Martin Balsam

Martin Balsam

Highest Rated: 100% The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974)

Lowest Rated: 0% The Silence of the Hams (1994)

Birthday: Nov 04, 1919

Birthplace: Bronx, New York, USA

The heavyset, balding Balsam was a familiar face as a character actor since his career began on Broadway in the early 1940s. After a hiatus to serve in the US Army during WWII, he found work on stage in a number of Broadway productions including "Lamp at Midnight," "Macbeth" and "The Closing Door" and on TV in such varied shows as "Philco Television Playhouse" (NBC), "The Goldbergs" (CBS) and "Captain Video" (ABC). In the 50s and 60s, Balsam continued to appear on stage including appearances on Broadway in two of Tennessee Williams' plays: with Maureen Stapleton and Eli Wallach in "The Rose Tattoo" (1951) and "Camino Real" (1952) as well as a Tony Award-winning turn as three characters in Robert Anderson's comic one-acts "You Know I Can't Hear You When the Water's Running" (1967). Other credits include Bernie Dodd in Clifford Odets' "The Country Girl" (in Easthampton, New York, 1954), Hickey in Eugene O'Neill's "The Iceman Cometh" (in Los Angeles, 1961) and Willie Loman in Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman" (in Philadelphia, 1974).

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Legend of the Spirit Dog Gramps (Character) - 1997
0% 44% The Silence of the Hams Detective Martin Balsam (Character) - 1994
75% 77% Cape Fear Judge (Character) $76.4M 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet Brother From Space Father Howard (Character) - 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Child Saver Sidney Rosenberg (Character) - 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet P.I. Private Investigations Cliff Dowling (Character) $21.3K 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kids Like These Grandpa (Character) - 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Brothers in Blood Major Briggs (Character) - 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Second Serve Dr. Beck (Character) - 1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet Once Again Unknown (Character) - 1986
17% 49% The Delta Force Ben Kaplan (Character) $15.9M 1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet Whatever It Takes Hap Perchicksky (Character) - 1986
43% 68% St. Elmo's Fire Mr. Beamish (Character) - 1985
No Score Yet 20% Murder in Space Alexander Rostov (Character) - 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Grown Ups Jack (Character) - 1985
11% 54% Death Wish 3 Bennett (Character) $15.9M 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Goodbye People Max Silverman (Character) - 1984
No Score Yet 60% I Want to Live Jack Brady (Character) - 1983
No Score Yet 40% The Salamander Captain Steffanelli (Character) - 1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet The People vs. Jean Harris Joel Aurnou (Character) - 1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Warning Questore Martorana (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet There Goes the Bride Elmer Babcock (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Love Tapes David Franklin (Character) - 1980
45% 28% Cuba Gen. Bello (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Aunt Mary Harry Strasberg (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Seeding of Sarah Burns Dr. Samuel Melman (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet 67% The House on Garibaldi Street Isser Harel (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Millionaire Arthur Haines (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet 33% Eyes Behind the Stars Inspector Jim Grant (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rainbow Louis B. Mayer (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet 27% Silver Bears Joe Fiore (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Siege Henry Fancher (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Storyteller Ira Davidoff (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Contract on Cherry Street Capt. Ernie Weinberg (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Anger in His Eyes Commissario (Character) - 1977
45% 44% The Sentinel Prof. Ruzinsky (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet 64% Raid on Entebbe Daniel Cooper (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet 18% Death Rage Commissario (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Meet Him and Die Giulianelli (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet 80% The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case Edward J. Reilly (Character) - 1976
94% 92% All the President's Men Howard Simons (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Season for Assassins Commissioner Katroni (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet 29% Mitchell James Arthur Cummings (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Smiling Maniacs Carlo Goja (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mrs. R Ham Russell Buckner (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cry Onion Henry 'Jack' Pullitzer (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Trapped Beneath the Sea T.C. Hollister (Character) - 1974
100% 88% The Taking of Pelham One Two Three Green (Character) - 1974
90% 78% Murder on the Orient Express Signor Bianchi (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Corruzione al palazzo di giustizia Carlo Goja (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Miles to Go Before I Sleep Ben Montgomery (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet 40% The Stone Killer Al Vescari (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Brand New Life Jim Douglas (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet 17% Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams Harry Walden (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet 33% Counselor at Crime Don Antonio Macaluso (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet 80% The Six Million Dollar Man Dr. Rudy Wells (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet Night of Terror Capt. Caleb Sark (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet 69% Confessions of a Police Captain Commissario Bonavia (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Enemy Before Us Angie (Character) - 1971
74% 53% The Anderson Tapes Haskins (Character) - 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Man Jim Talley (Character) - 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Old Man Who Cried Wolf Stanley Pulska (Character) - 1970
79% 76% Catch-22 Col. Cathcart (Character) - 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hunters Are for Killing Wade Hamilton (Character) - 1970
96% 87% Little Big Man Mr. Merriweather (Character) - 1970
55% 81% Tora! Tora! Tora! Adm. Husband E. Kimmel (Character) - 1970
20% 29% The Good Guys and the Bad Guys Mayor Wilker (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet Trilogy Ivor Belli (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet 74% Me, Natalie Uncle Harold (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet Nightmare Herb Witmer (Character) - 1968
93% 80% Hombre Henry Mendez (Character) - 1967
75% 65% After the Fox Harry (Character) - 1966
No Score Yet 45% Harlow Everett Redman (Character) - 1965
71% 89% A Thousand Clowns Arnold (Character) - 1965
86% 75% The Bedford Incident Lieutenant Commander Chester Potter, M.D., U.S.N. (Character) - 1965
33% 62% The Carpetbaggers Bernard B. Norman (Character) - 1964
91% 89% Seven Days in May Paul Girard (Character) - 1964
No Score Yet 28% Who's Been Sleeping in My Bed? Sanford Kaufman (Character) - 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet Conquered City Joseph Feinberg (Character) - 1962
96% 86% Cape Fear Police Chief Mark Dutton (Character) - 1962
88% 91% Breakfast at Tiffany's O.J. Berman (Character) - 1961
No Score Yet 57% Ada Steve Jackson (Character) - 1961
No Score Yet 86% Everybody Go Home Sergente Quintino Fornaciari (Character) - 1960
96% 95% Psycho Det. Milton Arbogast (Character) - 1960
No Score Yet 57% Middle of the Night Jack (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet 60% Al Capone Mac Keeley (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet 55% Marjorie Morningstar Dr. David Harris (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet 65% Time Limit Sgt. Baker (Character) - 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet Defender Unknown (Character) - 1957
100% 97% 12 Angry Men Juror No. 1 (Character) - 1957
99% 95% On the Waterfront Gillette (Character) - 1954

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hotel Unknown (Guest Star) 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Space Unknown (Character) 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Archie Bunker's Place Murray Klein (Character) 1979-1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet Little Gloria... Happy at Last Unknown (Character) 1982
No Score Yet No Score Yet Maude Unknown (Guest Star) 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kojak Unknown (Guest Star) 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Police Story Det. Al Koster (Character) 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet Name of the Game Unknown (Guest Star) 1970 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Fugitive Andrew Newmark (Guest Star) 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dr. Kildare Unknown (Guest Star) 1966 1962
100% No Score Yet The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Unknown (Guest Star) 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wagon Train Unknown (Guest Star) 1964
82% 94% The Twilight Zone Danny Weiss (Character) 1963 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Route 66 Evan Corelli (Guest Star) 1963 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Target: The Corruptors Unknown (Guest Star) 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Untouchables Unknown (Guest Star) 1961-1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cain's Hundred Unknown (Guest Star) 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents Unknown (Character) 1961 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet Have Gun -- Will Travel Unknown (Guest Star) 1960 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet Zane Grey Theater Unknown (Character) 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rawhide Unknown (Guest Star) 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Studio One Unknown (Guest Star) 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet The United States Steel Hour Petty Officer (Character) 1955
No Score Yet No Score Yet Suspense Unknown (Character) 1949

QUOTES FROM Martin Balsam CHARACTERS

Gen. Dreedle says: Why aren't you wearing clothes, Captain?

Capt. Yossarian says: I don't wanna.

Gen. Dreedle says: What do you mean you don't want to, why the hell don't you?

Capt. Yossarian says: I don't know, I just don't wanna [laughs].

Gen. Dreedle says: Why isn't he wearing clothes?

Col. Korn says: [to Cathcart] He's talking to you.

Col. Cathcart says: Why isn't he wearing clothes, Major?

Major Major says: Why isn't he wearing clothes, Sergeant?

Col. Korn says: All you have to do is be our pal.

Col. Cathcart says: Say nice things about us.

Col. Korn says: Tell the folks at home what a good job we're doing. Take our offer, Yossarian.

Col. Cathcart says: Either that, or a court-martial for desertion.

Col. Cathcart says: You're a disgrace! I'd like to know how you got to be a Captain anyway.

Capt. Yossarian says: You promoted me.

Col. Cathcart says: That has got nothing to do with it!

Milton Arbogast detective says: We're always quickest to doubt people who have a reputation for being honest.

O.J. Berman says: Hey, Fred-baby!

Paul Varjak says: No, no. It's Paul-baby.