Emile G. Meyer

Highest Rated: 100% The Tall Men (1955)
Lowest Rated: 33% Macon County Line (1974)
Birthday: Aug 18, 1910
Birthplace: Not Available
American actor Emile G. Meyer had the squat, sinister features that consigned him nearly exclusively to western villains. Still, he was a good enough actor to transcend the stereotype, and audiences often found themselves understanding if not approving of his perfidy. The Meyer performance that most quickly comes to mind is in the movie Shane (1953), in which he played Ryker, the wealthy landowner who hires gunman Jack Palance to force the homesteaders off his turf. At first glance a two-dimensional baddie, Meyer delivers a heartfelt speech in which he bemoans the fact that pioneers like himself had to fight and die for their land, only to watch as outsiders rode in to stake claims on territory they hadn't truly earned. By the time Meyer is finished, half the audience is inclined towards his side, villain or no! In addition to his acting work, Emile G. Meyer also wrote TV and movie scripts. On that subject, Meyer was given to complaining in public as to how the old-boy network of Hollywood producers tended to freeze out any writer without a long list of screenplay credits -- and he complained as eloquently and persuasively as he had as Ryker in Shane (1953).

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Shield for Murder Capt. Gunnarson 2003
No Score Yet The Legend of Frank Woods Sheriff Dooley 1977
No Score Yet The Outfit Amos 1974
33% Macon County Line Gurney 1974
No Score Yet A Time for Killing Col. Harries 1967
No Score Yet Hostile Guns Uncle Joe 1967
No Score Yet Taggart Ben Blazer 1964
No Score Yet Move Over Darling Process Server 1963
No Score Yet Young Jesse James William Quantrill 1960
No Score Yet The Girl in Lovers Lane Cal Anders 1960
No Score Yet Good Day for a Hanging Marshall Hiram Cain 1959
No Score Yet The Fiend Who Walked the West Ames 1958
83% The Lineup Inspector Al Quine 1958
No Score Yet The Case Against Brooklyn Capt. P.T. Wills 1958
95% Paths of Glory Priest 1957
98% Sweet Smell of Success Harry Kello 1957
No Score Yet The Delicate Delinquent Kelly 1957
No Score Yet Baby Face Nelson Mac 1957
No Score Yet Gun the Man Down Sheriff Morton 1956
No Score Yet The Maverick Queen Malone 1956
No Score Yet Raw Edge Pop Penny 1956
86% The Man With the Golden Arm Inspector Bednar 1955
No Score Yet Man with the Gun Saul Atkins 1955
100% The Tall Men Chickasaw 1955
No Score Yet The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing Greenbacher 1955
75% Blackboard Jungle Mr. Halloran 1955
No Score Yet Stranger on Horseback Sheriff Nat Bell 1955
No Score Yet White Feather Magruder 1955
No Score Yet Silver Lode Sheriff Wooley 1954
No Score Yet Drums Across the River Nathan Marlowe 1954
100% Riot in Cell Block 11 The Warden 1954
No Score Yet The Human Jungle Rowan 1954
No Score Yet The Farmer Takes a Wife Storekeeper 1953
97% Shane Rufe Ryker 1953
No Score Yet Bloodhounds of Broadway Skipper 1952
No Score Yet We're Not Married Beauty Contest Announcer 1952
No Score Yet Carbine Williams Head Guard 1952
No Score Yet The Wild North Jake 1952
No Score Yet Hurricane Smith Capt. Raikes 1952
No Score Yet The Big Night Packingpaugh 1951
No Score Yet The Mob Gas Station Attendant 1951
No Score Yet The People Against O'Hara Capt. Tom Mulvaney 1951
96% Panic in the Streets Capt. Beauclyde 1950


No Score Yet Bonanza
John Walker Cherokee
  • 1972
  • 1970
No Score Yet Maverick
Col. Arnold Taylor Pike
  • 1958
  • 1957


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