Ralph Meeker

Birthday:

11/21/1920

Place of birth:

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States:

Biography:

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Ralph Meeker (born Ralph Rathgeber; November 21, 1920 – August 5, 1988) was an American film, stage, and television actor. He first rose to prominence for his roles in the Broadway productions of Mister Roberts (1948–1951) and Picnic (1953), the former of which earned him a Theatre World Award for his performance. In film, Meeker is perhaps best known for his portrayal of Mike Hammer in Robert Aldrich's 1955 film noir cult classic Kiss Me Deadly. Meeker went on to play a series of roles that used his husky and macho screen presence, including a lead role in Stanley Kubrick's military courtroom drama Paths of Glory (1957), as a troubled mechanic opposite Carroll Baker in Something Wild (1961), as a World War II captain in The Dirty Dozen (1967), and in the gangster film The St. Valentine's Day Massacre (1967). Other credits include supporting roles in I Walk the Line (1970) and Sidney Lumet's The Anderson Tapes (1971). He also had a prolific career in television, appearing as Sergeant Steve Dekker on the series Not for Hire (1959–1960), and in the television horror film The Night Stalker (1972). After suffering a stroke in 1980, Meeker was forced to retire from acting, and died eight years later of a heart attack in Los Angeles, California. contributors on Wikipedia.


TV Series Credits

The Dirty Dozen (1988)
as Capitaine Stuart Kinder
Kaz (1978)
as
The Eddie Capra Mysteries (1978)
as
CHiPs (1977)
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Barbary Coast (1975)
as
Police Woman (1974)
as
Harry O (1974)
as
Run, Joe, Run (1974)
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The Evil Touch (1973)
as
Toma (1973)
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Police Story (1973)
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The Rookies (1972)
as
Primus (1971)
as
Cannon (1971)
as
Room 222 (1969)
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The High Chaparral (1967)
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Custer (1967)
as
Ironside (1967)
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The Green Hornet (1966)
as
Tarzan (1966)
as
The F.B.I. (1965)
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Kraft Suspense Theatre (1963)
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The Outer Limits (1963)
as
Going My Way (1962)
as
Tallahassee 7000 (1961)
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Route 66 (1960)
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Not for Hire (1959)
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The Texan (1958)
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Wanted: Dead or Alive (1958)
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Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater (1956)
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The 20th Century Fox Hour (1955)
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Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955)
as Carl Spann
Climax! (1954)
as
Letter to Loretta (1953)
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Hallmark Hall of Fame (1951)
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Schlitz Playhouse of Stars (1951)
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Lux Video Theatre (1950)
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Studio One (1948)
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The Ed Sullivan Show (1948)
as