Burgess Meredith - Rotten Tomatoes

Burgess Meredith

Highest Rated:   100% There Was a Crooked Man (1970)
Lowest Rated:   0% Hot to Trot (1988)
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Birthplace:   Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Originally a newspaper reporter, Burgess Meredith came to the screen in 1936, repeating his stage role in Winterset, a part written for him by Maxwell Anderson. Meredith has had a long and varied film career, playing everything from George in Of Mice and Men (1939) to Sylvester Stallone's trainer in Rocky (1976). He received Oscar nominations for The Day of the Locust (1975) and Rocky. As comfortable with comedy as with drama, Meredith also appeared in Idiot's Delight (1939); Second Chorus (1940), with Fred Astaire; Diary of a Chambermaid (1942), which he also wrote and produced; The Story of G.I. Joe (1945); and Mine Own Executioner (1947). He also directed Man on the Eiffel Tower (1949). On television, he made countless guest appearances in dozens of dramatic and variety productions, including one of the first episodes of The Twilight Zone, the touching Time Enough at Last, and as host on the first episode of Your Show of Shows. He was a regular on Mr. Novak (1963-64) and Search (1972-73), hosted Those Amazing Animals (1981), co-starred with Sally Struthers in Gloria (1982-83), and made classic appearances as the Penguin on Batman (1966-68). He won an Emmy in 1977 for Tailgunner Joe and has done voiceover work for innumerable commercials, notably Volkswagen. Meredith made his final feature film appearance playing crusty Grandpa Gustafson in Grumpier Old Men (1995), the sequel to Grumpy Old Men (1993) in which he also appeared. In 1996, he played a role in the CD-rom video game Ripper. He was briefly married to Paulette Goddard in the 1940s. Meredith died in his Malibu home at the age of 88 on September 9, 1997.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Hay que matar a B.
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet The U.S. Air Force Story
  • Actor
2008
17% Grumpier Old Men
  • Grandpa Gustafson
1995
No Score Yet Wild Bill Hollywood Maverick
  • Actor
1995
18% Camp Nowhere
  • Feln
1994
No Score Yet Across the Moon
  • Barney
1994
No Score Yet Conserving America
  • Narrator
1994
No Score Yet Conserving America
  • Narrator
1994
65% Grumpy Old Men
  • Grandpa Gustafson
1993
No Score Yet Lincoln: Now He Belongs to the Ages, 1865
  • Winfield Scott
1992
No Score Yet Lincoln: I Want to Finish This Job, 1864
  • Winfield Scott
1992
No Score Yet Maxwell Anderson - Lost In the Stars
  • Actor
1992
No Score Yet Lincoln: The Pivotal Year, 1863
  • Winfield Scott
1992
No Score Yet Lincoln: The Making of a President, 1860-1862
  • Winfield Scott
1992
No Score Yet Oddball Hall
  • Ingersol
1991
No Score Yet Dear Mr. Gable
  • Narrator
1991
28% Rocky V
  • Mickey
1990
84% State of Grace
  • Finn
1990
No Score Yet John Huston - The Man, the Movies, the Maverick
  • Actor
1989
30% Full Moon in Blue Water
  • The General
1988
0% Hot to Trot
  • Don's Dad [uncredited]
1988
50% King Lear
  • Don Learo
1987
No Score Yet Mr. Corbett's Ghost
  • Actor
1987
43% G.I. Joe: The Movie
  • Golobulus
1986
No Score Yet Blinkins: The Bear and the Blizzard
  • Actor
1986
No Score Yet Outrage!
  • Judge Aaron Klein
1986
No Score Yet Broken Rainbow
  • Actor
1985
17% Santa Claus: The Movie
  • Ancient Elf
1985
No Score Yet Wet Gold
  • Sampson
1984
65% Twilight Zone---The Movie
  • Narrator
1983
63% Rocky III
  • Mickey
1982
No Score Yet Puff and the Incredible Mr. Nobody
  • Actor
1982
66% Clash of the Titans
  • Ammon
1981
No Score Yet The Last Chase
  • Capt. Williams
1981
75% True Confessions
  • Seamus Fargo
1981
No Score Yet Final Assignment
  • Zak
1980
0% When Time Ran Out
  • Rene Valdez
1980
No Score Yet Puff the Magic Dragon in the Land of Living Lies
  • Actor
1979
73% Rocky II
  • Mickey Goldmill
1979
83% Magic
  • Ben Greene
1978
No Score Yet The Great Bank Hoax (Shenanigans)(The Great Georgia Bank Hoax)
  • Jack Stutz
1978
No Score Yet Puff the Magic Dragon
  • Actor
1978
76% Foul Play
  • Mr. Hennessey
1978
No Score Yet The Return of Captain Nemo
  • Actor
1978
43% The Manitou
  • Dr. Ernest Snow
1978
No Score Yet SST: Death Flight (Flight of the Maiden)
  • Willy Basset
1977
58% The Sentinel
  • Charles Chazen
1977
No Score Yet Golden Rendezvous
  • Van Heurden
1977
93% Rocky
  • Mickey
1976
33% Burnt Offerings
  • Arnold Allardyce
1976
No Score Yet 92 in the Shade
  • Goldsboro
1975
64% The Day of the Locust
  • Harry Greener
1975
40% The Hindenburg
  • Emilio Pajetta
1975
No Score Yet Golden Needles
  • Winters
1974
No Score Yet UFO's: It Has Begun
  • Actor
1973
No Score Yet The Man
  • Sen. Watson
1972
No Score Yet Beware! The Blob
  • Hobo
1972
No Score Yet Probe
  • Actor
1972
No Score Yet A Fan's Notes
  • Mr. Blue
1972
No Score Yet Such Good Friends
  • Bernard Kalman
1971
No Score Yet The Yin and Yang of Mr. Go
  • Director
  • Actor
1971
100% There Was a Crooked Man
  • The Missouri Kid
1970
No Score Yet Lock, Stock and Barrel
  • Actor
1970
No Score Yet MacKenna's Gold
  • The Storekeeper
1969
No Score Yet Hard Contract
  • Ramsey
1969
No Score Yet The Reivers
  • Narrator
1969
36% Skidoo
  • Warden
1968
No Score Yet Torture Garden
  • Dr. Diabolo
1968
No Score Yet Stay Away, Joe
  • Charlie Lightcloud
1968
29% Hurry Sundown
  • Judge Purcell
1967
No Score Yet A Big Hand for the Little Lady
  • Doc Scully
1966
80% Batman: The Movie
  • The Penguin
1966
No Score Yet Madame X
  • Dan Sullivan
1966
40% In Harm's Way
  • Cmdr. Powell
1965
60% The Cardinal
  • Father Ned Halley
1963
82% Advise and Consent
  • Herbert Gelman
1962
No Score Yet Second Chance
  • Actor
1953
No Score Yet Jigsaw
  • Bartender
1949
No Score Yet Mine Own Executioner
  • Felix Milne
1949
No Score Yet The Man on the Eiffel Tower
  • Director
  • Huertin
1949
No Score Yet Man on the Run
  • Actor
1949
No Score Yet On Our Merry Way
  • Producer
  • Oliver M. Pease
1948
No Score Yet Magnificent Doll
  • James Madison
1946
No Score Yet Diary of a Chambermaid
  • Captain Mauger
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
1946
77% The Story of G.I. Joe
  • Ernie Pyle - Scripps-Howard War Correspondent
1945
No Score Yet Tunisian Victory
  • Actor
1944
No Score Yet Street of Chance
  • Frank Thompson
1942
No Score Yet The Forgotten Village
  • Narrator
1941
100% Tom, Dick and Harry
  • Harry
1941
60% That Uncertain Feeling
  • Alexander Sebastian
1941
No Score Yet Pot o' Gold
  • Actor
1941
No Score Yet Castle on the Hudson
  • Steven Rockford
1940
No Score Yet Second Chorus
  • Hank Taylor
1940
100% Of Mice and Men
  • George
1939
No Score Yet Idiot's Delight
  • Quillery
1939
No Score Yet Winterset
  • Mio
1936

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Batman
1966-1968
  • The Penguin
  • 1968
  • 1967
  • 1966
No Score Yet The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
  • Luther Dingle Henry Bemis Romney Wordsworth Smith
  • 1963
  • 1961
  • 1960
  • 1959

Quotes from Burgess Meredith's Characters