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Oliver Burgess Meredith

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Burgess Meredith was a Hollywood actor, best known before the Second World War for his acclaimed performance in 'Of Mice and Men' (1939).

He enlisted in February 1942, joining the US Army Air Forces, where he achieved the rank of Captain. Meredith was then transferred to the Office of War Information where he was tasked with making training films for GIs, including 'Rear Gunner' (1943) and 'A Welcome to Britain' (1943).

Meredith was discharged in 1945 to work on the film, 'The Story of GI Joe' (1945), where he played the war correspondent Ernie Pyle. He continued to act for the rest of his life, notbaly starring as Batman's enemy, The Penguin, in the 1960s TV Series, and as the boxing trainer Mickey Goldmill in the 'Rocky' film series. Meredith has been hailed as one of the most accomplished actors of the twentieth century.

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Event Location Date
Born Cleveland, Ohio 16 November 1907
Enlisted Fort Macarthur San Pedro, California 27 February 1942
Died Malibu, California 9 September 1997

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Date Contributor Update
23 July 2020 10:42:08 Emily Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nickname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events and person associations
Sources

IWM, COI 938, A Welcome to Britain

A Welcome to Britain IWM Film favourites

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