Martin Balsam

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Date of Birth 4 November 1919, The Bronx, New York City, New York, USA Date of Death 13 February 1996, Rome, Lazio, Italy (heart attack) Birth Name Martin Henry Balsam Height 5' 7" (1.70 m) Mini Biography Studied dramatics at the New School, New York City. Served in the Army Air Corps in WWII. Selected by Elia Kazan and Lee Strasberg for the Actors' Studio, 1947. One daughter, actress Talia Balsam. IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous Mini Biography 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. IMDb Mini Biography By: Irishlass240 (smmorr240@aol.com) Spouse Irene Miller (1963 - 13 February 1996) (his death) 2 children Joyce Van Patten (18 August 1957 - 14 August 1962) (divorced) 1 child Pearl Somner (1952 - 1954) (divorced) Trivia Father of actress Talia Balsam, from his marriage to Joyce Van Patten. Graduated DeWitt Clinton High School in New York. [1938] He was the first to record the voice of HAL in Stanley Kubrick's Rumrejsen år 2001 (1968), but was passed over in favor of Douglas Rain. Studied Monkey Kung Fu as a hobby. Won Broadway's 1968 Tony Award as Best Actor (Dramatic) for "You Know I Can't Hear You When the Water's Running." Ex-brother-in-law of Dick Van Patten, Pat Van Patten and Timothy Van Patten. Ex-uncle of Vincent Van Patten, Nels Van Patten and James Van Patten. A veteran of the famous Actors Studio in New York. He would express frustration when fans asking for autographs would only seem to remember him falling backwards down the stairway in Psycho (1960). He felt there were so many other challenging roles he would rather be remembered for. Always charming, he simply smiled and provided the signature, just the same. Former father-in-law of George Clooney. Played Carroll O'Connor's Jewish business partner for a couple of seasons on "Archie Bunker's Place" (1979). Previously they had performed together in the The Sacco-Vanzetti Story on "Sunday Showcase" (1959). Continued to return to the Actors Studio periodically in later years. Appears to have died of natural causes. A maid found him lying on the floor near his bed in the upscale Residenza Di Ripetta while he was vacationing in Italy. Broadway columnist Earl Wilson dubbed him "The Bronx Barrymore". Made his film debut in the Actors Studio-dominated film I storbyens havn (1954). Worked as a waiter and as an usher at Radio City Music Hall in New York during his early years of struggle. Part of the drama club at DeWitt Clinton High School, he studied dramatics at The New School in New York City and then served in the Army Air Corps during World War II. Born in The Bronx in New York City to Jewish parents Albert Balsam, a manufacturer of ladies sportswear, and Lillian (née Weinstein). He was the eldest of three children. Played a psychiatrist in Rod Sterling's Time Element, which dealt with a patient who kept dreaming that he was back in the time just prior to the bombing of Pearl Harbor. In Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970), he played Admiral Kimmel the naval commander of Pearl Harbor at the time of the Japanese attack. Father of a son, Adam Balsam and a daughter, Zoe Balsam, from his marriage to Irene Miller. He made guest appearances on both "The Twilight Zone" (1959) and "The Twilight Zone" (1985). Personal Quotes I'll tell you, I still don't feel whatever change you're supposed to feel when your name goes up above the title. I think that's because this star thing has never been the first consideration with me. Never. The work has always come first. I think the average guy has always identified with me. The supporting role is always potentially the most interesting in a film.

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Birth Name

Martin Henry Balsam

Birth Place

El Bronx, Nueva York, Estados Unidos

Birth Date

11/4/1919
Known For
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12 Angry Men

Juror 1

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The Delta Force

Ben Kaplan

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All the President's Men

Howard Simons

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The Taking Of Pelham One Two Three

Green

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Catch-22

Colonel Cathcart

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Death Wish 3

Bennett

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The Stone Killer

Al Vescari

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Two Minute Warning

Sam McKeever

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The Anderson Tapes

Haskins

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Eyes Behind the Stars

Inspector Jim Grant

Starring In
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My Name Is Alfred Hitchcock

Self (archive footage)

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Sunset Over Mulholland Drive

Steve Jackson (archive footage) (uncredited)

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78/52: Hitchcock's Shower Scene

Milton Arbogast (archive footage)

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Magician: Astonishing Life & Work Of Orson Welles

Colonel Cathcart (archive footage) (uncredited)

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100 Years of Universal - The Lot

Det. Milton Arbogast (archive footage) (uncredited)

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Eurocrime! The Italian Cop and Gangster Films That Ruled the '70s

Self (archive footage)

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Delta Force

Ben Kaplan

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The Silence of the Hams

Det. Martin Balsam

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La Classe Américaine

Callaghan (archive footage)

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Cape Fear 1991

Judge

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L'ultima meta

Lawyer

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Two Evil Eyes

Mr. Pym (segment "The Black Cat")

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Brothers in Blood

Major Briggs

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The Delta Force

Ben Kaplan

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Death Wish 3

Bennett

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St. Elmo's Fire

Mr. Beamish

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Octopus-Seizoen 2

Frank Carrisi (5 episodes, 1986)

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The People vs. Jean Harris

Joel Aurnou

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The Salamander

Captain Steffanelli

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Cuba

Gen. Bello

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Aunt Mary

Harry Strasberg

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Gardenia

Salluzzo

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The House on Garibaldi Street

Isser Harel

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Archie Bunker's Place: The Complete First Season

Murray Klein (38 episodes, 1979-1983)

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Silver Bears

Joe Fiore

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Eyes Behind the Stars

Inspector Jim Grant

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Rainbow

Louis B. Mayer

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The Sentinel

Prof. Ruzinsky

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Blood and Diamonds

Rizzo

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Raid on Entebbe

Daniel Cooper

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All the President's Men

Howard Simons

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Death Rage

Commissario

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Pronto a Uccidere

Giulianelli

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The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case

Edward J. Reilly

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Two Minute Warning

Sam McKeever

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Cry, Onion!

Petrus Lamb

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Mitchell

James Arthur Cummings

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Smiling Maniacs

Carlo Goja

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Murder on the Orient Express

Bianchi

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The Taking Of Pelham One Two Three

Green

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Trapped Beneath the Sea

T.C. Hollister

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The Stone Killer

Al Vescari

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Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams

Harry

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The Six Million Dollar Man: Wine, Women and War

Dr. Rudy Wells (archive footage) (uncredited)

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The Six Million Dollar Man

Dr. Rudy Wells

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Counselor at Crime

Don Antonio Macaluso

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Night of Terror

Capt. Caleb Sark

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The Hassled Hooker

District Attorney Turrisi

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Chronicle of a Homicide

Giudice Aldo Sola

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The Anderson Tapes

Haskins

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Confession D'un Commissaire De Police Au Procureur De La République

Commissario Giacomo Bonavia

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Little Big Man

Mr. Merriweather

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The Old Man Who Cried Wolf

Stanley Pulska

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Tora! Tora! Tora!

Adm. Husband E. Kimmel

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Catch-22

Colonel Cathcart

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The Good Guys and the Bad Guys

Mayor Wilker

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Me, Natalie

Uncle Harold

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Hombre

Henry Mendez

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After the Fox

Harry

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A Thousand Clowns

Arnold

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The Bedford Incident

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

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Harlow

Everett Redman

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Seven Days in May

Paul Girard

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The Carpetbaggers

Bernard B. Norman

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Who's Been Sleeping in My Bed?

Sanford Kaufman

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Cape Fear (1962)

Police Chief Mark Dutton

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Conquered City

Joseph Feinberg

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Breakfast at Tiffany's

O.J. Berman

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El tercer hombre era mujer

Steve Jackson

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Tutti a casa

Sergente Quintino Fornaciari

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Psycho

Detective Milton Arbogast

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Nel mezzo della notte

Jack Englander

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Al Capone

Mac Keeley

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Marjorie Morningstar

Dr. David Harris

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12 Angry Men

Juror 1

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Time Limit

Sgt. Baker

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On the Waterfront

Gillette (uncredited)

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