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Burgess Meredith

Burgess Meredith [6]

Born:November 16, 1907
Died:September 9, 1997 (89)
Filmography Rating:6.24 / 10
IMDB Rating:7.07 / 10
Amazon Rating:4.19 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:86.49%
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List of Titles and Roles/Jobs:
Second Chorus [1940](33) => Hank Taylor
That Uncertain Feeling [1941](34) => Alexander Sebastian
A Walk in the Sun [1945](38) => Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Batman: The Movie [1966](59) => The Penguin
Batman [1966](59) => The Penguin
Rocky [1976](69) => Mickey Goldmill

Trivia that mentions this person:
Rocky [1976]
  • Although Sylvester Stallone famously wrote the first draft of the script in 3 days, it went through nine sizable rewrites before it was purchased by [?] Irwin Winkler and [?] Robert Chartoff. Originally, Stallone's much darker script depicted Mickey (Burgess Meredith) as a bitter old racist, and the film ended with Rocky throwing the fight after realizing he did not want to be part of the professional boxing world.
    Second Chorus [1940]
  • The trumpet part for Fred Astaire was dubbed by [?] Bobby Hackett and the trumpet part for Burgess Meredith was dubbed by [?] Billy Butterfield.
    A Walk in the Sun [1945]
  • It was Burgess Meredith who persuaded [?] Samuel Bronston to produce a film based on Harry Brown's novel.
    Batman [1966]
  • Burgess Meredith's role as The Penguin was one of the more popular guest roles. The producers had a script ready for him whenever he was in Los Angeles.
  • In his autobiography, Adam West recalls that he became good friends with Frank Gorshin and Cliff Robertson, and had a great deal of respect for Cesar Romero, Vincent Price, and Burgess Meredith. He described Alan Napier as quiet and reserved, and found Neil Hamilton somewhat difficult to work with.
  • When Burgess Meredith was cast as the Penguin, he hadn't smoked in 20 years. He came up with the Penguin's distinctive squawk because the cigarettes irritated his throat. The Penguin's waddle was another improvisation; Meredith found it difficult to stand and walk straight while wearing the rubber padded fat suit that was part of his costume.