from the trailer for A Woman's Face (1941)
14 July 1878|
Glasgow, United Kingdom
|Died||18 November 1946
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Life and Career
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.
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.
- Donald Meek at the Internet Movie Database
- Donald Meek at the Internet Broadway Database
- Donald Meek at Find a Grave
- Portraits of Donald Meek from Stagecoach by Ned Scott