Barry Fitzgerald

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Barry Fitzgerald
Barry Fitzgerald portrait.jpg
BornWilliam Joseph Shields
(1888-03-10)10 March 1888
Dublin, Ireland
Died14 January 1961(1961-01-14) (aged 72)
Dublin, Ireland
Years active1924–61
Spouse(s)never married
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This article is about the actor. For the Australian rules footballer, see Barry Fitzgerald (Australian rules footballer). For the ghost investigator, see Barry Fitzgerald (investigator).
Barry Fitzgerald
Barry Fitzgerald portrait.jpg
BornWilliam Joseph Shields
(1888-03-10)10 March 1888
Dublin, Ireland
Died14 January 1961(1961-01-14) (aged 72)
Dublin, Ireland
Years active1924–61
Spouse(s)never married

Barry Fitzgerald (10 March 1888 – 14 January 1961) was an Irish stage, film, and television actor.[1] He won an Oscar as Best Supporting Actor for Going My Way (1944).


He was born William Joseph Shields in Walworth Road, Portobello, Dublin, Ireland.[2] He was the older brother of Irish actor Arthur Shields. He went to Skerry's College, Dublin, before going on to work in the civil service,[3] while also working at the Abbey Theatre. By 1929, he turned to acting full-time. He was briefly a roommate of famed playwright Sean O'Casey[4] and starred in such plays as O'Casey's Juno and the Paycock and the premiere of The Silver Tassie.

Birthplace of Barry Fitzgerald on Walworth Road, Portobello, Dublin

Fitzgerald went to Hollywood to star in another O'Casey work, The Plough and the Stars (1936), directed by John Ford.[2] He had a successful Hollywood career in such films as The Long Voyage Home (1940), How Green Was My Valley (1941), And Then There Were None (1945), The Naked City (1948), and The Quiet Man (1952). Fitzgerald achieved a feat unmatched in the history of the Academy Awards: he was nominated for both the Best Actor Oscar and the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for the same performance, as "Father Fitzgibbon" in Going My Way (1944).[2] (Academy Award rules have since been changed to prevent this.) He won the Best Supporting Actor Award; an avid golfer, he later broke the head off his Oscar statue while practicing his golf swing. (During World War II, Oscar statues were made of plaster instead of gold, owing to wartime metal shortages.)

He returned to live in Dublin in 1959.[2]

Fitzgerald has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, for movies at 6220 Hollywood Blvd. and for television at 7001 Hollywood Blvd.


1929The Shame of Mary BoyleThe Orator
1930Juno and the PaycockThe Orator
1935Guests of the NationCaptured of British Soldier
1936The Plough and the StarsFluther Good
1937Ebb TideHuish
1938Bringing Up BabyMr. Gogarty
Four Men and a PrayerTrooper Mulcahay
Marie AntoinettePeddleruncredited
The Dawn PatrolBott
1939Pacific LinerBritches
The Saint Strikes BackZipper Dyson
Full ConfessionMichael O'Keefe
1940The Long Voyage HomeCocky
San Francisco DocksThe Icky
1941The Sea WolfCooky
How Green Was My ValleyCyfartha
Tarzan's Secret TreasureO'Doul
1943The Amazing Mrs. HollidayTimothy Blake
Corvette K-225Stooky O'Meara
Two Tickets to LondonCaptain McCardle
1944Going My WayFather FitzgibbonAcademy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor
Nominated-Academy Award for Best Actor
I Love a SoldierMurphy
None but the Lonely HeartHenry Twite
1945Incendiary BlondeMichael 'Mike' Guinan
Duffy's TavernBing Crosby's Father
And Then There Were NoneJudge Francis J. Quinncannon
The Stork ClubJerry B. 'J.B.'/'Pop' Bates
1946Two Years Before the MastTerrence O'Feenaghty
1947CaliforniaMichael Fabian
Easy Come, Easy GoMartin L. Donovan
Welcome StrangerDr. Joseph McRory
Variety GirlBarry Fitzgerald
1948The Naked CityDetective Lt. Dan Muldoon
The Sainted SistersRobbie McCleary
Miss Tatlock's MillionsDenno Noonan
1949Top o' the MorningSergeant Briany McNaughton
The Story of SeabiscuitShawn O'Hara
1950Union StationInspector Donnelly
1951Silver CityR.R. Jarboe
1952Ha da venì... don Calogero!Don Calogero
The Quiet ManMichaleen Oge Flynn
Lux Video TheatreBarry Flynnepisode: The Man Who Struck It Rich
1954Tonight's the Night (film)Thady O'Heggarty
1955Alfred Hitchcock PresentsHarold 'Stretch' Searsepisode: Santa Claus and the Tenth Avenue Kid
1956The Catered AffairUncle Jack Conlon
1959Broth of a BoyPatrick Farrell

Source: "Barry Fitzgerald". IMDb. Retrieved 9 October 2013. 

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References and sources[edit]

  1. ^ Obituary Variety, 18 January 1961, page 70.
  2. ^ a b c d Boylan 1999, p. 130.
  3. ^ Fitzgerald, Barry - International Dictionary of Film and Filmmakers, (2000) by Anthony Slide
  4. ^ Allmovie Barry Fitzgerald biography

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