Ralph Meeker, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death

    

Ralph Meeker

American actor

Date of Birth: 21-Nov-1920

Place of Birth: Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

Date of Death: 05-Aug-1988

Profession: actor, stage actor, film producer, television actor, film actor

Nationality: United States

Zodiac Sign: Scorpio


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About Ralph Meeker

  • 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.

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