Burgess Meredith Photos
These Burgess Meredith photos were taken by Ned Scott in late 1944 during the filming of The Story of G.I. Joe. Meredith protrayed War Correspondent Ernie Pyle in the film.
Burgess Meredith, born November 7, 1907, was an American actor and director in film, theater and television. Meredith had a rich and varied career. He is known for his role as the arch villian in the Batman TV series, the serious and wise boxing trainer in the Rocky films, his more demanding roles in classical and contemporary theater, and finally his comic role as the sex-starved father in the Grumpier Old Men series of films. If it weren't for his more prominent roles in many of his film and TV efforts, one could consider Meredith as an accomplished character actor.
Graduating from Amherst College in 1931, Meredith later served in the United States Armed Forces where he attained the rank of Captain in the U.S. Army in WWII. With the agreement of the War Department, he was discharged from the Army so that he could work for producer Lester Cowan in the film The Story of G.I. Joe in 1944. He played the role of Pulitzer Award winning correspondent Ernie Pyle in the film.
Meredith became involved in theater early in his career. For most of the '30's, he found himself working in the Civic Repertory Theater in New York City. His participation included acting in major roles and directing stage productions. It was in cinema that he truly came into his own as an actor. Hi was a favorite of director Otto Preminger who cast him in In Harm's Way, Advise and Consent, Hurry Sundown, and others.
Burgess Meredith was married four times, and two of his wives were actresses. He and his last wife were together for 46 years, producing two children. He suffered from a form of bipolar disorder, according to his autobiography. Meredith died in Malibu, California on September 9, 1998 at the age of 89.
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