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Ralph Meeker

Ralph Meeker

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Also Known As: Died: August 5, 1988
Born: November 21, 1920 Cause of Death: heart attack
Birth Place: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA Profession: Cast ...
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Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
1924:
At age three, moved with family to Chicago (date approximate)
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After graduating from Northwestern, enlisted in the US Navy; military service ended after a shipboard accident left him with a neck injury
1943:
Professional stage debut in small role of national touring company of "The Doughgirls" in Chicago
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Toured in play "Up in Mabel's Room"
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Appeared in a USO tour of Italy in "Ten Little Indians" during WWII
1945:
Moved to NYC
1945:
Broadway debut in "Strange Fruit", directed by Jose Ferrer
1946:
Served as assistant stage manager and bit player in "Cyrano de Bergerac", directed by and starring Jose Ferrer
1947:
Breakthrough stage role in "Mister Roberts"; also understudied Henry Fonda in lead role
1949:
Replaced Marlon Brando as Stanley Kowalski in "A Streetcar Named Desire" on Broadway and later toured in the role opposite Judith Evelyn as Blanche
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During 1950s, appeared frequently as guest performer on TV programs like "Kraft Television Theatre", "Goodyear Playhouse", "Studio One", "Alfred Hitchcock Presents", "Playhouse 90" and "The Loretta Young Show"
1951:
Feature film debut in "Teresa"
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Put under contract by MGM
1953:
Appeared in the Western "The Naked Spur"
1953:
Returned to Broadway to star in "Picnic" by William Inge; acted opposite Janice Rule
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Reportedly turned down opportunity to recreate stage role in film version of "Picnic" because he didn't want to sign long-term contract with Columbia Pictures
1955:
Portrayed Mike Hammer in "Kiss Me Deadly"
1955:
Starred in the pre-Broadway tour of "Top Man", co-starring Lee Remick; show opened in New Haven and closed in Philadelphia
1956:
Reunited with "Picnic" co-star Janice Rule in "A Woman's Devotion", helmed by actor Paul Henried
1957:
Once again appeared opposite Rule in the "Playhouse 90" production of "Four Women in Black"
1958:
Had pivotal role as one of three French soldiers sentenced to the firing squad in "Paths of Glory", directed by Stanley Kubrick
1958:
Was in Broadway production of "Cloud 7" opposite Martha Scott
1959:
Had lead role of a police detective in Hawaii in the syndicated TV series "Not for Hire"
1961:
Starred opposite Carroll Baker in "Something Wild"
1961:
Appeared on Broadway in Ionesco's "Rhinocerous"
1964:
Played featured role in the NYC premiere of Arthur Miller's play "After the Fall"; future wife Salome Jens co-starred
1965:
Final Broadway appearance, "Mrs. Dally" opposite Arlene Francis
1967:
Had co-starring turn in "The Dirty Dozen"
1968:
Played featured role in the NBC "Hallmark Hall of Fame" presentation "A Punt, a Pass, and a Prayer"
1970:
Was featured in the ABC movie "Lost Flight"
1971:
Acted in "The Anderson Tapes"
1972:
Co-starred in the ABC movie "The Night Stalker"
1977:
Last stage appearances in the L.A. production of David Rabe's "Streamers"
1978:
Made last TV appearance in an episode of "The Eddie Capra Mysteries" (NBC)
1980:
Final film, "Without Warning"

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