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Burgess Meredith as James Madison in Magnificent Doll
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Burgess Meredith as James Madison in 'Magnificent Doll' (1946)

Considered one of the best actors of his time, Burgess Meredith saw success in television, theater and film, most memorably as Rocky Balboa's trainer, Mickey Goldmill. But before he was telling Rocky "You're gonna eat lightning and you're gonna crap thunder," Meredith was the fourth President of the United States, caught in a love triangle between the future Mrs. Madison, Dolly Payne, and Jefferson's VP, Aaron Burr.

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