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Donald Meek

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Occupation  Actor
Name  Donald Meek
Years active  1923–1946
Role  Character actor
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Born  14 July 1878 (1878-07-14) Glasgow, United Kingdom
Died  November 18, 1946, Los Angeles, California, United States
Spouse  Belle Walken (m. 1909–1946)
Movies  Stagecoach, You Can't Take It with You, Young Mr Lincoln, The Return of Frank James, Captain Blood
Similar People  Berton Churchill, Dudley Nichols, Robert Riskin, Tom Tyler, Tim Holt


Donald Meek (14 July 1878 – 18 November 1946) was a Scottish American character actor. He was well known for his often nervous and fearful supporting roles.


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Life and career

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Donald Meek first worked as a stage actor and later became a film actor, starring in several movies including The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Little Miss Broadway, and State Fair. Before becoming an actor, he fought in the Spanish–American War in the United States Army and contracted yellow fever which caused him to lose his hair. He was cast as timid, worrisome characters in many of his films, and is perhaps best known for his roles as Mr. Poppins in Frank Capra's You Can't Take It With You and as whiskey salesman Samuel Peacock in John Ford's Stagecoach.

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From 1931 through 1932 Meek was featured as criminologist Dr. Crabtree, in a series of twelve Warner Brothers two-reel short subjects written by S. S. Van Dine.


Donald Meek died of leukemia on Monday, 18 November 1946 in Los Angeles, California. A prolific film actor in over 100 Hollywood movies during its Golden Age, he received a posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.


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