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Ed Begley Sr.



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.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT 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
65% Wild in the Streets
  • Senator Allbright
1968
No Score Yet Firecreek
  • Preacher Broyles
1968
No Score Yet Warning Shot
  • Capt. Roy Klodin
1967
60% Billion Dollar Brain
  • Gen. Midwinter
1967
18% The Oscar
  • Grobard
1966
71% The Unsinkable Molly Brown
  • Shamus Tobin
1964
75% Sweet Bird of Youth
  • Tom 'Boss' Finley
1962
No Score Yet Odds Against Tomorrow
  • Dave Burke
1959
100% 12 Angry Men (Twelve Angry Men)
  • Juror No. 10
1957
80% Patterns
  • William Briggs
1956
No Score Yet The Turning Point
  • Eichelberger
1952
No Score Yet Deadline - U.S.A.
  • Allen
1952
No Score Yet Lone Star
  • Sen. Anthony Demmett
1952
100% 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
38% The Great Gatsby
  • Myron Lupus
1949
No Score Yet Tulsa
  • Johnny Brady
1949
100% It Happens Every Spring
  • Edgar Stone
1949
86% Sorry, Wrong Number
  • Cotterell
1948
No Score Yet Deep Waters
  • Josh Hovey
1948
No Score Yet The Street with No Name
  • Chief Harmatz
1948
No Score Yet Sitting Pretty
  • Hammond
1948
No Score Yet The Web
  • Man
1947
71% Boomerang!
  • Harris
1947

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