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Donald Meek



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.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
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 Colonel Effingham's Raid (Man of the Hour)
  • Doc Buden
1946
No Score Yet Because of Him
  • Martin
1946
80% State Fair
  • Hippenstahl
1945
60% The Thin Man Goes Home
  • Willie Crump
1945
No Score Yet Return of Peter Grimm
  • Actor
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 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 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
91% 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 One Rainy Afternoon
  • Judge
1936
100% Captain Blood
  • Dr. Wacker
1935
No Score Yet Kind Lady
  • Foster
1935
No Score Yet Peter Ibbetson
  • Mr. Slade
1935
100% 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
No Score Yet China Seas
  • Chess Player
1935
91% 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
88% The Merry Widow
  • Valet
1934
83% Murder at the Vanities
  • Dr. Saunders
1934
No Score Yet Hi, Nellie!
  • 'Durky' Durkin
1934
No Score Yet College Coach (Football Coach )
  • Spencer Trask
1933
No Score Yet Ever in My Heart
  • Storekeeper
1933
No Score Yet Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch
  • Mr. Hiram Wiggs
1919

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