US Army Air Corps during WWII
Because of his very liberal political views, he collided with Senator Joseph McCarthy and was blacklisted from films in the late 1950s. Meredith, one might say, got revenge on McCarthy by portraying Joseph Welch, the man who humiliated McCarthy on national television, in _'Tail Gunner Joe (1977) (TV)_'.
Otto Preminger was instrumental in restoring his film career.
His character "Penguin" was so popular a villain in the _"Batman" (1966/II)_ TV-series the producers always had a "Penguin" script ready in case Meredith would like to appear as a guest star.
Father of two (with fourth wife Kaja Sundsten): son Jonathon (musician) and daughter Tala (painter)
Suffered from melanoma and other ailments, including Alzheimer's disease, at the time of his death.
Was only seventeen years older then Jack Lemmon when he played his father in Grumpy Old Men (1993).
Once narrated a Gaelic Christmas Carol in English for The Chieftains on their "The Bells of Dublin" CD.
Relied on cue cards during the filming of Grumpier Old Men (1995), contributed from being in the early stages of Alzheimer's.
Despite his character dying in "Rocky III" (1982), he has appeared in every "Rocky" film, as either the real character, a flashback, or through archive footage.
Nephew of comedian and character actor, Jay "Handsome Danny Mann" Burgess (1856-1937).
Served in the U.S. Army Air Forces in World War II, reaching the rank of Captain.
In 1960, received a Special Tony Award, along with James Thurber, for "A Thurber Carnival." He was also nominated for Broadway's 1974 Tony Award as Best Director (Dramatic) for "Ulysses in Nighttown."
Biography in: "American National Biography". Supplement 1, pp. 406-407. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.
On the _"Batman" (1966/II)_ TV series, developed his grunting "Penguin" laugh out of necessity. Meredith had given up smoking some twenty-odd years earlier, but his character was required to smoke with a cigarette holder. The smoke would get caught in his throat and he would start coughing. Rather than constantly ruin takes in this matter, he developed the laugh to cover it up. "Actually, it was a pretty funny noise for a penguin to make," said Meredith. "I sounded more like a duck." Needless to say, Meredith gave up smoking again immediately after the series ended.
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