (and the 1966 theatrical feature of the same name). After toiling in many odd jobs during the 1920s, Meredith joined Eva LeGallienne's Student Repertory Group and became a prominent Broadway actor in the 1930s. He made his film debut in Maxwell Anderson's Winterset (1936), recreating his own acclaimed stage performance, and followed with memorable work in Of Mice and Men (as George), Idiots Delight (both 1939), Second Chorus (1940, with wife-to-be Paulette Goddard), Tom, Dick and Harry (1941), The Story of G.I. Joe (1945, as fabled war correspondent Ernie Pyle), Diary of a Chambermaid (1946, with Goddard, which he also produced and wrote), Mine Own Executioner (1947), and On Our Merry Way (1948, which he also coproduced).
      Meredith, whose lively countenance and intensity of performance compensated for his "shortcomings" as a Hollywood leading man (i.e., his lack of matinee-idol looks), enjoyed two early starring roles in the B melodramas San Francisco Docks (1940) and Street of Chance (1942, as an amnesiac murder suspect in an early exercise in film noir based on a Cornell Woolrich novel). He directed and performed in The Man on the Eiffel Tower (1949), a fascinating, seldom-seen thriller based on one of the popular "Maigret" novels by Georges Simenon. Meredith's film roles thinned out during the 1950s after he was considered an unfriendly witness during the McCarthy era, but he continued to do stage work (winning a Tony for directing "The Thurber Carnival"), returned to films in Otto Preminger's Advise and Consent (1962) and The Cardinal (1963), and thereafter never let up.
      He snared Best Supporting Actor Oscar nominations for The Day of the Locust (1975) and for his most popular latter-day characterization, that of the trainer Mickey in the first Rocky (1976), a role he repeated in the 1979, 1982, and 1990 sequels. He has appeared in scores of TV shows (winning an Emmy for his performance in 1977's Tail Gunner Joe) and has lent his distinctive voice to innumerable commercials, documentaries, and feature films (including, memorably, 1969's The Reivers). He published his autobiography, "So Far, So Good," in 1994.
      OTHER FILMS INCLUDE:
      1938: Spring Madness
      1940: Castle on the Hudson
      1941: That Uncertain Feeling
      1946: Magnificent Doll (as President James Madison);
      1957: Joe Butterfly
      1966: Madame X, A Big Hand for the Little Lady
      1967:Hurry Sundown
      1970:There Was a Crooked Man
      1975:92 in the Shade
      1978:Foul Play, Magic
      1981:True Confessions
      1987:King Lear
      1988:Full Moon in Blue Water
      1990:State of Grace
      1993: Grumpy Old Men
      1995: Tall Tale.


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