Burgess Meredith was adept playing both dramatic and comedic roles. In Time Enough at Last, a 1959 episode of The Twilight Zone, Meredith plays a henpecked bank teller who only wants to be left alone with his books. When he takes a lunch break to read in the bank vault, he is saved from a nuclear war that destroys the world. However, he becomes the tragic victim of one of The Twilight Zone 's trademark twist endings - he breaks his glasses and cannot read the books.
In a 1961 episode, Mr. Dingle, the Strong, Meredith plays a comedic role as the subject of a space alien's experiment on human nature. Mr. Dingle, a small, weak man, suddenly acquires superhuman strength. He uses it only to win bets and show off, and hilarity ensues.
Meredith died of Alzheimer's disease in 1997.
Burgess Meredith Facts
|Birth Name||Oliver Burgess Meredith|
|Birthday||November 16, 1909|
|Birthplace||Cleveland, Ohio, USA|
|Date of death||September 9, 1997 (age 87)|
|Height||5' 4" (1m63) How tall is Burgess Meredith compared to you?|
|Beware! The Blob|
|Grumpy Old Men|
|In Harm's Way|
|Time Enough at Last|
|Grumpier Old Men|
|The Obsolete Man|