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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. contributors on Wikipedia.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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. contributors on Wikipedia.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 81

Birthday 1920-11-21

Day of Death 1988-08-05

Place of Birth Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

2002 The Men Who Made the Movies: Samuel Fuller as Lt. Driscoll (archive footage)
1980 Without Warning as Dave
1979 Winter Kills as Gameboy Baker
1978 Kaz (1 episode)
1978 The Eddie Capra Mysteries (1 episode)
1978 Hi-Riders as Mike
1978 My Boys Are Good Boys as Bert Morton
1978 The Alpha Incident as Charlie
1977 CHiPs (1 episode)
1976 The Food of the Gods as Bensington
1975 Barbary Coast (1 episode)
1975 Johnny Firecloud as Colby
1975 Brannigan as Capt. Moretti
1975 The Dead Don't Die as Lieutenant Reardon
1974 Police Woman (1 episode)
1974 Harry O (1 episode)
1974 Run, Joe, Run (1 episode)
1974 Cry Panic
1974 Girl on the Late, Late Show as Inspector DeBiesse
1973 Police Story (2 episodes)
1973 Love Comes Quietly as Ben Hoeksema
1973 The Evil Touch (1 episode)
1973 Toma (1 episode)
1973 You'll Never See Me Again as Will Alden
1973 Birds of Prey as Jim McAndrew
1972 The Rookies (1 episode)
1972 The Mind Snatchers as The Major
1972 The Night Stalker as Bernie Jenks
1971 The Reluctant Heroes as Capt. Luke Danvers
1971 Primus (1 episode)
1971 Cannon (1 episode)
1971 The Anderson Tapes as Police Captain 'Iron Balls' Delaney
1970 I Walk the Line as Carl McCain
1970 Lost Flight as Glenn Walkup
1969 Room 222 (1 episode)
1969 The Devil's Eight as Burl
1968 The Detective as Curran
1967 The High Chaparral (1 episode)
1967 Custer (1 episode)
1967 The St. Valentine's Day Massacre as George Clarence 'Bugs' Moran
1967 The Dirty Dozen as Captain Stuart Kinder
1967 Ironside (2 episodes)
1966 The Green Hornet (1 episode)
1966 Tarzan (1 episode)
1965 The F.B.I. (3 episodes)
1963 Kraft Suspense Theatre (1 episode)
1963 The Outer Limits (1 episode)
1963 Wall of Noise as Matt Rubio
1962 Going My Way (1 episode)
1961 Something Wild as Mike
1961 Ada as Colonel Yancey
1961 Tallahassee 7000 (1 episode)
1960 Route 66 (2 episodes)
1959 Not for Hire (39 episodes)
1958 The Texan (1 episode)
1958 Wanted: Dead or Alive (1 episode)
1957 Paths of Glory as Cpl. Philippe Paris
1957 Run of the Arrow as Lieutenant Driscoll
1957 The Fuzzy Pink Nightgown as Mike Valla
1956 A Woman's Devotion as Trevor Stevenson
1956 Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater (1 episode)
1955 Desert Sands as Capt. David Malcolm
1955 The 20th Century Fox Hour (1 episode)
1955 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (4 episodes) as Carl Spann
1955 Kiss Me Deadly as Mike Hammer
1955 Big House, U.S.A. as Geraldo 'Jerry' Barker aka Iceman
1954 Climax! (2 episodes)
1953 Letter to Loretta (4 episodes)
1953 Code Two as Chuck O'Flair
1953 Jeopardy as Lawson the Fugitive
1953 The Naked Spur as Roy Anderson
1952 Somebody Loves Me as Benny Fields
1952 Shadow in the Sky as Burt
1952 Glory Alley as Socks Barbarrosa
1951 Hallmark Hall of Fame (1 episode)
1951 Schlitz Playhouse of Stars (2 episodes)
1951 Teresa as Sgt. Dobbs
1951 Four in a Jeep as Sergeant William Long
1950 Lux Video Theatre (2 episodes)
1948 Studio One (2 episodes)
1948 The Ed Sullivan Show (2 episodes)

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