Meg Wyllie, longtime character actress whose ubiquitous presence on the small screen dates back to the late 1950s, died Jan. 1 of heart failure in Glendale. She was 84.
Born Margaret Gillespie Wyllie in Hawaii, she was raised in the Philippines, where her father and uncles were engineers on sugar plantations. She moved to New York City in the 1940s as an aspiring actress and was part of the original production of “The Glass Menagerie.”
She appeared on nearly every popular TV series of the late 1950s and much of the 1960s, essaying roles on shows such as “Have Gun Will Travel,” “Zane Grey Theater,” “The Twilight Zone,” “Hennesey,” “Death Valley Days,” “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.,” “Perry Mason,” “Lassie,” “Batman” and “The Fugitive,” “The Addams Family” and “The F.B.I.”
During the 1970s and ’80s, Wyllie remained prolific, with appearances on shows ranging from “Kojak” and “Barney Miller” to “The Golden Girls,” “Night Court” and “Mad About You.”
She is survived by a cousin.
Donations in her name may be made to the Pasadena Playhouse.