Donald Meek

Donald Meek

  • Highest Rated: 100% A Woman's Face (1941)
  • Lowest Rated: 20% They Got Me Covered (1943)
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  • For nearly two decades in Hollywood, Scottish-born actor Donald Meek lived up to his name by portraying a series of tremulous, shaky-voiced sycophants and milquetoasts -- though he was equally effective (if not more so) as nail-hard businessmen, autocratic schoolmasters, stern judges, compassionate doctors, small-town Babbitts, and at least one Nazi spy! An actor since the age of eight, Meek joined an acrobatic troupe, which brought him to America in his teens. At 18 Meek joined the American military and was sent to fight in the Spanish-American War. He contracted yellow fever, which caused him to lose his hair -- and in so doing, secured his future as a character actor. Meek made his film bow in 1928; in the early talkie era, he starred with John Hamilton in a series of New York-filmed short subjects based on the works of mystery writer S. S. Van Dyne. Relocating to Hollywood in 1933, Meek immediately found steady work in supporting roles. So popular did Meek become within the next five years that director Frank Capra, who'd never worked with the actor before, insisted that the gratuitous role of Mr. Poppins be specially written for Meek in the film version of You Can't Take It With You (1938) (oddly, this first association with Capra would be the last). Meek died in 1946, while working in director William Wellman's Magic Town; his completed footage remained in the film, though he was certainly conspicuous by his absence during most of the proceedings.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

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No Score Yet Affairs of Geraldine Actor 2013
50% Magic Town Mr. Twiddle 1947
No Score Yet The Fabulous Joe Actor 1947
No Score Yet Janie Gets Married Harley P. Stowers 1946
No Score Yet Colonel Effingham's Raid (Man of the Hour) Doc Buden 1946
No Score Yet Because of Him Martin 1946
83% State Fair Hippenstahl 1945
60% The Thin Man Goes Home Willie Crump 1945
No Score Yet Barbary Coast Gent Bradford Bellamy I 1944
No Score Yet Bathing Beauty Chester Klazenfrantz 1944
No Score Yet Two Girls and a Sailor Mr. Nizby 1944
No Score Yet Lost Angel Prof. Catty 1943
No Score Yet Du Barry Was a Lady Mr. Jones/Duc De Choiseul 1943
20% They Got Me Covered Little Old Man 1943
No Score Yet Air Raid Wardens Eustace Middling 1943
No Score Yet Keeper of the Flame Mr. Arbuthnot 1942
No Score Yet Seven Sweethearts Minister 1942
No Score Yet The Omaha Trail Jonah McCleod 1942
No Score Yet Tortilla Flat Paul D. Cummings 1942
No Score Yet Maisie Gets Her Man Mr. Stickwell 1942
No Score Yet Rise and Shine Prof. Murray 1941
No Score Yet The Feminine Touch Capt. Makepeace Liveright 1941
100% A Woman's Face Herman 1941
No Score Yet Blonde Inspiration Dusty King 1941
No Score Yet Come Live with Me Joe Darsie 1941
No Score Yet Babes on Broadway Mr. Stone 1941
No Score Yet Design for Scandal Mr. Wade 1941
No Score Yet Third Finger, Left Hand Mr. Flandrin 1940
No Score Yet Turnabout Henry 1940
No Score Yet Star Dust Sam Wellman 1940
91% My Little Chickadee Amos Budget 1940
No Score Yet Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet Mittlemeyer 1940
83% The Return of Frank James McCoy 1940
No Score Yet The Housekeeper's Daughter Editor Wilson 1939
No Score Yet Hollywood Cavalcade Lyle P. Stout 1939
No Score Yet Blondie Takes a Vacation Jonathan N. Gillis 1939
100% Young Mr. Lincoln John Felder 1939
100% Stagecoach Mr. Samuel Peacock 1939
No Score Yet Jesse James McCoy 1939
No Score Yet Nick Carter, Master Detective Bartholomew 1939
No Score Yet Hold That Co-Ed Dean Thatcher 1938
92% You Can't Take It With You Poppins 1938
No Score Yet The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Superintendent 1938
No Score Yet Little Miss Broadway Willoughby Wendling 1938
No Score Yet Having Wonderful Time P.U. Rogers 1938
No Score Yet Double Wedding The Rev. Dr. Flynn 1937
No Score Yet Make a Wish Joseph 1937
No Score Yet The Toast of New York Daniel Drew 1937
No Score Yet Parnell Murphy 1937
No Score Yet Maid of Salem Ezra Cheeves 1937
No Score Yet Breakfast For Two Justice of the Peace 1937
No Score Yet Artists and Models Dr. Zimmer 1937
No Score Yet Pennies From Heaven Gramp Smith 1936
80% Love on the Run Palace Caretaker 1936
No Score Yet And So They Were Married Hotel Manager 1936
No Score Yet The Bride Comes Home The Judge 1936
No Score Yet Everybody's Old Man Finney 1936
No Score Yet One Rainy Afternoon Judge 1936
No Score Yet Old Hutch Gunnison 1936
100% Captain Blood Dr. Wacker 1935
No Score Yet Kind Lady Foster 1935
No Score Yet Peter Ibbetson Mr. Slade 1935
92% Barbary Coast McTavish 1935
No Score Yet She Couldn't Take It (Woman Tamer) Uncle Wyndersham 1935
No Score Yet The Return of Peter Grimm Mayor Everett Bartholomew 1935
80% China Seas Chess Player 1935
93% The Informer Pat Mulligan 1935
79% Mark of the Vampire Dr. Doskil 1935
100% The Whole Town's Talking Hoyt 1935
No Score Yet The Gilded Lily Hankerson 1935
No Score Yet Romance in Manhattan Minister 1935
No Score Yet Accent on Youth Orville 1935
No Score Yet Biography of a Bachelor Girl Mr. Irish 1935
80% The Merry Widow Valet 1934
86% Murder at the Vanities Dr. Saunders 1934
No Score Yet Hi, Nellie! 'Durky' Durkin 1934
No Score Yet Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch Mr. Hiram Wiggs 1934
No Score Yet The Last Gentleman Judd 1934
No Score Yet College Coach (Football Coach ) Spencer Trask 1933
No Score Yet Ever in My Heart Storekeeper 1933

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