Meredith, Burgess

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Meredith, Burgess Gender: M
Burgess, George
born on 16 November 1907 at 02:00 (= 02:00 AM )
Place Cleveland OH, USA, 41n29, 81w41
Timezone CST h6w (is standard time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Gauquelin
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 22°49' s_mo.18.gif s_aricol.18.gif 08°45 Asc.s_libcol.18.gif 02°01'


American character actor, director, writer and producer of plays whose early credits included "Hamlet" and "MacBeth," and who became known in later years for such film roles as Rocky Balboa's crusty manager. He won an Emmy in 1977 for portraying attorney Joseph Welch in "Tail Gunner Joe," a TV special about Senator Joseph McCarthy, and won a special Tony award for his 1960 staging of "A Thurber Carnival."

The son of a Cleveland doctor, he was accepted at Amherst College on a scholarship in 1926, but had to leave school for financial reasons. He worked as a merchant seaman, a tie salesman and a vacuum cleaner salesmen before being drawn to New York and Eva Le Galienne's Student Repertory Group. He left the group to act in "Threepenny Opera," and "The Barretts of Wimpole Street" and other Broadway and off-Broadway productions in the early '30s.

Playwright Maxwell Anderson noticed Meredith and wrote a play called "Winterset" with him in mind. It became a Broadway hit in 1935 and later a motion picture with Meredith recreating his role as Mio. That role was the first of three stage portrayals that gained him actor stature. The other two were in "High Tor," 1937, and "The Star Wagon," 1937.

On film, he landed the part of George in "Of Mice and Men" in 1940. His other screen performances included "The Hindenburg," in 1975, "Foul Play," 1978, "Clash of the Titans," 1981, "Grumpy Old Men" in 1993 and its 1995 sequel, "Grumpier Old Men." Though he liked movies, he rarely turned down an opportunity to go back to Broadway.

His first television work came in 1952 and he later became producer and host of "Junior Ford Omnibus" and "Excursion." His other TV work ranged from Eugene O'Neill's, "Ah, Wilderness" to guest shots on "Laredo" and "McCloud." He hosted TV's "Those Amazing Animals," in 1980 and had been a regular on the "Mr. Novak" and "Search" series. He also played the "Penguin" on the "Batman" TV series in the '60s.

He was nominated twice for an Academy Award, but he didn't win. In 1994, he wrote a memoir, "So Far, So Good."

Meredith was married four times, once to actress Paulette Goddard, and had a son, Jonathan, and a daughter, Tala.

He died in Malibu, California on 9/09/1997.

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  • Work : Prize 1977 (Emmy for role in "Tail Gunner Joe")
  • Work : Prize 1960 (Tony for staging of, "A Thurber Carnival")
  • Social : Begin a program of study 1926 (Amherst college, left for financial reasons)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1935 (Play, "Winterfest")
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1937 (Play, "High Tor")
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1937 (Play, "The Star Wagon")
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1940 (Play, "Of Mice and Men")
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1975 (Play, "The Hindenburg")
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1978 (Film, "Foul Play")
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1981 (Film, "Clash of the Titans")
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1993 (Film, "Grumpy Old Men")
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1995 (Film, "Grumpier Old Men)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1980 (TV show, "Those Amazing Animals")
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1994 (Memoir, "So Far, So Good")
  • Death, Cause unspecified 9 September 1997 at 12:00 midnight in Malibu, CA (Age 89)
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Source Notes

Gauquelin Book of American Charts


  • Vocation : Entertainment : Actor/ Actress (Character actor)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Business : Director
  • Vocation : Entertain/Business : Entertain Producer
  • Vocation : Writers : Playwright/ script (Playwright)
  • Notable : Awards : Tony ("A Thurber Carnival")
  • Notable : Awards : Emmy (For role in "Tail Gunner Joe")
  • Vocation : Business/Marketing : Sales (Tie/vacuum cleaner sales in youth)
  • Vocation : Travel : Crew/ Ship, Train, Bus (Merchant seaman in youth)
  • Lifestyle : Work : Work in team/ Tandem (Acting companies/groups)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Live Stage (Legitimate theater)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : TV host/ Personality (Host of several programs)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : TV series/ Soap star (TV series', "Batman," "Ah, Wilderness")
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (Four)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (Two)
  • Family : Relationship : Mate - Noted (Actress Paulette Goddard)
  • Vocation : Writers : Autobiographer (Memoir)
  • Notable : Awards : Oscar (Nominated twice)
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (89 years)