Meeker is buried the the Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills Cemetary in Los Angeles.
Meeker's stage role in Mister Roberts was played by Phillip Carey in the movie version.
Meeker's final film appearance was in the 1980 film Without Warning.
Meeker played the same character in 1971's The Anderson Tapes as Frank Sinatra did in 1980's The First Deadly Sin.
While performing in Picnic on Broadway, Meeker was understudied in his role by Paul Newman.
Meeker and his wife, Colleen, co-produced the 1978 film My Boys are Good Boys.
Meeker was married twice: first to actress Salome Jens from 1964 to 1966, second to Colleen Meeker from 1970 until his death in 1988.
Meeker appeared in four episodes of The Alfred Hitchcock Show including the pilot with Vera Miles.
In one of his best movie roles, Meeker played a French soldier wrongly sentenced to face a firing squad in Stanley Kubrick's 1957 classic Paths of Glory.
Meeker starred as Mickey Spillane's tough guy private eye Mike Hammer in 1955's Kiss Me Deadly.
When the film version of Picnic was made in 1956 William Holden played Meeker's stage role on-screen.
Meeker's greatest stage success was as Hal Carter in the original Broadway version of William Inge's Picnic. He was awarded the New York Critic's Circle Award for this role in 1954.
Meeker made his film debut in 1951's Teresa.
Meeker stepped in for vacationing Ed Sullivan and guest hosted Talk of the Town several times in the early 1950's.
Meeker successfully managed to replace Marlon Brandon as Stanley Kowalski in 1949 in the original Broadway play A Streetcar Named Desire. Play author Tennessee Williams later said that Meeker's physical appearance was much closer to how he originally envisioned Kowalski than Brando's.
Meeker understudied star Henry Fonda in the original Broadway production of Mister Roberts but never had to go on-stage for Fonda.
Meeker's big stage break came when he played a supporting role in the original stage production of Mister Roberts. He received a Theatre World award as a Promising Personality for his role.
Meeker joined the Navy during World War II but received a medical discharge when he suffered a neck injury.
Meeker appeared in an episode of Wagon Train playing the title character of A Man Called Horse. This episode was later made into a movie starring Richard Harris in 1970.
Meeker played an Army psychologist in the classic 1967 war drama The Dirty Dozen.
Meeker graduated from Northwestern University in 1942.
Meeker attended high school at the Leelanau School for Boys in Glen Arbor, Michigan. He is a member of that school's Hall of Fame.
Meeker played Chicago gangland boss George "Bugs" Moran in the 1967 film The St. Valentine's Day Massacre. Producer/director Roger Corman later said he chose Meeker because he bore a strong resemblance to the real life Moran.
Meeker was born Ralph Rathgeber. His parents names were Ralph and Magnhild Rathgeber.