Meat Loaf acted in over 50 films and television shows. Many a times, the characters played by him resembled his stage persona and he also appeared as himself. In 1973, he played the parts of 'Eddie' and 'Dr. Everett Scott' in the musical 'The Rocky Horror Show.' The success of the musical led to the filming of the 1975 musical comedy horror film ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’, in which Meat Loaf portrayed 'Eddie.' His final theatrical show in New York City was 'Rockabye Hamlet.' In the 1992 comedy film ‘Wayne’s World,’ he portrayed a doorman. In the 1997 movie 'Spice World,' Meat Loaf appeared as the Spice Girls' bus driver. In the 1998 thriller-drama 'Black Dog,' he starred alongside Patrick Swayze and Randy Travis.
In the David Fincher-directed 1999 film ‘Fight Club,’ he played Robert Paulson. In the sixth season of the television series 'The Outer Limits,' he appeared in the episode "Gettysburg." In the 2006 musical fantasy comedy film 'Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny,' he played Jack Black's father. Meat Loaf appeared in the fifth episode (The Rocky Horror Glee Show) of the second season of the television series 'Glee.' In 2011, he appeared as a contestant in the 11th season of the reality television competition series 'Celebrity Apprentice.' In the show, he had a showdown with fellow contestant William Gary Busey. Meat Loaf also appeared in small roles in the shows 'Elementary,' South Park', 'House M.D., and Monk.