Martin Balsam Biography

Birthday: 1919-11-04
Place of Birth: The Bronx, New York City
Height: 5' 7" (1.70 m) Mini Biography Stud
Wiki 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.

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Filmography

TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Valiant Lady 1953 Drama
Pursuit Holden 1958 - 1959
Psychos Det. Milton Arbogast 1960 Horror
The Story Of Jesus Innkeeper 1975 History
Archie Bunker's Place Murray Klein 1979 - 1983 Comedy
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Time Limit Sgt. Baker 1957
12 Angry Men Juror #1 1957 0
Marjorie Morningstar 1958 Drama, Romance
Psycho Det. Milton Arbogast 1960 Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Seven Days in May Paul Girard 1964 0, Game Show
The Carpetbaggers 1964
The Bedford Incident 1965
Harlow Everett Redman 1965
A Thousand Clowns 1966 Comedy, Drama, Romance
Hombre 1967 Action, Drama
Tora! Tora! Tora! Adm. Husband E. Kimmel 1970 0, 0, Romance
Catch-22 Col. Cathcart 1970 0, 0
Me, Natalie Uncle Harold 1970 Comedy, Drama
Little Big Man 1970 Adventure, Drama, History
The Anderson Tapes 1971 Crime, Drama, Thriller
The Taking of Pelham One Two Three Green 1974 0, Comedy
Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams 1974 Drama
Mitchell James Arthur Cummins 1975
All the President's Men Howard Simons 1976
Two-Minute Warning 1976 Drama, Thriller
Raid on Entebbe 1977 Action, Drama, History
Contract on Cherry Street 1977 Drama, Thriller
The Goodbye People 1986
Delta Force 1986 Action, Adventure, Drama
The Delta Force 1986 Action, Adventure, Drama
Whatever It Takes Hap Perchicksky 1986
P.I. Private Investigations Cliff Dowling 1987 Crime, Thriller
La sporca insegna del coraggio Major Briggs 1987 Action
The Brother from Space Father Howard 1988
L'ultima partita Lawyer 1991 Action
Innocent Prey Sheriff Virgil Baker 1991 Horror, Thriller
Cape Fear 1991 Drama, Thriller
The Silence of the Hams Det. Martin Balsam 1994 Comedy, Thriller
Legend of the Spirit Dog Gramps 1997 Drama
Murder on the Orient Express Bianchi 2017 0