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.
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.
Movies & TV shows
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Affairs of Geraldine
When the wealthy Mrs. Cooper passes away, she divides her estate between her sons, Henry and Wayne, and her only daughter, the tomboyish Geraldine.
Colonel Effingham's Raid
The story takes place in 1940. On the eve of America's entry in World War II, a colonel retired to his small Southern town, and discovers that there is a plan afoot to tear down Confederate Monument S...
Janie Gets Married
Newlywed Janie's (Joan Leslie) World War II-veteran husband (Robert Hutton) goes to work at her father's (Edward Arnold) newspaper.
Because of Him
A young woman who wants to break into the theater schemes to become the protege of a famous Broadway star.
During their annual visit to the Iowa State Fair, the Frake family enjoy many adventures. Proud patriarch Abel (Charles Winninger) has high hopes for his champion swine Blueboy; and his wife Melissa (...
After breaking up with her fiancé, a gym teacher returns to work at a women's college, but a legal loophole allows him to enroll as one of her students.
Two Girls and a Sailor
A sailor is helping two sisters start their canteen. The sailor is taken with his gorgeous sister Jean, unaware that his brother is also in love with him.
Maisie Goes to Reno
Exhausted from wartime riveting, a chorus girl (Ann Sothern) goes to Nevada and falls for a card dealer (John Hodiak).
The Thin Man Goes Home
On a trip to visit his parents, detective Nick Charles gets mixed up in a murder investigation.
A small-town butcher has problems coping with meat rationing.
Barbary Coast Gent
Honest Plush Brannon is a con-man thrown out of the Barbary Coast in San Francisco in the 1880s and headed for the gold rush region of Nevada. He discovers a real mine which lead to several complicati...
Keeper of the Flame
A famous reporter travels to a small town to investigate the death of a national hero.
They Got Me Covered
Bumbling reporter Robert Kittredge has been fired after bungling his latest assignment. His career isn't all he's botched up: his girlfriend Chris is tired of waiting for him to marry her. When he get...
Du Barry Was a Lady
Hat check man Louis Blore is in love with nightclub star May Daly. May, however, is love with a poor dancer, but wants to marry for money. When Louis wins the Irish Sweepstakes, he asks May to marry h...
Alpha's been raised along scientific principles, and will make Mike Regan a great human interest story for his paper. But when his interview prompts Alpha to run away from the institute and ask him to...
Air Raid Wardens
Two bumblers, failures as businessmen and air raid wardens, stumbled across a nest of Nazi saboteurs intent on blowing up the local magnesium plant.
Little Deft Michigan follows the customs of old-world Holland and is known for its Tulip Festival. The owner of the hotel insists that his seven daughters marry in order, from eldest to youngest.
Danny, a poor northern Californian Mexican-American, is quickly taken advantage of by his vagabond friends after he inherits two houses from his grandfather.
Maisie Gets Her Man
A Brooklyn showgirl launches a stage act with a hick comic.
The Omaha Trail
The coming of the railroad to the West triggers an Indian war.
Director Richard Thorpe's 1941 film stars Wallace Beery as a crusty old San Pedro fisherman, Virginia Weidler as his precocious and motherless daughter, Marjorie Main as a waterfront spinster hoping t...
Babes on Broadway
Penny Morris and Tommy Williams are both starstruck young teens, but nobody seems to give them any chance to perform. They decided to put up their own show in order to raise money for a summer camp fo...
The Feminine Touch
A professor and his wife move to New York and confuse a publisher's romance with his assistant.
Rise and Shine
The college president, the head cheerleader and a gambling gangster try to keep a flunking football star in the game
The Wild Man of Borneo
A medicine show man tries to con people into believing he's a legitimate stage actor.
A writer (John Shelton) of pulp Westerns cranks out more words than his editor and publisher (Albert Dekker) want to pay for.
Come Live with Me
Seeking US citizenship, a Viennese refugee arranges a marriage of convenience with a struggling writer.
A Woman's Face
Plastic surgery gives a scarred female criminal a new outlook on life.
When the studios reject her because she"s too young, a young actress sets out to build a career on her own.
The Man from Dakota
A frontier scout, a Boston officer and a Russian girl escape with a map past Confederates.
Bickering husband and wife Tim and Sally Willows mutter a few angry words to a statue of Buddha and wind up living each other's life.
A professional golfer who has become a businessman for his fiancee helps a vagrant get a job and ends up losing his own.
Oh, Johnny, How You Can Love!
In this musical comedy, a traveling salesman gets mixed up with a bratty heiress after she gets in a car wreck as she heads for her elopement. The two begin traveling together and get further mixed up...
My Little Chickadee
Set in the American Old West of the 1880s, Miss Flower Belle Lee (Mae West) is on her way to visit relatives out west. While she is traveling on a stagecoach a masked bandit on horseback holds up the ...
This final Carter film is a lot of fun, with Nick (unwillingly, at first) taking on a ring of Fifth Columnists (since this was filmed before the US entered the war, we're not told the villains are Naz...
Third Finger, Left Hand
Magazine editor Margot Merrick pretends to be married in order to avoid advances from male colleagues. Unfortunately, things don't go to plan when Jeff Thompson, a potential suitor, uncovers the decep...
In this second Carter mystery, a mysterious rash of cargo ships sinking in Panama leads insurers Llewellyns of London to hire vacationer Nick Carter and his eccentric associate Bartholomew to investig...
The Return of Frank James
Farmer Frank and his ward hunt brother Jesse's killers, the back-shooting Fords.
Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet
The story of the doctor who thought it was not immoral to search for a drug that would cure syphillis is true.
The Ghost Comes Home
Comic mayhem results when a small town pet store owner, mistakenly believed killed during a sea voyage, turns up very much alive. Director William Thiele's 1940 film stars Frank Morgan, Billie Burke, ...
Nick Carter, Master Detective
A new fighter plane is being manufactured at the Radex Airplane Factory, and Detective Nick Carter is brought in to foil the spies.
A group of people are traveling on a stagecoach and find their journey complicated by the threat of Geronimo, and learn something about each other in the process.
After railroad agents forcibly evict the James family from their family farm, Jesse and Frank turn to banditry for revenge.
Starting in 1913 movie director Connors discovers singer Molly Adair. As she becomes a star she marries an actor, so Connors fires them. She asks for him as director of her next film. Many silent star...
Young Mr. Lincoln
In this dramatized account of his early law career in Illinois, Abraham Lincoln is born into a modest log cabin, where he is encouraged by his first love, Ann Rutledge, to pursue law. Following her tr...
Blondie Takes a Vacation
Blondie and Dagwood are in charge of operations at a mountain motel. The elderly owners of the establishment are in danger of losing their life savings. Among other things, arson threatens.
The Housekeeper's Daughter
A mobster's moll (Joan Bennett) leads a newsman (Adolphe Menjou), cub reporter (John Hubbard) and photographer to a scoop.
Little Miss Broadway
An orphan is provisionally adopted by the manager of a hotel populated by show business people. The hotel's owner doesn't like the entertainers and wants the girl returned to the orphanage.
A crime novelist devises a scheme to catch the thief who has stolen the valuable "Konjer Diamonds". Director Lew Landers' 1938 B-film stars Preston Foster, Whitney Bourne, Cecil Kellaway, Donald Meek,...
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Tom Sawyer and his pal Huckleberry Finn have great adventures on the Mississippi River, pretending to be pirates, attending their own funeral and witnessing a murder.
Pat and Molly Malloy, once famed vaudeville and Broadway performers, arrive to play the small town of Hamilton, Conn. with a troupe of dancers, singers, a trained dog and an educated seal. Harry Clark...
Hold That Co-ed
An egotistical politician believes he can win votes by turning a small college's hapless football squad into a championship team. Comedy.
You Can't Take It with You
Alice, the only relatively normal member of the eccentric Sycamore family, falls in love with Tony Kirby, but his wealthy banker father and snobbish mother strongly disapprove of the match. When the K...
Having Wonderful Time
Teddy, an overworked New York office girl, seeks 2 weeks of rest and relaxation at a camp in the Catskills. She is definitely not a happy camper because of the crowded and noisy conditions. She tries ...
Artists & Models
An ad man gets his model girlfriend to pose as a debutante for a new campaign.
Maid of Salem
There is a scandal in the Puritanical town of Salem, Massachusetts, when a young woman named Barbara Clarke has an affair with an adventurer named Roger Coverman. The town's elders accuse Barbara of b...
A bohemian free spirit helps meek Waldo win back his fiancée and falls in love with her over-controlling sister in the process.
Irish politician Charles Stewart Parnell (1846-1891) struggles to free his country from English rule, but his relationship with married Katie O'Shea threatens to ruin all his dreams of freedom.
Behind The Headlines
A radio reporter sets out to rescue his ex-girlfriend when she is kidnapped by gangsters.
Breakfast for Two
After a night on the town, Jonathan Blair wakes up and finds that Texan Valentine Ransome has escorted him home. He is attracted to Jonathan and wants to reform him and his family's shipping company b...
Make a Wish
Canary-voiced boy wonder Bobby Breen once more croons his way into our hearts in Make a Wish. While vacationing at a boys' camp, the rambunctious Breen befriends famed composer Basil Rathbone. Stuck f...
You're a Sweetheart
A Broadway producer is in a quandary when he discovers that the opening of his newest big production coincides with that of a major charity event. He despairs that the show will close after opening ni...
The Toast of New York
After the American Civil War, Jim Fisk, a former peddler and cotton smuggler, arrives in New York, along with his partners Nick and Luke, where he struggles to make his way through the treacherous wor...
Set in the post-WWI days in the Siberian tank town of Skzavoskanoff, U. S. Army Sergeant Chuck Connors and Private Jiimy Barton are charged with upholding the principles of American Democracy in the f...
Pennies from Heaven
Larry Poole, in prison on a false charge, promise an inmate that when he gets out he will look up and help out a family. The family turns out to be a young girl, Patsy Smith, and her elderly grandfath...
Life changes in surprising ways when a lazy, unemployed husband and father finds a box containing thousands of dollars in cash.
Love on the Run
A runaway bride and an undercover reporter get caught up in political intrigue as they lead a merry chase across Europe and discover a spy plot.
And So They Were Married
A bitter widow and a grumpy widower find themselves stuck in a hotel that is cut off from the outside by a snowstorm. Although both have no intention of getting married again, they begin to fall for e...
One Rainy Afternoon
Suave French actor Philippe Martin provokes a scandal when, in a darkened theater, he mistakes young Monique for his mistress, Yvonne, and tries to kiss her. Charged with assault, the quick-thinking P...
Two in a Crowd
When two halves of a thousand-dollar bill are discovered in the snow, the penniless pair that individually grabs each half must come to terms. Actress Julia Wayne needs the whole $1,000, and so does s...
Two surgeons (Chester Morris, Robert Taylor) in love with a nurse (Virginia Bruce) end their rivalry in the operating room.
Romance in Manhattan
A naive Czech immigrant named Karel Novak is taken under the wing of a streetwise New York chorus girl named Sylvia. Sylvia hides Karel from the immigration authorities and eventually falls in love wi...
Biography of a Bachelor Girl
Everyweek Newsmagazine editor Richard Kurt pursues famous free-spirited portrait artist Marion Forsythe on her return to the states from Europe, seeking to convince her to write her biography as a fea...
Captain Alan Gaskell sails the perilous waters between Hong Kong and Singapore with a secret cargo: a fortune in British gold. That's not the only risky cargo he carries; both his fiery mistress and h...
Mary Rutledge arrives from the east, finds her fiance dead, and goes to work at the roulette wheel of Louis Charnalis' Bella Donna, a rowdy gambling house in San Francisco in the 1850s. She falls in l...
Architect Peter Ibbetson is hired by the Duke of Towers to design a building for him. Ibbetson discovers that the Duchess of Towers, Mary, is his now-grown childhood sweetheart. Their love revives, bu...
A young man, hard-pressed to pay off his mortgage and support his family, decides that he'll get money any way he can--honestly or otherwise.
There is a doctor named Dr. Peter Blood, who was exiled from England after being convicted of treason, becomes a notorious pirate.
Mark of the Vampire
Count Mora, a vampire who prowled around his castle, is believed to have killed Sir Karell Borotyn. One year later, Irena is haunted by the vampire and will be his next victim unless Professor Zelen c...
Mary, a woman with good intentions, takes pity on Henry, an artist with no home. What begins as a simple offer to come inside from the cold for tea gradually turns into more. Before the unsuspecting w...
Old Man Rhythm
Romantic rivalries between father and son enrolled at the same college.
The Return Of Peter Grimm
After Peter Grimm (Lionel Barrymore) dies, his spirit returns to help clean up the messy lives of those he left behind. Director George Nicholls Jr.'s 1935 drama also stars Helen Mack, Edward Ellis, A...
Baby Face Harrington
Thanks to a series of comic mishaps, a timid, small-town office clerk finds himself wanted by the police and labeled by the media as "Public Enemy No. 2." Comedy.
She Couldn't Take It
The wealthy Van Dyke family are constantly in the media for outrageous behavior, much to the frustration of the patriarch, Dan Van Dyke. His self-centered wife has a fondness for foreign imports, incl...
The Bride Comes Home
A penniless socialite is hired by two young men as a front in their plan to start a magazine. Soon, however, they find themselves more interested in her than in their publishing venture.
The Gilded Lily
Secretary Marilyn "Lynn" David falls in love with British aristocrat Charles Gray Granville, to the dismay of her best friend, reporter Pete Dawes, who secretly loves her. When Pete learns that the al...
The Whole Town's Talking
Ordinary man-in-the-street Arthur Ferguson Jones leads a very straightforward life. He's never late for work and nothing interesting ever happens to him. One day everything changes: he oversleeps and ...
Gypo Nolan is a former Irish Republican Army man who drowns his sorrows in the bottle. He's desperate to escape his bleak Dublin life and start over in America with his girlfriend. So when British aut...
What Every Woman Knows
Aspiring young Scottish politician John Shand enters into an unusual agreement with the wealthy Wylie family -- if they fund his education, he must marry their daughter, Maggie. Staying true to his wo...
The Defense Rests
A sleazy lawyer's female assistant sets out to end his cheating ways.
The Last Gentleman
In New England circa 1933, a niece is reported missing and presumed dead and Cabot Barr (George Arliss) summons his relatives to the family estate for a memorial service. Once there, Barr taunts each ...
The Merry Widow
A prince from a small kingdom courts a wealthy widow to keep her money in the country.
Murder at the Vanities
Shortly before the curtain goes up the first time at the latest performance of Earl Carroll's Vanities, someone is attempting to injure the leading lady Ann Ware, who wants to marry leading man Eric L...
Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch
The Wiggs family plan to celebrate Thanksgiving in their rundown shack with leftover stew, without Mr. Wiggs who wandered off long ago an has never been heard from. Do-gooder Miss Lucy brings them a r...
The Captain Hates the Sea
Alcoholic newspaperman Steve Bramley boards the San Capador for a restful cruise, hoping to quit drinking and begin writing a book. Also on board are Steve's friend Schulte, a private detective hoping...
Bob Brown uses his bedside manner to charm his patients while his partner makes the actual diagnoses.
Managing Editor Brad Bradshaw refuses to run a story linking the disappearance of Frank Canfield with embezzlement of the bank. He considers Frank a straight shooter and he goes easy on the story. Eve...
Ruthless Coach Gore creates turmoil at a college by hiring players and alienating students. Along the way, the coach loses his wife Claire Gore to a grandstanding player. Inside look at college footba...
Story of mother's antagonism to her son's wife. From the novel "Wild Beauty" by Matsel Farnham.
The Trans-Atlantic Mystery
A couple of murderous crooks try to smuggle the famous Stanhope diamonds into New York but they're double-crossed and killed before reaching New York.
The Studio Murder Mystery
When the leading lady of a motion picture is murdered in the middle of a scene, Inspector Carr and Dr. Crabtree are called in to investigate.
Nora Ryan, a poor Irish girl, living in New York decides to change her life by working as a personal maid for the wealthy, Gary family.
The Girl Habit
The Week End Mystery
During a rainstorm at a remote manor house, Richard Crayell plays host to several guests. At nine o'clock sharp, he excuses himself from the card table to take his medicine, promising to return soon. ...
The Wall Street Mystery
When the apparent murder of two stockbrokers are discovered in their Wall Street office. Police Inspector Crane summons forensic expert Dr. Crabtree to the crime scene. A beautiful woman found in the ...
The Hole in the Wall
Mrs. Ramsey sent Jean Oliver to prison on a false charge. To get even, Jean (disguised as Madame Mystera) plans to kidnap her daughter and turn her into a thief. Love entanglements with a gangster kno...
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