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Ralph Meeker

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Birth name Ralph Rathgeber
Nationality USA
Birth 21 november 1920 at Minneapolis (USA)
Death 5 august 1988 (at 67 years) at Los Angeles (USA)

Ralph Meeker (November 21, 1920 – August 5, 1988) was an American film, stage and television actor best known for starring in the 1953 Broadway production of Picnic, and in the 1955 film noir cult classic Kiss Me Deadly.


Meeker married three times: his first wife (1964–1966) was actress Salome Jens, his second was Colleen Meeker, and his third was Millicent Meeker.

In 1980, he suffered a severe stroke, which ended his career. His health steadily declined, punctuated by several more strokes. He spent the last year of his life in the Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital in the Woodland Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, and died there, age 67, of a heart attack. He was survived by his third wife, Millicent.

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Filmography of Ralph Meeker (35 films)

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Without Warning, 1h29
Directed by Greydon Clark
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Horror
Themes Films about extraterrestrial life
Actors Jack Palance, Martin Landau, Cameron Mitchell, David Caruso, Kevin Peter Hall, Sue Ane Langdon
Roles Dave
Rating51% 2.553732.553732.553732.553732.55373
A father and son go hunting in the mountains. Before they can begin hunting, which the son does not want to do anyway, they are killed by flying jellyfish-like creatures, which penetrate their skin with needle-tipped tentacles.
Winter Kills, 1h37
Directed by William Richert
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Comedy-drama
Themes Political films
Actors Jeff Bridges, John Huston, Anthony Perkins, Eli Wallach, Sterling Hayden, Dorothy Malone
Roles Gameboy Baker
Rating60% 3.048933.048933.048933.048933.04893
Nick Kegan (Bridges) is the son of world-famous tycoon Pa Kegan (Huston) and the younger half-brother of the late President Timothy Kegan, who was slain by a lone sniper 19 years earlier. When an ex-convict named Arthur Fletcher (Joe Spinell) makes a deathbed confession to Nick, claiming that he was the second of two riflemen who shot the president and was sub-contracted by an unknown agency, Nick sets off on a quest to discover the truth about his late brother's murder.
The Alpha Incident, 1h35
Directed by Bill Rebane
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Horror
Actors Ralph Meeker, George Buck Flower, Ray Szmanda
Roles Charlie
Rating39% 1.9654951.9654951.9654951.9654951.965495
A space probe returns to Earth from Mars, carrying with it a deadly organism which has the lethal potential to destroy all life on Earth. Being transported across country by train, the micro-organism is released when a nosy train employee inspects the cargo. This results in the entire train station being quarantined. Those trapped wait for the government to find a cure, while trying not to fall asleep because that is when this unseen killer strikes.
Hi-Riders (1978)
, 1h30
Directed by Greydon Clark
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Crime
Themes Sports films, Transport films, Films about automobiles, Auto racing films, Road movies, Chase films
Actors Mel Ferrer, Stephen McNally, Darby Hinton, Ralph Meeker, Neville Brand
Roles Mike
Rating49% 2.4812452.4812452.4812452.4812452.481245
Mark and Lynn (Darby Hinton and Diana Peterson) get caught up in a story of hatred and revenge after trying to collect on a bet with a Hi-Rider. The Hi-Riders are challenged to a drag race by one of the local hot heads and in a spectacular explosion both drivers are killed. The local boy's father vows revenge. A fantastic stunt filled chase ensures between the Hi-Riders and the local henchman. Whipped into a blazing frenzy of violence the Hi-Riders are humping hot steel hogs on a raging rampage through the town.
The Food of the Gods, 1h28
Directed by Bert I. Gordon
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Horror
Themes Films about animals, Films based on science fiction novels, Natural horror films, Giant monster films, Disaster films
Actors Marjoe Gortner, Pamela Franklin, Ralph Meeker, Jon Cypher, Ida Lupino, Belinda Balaski
Roles Bensington
Rating46% 2.3061352.3061352.3061352.3061352.306135
The film reduced Wells' tale to an "Ecology Strikes Back" scenario, common in science fiction movies at the time. The "food" mysteriously bubbles up from the ground on a remote island somewhere in British Columbia. Mr. and Mrs. Skinner (John McLiam and Ida Lupino) consider it a gift from God, and feed it to their chickens, which grow larger than humans as a result. Rats, wasps, and grub worms also consume the substance, and the island becomes infested with giant vermin. One night, a swarm of giant rats kill Mr. Skinner after his car breaks down in the forest.
Brannigan (1975)
, 1h51
Directed by Douglas Hickox
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Crime
Actors John Wayne, Richard Attenborough, Judy Geeson, Mel Ferrer, John Vernon, Ralph Meeker
Roles Capt. Moretti
Rating60% 3.047983.047983.047983.047983.04798
Tough Chicago Police Lieutenant Jim Brannigan (John Wayne) is sent to London to extradite a notorious American gangster, Ben Larkin (John Vernon). Brannigan is assigned a local officer, Jennifer (Judy Geeson), to help while he is in London. But before Brannigan can collect his man, Larkin is kidnapped.
Love Comes Quietly, 1h53
Directed by Nikolai van der Heyde
Genres Drama
Actors Barbara Hershey, Ralph Meeker, Ward de Ravet
Roles Ben Hoeksema
Rating60% 3.0447253.0447253.0447253.0447253.044725
Birds of Prey, 1h21
Directed by William A. Graham
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Action
Themes Transport films, Aviation films
Actors David Janssen, Ralph Meeker, Don Wilbanks
Roles Jim McAndrew
Rating66% 3.3292453.3292453.3292453.3292453.329245
A former American Volunteer Group pilot, Harry Walker (David Janssen), who flies a Hughes 500C helicopter for Salt Lake City radio station KBEX as a traffic reporter, is introduced doing an afternoon rush-hour report during a station nostalgia promotion in which standards from the World War II era are being played on air. Opening credits run over aerial combat footage borrowed from the 1942 Republic Pictures film Flying Tigers, then segues into footage of a P-40 Warhawk in full sharkmouth scheme being towed along the highway to the radio station by Walker as part of the promotion.
The Mind Snatchers, 1h34
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Thriller
Actors Christopher Walken, Joss Ackland, Ralph Meeker, Ronny Cox, Marco St. John, Bette Henritze
Roles The Major
Rating55% 2.7570652.7570652.7570652.7570652.757065
Dr. Frederick (Joss Ackland) is trying to find a way to ease the aggressive nature of soldiers by developing a microchip to access the pleasure centers of their brains.
The Anderson Tapes, 1h39
Directed by Sidney Lumet
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Crime
Themes Heist films, Gangster films, Escroquerie
Actors Sean Connery, Dyan Cannon, Martin Balsam, Alan King, Ralph Meeker, Christopher Walken
Roles Police Captain 'Iron Balls' Delaney
Rating63% 3.197683.197683.197683.197683.19768
Burglar John "Duke" Anderson (Sean Connery) is released after ten years in prison. He renews his relationship with his old girlfriend, Ingrid (Dyan Cannon). She lives in a high-class apartment block (1 East 91st Street) in New York City and Anderson, almost instantly, decides to burgle the entire building in a single sweep — filling a furniture van with the proceeds. He gains financing from a nostalgic Mafia boss and gathers his four-man crew. Also included is an old ex-con drunk, "Pop" (Stan Gottlieb), whom Anderson met in jail, and who is to play concierge while the real one is bound and gagged in the cellar.
Lost Flight, 1h44
Directed by Leonard Horn
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action
Themes Transport films, Aviation films
Actors Lloyd Bridges, Bobby Van, Anne Francis, Ralph Meeker, Andrew Prine, Truman Linden Chiles
Roles Glenn Walkup
Rating58% 2.94792.94792.94792.94792.9479
Captain Steve Bannerman (Lloyd Bridges) has been asked to fly one last passenger flight from Hawaii to Australia for Trans-Pacific Airline. During a violent electrical storm, he crashes the jet airliner on an uninhabited South Pacific island. Bannerman takes charge of the survivors and teams with Merle Barnaby (Billy Dee Williams), a black marine returning from combat duty in Vietnam, to try to find a way to survive on the island. Among the surviving passengers and crew, they have the support of Gina Talbot (Anne Francis) and Beejay Caldwell (Jennifer Leak) but oil magnate Glenn Walkup (Ralph Meeker), nightclub entertainer Eddie Randolph (Bobby Van) and Jonesy (Andrew Prine) begin to cause trouble.
I Walk the Line, 1h35
Directed by John Frankenheimer
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Films about sexuality
Actors Gregory Peck, Tuesday Weld, Estelle Parsons, Ralph Meeker, Lonny Chapman, Charles Durning
Roles Carl McCain
Rating64% 3.2438453.2438453.2438453.2438453.243845
Henry Tawes (Gregory Peck) is an aging sheriff in small-town of Sutton, Tennessee, who is becoming bored with his wife Ellen (Estelle Parsons) and his life. He meets young Alma McCain (Tuesday Weld) and is drawn to her, even though she isn't even half his age.
The Devil's Eight, 1h37
Directed by Burt Topper
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime
Actors Christopher George, Fabian Forte, Ralph Meeker, Ron Rifkin, Ross Hagen, Leslie Parrish
Roles Burl
Rating51% 2.5655452.5655452.5655452.5655452.565545
A Federal agent (Christopher George) recruits six convicts to bust a moonshine ring run by the gangster Burl.
The Detective, 1h54
Directed by Gordon Douglas, Richard Lang
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime
Themes Prison films, Films about sexuality, Films about terrorism, LGBT-related films, Films about capital punishment, Children's films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film
Actors Frank Sinatra, Lee Remick, Jacqueline Bisset, Ralph Meeker, Jack Klugman, William Windom
Roles Curran
Rating64% 3.2464253.2464253.2464253.2464253.246425
New York City police detective Joe Leland is called to the home of a murder victim who has been beaten to death and has had his genitals removed. Puzzled and disgusted, the police on call are left bemused, Leland holding things together with his direct, no-nonsense approach.
The Dirty Dozen, 2h23
Directed by Robert Aldrich
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War, Action, Adventure
Themes Political films
Actors Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine, Charles Bronson, John Cassavetes, Richard Jaeckel, George Kennedy
Roles Captain Stuart Kinder
Rating76% 3.8490953.8490953.8490953.8490953.849095
In Britain, in the spring of 1944, Allied forces are preparing for the D-Day invasion. Among them are Major John Reisman (Lee Marvin), an OSS officer; his commander, Regular Army Major General Sam Worden (Ernest Borgnine); and his former commander Colonel Everett Dasher Breed (Robert Ryan). Early in the film, the personalities of the three men are shown to clash and the characters of the individualistic Reisman and the domineering Breed are established. Reisman is aided by his friend, the mild-mannered Major Max Armbruster (George Kennedy).