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Donald Meek

Donald Meek

Known For: Acting · Birthday: 1878-07-14 · Deathday: 1946-11-18 (68 years old) · Gender: Male · Place of Birth: Glasgow, Scotland, UK

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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's Broadway credits include Take My Tip (1932), After Tomorrow (1931), Oh, Promise Me (1930), Broken Dishes (1929), in which he starred with a young Bette Davis, Jonesy (1929), Mr. Moneypenny (1928), The Ivory Door (1927), My Princess (1927), Spread Eagle (1927), The Shelf (1926), Love 'em and Leave 'em (1926), Fool's Bells (1925), Easy Terms (1925), The Potters (1923), Tweedles (1923), Six-Cylinder Love (1921), Little Old New York (1920), The Hottentot (1920), Nothing But Love (1919), Going Up (1917), and The Minister's Daughters (1903).After years on the stage, Meek eventually 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.

Personal Life

According to Massachusetts marriage records database, 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.

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