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Meek, Donald, 1878-1946

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    • Meek, Donald, 1880-1946
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        Glasgow (Scotland)
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    • Meek, Donald, 1880-1946
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    • found: The Petrified forest [SR] (a.e.)(Donald Meek, name spoken)
    • found: Truitt, E. M. W was W on screen, 1977(Donald Meek, b. 7/4/80, d. 11/18/46; actor)
    • found: IMDb, February 1, 2017(Donald Meek (1878-1946); Actor; born July 14, 1878 in Glasgow, Scotland; died November 18, 1946 in Los Angeles, California; Donald Meek was one of the most prolific, sought-after character players in the business; the role of eccentric toy maker Mr. Poppins in You Can't Take It with You (1938) was specially written for him; other memorable performances included the nervy little whiskey salesman Samuel Peacock, losing his samples to Thomas Mitchell in Stagecoach (1939); shady gambler Amos Budge in My Little Chickadee (1940); Mr. Wiggs thinking himself to sleep in Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch (1934); the eccentric little bee-keeper Bartholomew, helping the crime fighting exploits of Nick Carter, Master Detective (1939); the intoxicated food taster and mince-meat enthusiast Hippenstahl of State Fair (1945); the courageous Scottish prospector McTavish standing up to the villains of Barbary Coast (1935); miserly financier Daniel Drew in The Toast of New York (1937); a rather looney citizen determined to collect a reward by unmasking Edward G. Robinson in The Whole Town's Talking (1935); and tough railroad executive McCoy in Jesse James (1939) and The Return of Frank James (1940))
    • found: Wikipedia, February 1, 2017(Donald Meek; Donald Meek (14 July 1878-18 November 1946) was a Scottish character actor; he was well known for his often nervous and fearful supporting roles; Donald Meek first worked as a stage actor and later became a film actor, starring in several movies including The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Little Miss Broadway, and State Fair; before becoming an actor, he fought in the Spanish-American War in the United States Army and contracted yellow fever which caused him to lose his hair; he was cast as timid, worried characters in many of his films, and is perhaps best known for his roles as Mr. Poppins in Frank Capra's You Can't Take It With You and as whiskey salesman Samuel Peacock in John Ford's Stagecoach; from 1931 through 1932 Meek was featured as criminologist Dr. Crabtree, in a series of twelve Warner Brothers two-reel short subjects written by S. S. Van Dine; he died of leukemia on Monday, 18 November 1946 in Los Angeles, California, while playing the role of Mr. Twiddle in William A. Wellman's socially-themed comedy Magic Town with Jimmy Stewart and Jane Wyman; a prolific film actor in over 100 Hollywood movies during its Golden Age, he received a posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame)
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    • 1980-03-18: new
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