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  • BIRTH 13/07/1878
  • DEATH 18/11/1946
  • Country United Kingdom
  • MOVIES 37

Donald Meek

Thomas Donald Meek (14 July 1878 – 18 November 1946) was a Scottish-American actor. He first performed publicly at the age of eight and began appearing on Broadway in 1903. Meek is perhaps best known for his roles in the films You Can't Take It with You (1938) and Stagecoach (1939). He posthumously received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1960.

Meek was born in Glasgow to Matthew and Annie Meek. In the 1890s, the Meek family emigrated to Canada and then to the United States. By 1900, they were living in Philadelphia where Meek was employed as a dry goods salesman, according to the United States census of that year with Meek later working on stage.

After years on the stage, Meek became a film actor, appearing memorably 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, worried 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.

From 1931 through 1932, Meek was featured as criminologist Dr. Crabtree in a series of 12 Warner Brothers two-reel short subjects written by S.S. Van Dine. Meek and Isabella "Belle" Walken married in Boston in a Methodist church on January 3, 1909. By this marriage, the American-born Belle Meek lost her United States citizenship by taking her husband's British nationality. Donald Meek died of leukaemia on 18 November 1946 in Los Angeles, while filming the role of Mr. Twiddle in Magic Town. A prolific film actor in over 100 Hollywood movies during its Golden Age, he received a posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He was entombed in the Fairmount Mausoleum at Fairmount Cemetery in Denver, Colorado.

Donald Meek

Movies (37)

Stagecoach
Stagecoach
Samuel Peacock
The Thin Man Goes Home
The Thin Man Goes Home
Willie Crump
The Informer
The Informer
Peter Mulligan
Captain Blood
Captain Blood
Dr. Whacker
Young Mr. Lincoln
Young Mr. Lincoln
Prosecutor John Felder
You Can't Take It with You
You Can't Take It with You
Mr. Poppins
A Woman's Face
A Woman's Face
Herman Rundvik
The Return of Frank James
The Return of Frank James
McCoy
Jesse James
Jesse James
McCoy
The Merry Widow
The Merry Widow
Valet
Mark of the Vampire
Mark of the Vampire
Dr. Doskil
Artists & Models
Artists & Models
Dr. Zimmer
Air Raid Wardens
Air Raid Wardens
Eustace Middling
Bathing Beauty
Bathing Beauty
Chester Klazenfrantz
State Fair
State Fair
Hippenstahl
Maid of Salem
Maid of Salem
Ezra Cheeves
Two Girls and a Sailor
Two Girls and a Sailor
Mr. Nizby
Happiness C.O.D.
Happiness C.O.D.
Thomas Sherridan
Phantom Raiders
Phantom Raiders
Bartholomew
Peter Ibbetson
Peter Ibbetson
Mr. Slade
You're a Sweetheart
You're a Sweetheart
Conway Jeeters
Bedside
Bedside
Dr. George Wiley
Babes on Broadway
Babes on Broadway
Mr. Stone
Murder at the Vanities
Murder at the Vanities
Dr. Saunders
Hi, Nellie!
Hi, Nellie!
Durkin
The Toast of New York
The Toast of New York
Daniel Drew
Barbary Coast
Barbary Coast
Sawbuck McTavish
China Seas
China Seas
Chess Player (uncredited)
Parnell
Parnell
Nicholas Daniel Murphy
Keeper of the Flame
Keeper of the Flame
Mr Arbuthnot
Wayward
Wayward
Hotel Clerk (uncredited)
Tortilla Flat
Tortilla Flat
Paul D. Cummings
The Gilded Lily
The Gilded Lily
Hankerson
Breakfast for Two
Breakfast for Two
Justice of the Peace
The Return Of Peter Grimm
The Return Of Peter Grimm
Mayor Everett Bartholomew
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Sunday School Superintendent
Nick Carter, Master Detective
Nick Carter, Master Detective
Bartholomew, the bee man