Burgess Meredith Quick Info
Height5 ft 5½ in
Weight65 kg
Date of BirthNovember 16, 1907
Zodiac SignScorpio
Date of DeathSeptember 9, 1997

Burgess Meredith was an American actor, writer, producer, and voice actor whose career spanned more than 6 decades. He has been described as “a virtuosic actor” and “one of the most accomplished actors of the century”. Burgess Meredith was cast in movies such as The Story of G.I. Joe, Rocky film series, Golden RendezvousThe Day of the Locust, WintersetOf Mice and MenClash of the TitansFoul PlayGolden ArrowThe CardinalBatmanTorture GardenThe Yin and the Yang of Mr. Go, and Grumpier Old Men. Also, he became the first male actor to win the Saturn Award for “Best Supporting Actor” twice.

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Born Name

Oliver Burgess Meredith

Nick Names

Burgess, Buzz

Burgess Meredith as seen in a publicity photo from an appearance on the television program 'General Electric Theater' (1954)Burgess Meredith as seen in a publicity photo from an appearance on the television program 'General Electric Theater' (1954)
Burgess Meredith as seen in a publicity photo from an appearance on the television program ‘General Electric Theater’ (1954) (BBDO (Batten, Barton, Durstine & Osborne) for General Electric / eBay / Public Domain)

Age

He was born on November 16, 1907.

Died

On September 9, 1997, Burgess Meredith died at the age of 89 from complications of Alzheimer’s disease and melanoma in Malibu, California, United States.

Sun Sign

Scorpio

Born Place

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

Nationality

American

American

 

Education

Burgess Meredith studied at Hoosac School and graduated in 1926. Afterward, he attended Amherst College (class of 1931). However, he later dropped out of Amherst College.

Occupation

Actor, Writer, Producer, Voice Actor

Family

  • Father – Dr. William George Meredith (Physician)
  • Mother – Ida Beth (née Burgess)
  • Others – William Grafton Meredith (Paternal Grandfather), Diantha Jane Pettet (Paternal Grandmother), Oliver Clinthus Burgess (Maternal Grandfather), Caroline Matilda Cogswell (Maternal Grandmother)
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Net Worth

According to CelebrityNetWorth.com, his net worth was $3 Million.

Build

Slim

Burgess Meredith as Henry Bemis in 'The Twilight Zone' episode titled 'Time Enough at Last' which aired on November 20, 1959Burgess Meredith as Henry Bemis in 'The Twilight Zone' episode titled 'Time Enough at Last' which aired on November 20, 1959
Burgess Meredith as Henry Bemis in ‘The Twilight Zone’ episode titled ‘Time Enough at Last’ which aired on November 20, 1959 (Bureau of Industrial Services (a division of Young and Rubicam, Inc.) (presumably CBS) / eBay / Public Domain)

Height

5 ft 5½ in or 166.5 cm

Weight

65 kg or 143.5 lbs

Girlfriend / Spouse

Burgess Meredith had dated –

  1. Lauren Bacall
  2. Norma Shearer
  3. Olivia de Havilland
  4. Peggy Ashcroft
  5. Tallulah Bankhead
  6. Helen Derby (1933-1935)​ – He was married to Helen Derby Merrien Burgess (the daughter of American Cyanamid president Harry L. Derby) from 1933 to 1935. She committed suicide in 1940, nearly 5 years after their divorce.
  7. Margaret Perry (1936-1938)​ – He married Margaret Perry in 1936 and they divorced in 1938.
  8. Rosalind Russell (1939)
  9. Ingrid Bergman (1940)
  10. Carole Landis (1941-1942)
  11. Hedy Lamarr (1943)
  12. Paulette Goddard (1944-1949)​ – He married actor, dancer, model, and producer Paulette Goddard in May 1944 at David O. Selznick’s home in Beverly Hills. She suffered the miscarriage of their son in October 1944. They co-starred in the 1948 comedy film On Our Merry Way. The duo divorced in June 1949.
  13. Marlene Dietrich (1948)
  14. Gussie Moran (1949)
  15. Kaja Sundsten (1950-1997) – In 1950, he married Kaja Sundsten and they were blessed with 2 children – Jonathan (a musician) and Tala (a painter). Burgess Meredith and Kaja remained together until his death in 1997.
  16. Nichelle Nichols (1961)
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Race / Ethnicity

White

Burgess Meredith was of English, Welsh, and German descent.

Hair Color

Gray

Eye Color

Blue

Sexual Orientation

Straight

Distinctive Features

  • Raspy voice
  • Frequently worked with director Otto Preminger

Brand Endorsements

Burgess Meredith was cast in TV commercials for –

  • US Cheese Board (1985)
  • Drixoral (1986)
  • Florida Orange Juice (1988-1990)
  • Sargento Cheese of Wisconsin (1991)
  • Mercy Health Centers (1996)

He was also cast in a radio commercial for Carnation Hot Cocoa in 1996.

Religion

He was a Methodist.

Burgess Meredith in a publicity photo as the Penguin on the 1960s TV show 'Batman'Burgess Meredith in a publicity photo as the Penguin on the 1960s TV show 'Batman'
Burgess Meredith in a publicity photo as the Penguin on the 1960s TV show ‘Batman’ (Greenway Productions / eBay / Public Domain)

Burgess Meredith Facts

  1. He enlisted in the United States Army Air Forces during World War II in 1942 and reached the rank of captain.
  2. For his performance in Rocky (1976), Burgess Meredith was nominated for an Academy Award for “Best Supporting Actor”.
  3. On November 5, 1987, he was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6904 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
  4. It was revealed in his 1994 autobiography So Far, So Good that he had violent mood swings caused by cyclothymia, a form of bipolar disorder.
  5. Burgess Meredith was a lifelong Democrat.
  6. He was friends with Otto Preminger and Adam West.
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Featured Image by BBDO (Batten, Barton, Durstine & Osborne) for General Electric / eBay / Public Domain

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