Oliver Burgess Meredith was an American actor, director, producer, and writer. Active for more than six decades, Meredith has been called “a virtuosic actor” and “one of the most accomplished actors of the century”. A lifetime member of the Actors Studio by invitation, he won several Emmys, was the first male actor to win the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor twice, and was nominated for two Academy Awards. He established himself as a leading man in Hollywood with critically acclaimed performances as George Milton in Of Mice and Men, Ernie Pyle in The Story of G.I. Joe, and the narrator of A Walk in the Sun. Meredith was known later in his career for his appearances on The Twilight Zone and for portraying arch-villain The Penguin on the 1960s TV series Batman and boxing trainer Mickey Goldmill in the Rocky film series. For his performances in The Day of the Locust and Rocky, he received nominations for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
About Burgess Meredith
He played Rocky’s trainer and played The Penguin in Batman. He became the first man to win two Saturn Awards for Best Supporting Actor.
In 1929, he joined the Eva Le Gallienne Civic Theatre company in New York. He was discharged from the army in 1944 to film The Story of G.I. Joe.
He won multiple Emmy Awards and was nominated for two Academy Awards.
He was married to his first wife, Helen Derby, from 1933 to 1935. His fourth marriage to Kaja Sundsten lasted for 46 years.
He starred in the film adaptation of Of Mice and Men, for which Aaron Copland composed the music.
Information related to Burgess Meredith
- http://www.bat-mania.co.uk/main/villains/penguin.php Burgess Meredith as the Penguin
- http://www.pomonavillage.com/burgesspark.html Burgess Meredith Park
- http://www.thenedscottarchive.com/hollywood/films/story-of-g-i-joe.html#burgess Photos of Burgess Meredith in “Story of G.I. Joe”, 1944 by Ned Scott
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