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|Known for:||Rocky, Rocky III, Rocky V|
|Birth name:||Oliver Burgess Meredith|
|Birthday:||16 November 1907, Cleveland, Ohio, USA|
|Height:||5' 5½" (1.66 m)|
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TriviaServed in the U.S. Army Air Forces in World War II, reaching the rank of Captain. Otto Preminger was instrumental in restoring his film career. Father of two (with fourth wife Kaja Sundsten): son Jonathon (musician) and daughter Tala (painter) Suffered from melanoma and other ailments, including Alzheimer's disease, at the time of his death. In 1960, received a special Tony Award, along with James Thurber, for A Thurber Carnival. He was also nominated for a 1974 Tony Award as best director (dramatic) for Ulysses in Nighttown. Biography in: "American National Biography". Supplement 1, pp. 406-407. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002. Was offered the part of The Penguin's father in Batman Returns (1992) (which eventually went to Paul Reubens), but couldn't film it because of his delicate health. Relied on cue cards during the filming of Grumpier Old Men (1995) , contributed from being in the early stages of Alzheimer's. Nephew of comedian and character actor, Jay "Handsome Danny Mann" Burgess (1856-1937).