Ed Begley

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Ed Begley, Sr.
Monte Markham Ed Begley 1969.JPG
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
Cause of death
Heart attack
OccupationFilm, television, radio actor
Years active1917–1970
Spouse(s)Amanda Huff (1922-1957)
Dorothy Reeves (1961-1963)
Helen Jordan (1963-1970)
ChildrenEd Begley, Jr.
 
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This article is about the mid twentieth century actor. For his son, see Ed Begley, Jr..
Ed Begley, Sr.
Monte Markham Ed Begley 1969.JPG
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
Cause of death
Heart attack
OccupationFilm, television, radio actor
Years active1917–1970
Spouse(s)Amanda Huff (1922-1957)
Dorothy Reeves (1961-1963)
Helen Jordan (1963-1970)
ChildrenEd Begley, Jr.

Edward James "Ed" Begley, Sr. (March 25, 1901 – April 28, 1970) was an American actor of theatre, radio, film, and television.[1]

Life and career[edit]

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. Elected a member of The Lambs (www.The-Lambs.org) in 1943.

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) as juror #10, The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964) and Wild in the Streets (1968). One notable role Begley played both on television (twice in 1955) and in the theatrical film (1956) is Andy Sloane, one of the three primary characters in Rod Serling's Patterns.

His other television work included appearances on Justice, Empire, The Virginian, Bonanza, The Fugitive, Target: The Corruptors, The Invaders, The Wild Wild West, and Going My Way, with Gene Kelly.

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[edit]

YearFilmRoleNotes
1947Body and SoulParty leaderuncredited
The WebManuncredited
BoomerangPaul Harris
1948Sorry, Wrong NumberJames Cotterell
Deep Waters (film)Josh 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
Backfire (1950 film)Captain 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
1954Big BoyJoe Grant
1956PatternsWilliam Briggs
195712 Angry MenJuror #10
1959Odds Against TomorrowDave Burke
1961The Green HelmetBartell
1962Sweet Bird of YouthTom 'Boss' FinleyAcademy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Laurel Award for Top Male Supporting Performance (3rd place)
Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture
1964The Unsinkable Molly BrownShamus TobinLaurel Award for Top Male Supporting Performance (2nd place)
1965Inherit the WindBradyNominated-Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Single Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Drama
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[edit]

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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