Burgess Meredith Biography

Biography by Published on Updated on 29 May, 2021
Facts of Burgess Meredith
Date of Birth: 1907 , November-16
Date of Death: 1997 , September-9
Age: 114 years old
Birth Nation: United States of America
Height: 5 feet 5 inch
Name Burgess Meredith
Birth Name Oliver Burgess Meredith
Nick Name Buzz
Father William George Meredith
Mother Ida Beth Burgess
Nationality American
Birth Place/City Cleveland, Ohio
Profession Actress, Writer, Producer, Director
Net Worth $3 million
Married Yes
Married to Kaja Sundsten
Children 2
Divorce Helen Derby, Margaret Perry, Paulette Goddard
Education Amherst College
Awards Emmy Award
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Burgess Meredith was an American actor who established himself as a leading man in Hollywood after playing the role of George Milton in the 1939 film Of Mice and Men. Besides that, he was a producer, director, writer.

What Nationality Was Burgess Meredith?

Burgess Meredith was born Oliver Burgess Meredith on November 16, 1907, in Cleveland, Ohio to parents Ida Beth Burgess and William George Meredith. By nationality, he was American while his ethnicity was mixed.

Burgess' attended Hoosac School and graduated in 1926. He enrolled at Amherst College and later, left the college and became a reporter for the Stamford Advocate

What Was Burgess Meredith Las Movie?

Initially, Meredith worked in the US Army Air Forces during World War II. Eventually, he got the promotion, earned the rank of captain, and discharged in 1945. 

The late actor then began working in Theatre. He was a member of the Civic Repertory Theatre company in New York. Along with featuring in plays such as Winterset and Romeo and Juliet, he even directed some plays. 

Later, he made his big-screen debut as playing an uncredited role in the 1935 film The Scoundrel. In Hollywood, he established himself as a leading man after portraying George Milton in Of Mice and Men alongside Betty Field, Lon Chaney Jr., Charles Bickford, and Noah Beery Jr.

CAPTION: Meredith aka The Penguin from Batman (1966) SOURCE: Instagram @burgessmeredithlegacy

One of the most accomplished actors of the century Burgess' notable acting credits include The Story of G.I. Joe, A Walk in the Sun, The Twilight Zone, Batman, Rock film series, The Day of the Locust, Foul Play, Clash of the Titans, and others.

His last role was of Grandpa Gustafson in the romantic comedy film Grumpier Old Men (1995) starring Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Ann-Margret, Sophia Loren, Kevin Pollak, and Daryl Hannah.

What Was Burgess Meredith At The Time Of His Death?

A lifetime member of the Actors Studio so far had 181 acting credits. Also, he has 5 credits as a writer, 5 credits as a producer, and 4 credits as director.

The Emmy winner Burgess Meredith had an estimated net worth of $3 million at the time of his demise. 

Relationship History: Wedding, Divorce, Wife, & Kids

Twice Academy award-nominated Burgess was married to Helen Derby Berrien (July 25, 1932-August 20, 1935) and then to Margaret Perry (January 10, 1936-July 19, 1938). 

After that, the millionaire tied a knot with Paulette Goddard on May 21, 1944, and the duo divorced on June 8, 1949. 

CAPTION: Burgess and his ex-wife, Paulette Goddard SOURCE: Instagram @burgessmeredithlegacy

After 3 unsuccessful marriages, Meredith again exchanged wedding rings with Kaja Sundsten on January 8, 1951. He along with his fourth wife had two children, Jonathon and Tala. Unfortunately, he separated from his last spouse due to his death in 1997. 

When Did Burgess Meredith Die?

Burgess was 89 years old when he died. On September 9, 1997, he took his last breath at his Malibu house and his remains were cremated. The reason for his death was complications of Alzheimer's disease and melanoma.

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