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Donald Meek
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    (July 14, 1878-November 18, 1946)
    Born in Glasglow (Scotland), United Kingdom
    Acted in 'Murder at the Vanities,' 'The Merry Widow,' 'The Whole Town's Talking,' 'The Informer,' 'Captain Blood,' 'Little Miss Broadway,' 'Toast of New York,' 'You Can't Take it With You,' 'Stagecoach,' 'Young Mr. Lincoln,' 'The Man From Dakota,' 'My Little Chickadee,' and 'State Fair'
    Acted in Broadway productions, 'Going Up' (1917-1918), 'Nothing But Love' (1919), 'Little Old New York' (1920-1921), 'Six-Cylinder Love' (1921-1922), 'The Potters' (1923-1924), 'Broken Dishes' (1929-1930), 'Oh Promise Me' (1930-1931), and 'Take My Tip' (1931-1932)
    He began his career at the age of 8.
    His name kinda sounds like 'Donald Duck.'
    He experienced hair loss at an early age, around his 20s.
    He is sometimes mistaken for Joe E. Brown or John Fiedler.
    He was a studio-hopper whose longest tenure at a studio was four years.
    He had the unusual distinction of being typecast as crooks who are mistaken for ministers ('Stagecoach,' 'My Little Chickadee').
    His last name was no stage name, but his actual birth name - reinforcing the notion that he often played jittery and timid milquetoast yokels.
    He acted in over 100 films, but is only known for his small supporting role in John Wayne's breakout Western, 'Stagecoach.'
    He died of Leukemia at 68, during the filming of 'Magic Town.'
    His (unrealized) retirement wish was to raise hybrid roses in his private garden.
    He was posthumously awarded a Star on the Walk of Fame.
    He toured Australia, South Africa, India and England, as a child, in a production of 'Little Lord Fauntleroy.'
    He was good friends with Charles Bickford, who called Meek one of the kindest men he ever met.
    He contracted Yellow Fever while serving in the Spanish American War, but still volunteered for service during WWI, working his way to the rank of corporal.
    His trademark Northeastern accent was acquired during his time serving in Cuba, when he learned to imitate 'Yankee mannerisms.'
    He was discovered in the same production of 'Broken Dishes' as Bette Davis, who played his wife in the show, was.
    He gave a memorable performance as the zany toymaker, Mr. Poppins, in 'You Can't Take it With You' (a role written specifically for him).
    He had excellent chemistry with 'Stagecoach' co-star Thomas Mitchell (who won an Oscar for his performance).

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