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Ralph Meeker

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.

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Nov 21, 1920 In Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series The Ed Sullivan Show 1948-06-20
Latest Project:
Movie The Men Who Made the Movies: Samuel Fuller 2002-07-02
Known For
Poster of The Alpha Incident
Poster of Paths of Glory
Poster of Kiss Me Deadly
Poster of Teresa
Movie The Men Who Made the Movies: Samuel Fuller Lt. Driscoll (archive footage) 2002-07-02
Series The Dirty Dozen Capitaine Stuart Kinder 1988-04-30
Movie Without Warning Dave 1980-09-26
Movie Winter Kills Gameboy Baker 1979-05-11
Movie My Boys Are Good Boys Bert Morton 1978-01-01
Movie Hi-Riders Mike 1978-03-17
Movie The Alpha Incident Charlie 1978-01-01
Series Kaz Unknown 1978-09-10
Series The Eddie Capra Mysteries Unknown 1978-09-08
Series CHiPs Unknown 1977-09-15
Movie The Food of the Gods Bensington 1976-06-18
Movie The Dead Don't Die Lieutenant Reardon 1975-01-14
Movie Brannigan Capt. Moretti 1975-03-21
Series Barbary Coast Big Lou Hobart 1975-09-08
Movie Johnny Firecloud Colby 1975-08-01
Movie Night Games Dutch Armbreck 1974-03-16
Movie The Girl on the Late, Late Show Inspector DeBiesse 1974-04-01
Movie Cry Panic Chuck Braswell 1974-02-06
Series Run, Joe, Run Unknown 1974-09-07
Series Police Woman Unknown 1974-09-13
Series Harry O Unknown 1974-09-12
Movie You'll Never See Me Again Will Alden 1973-03-01
Movie Birds of Prey Jim McAndrew 1973-01-30
Series Police Story Unknown 1973-03-20
Series The Evil Touch Unknown 1973-06-19
Series Toma Unknown 1973-03-21
Movie Love Comes Quietly Ben Hoeksema 1973-06-22
Movie The Mind Snatchers The Major 1972-06-28
Movie The Night Stalker Bernie Jenks 1972-01-11
Series The Rookies Unknown 1972-09-11
Movie The Anderson Tapes Police Captain 'Iron Balls' Delaney 1971-06-17
Series Cannon Unknown 1971-09-14
Series Primus Unknown 1971-09-15
Movie The Reluctant Heroes Capt. Luke Danvers 1971-11-23
Movie Lost Flight Glenn Walkup 1970-08-13
Movie I Walk the Line Carl McCain 1970-11-18
Movie The Devil's Eight Burl 1969-05-14
Series Room 222 Unknown 1969-09-11
Movie The Detective Curran 1968-05-28
Movie The Dirty Dozen Captain Stuart Kinder 1967-06-15
Series Ironside Unknown 1967-03-28
Movie The St. Valentine's Day Massacre George Clarence 'Bugs' Moran 1967-06-30
Series Custer Unknown 1967-09-06
Series The High Chaparral Unknown 1967-09-10
Series Tarzan Unknown 1966-09-08
Series The Green Hornet Unknown 1966-09-09
Series The F.B.I. Unknown 1965-09-19
Series Kraft Suspense Theatre Unknown 1963-10-10
Movie Wall of Noise Matt Rubio 1963-09-04
Series The Outer Limits Unknown 1963-09-16
Series Going My Way Unknown 1962-10-03
Series Tallahassee 7000 Unknown 1961-01-24
Movie Something Wild Mike 1961-12-23
Movie Ada Colonel Yancey 1961-08-25
Series Route 66 Unknown 1960-10-07
Series Not for Hire Unknown 1959-10-23
Series Wanted: Dead or Alive Unknown 1958-09-06
Series The Texan Unknown 1958-09-29
Movie The Fuzzy Pink Nightgown Mike Valla 1957-05-09
Movie Run of the Arrow Lieutenant Driscoll 1957-09-05
Movie Paths of Glory Cpl. Philippe Paris 1957-10-25
Series Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater Unknown 1956-10-05
Movie A Woman's Devotion Trevor Stevenson 1956-11-16
Movie Big House, U.S.A. Geraldo 'Jerry' Barker aka Iceman 1955-03-03
Movie Kiss Me Deadly Mike Hammer 1955-04-28
Series Alfred Hitchcock Presents Carl Spann 1955-10-02
Movie Desert Sands Capt. David Malcolm 1955-11-18
Series The 20th Century Fox Hour Unknown 1955-10-05
Series Climax! Unknown 1954-10-07
Movie Jeopardy Lawson the Fugitive 1953-03-30
Movie The Naked Spur Roy Anderson 1953-01-30
Movie Code Two Chuck O'Flair 1953-04-24
Series Letter to Loretta Unknown 1953-09-20
Movie Glory Alley Socks Barbarrosa 1952-06-06
Movie Shadow in the Sky Burt 1952-07-18
Movie Somebody Loves Me Benny Fields 1952-09-24
Movie Four in a Jeep Sergeant William Long 1951-03-30
Movie Teresa Sgt. Dobbs 1951-04-05
Series Hallmark Hall of Fame Unknown 1951-12-24
Series Schlitz Playhouse of Stars Unknown 1951-10-05
Series Lux Video Theatre Unknown 1950-10-02
Series The Ed Sullivan Show Unknown 1948-06-20
Series Studio One Unknown 1948-11-07