Ralph Meeker

Highest Rated: 100% The Naked Spur (1953)
Lowest Rated: 17% Brannigan (1975)
Birthday: Nov 21, 1920
Birthplace: Not Available
Northwestern University grad Ralph Meeker reached Broadway just when the "Method" school of acting was taking hold. His first role of note was Stanley Kowalski in Tennessee Williams' Streetcar Named Desire; Meeker took over the role from Marlon Brando, and there were those who felt that he was closer to Williams' concept of Stanley than the mighty Brando. Meeker went on to star in the Pulitzer Prize-winning William Inge play Picnic, though when time came to film the play, he was passed over in favor of the more bankable William Holden. As for his own film career, Meeker often had to settle for indifferent leading-man and villain assignments; his best screen showings included the role of Mike Hammer in 1955's Kiss Me Deadly and his harrowing portrayal of a condemned army private in Kubrick's Paths of Glory (1957). He remained active onscreen until the early 1980s, and in 1978 both starred in and co-produced the feature film My Boys are Good Boys. In 1959, Ralph Meeker starred as army investigator Steve Dekker in the syndicated TV series Not For Hire.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
87% Winter Kills Gameboy Baker 1979
No Score Yet Hi-Riders Mike 1978
No Score Yet My Boys Are Good Boys Actor 1978
No Score Yet The Alpha Incident (Gift from a Red Planet) Charlie 1978
24% The Food of the Gods Bensington 1976
No Score Yet Johnny Firecloud Colby 1975
17% Brannigan Capt. Moretti 1975
No Score Yet The Dead Don't Die Actor 1975
No Score Yet Birds of Prey McAndrew 1973
No Score Yet The Mind Snatchers The Major 1972
74% The Anderson Tapes Captain Delaney 1971
86% The Night Stalker Bernie Jenks 1971
No Score Yet I Walk the Line Carl McCain 1970
No Score Yet The Detective Curran 1968
88% The St. Valentine's Day Massacre George Clarence 'Bugs' Moran 1967
91% The Dirty Dozen Capt. Stuart Kinder 1967
No Score Yet Gentle Giant Fog Hanson 1967
43% Something Wild Mike 1961
No Score Yet Ada Actor 1961
95% Paths of Glory Cpl. Paris 1957
No Score Yet The Fuzzy Pink Nightgown Mike Valla 1957
No Score Yet Run of the Arrow Lt. Driscoll 1957
No Score Yet A Woman's Devotion Trevor Stevenson 1956
No Score Yet Desert Sands Capt. David Malcolm 1955
97% Kiss Me Deadly Mike Hammer 1955
No Score Yet Big House, U.S.A. Geraldo "Jerry" Barker aka Iceman 1955
No Score Yet Jeopardy Lawson 1953
100% The Naked Spur Roy Anderson 1953
No Score Yet Glory Alley Socks Barbarrosa 1952
No Score Yet Teresa Sgt. Dobbs 1951
No Score Yet Shadow in the Sky Burt 1951
No Score Yet Four in a Jeep Sgt. William Long 1950

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet CHiPs
1977-1983
Borgman
  • 1979
No Score Yet Ironside
1967-1975
Rafe Wescott
  • 1974
  • 1968
No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
1955-1962
John Forbes Carl Mel Reeves Carl Borden
  • 1959
  • 1957
  • 1955

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