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Barry Fitzgerald

Highest Rated:   100% And Then There Were None (1945)
Lowest Rated:   17% The Catered Affair (1956)
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Birthplace:   Dublin, Ireland
Dublin-born Barry Fitzgerald discounted his family's insistence that he was a descendant of 18th-century Irish patriot William Orr, but he readily admitted to being a childhood acquaintance of poet James Joyce. Educated at Civil Service College, Fitzgerald became a junior executive at the Unemployment Insurance Division, while moonlighting as a supernumerary at Dublin's famed Abbey Theatre. His first speaking role was in a 1915 production; his only line was "'Tis meet it should," which unfortunately emerged as "'Tis sheet it mould." A gust of laughter emanated from the audience, and Fitzgerald became a comedian then and there (at least, that was his story). By 1929, Fitzgerald felt secure enough as an actor to finally quit his day job with Unemployment Insurance; that same year, he briefly roomed with playwright Sean O'Casey, who subsequently wrote The Silver Tassle especially for Fitzgerald. In 1936, Fitzgerald was brought to Hollywood by John Ford to repeat his stage role in Ford's film version of The Plough and the Stars. It was the first of several Ford productions to co-star Fitzgerald; the best of these were How Green Was My Valley (1941) and The Quiet Man (1952). In 1944, Fitzgerald (a lifelong Protestant) was cast as feisty Roman Catholic priest Father Fitzgibbon in Leo McCarey's Going My Way, a role which won him an Academy Award. He spent the rest of his career playing variations on Fitzgibbon, laying on the Irish blarney rather thickly at times. His last film role was as a 110-year-old poacher in the Irish-filmed Broth of A Boy (1959). Barry Fitzgerald was the brother of character actor Arthur Shields, whose resemblance to Barry bordered on the uncanny.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Broth of a Boy
  • Patrick Farrell
1959
No Score Yet Rooney
  • Grandfather
1958
17% The Catered Affair
  • Uncle Jack Conlon
1956
90% The Quiet Man
  • Michaeleen Flynn
1952
No Score Yet Union Station
  • Inspector Donnelly
1950
No Score Yet The Story of Seabiscuit
  • Shawn O'Hara
1949
No Score Yet Fighting Father Dunne
  • Actor
1948
No Score Yet Corvette K-225
  • Stooky O'Meara
1948
No Score Yet The Sainted Sisters
  • Robbie McCleary
1948
86% The Naked City
  • Det. Lt. Dan Muldoon
1948
No Score Yet Miss Tatlock's Millions
  • Denno Noonan
1948
No Score Yet Variety Girl
  • Himself
1947
No Score Yet Welcome Stranger
  • Dr. Joseph McRory
1947
No Score Yet California
  • Michael Fabian
1946
No Score Yet Two Years Before the Mast
  • Terence O'Feenaghty
1946
No Score Yet Stork Club
  • Jerry B. Bates
1945
100% And Then There Were None
  • Judge Francis J. Quinncannon
1945
78% Going My Way
  • Father Fitzgibbon
1944
No Score Yet None But the Lonely Heart
  • Twite
1944
No Score Yet The Amazing Mrs. Holliday
  • Timothy Blake
1943
No Score Yet Tarzan's Secret Treasure
  • O'Doul
1941
90% How Green Was My Valley
  • Cyfartha
1941
No Score Yet The Sea Wolf
  • Cooky
1941
100% The Long Voyage Home
  • Cocky
1940
No Score Yet Full Confession
  • Michael O'Keefe
1939
No Score Yet The Saint Strikes Back
  • Zipper Dyson
1939
No Score Yet The Dawn Patrol
  • Bott
1938
No Score Yet Marie Antoinette
  • Peddler
1938
No Score Yet Four Men and a Prayer
  • Mulcahy
1938
95% Bringing Up Baby
  • Mr. Gogarty
1938
No Score Yet Ebb Tide
  • Huish
1937
No Score Yet The Plough and the Stars
  • Fluther Good
1936
No Score Yet Guests Of The Nation
  • Actor
1935
27% The Shame of Mary Boyle (Juno and the Paycock)
  • Orator
1930

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Ghost Hunters International
2008-2012
  • Reality cast member
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
No Score Yet Ghost Hunters
2004-2016
  • Guest
  • Reality cast member
  • 2011
  • 2010

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