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Martin Balsam

Martin Balsam

Gender: male | Birthday: 1919-11-04 | Place of Birth:

He was born Martin Henry Balsam on November 4, 1919 in the Bronx, NY. His father was a manufacturer of women's sportswear and he was his first-born child. Martin caught the acting bug in high school where he participated in the drama club. After high school, he continued his interest in acting by attending Manhattan's progressive New School. When World War II broke out, Martin was called to service in his early twenties. After the war, he was lucky to secure a position as an usher at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. By 1947, he was honing his craft at the Actor's Studio, run at that time by Elia Kazan and Lee Strasberg. His time at the Actor's Studio in New York City allowed him training in the famous Stanislavsky method. Despite his excellent training, he had to prove himself, just like any up and coming young actor. He began on Broadway in the late 1940s. But, it wasn't until 1951 that he experienced real success. That play was Tennessee Williams "The Rose Tattoo". After his Broadway success, he had a few minor television roles before his big break arrived when he joined the cast of "On the Waterfront" (1954). In the 1950s, Martin had many television roles. He had recurring roles on some of the most popular television series of that time, including "the United States Steel Hour", "The Philco Television Playhouse", "Goodyear Television Playhouse" and "Studio One". In 1957, he was able to prove himself on the big-screen once again, with a prominent role in "12 Angry Men", directed by Sidney Lumet and starring Henry Fonda. All of Martin's TV work in the 1950s did not go to waste. While starring on a episode of "Alfred Hitchcock Presents", Hitchcock was so impressed by his work, that he offered him a key supporting role of Detective Arbogast in "Psycho" (1960). His work with Hitchcock opened him up to a world of other acting opportunities. Many strong movie roles came his way in the 1960's, including parts in "Breakfast at Tiffany's" (1961), "Cape Fear" (1961) and "The Carpetbaggers" (1964). One of the proudest moments in his life was when he received an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for "A Thousand Clowns" (1965). In was soon after that he began accepting roles in European movies. He soon developed a love for Italy, and lived there most of his remaining years. He acted in over a dozen Italian movies and spent his later life traveling between Hollywood and Europe for his many roles. After a career that spanned more than fifty years, Martin Balsam died of natural causes in his beloved Italy at the age of 76. He passed away of a heart attack at a hotel in Rome called Residenza di Repetta. He was survived by his third wife Irene Miller and three children, Adam, Zoe and Talia.

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Known For

The Silence of the Hams
The Silence of the Hams

The Silence of the Hams   1994

Release Date: 
1994

Rating: 4.3

Production Companies:

Director: John Carpenter / Mel Brooks /

Stars: 
Ezio Greggio  /  Dom DeLuise  /  Billy Zane
Cape Fear
Cape Fear

Cape Fear   1991

Release Date: 
1991

Rating: 7

Production Companies: Universal Pictures / Amblin Entertainment /

Director: Martin Scorsese / Joseph P. Reidy /

Stars: 
Robert De Niro  /  Nick Nolte  /  Jessica Lange
Two Evil Eyes
Two Evil Eyes

Two Evil Eyes   1990

Release Date: 
1990

Rating: 6

Production Companies:

Director: Christine Forrest / Tom Savini /

Stars: 
Adrienne Barbeau  /  Harvey Keitel  /  Ramy Zada
The Delta Force
The Delta Force

The Delta Force   1986

Release Date: 
1986

Rating: 5.3

Production Companies:

Director: Eric Norris / Tony Brandt /

Stars: 
Chuck Norris  /  Lee Marvin  /  Shelley Winters
Death Wish 3
Death Wish 3

Death Wish 3   1985

Release Date: 
1985

Rating: 5.8

Production Companies: Cannon Group /

Director: Michael Winner / Alex Winter /

Stars: 
Charles Bronson  /  Deborah Raffin  /  Ed Lauter
St. Elmo's Fire
St. Elmo's Fire

St. Elmo's Fire   1985

Release Date: 
1985

Rating: 6

Production Companies:

Director: Emilio Estevez / Demi Moore /

Stars: 
Emilio Estevez  /  Rob Lowe  /  Andrew McCarthy

Acting

1994
The Silence of the Hams

as    Det. Martin Balsam

1991
Cape Fear

as    Judge

1990
Two Evil Eyes

as    Mr. Pym

1986
The Delta Force

as    Ben Kaplan

1985
Death Wish 3

as    Bennett Cross

1985
St. Elmo's Fire

as    Mr. Beamish

1979
Cuba

as    Gen. Bello

1978
Silver Bears

as    Joe Fiore

1977
The Sentinel

as    Prof. Ruzinsky

1976
All the President's Men

as    Howard Simons

1976
Two-Minute Warning

as    Sam McKeever

1975
Cry, Onion!

as    Petrus Lamb

1975
Mitchell

as    James Arthur Cummings

1974
Murder on the Orient Express

as    Signor Bianchi

1974
The Taking of Pelham One Two Three

as    Mr. Green - Harold Longman

1971
Confessions of a Police Captain

as    Commissario Bonavia

1971
The Anderson Tapes

as    Haskins

1970
Catch-22

as    Colonel Cathcart (CO, 256th Squadron)

1970
Little Big Man

as    Mr. Merriweather

1970
Tora! Tora! Tora!

as    Admiral Husband E. Kimmel

1967
Hombre

as    Henry Mendez

1966
After the Fox

as    Harry

1965
The Bedford Incident

as    Lieut Cmdr. Chester Potter, M.D., U.S.N.

1964
Seven Days in May

as    Paul Girard

1964
The Carpetbaggers

as    Bernard B. Norman

1962
Cape Fear

as    Police Chief Mark Dutton

1961
Breakfast at Tiffany's

as    O.J. Berman

1960
Psycho

as    Det. Milton Arbogast

1959
Al Capone

as    Mac Keeley, reporter

1959
Middle of the Night

as    Jack

1957
12 Angry Men

as    Juror 1

1954
On the Waterfront

as    Gillette (uncredited)

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