I’ve never been a fan of American football, so even though Joseph Don “Dandy” Don Meredith played nine seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, and went on from there to become one of the early stars of the Monday Night Football broadcasts, I knew him principally as an actor. After reading about his death yesterday at age 72, I visited Meredith’s page in the International Movie Database, just to remind myself of his screen credits.
His roles were mostly in western and crime dramas. Meredith guest-starred with Angie Dickinson in Police Woman and with Dennis Weaver in McCloud, appeared in an episode of the short-lived western The Quest, and had a recurring role on the acclaimed anthology series Police Story. He also featured in TV movies such as Banjo Hackett: Roamin’ Free (1976), Undercover with the KKK (1979), The Night the City Screamed (1980), and Terror Among Us (1981).
According to The Dallas Morning News, “Meredith had battled emphysema in recent years and suffered a minor stroke in 2004.” He passed away as a result of a brain hemorrhage. Meredith had been living in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with his third wife, Susan Lessons Dullea, the former spouse of actor Keir Dullea (2001: A Space Odyssey).
READ MORE: “Don Meredith on Police Woman,” by Marty McKee
(Johnny LaRue’s Crane Shot).