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Photo added by katzizkidz. A striking "tough-guy" character performer in some 60 films and over TV episodes. Meyer was born in New Orleans, where he drifted through a variety of occupations longshoreman, safety inspector, cab driver, insurance salesman. At age 40 he decided to try acting after director Elia Kazan gave him a bit part in "Panic in the Streets" , which was shot on location in The Big Easy. Stocky, square-jawed and mean-looking, he was most often cast as a western villain or a humorless authority figure. The classic western "Shane" gave Meyer his best role as Rufus Ryker, a bitter old pioneer settler who employs a hired gun Jack Palance to keep homesteaders off his land. He is also memorable in "The Sweet Smell of Success" as the corrupt cop who serves as Burt Lancaster's leg-breaker.
Emile Meyer August 18, — March 19, was an American actor born in New Orleans usually known for tough, aggressive, authoritative characters in Hollywood films from the s era, mostly in westerns or thrillers. Meyer had an uncredited small speaking role as a sea captain in Panic in the Streets after Elia Kazan discovered him in a theatrical production in New Orleans. He also appeared on television, including a guest spot on John Payne 's The Restless Gun and as a truculently stubborn juror opposite James Garner in the Maverick episode " Rope of Cards ,"   among several other supporting appearances in various roles during the course of the series. His final film role was in The Legend of Frank Woods He was 76 and had suffered from Alzheimer's disease. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. American actor. This article needs additional citations for verification.