Burgess Meredith

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Quotes (5)

  • Burgess Meredith: I disappear from the public eye and get rediscovered quite often.

  • Burgess Meredith: All my life, to this day, the memory of my childhood remains grim and incoherent. If I close my eyes and think back, I see little except violence and fear... In those early years I somehow came to understand I would have to draw from within myself whatever emotional resources I needed to go wherever I was headed. As a result, for years I became a boy who lived almost totally within himself

  • Burgess Meredith: I did Batman for two reasons, one of which was the salary. The other was that, after the first few episodes, Batman became the in-thing to do. Everybody would either play a villain or appear as himself in that cameo showcase where a celebrity would poke his head through the window of a building that Batman and Robin were climbing. Actually, we didn't get as much money from the show as you might think, although we were paid decent money for the feature film version. The main impetus to continue appearing on Batman - beyond the desire to get some TV work - was that it was fashionable.

  • Burgess Meredith: Like the seasons of the year, life changes frequently and drastically. You enjoy it or endure it as it comes and goes, as it ebbs and flows.

  • Burgess Meredith: I was born a character actor. I was never really a leading man type.

Trivia (27)

  • In 1960, Burgess received a special Tony Award for A Thurber Carnival.

  • Burgess has not formal burial site. He was cremated and his ashes given to his family or a friend.

  • Burgess was the founder of the New Stage Society and was Vice President of the Actors’ Equity.

  • Burgess was involved in over 30 Broadway productions from 1930 to 1974.

  • Among the odd jobs that Burgess had before being a full time actor was a merchant seaman, a tie salesman and peddler of vacuum cleaners.

  • Burgess was nominated twice for an Academy Award (The Day of the Locust in 1975 and Rocky in 1976) but never won.

  • Burgess Meredith stood at 5'5 1/2" tall.

  • Burgess Meredith's fourth and final wife was Kaja Sundsten. They were married in 1950 and remained together 47 years until his death in 1997.

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