Barry Fitzgerald

Lowest Rated: 17% The Catered Affair (1956)
Birthday: Mar 10, 1888
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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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
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
79% 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
93% 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

CREDIT
No Score Yet Ghost Hunters International
2008-2012
Reality cast member
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
No Score Yet Ghost Hunters
2004-2016
Reality cast member Guest
  • 2011
  • 2010
No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
1955-1962
Stretch Sears
  • 1955

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