The American actor died on July 2 at the age of 90. This comedian, as gifted as he is sympathetic, has starred in historical films such as The Longest Day and The Sicilian Clan. For television, he was from 1966 to 1968, the co-hero of the cult soap opera Les Globe-trotters.
American actor Edward Meeks, hero of the soap opera The Globe-Trotters alongside Yves Rénier, died Saturday morning in the Paris region at the age of 90, AFP learned from his family.
Born on September 27, 1931 in Jonesboro, Arkansas, Edward Meeks had lived in France since the 1950s. He had spent his entire career there, until becoming a figure in cinema and television. In 1972, he married the novelist Jacqueline Monsigny, author of historical romantic frescoes and biographies, and in particular of The Beauty of Louisiana.
Stuntman in The longest day
After starting his career as a stuntman in The longest dayreleased in 1961, he played the captain of a hijacked plane in The Clan of the Sicilians by Henri Verneuil (1969) and appeared in a total of twenty films, from detective Maigret sees red (1963) at Chateauroux District (1987).
With his fairness and his American accent, he was above all the star of the very popular soap opera The Globe-Trotters (1966), alongside Yves Rénier, a duo of journalists-adventurers who set off to travel around the world.
He was also part of the cast in 1982 of the short film which remained unreleased Rearranged with the Princess of Monaco Grace Kelly and was on stage in the 70s. Widower since 2017 of the novelist Jacqueline Monsigny, married in 1972, he had co-authored several souvenir books from the 2000s.