For his performance in the play Picnic, Meeker was awarded the New York Critic's Circle Award in 1954. Picnic became a classic film in 1956, with William Holden and Kim Novak starring in the roles originated by Meeker and Janice Rule.
Meeker starred as Mike Hammer in the 1955 Robert Aldrich film of Mickey Spillane's Kiss Me Deadly. In 1957 he co-starred in Stanley Kubrick's Paths of Glory, playing one of the condemned soldiers. He also played George "Bugs" Moran in the film St. Valentine's Day Massacre (1967). That same year, he appeared as Captain Stuart Kinder, the military psychologist who attempts to analyse the Dirty Dozen. He played the police captain in The Anderson Tapes (1970).
Charlotte Capers, Tennessee Williams, and the Mississippi Premiere of 'A Streetcar Named Desire.' (Critic, Playwright)
Mar 22, 1998; Premiering on December 3, 1947, on Broadway, Tennessee Williams's A Streetcar Named Desire ran for 855 performances and...