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 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.
On May 21, 1944 he married his third wife, Paulette Goddard. They divorced in 1950.
He married his second wife, Margaret Perry, on January 10, 1936. The marriage ended in divorce on July 19, 1938.
His first wife was named Helen Derby. They married in 1933, but divorced in 1935.
He had a son named Jonathon, who became a musician. He also had a daughter named Tala who is a painter.
While filming Grumpier Old Men in 1995, Burgess Meredith had to rely on cue cards, because he was in the early stages of Alzheimer's.
He was nicknamed Buzz.
Burgess Meredith graduated from Amherst College in 1931.
In his 1994 autobiography, Burgess Meredith revealed that he suffered from cyclothymia, a form of bipolar disorder.
Even though his character Mickey died in Rocky III, Burgess Meredith has appeared in all six Rocky films, either as Mickey, in flashback or through old footage.
He had not smoked in over 20 years when he was cast as the cigarette-smoking Penguin on Batman.
He was so popular as The Penguin on Batman that the producers always had a "Penguin" script ready in case Meredith wanted to appear as a guest star.
He won an an Emmy for his performance in 1977's Tail Gunner Joe. In 1978, Burgess was nominated for the Outstanding Performance By A Supporting Actor Award for his role in The Last Hurrah.
He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6904 Hollywood Blvd.
His first television appearance was in 1949 on The Ford Theatre Hour.
His first movie role was in 1936 in the movie Winterset.
He was put onto the Hollywood Blacklist during the 1950's House Committee on Un-American Activities investigation's.
He served in the Air Force during World War II, and reached the rank of Captain.
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.