Donald Meek


Donald Meek
Donald Meek

from the trailer for A Woman's Face (1941)
Born 14 July 1878(1878-07-14)
Glasgow, Scotland, U.K.
Died 18 November 1946(1946-11-18) (aged 68)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1923–1946
Spouse Belle Walken

Donald Meek (14 July 1878 – 18 November 1946) was a Scottish-born American character actor.[1] He 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 and contracted yellow fever which caused him to lose his hair. He was cast as timid, worrisome 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 Samuel Peacock in John Ford's Stagecoach.

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Death

Donald Meek died on Monday, 18 November 1946 in Los Angeles, California, and was interred in the Fairmount Mausoleum in Denver, Colorado's Fairmount Cemetery. A prolific film actor in over 100 Hollywood movies during its Golden Age, he received a posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Partial filmography

References

  1. ^ Obituary Variety, November 20, 1946, page 70.

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