Ed Begley

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Ed Begley, Sr.

Begley (right) with Monte Markham in 1969.
BornEdward James Begley
(1901-03-25)March 25, 1901
Hartford, Connecticut, USA
DiedApril 28, 1970(1970-04-28) (aged 69)
Hollywood, California USA
OccupationFilm, television, radio actor
Years active1947–1970
Spouse(s)Amanda Huff (1922-1957)
Dorothy Reeves (1961-1963)
Helen Jordan (1963-1970)
 
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Ed Begley, Sr.

Begley (right) with Monte Markham in 1969.
BornEdward James Begley
(1901-03-25)March 25, 1901
Hartford, Connecticut, USA
DiedApril 28, 1970(1970-04-28) (aged 69)
Hollywood, California USA
OccupationFilm, television, radio actor
Years active1947–1970
Spouse(s)Amanda Huff (1922-1957)
Dorothy Reeves (1961-1963)
Helen Jordan (1963-1970)

Edward James "Ed" Begley, Sr. (March 25, 1901 – April 28, 1970) was an Academy Award-winning American actor.[1]

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Life and career

Begley was born in Hartford, Connecticut, the son of Hannah (née Clifford) and Michael Joseph Begley, Irish immigrants.[2][3][4] Begley began his career as a Broadway and radio actor while in his teens. He appeared in the hit musical Going Up on Broadway in 1917 and in London the next year. He later acted in roles as Sgt. O'Hara in the radio show The Fat Man. His radio work included a period as Charlie Chan and Stroke of Fate amongst other roles. He also starred in the 1950s radio program Richard Diamond, Private Detective, playing Lieutenant Walter Levinson, head of homicide at the 5th Precinct, Manhattan. In the late 1940s, he began appearing regularly in supporting film roles.

In the 1952-1953 television season, Begley co-starred with Eddie Albert in the CBS sitcom Leave It to Larry. Begley, though only five years older than Albert, played the father-in-law and employer of Albert's character, Larry Tucker, a shoe salesman, who with his young family lives with Begley.

He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Sweet Bird of Youth (1962). Some of his other notable films include 12 Angry Men (1957) and The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964).

His other television work included appearances on Justice, The Virginian, Bonanza, The Fugitive, and Target: The Corruptors! Begley married three times. He is the father of the actor and environmental advocate Ed Begley, Jr.

Among his many Broadway credits were All My Sons and Inherit the Wind.

Begley died of a heart attack in Hollywood, California.[5] He is buried at the San Fernando Mission Cemetery in Mission Hills, California.

Filmography

YearFilmRoleNotes
1947Body and SoulParty leaderuncredited
The WebManuncredited
BoomerangPaul Harris
1948Sorry, Wrong NumberJames Cotterell
Deep WatersJosh Hovey
The Street with No NameChief Bernard Harmatz
Sitting PrettyHoratio J. Hammond
1949The Great GatsbyMyron Lupus
It Happens Every SpringEdgar Stone
TulsaJohn J. 'Johnny' Bradyas Edward Begley
1950Stars in My CrownLon Backett
BackfireCaptain Garcia
Saddle TrampMr. Hartnagle
ConvictedMackay, Head of Parole Board
Wyoming MailPrison Warden Haynes
Dark CityBarney
1951The Lady from TexasDave Blodgett
You're in the Navy NowPort Commander
1952The Turning PointNeil Eichelberger
Deadline - U.S.A.Frank Allen
On Dangerous GroundCaptain Brawley
Lone StarAnthony Demmet
Boots MaloneHoward Whitehead
1956PatternsWilliam Briggs
195712 Angry MenJuror #10
1959Odds Against TomorrowDave Burke
1961The Green HelmetBartell
1962Sweet Bird of YouthTom 'Boss' FinleyAcademy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture
1964The Unsinkable Molly BrownShamus Tobin
1965Inherit the WindBrady
1966The OscarGrobard
1967The Violent EnemyColum O'More
Warning ShotCaptain Roy Klodin
Do Not Fold, Staple, Spindle, or Mutilate
Billion Dollar BrainGeneral Midwinter
1968FirecreekPreacher Broyles
Hang 'Em HighCaptain Wilson, Cooper Hanging Party
Wild in the StreetsSenator Allbright
A Time to SingKermit Dodd
1969The MonitorsPresident
1970Neither Are We EnemiesAnnasHallmark Hall of Fame Easter special
Road to SalinaWarren
The Dunwich HorrorDr. Henry Armitage

Radio

DateShowEpisodeRoleNotes
1949Let George Do ItThe Man Under the Elm TreeDarrell[6]
1951Tales of the Texas RangersBlind JusticeUnknown[7]
No Living Witnesses
Paid In Full
The Blow Off
1952Tales of the Texas RangersBirds Of A Feather
Prelude To Felony

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