Theatre, Film, and Television Biographies
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Ralph Meeker Biography (1920-1988)
Born Ralph Rathgeber, November 21, 1920, in Minneapolis, MN; died of a heartattack, August 5, 1988, in Woodland Hills, CA; son of Ralph and Magnhild Senovia Haavig Meeker Rathgeber; married Salome Jens (an actress), July 20, 1964(divorced, 1966); married Colleen Rose Neary (marriage ended); third wife's name, Millicent.
- Birth Details
- November 21, 1920
- Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
- Death Details
- August 5, 1988
- Woodland Hills, California, United States
- STAGE DEBUT--Bellboy, Doughgirls, Selwyn Theatre, Chicago, IL, 1943.
- BROADWAY DEBUT--Chuck, Strange Fruit, Royale Theatre, 1945.
- PRINCIPAL STAGE APPEARANCES; ALL IN NEW YORK CITY,UNLESS INDICATED Mannion, Mister Roberts, Alvin Theatre, 1947.
- Stanley Kowalski, A Streetcar Named Desire, Ethel Barrymore Theatre, 1949.
- Hal Carter, Picnic, Music Box Theatre, 1953.
- Frank Copley, Top Man, Shubert Theatre, New Haven, CT, 1955.
- Newton Reece, Cloud 7, John Golden Theatre, 1958.
- Berenger, Rhinocerous, Longacre Theatre, 1961.
- Sergeant Toat, Something about a Soldier, Ambassador Theatre, 1962.
- Bernie Slovenk, Natural Affection, Sombrero Playhouse, Phoenix, AZ, 1962.
- Mickey, After the Fall, and Charles Taney, But for Whom Charlie, both Lincoln Center Repertory Theatre Company, American National Theatre Academy Washington Square Theatre, 1964.
- Sam, Mrs. Dally, John Golden Theatre, 1965.
- Artie Shaughnessy, The House of Blue Leaves, Truck and Warehouse Theatre,1971.
- Also appeared in Cyrano de Bergerac, Alvin Theatre, 1946; and in Streamers, Westwood Playhouse, Los Angeles, CA, then Cannery Theatre, San Francisco,CA, both 1977.
Credits; PRINCIPAL STAGE WORK
- Assistant stage manager, Strange Fruit, Royale Theatre, New York City, 1945.
- assistant stage manager, Cyrano de Bergerac, Alvin Theatre, New York City, 1946.
Credits; MAJOR TOURS
- Bellboy, The Doughgirls, U.S. cities, 1943.
- Anthony Marston, Ten Little Indians, U.S.O. tour, Mediterranean area, 1944.
- Stanley Kowalski, A Streetcar Named Desire, U.S. cities, 1950.
- Hal Carter, Picnic, U.S. cities, 1954.
- Also appeared in Mrs. Dally Has a Lover, U.S. cities, 1965.
- FILM DEBUT--Sergeant Dobbs, Teresa, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1951.
Credits; PRINCIPAL FILM APPEARANCES
- Sergeant William Long, Four in a Jeep, Praesens Film Zurich, 1951.
- Burt, Shadow in the Sky, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), 1951.
- Socks Barbarrosa, Glory Alley, MGM, 1952.
- Benny Fields, Somebody Loves Me, Paramount, 1952.
- Chuck O'Flair, Code Two, MGM, 1953.
- Lawson, Jeopardy, MGM, 1953.
- Roy Anderson, The Naked Spur, MGM, 1953.
- Jerry Barker, Big House, U.S.A., United Artists, 1955.
- David Malcolm, Desert Sands, United Artists, 1955.
- Mike Hammer, Kiss Me Deadly, United Artists, 1955.
- Trevor Stevenson, A Woman's Devotion (also known as War Shock and Battleshock), Republic, 1956.
- Mike Valla, The Fuzzy Pink Nightgown, United Artists, 1957.
- Corporal Paris, Paths of Glory, United Artists, 1957.
- Lieutenant Driscoll, Run of the Arrow, Universal, 1957.
- Colonel Yancy, Ada, MGM, 1961.
- Mike, Something Wild, United Artists, 1961.
- Matt Rubio, Wall of Noise, Warner Brothers, 1963.
- Captain Stuart Kinder, The Dirty Dozen, MGM, 1967.
- Fog Hanson, Gentle Giant, Paramount, 1967.
- George "Bugs" Moran, The St. Valentine's Day Massacre, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1967.
- Lieutenant Curran, The Detective, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1968.
- Burl, The Devil's 8, American International, 1969.
- Carl McCain, I Walk the Line, Columbia, 1970.
- Delaney, The Anderson Tapes, Columbia, 1971.
- the Major, The Happiness Cage (also known as The Mind Snatchers), Cinerama, 1972.
- Captain Moretti, Brannigan, United Artists, 1975.
- Bensington, The Food of the Gods, American International, 1976.
- Gameboy Baker, Winter Kills, AVCO-Embassy, 1979.
- Dave, Without Warning (also known as It Came ... Without Warning), Filmways, 1980.
- Also appeared in Love Comes Quietly, 1974; Johnny Firecloud, 1975; The Alpha Incident, 1976; The Hi-Riders, Dimension, 1978; and My Boys Are Good Boys, Peter Perry, 1978.
Credits; PRINCIPAL FILM WORK
- Executive producer, My Boys Are Good Boys, Peter Perry, 1978.
Credits; PRINCIPAL TELEVISION APPEARANCES; EPISODIC
- "Fifty Grand," Kraft Television Theatre, NBC, 1958.
- The Loretta Young Show, NBC, 1964.
- Route 66, CBS, 1966.
- The Doctors and the Nurses, CBS, 1964.
- Kraft Suspense Theatre, NBC, 1964.
- Moment of Fear, NBC, 1965.
- The Long, Hot Summer, ABC, 1966.
- The F.B.I., ABC, 1966, then 1967.
- The Green Hornet, ABC, 1967.
- Custer, ABC, 1967.
- Tarzan, NBC, 1967.
- The High Chaparral, NBC, 1967.
- The Name of the Game, NBC, 1968.
- Ironside, NBC, 1968.
- The Men from Shiloh, NBC, 1970.
- Police Surgeon, syndicated, 1971.
- "Hard Traveling," NET Playhouse, NET, 1971.
- The Rookies, ABC, 1975.
- Captain Luke Danvers, The Reluctant Heroes, ABC, 1971.
- Bernie Jenks, The Night Stalker, ABC, 1972.
- Will Alden, You'll Never See Me Again, ABC, 1973.
- Chief Harry Stahlgaher, Police Story, NBC, 1973.
- Jim McAndrew, Birds of Prey, CBS, 1973.
- Chuck Braswell, Cry Panic, ABC, 1974.
- Inspector DeBiesse, The Girl on the Late, Late Show, NBC, 1974.
- Dutch Armbreck, Night Games, NBC, 1974.
- Lieutenant Reardon, The Dead Don't Die, NBC, 1975.
- Sergeant Dekker, Not for Hire, NBC, 1960.
- Also The Lost Flight.
OBITUARIES AND OTHER SOURCES:
- New York Times, August 6, 1988.
- Variety, August 10, 1988.