Meadowlark shooting at an exhibition game on an aircraft carrier
|Born||Meadow Lemon III
April 25, 1932
Wilmington, North Carolina, United States
|Occupation||Basketball player, Minister|
|Known for||The Harlem Globetrotters|
Meadow "Meadowlark" Lemon III (born April 25, 1932) is an American basketball player, actor, and minister. For 22 years, Lemon was known as the "Clown Prince" of the touring Harlem Globetrotters basketball team. He played in more than 16,000 games for the Globetrotters and is a 2003 inductee of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. He was born in Wilmington, North Carolina, and attended Florida A&M University.
Lemon first applied to the Globetrotters in 1954 at age 22, finally being chosen to play the following year (1955). In 1980, he left to form one of his Globetrotters imitators, the Bucketeers. He played with that team until 1983, then moved on to play with the Shooting Stars from 1984 to 1987. In 1988, he moved on to "Meadowlark Lemon's Harlem All Stars" team. Despite being with his own touring team, Lemon returned to the Globetrotters, playing 50 games with them in 1994.
In 1978, Lemon appeared in a memorable Burger King commercial by making a tower of Burgers until he found a double beef pickles and onions and no cheese burger.
Personal life 
Lemon has 10 children: Richard, George, Beverly, Donna, Robin, Jonathan, Jamison, Angela, Crystal and Caleb.
A born-again Christian, Lemon became an ordained minister in 1986 and received a Doctor of Divinity degree from Vision International University in Ramona, California, in 1988. He resides in Scottsdale, Arizona, where his Meadowlark Lemon Ministries, Inc. and Meadowlark Lemon's Harlem All Stars maintain an office. Lemon is married to Dr. Cynthia Lemon.
Other work 
Meadowlark starred in the 1979 Educational geography film Meadowlark Lemon Presents the World. Also in 1979, he joined the cast of the short-lived TV sit-com Hello, Larry in season two, to help boost the show's ratings. Still in 1979 he played Rev. Grady Jackson in the movie The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh; it was several years before he actually became an ordained minister himself.
- Official website
- Meadowlark Lemon at the Internet Movie Database
- Profile at Harlem Globetrotters official web site