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Ralph Meeker

Lowest Rated:   17% Brannigan (1975)
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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

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
86% 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
83% 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
100% 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
94% 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

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet CHiPs
1977-1983
  • Borgman
  • 1979

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