Ed Begley Sr.

Ed Begley Sr.

  • Highest Rated: 100% 12 Angry Men (Twelve Angry Men) (1957)
  • Lowest Rated: 15% The Oscar (1966)
  • Birthday: Not Available
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Born in Connecticut to an immigrant Irish couple, Ed Begley ran away from home several times before making a complete break from both his family and his formal education at the age of 13. For the next two decades, Begley knocked around in a variety of activities, from Naval service to working as bowling alley pin boy, before obtaining an announcer's job at a Hartford radio station in 1931. Ten years later, Begley moved to New York, where he became a prolific radio actor; from 1944 through 1948, he played the title role in the radio version of Charlie Chan. His belated Broadway debut at age 43 came in a short-lived play titled Land of Fame. In 1947, Begley created the role of benighted war profiteer Joe Keller in Arthur Miller's All My Sons; that same year, he was assigned a solid supporting part in his first film, Boomerang (1947). He was a familiar figure in TV's "golden age" of the 1950s, co-starring in the original video productions of Twelve Angry Men and Patterns. In 1955, he made the first of 789 appearances as the William Jennings Bryan counterpart in the Broadway drama Inherit the Wind, co-starring first with Paul Muni and then with Melvyn Douglas. Despite his ever-increasing activity, Ed Begley was standing in the unemployment compensation line in 1961 when he was informed that he'd been Oscar-nominated for his performance in Sweet Bird of Youth. Justifiably proud of his Oscar statuette, Begley reportedly carried it with him everywhere he went, even on short airplane flights! Ed Begley died at 69 while attending a party at the home of Hollywood press agent Jay Bernstein; he was the father of popular movie and TV leading man Ed Begley Jr.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet Running Mates Chapman Snow 1992
17% The Dunwich Horror Dr. Henry Armitage 1970
No Score Yet Road to Salina Warren 1970
No Score Yet The Secrets of the Pirate's Inn Actor 1969
No Score Yet The Monitors President 1969
92% Hang 'em High Captain Wilson 1968
61% Wild in the Streets Senator Allbright 1968
No Score Yet Firecreek Preacher Broyles 1968
No Score Yet Warning Shot Capt. Roy Klodin 1967
50% Billion Dollar Brain Gen. Midwinter 1967
15% The Oscar Grobard 1966
75% The Unsinkable Molly Brown Shamus Tobin 1964
75% Sweet Bird of Youth Tom 'Boss' Finley 1962
86% Odds Against Tomorrow Dave Burke 1959
No Score Yet No Time for Sergeants Actor 1958
100% 12 Angry Men (Twelve Angry Men) Juror No. 10 1957
80% Patterns William Briggs 1956
No Score Yet The Turning Point Eichelberger 1952
57% What Price Glory? Actor 1952
86% Deadline - U.S.A. Allen 1952
No Score Yet Lone Star Sen. Anthony Demmett 1952
94% On Dangerous Ground Capt. Brawley 1952
No Score Yet You're in the Navy Now Commander 1951
No Score Yet Dark City Barney 1950
No Score Yet Wyoming Mail Haynes 1950
No Score Yet Convicted Mackay, Head of Parole Board 1950
No Score Yet Backfire Capt. Garcia 1950
No Score Yet Stars in My Crown Lon Backett 1950
33% The Great Gatsby Myron Lupus 1949
No Score Yet Tulsa Johnny Brady 1949
83% It Happens Every Spring Edgar Stone 1949
86% Sorry, Wrong Number Cotterell 1948
No Score Yet Deep Waters Josh Hovey 1948
100% The Street with No Name Chief Harmatz 1948
No Score Yet Sitting Pretty Hammond 1948
No Score Yet The Web Man 1947
76% Boomerang! Harris 1947

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet The Wild Wild West
1965-1969
Judge M'Guigan
  • 1966
No Score Yet Bonanza
1959-1973
Clint Watson Dan Tolliver
  • 1966
  • 1965
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
1955-1975
Jeb Carter
  • 1965
No Score Yet The Dick Van Dyke Show
1961-1966
Judge
  • 1965
No Score Yet The Fugitive
1963-1967
Brady Lazer
  • 1965
  • 1964
No Score Yet Rawhide
1959-1965
Piney
  • 1964

QUOTES FROM Ed Begley Sr. CHARACTERS

Juror #10
Oh, listen, I don't see what all this stuff about the knife has got to do with anything. Somebody saw the kid stab his father, what more do we need? You guys can talk the ears right off my head, you know what I mean? I got three garages of mine going to pot while you're talking! So let's get down and get out of here!
Juror #10
Bright? He's a common ignorant slob. He don't even speak good English.
Juror #11
*Doesn't* even speak good English.
Juror #10
Bright? He's a common ignorant slob. He don't even speak good English.
Juror #11
''Doesn't" even speak good English.
Juror #11
Doesn't even speak good English.