The Info List - Ed Begley

Edward James Begley Sr. (March 25, 1901 – April 28, 1970) was an American actor of theatre, radio, film, and television.[1]


1 Early years 2 Career 3 Filmography 4 Radio 5 See also 6 References 7 External links

Early years[edit] Begley was born in Hartford, Connecticut, the son of Hannah (née Clifford) and Michael Joseph Begley, Irish immigrants.[2][3][4] After he dropped out of school as a fifth-grader, Begley ran away from home several times, going to work for "carnivals, fairs, and small circuses."[5] Later he sold brushes, delivered milk and served in the United States Navy.[5] Career[edit] Begley began his career as a Broadway and radio actor while in his teens. He appeared in the hit musical Going Up on Broadway in 1917 and in London the next year. He later acted in roles as Sgt. O'Hara in the radio show The Fat Man. His radio work included Stroke of Fate and a period as Charlie Chan
Charlie Chan
among other roles. He also starred in the 1950s radio program Richard Diamond, Private Detective, playing Lieutenant Walter Levinson, head of homicide at the 5th Precinct, Manhattan. He was elected a member of The Lambs
The Lambs
in 1943. In the late 1940s, he began appearing regularly in supporting film roles.

Begley (right) with Monte Markham
Monte Markham
in 1969.

In the 1952–1953 television season, Begley co-starred with Eddie Albert in the CBS
sitcom Leave It to Larry. Begley, though only five years older than Albert, played the father-in-law and employer of Albert's character, Larry Tucker, a shoe salesman, who with his young family lives with Begley. In 1954 Begley starred in the NBC Television show, Robert Montgomery Presents, in an episode sponsored by Lucky Strike called Big Boy as Joe Grant, an engineer for the Union Pacific Railroad living in Cheyenne, Wyoming, who worked on the famous Union Pacific Big Boy steam locomotives. The show is about how Begley's character copes with the transition from steam locomotives to diesel locomotives in the 1950s. He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
for his role in Sweet Bird of Youth
Sweet Bird of Youth
(1962). Some of his other notable films include Deadline – U.S.A.
Deadline – U.S.A.
(1952), 12 Angry Men (1957) as juror #10, The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964), and Wild in the Streets
Wild in the Streets
(1968). One notable role Begley played both on television (twice in 1955) and in the theatrical film (1956) is William (Bill) Briggs, one of the three primary characters in Rod Serling's Patterns. In 1956, he appeared in the Broadway production of Inherit the Wind, in the role of Matthew Harrison Brady. For this performance, he won the Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Featured Actor
in a Play.[6][7]In 1968 he appeared with Clint Eastwood in the classic western Hang 'Em High. His other television work included appearances on Justice, Empire, The Virginian, Bonanza, The Fugitive, Target: The Corruptors, The Invaders, The Wild Wild West, and Going My Way, with Gene Kelly. Among his many Broadway credits were All My Sons
All My Sons
and Our Town. Begley married three times. He is the father of actor Ed Begley
Ed Begley
Jr. Begley died of a heart attack in Hollywood, California.[8] He is buried at the San Fernando Mission Cemetery
San Fernando Mission Cemetery
in Mission Hills, California.


Year Film Role Notes

1947 Body and Soul Party leader Uncredited

The Web Man Uncredited

Boomerang Paul Harris

The Roosevelt Story Narrator Documentary

1948 Sitting Pretty Horatio J. Hammond

The Street with No Name Chief Bernard Harmatz

Deep Waters Josh Hovey

Sorry, Wrong Number James Cotterell

1949 Tulsa John J. 'Johnny' Brady as Edward Begley

It Happens Every Spring Edgar Stone

The Great Gatsby Myron Lupus

1950 Backfire Captain Garcia

Stars in My Crown Lon Backett

Convicted Mackay, Head of Parole Board

Saddle Tramp Mr. August Hartnagle

Wyoming Mail Prison Warden Haynes

Dark City Barney

1951 You're in the Navy Now Port Commander

The Lady from Texas Dave Blodgett

On Dangerous Ground Captain Brawley

1952 Boots Malone Howard Whitehead

Lone Star Anthony Demmet

Deadline – U.S.A. Frank Allen

The Turning Point Neil Eichelberger

1954 Big Boy Joe Grant

1956 Patterns William Briggs

1957 12 Angry Men Juror #10

1959 Odds Against Tomorrow Dave Burke

1961 The Green Helmet Bartell

1962 Sweet Bird of Youth Tom 'Boss' Finley Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor Laurel Award for Top Male Supporting Performance (3rd place) Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor
– Motion Picture

1964 The Unsinkable Molly Brown Seamus Tobin Laurel Award for Top Male Supporting Performance (2nd place)

1965 Inherit the Wind Matthew Harrison Brady Nominated-Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Single Performance by an Actor
in a Leading Role in a Drama

1966 The Oscar Grobard

1967 Warning Shot Captain Roy Klodin

The Violent Enemy Colum O'More

Billion Dollar Brain General Midwinter

Do Not Fold, Staple, Spindle, or Mutilate

1968 Firecreek Preacher Broyles

Wild in the Streets Senator Allbright

Hang 'Em High Captain Wilson, Cooper Hanging Party

A Time to Sing Kermit Dodd

1969 The Monitors President

1970 The Dunwich Horror Dr. Henry Armitage

Neither Are We Enemies Annas Hallmark Hall of Fame
Hallmark Hall of Fame
Easter special

Road to Salina Warren (final film role)


Date Show Episode Role Notes

1944–45 Charlie Chan all Charlie Chan [9]

1946–1951 The Fat Man Various episodes Sgt. O'Hara

1947 The Adventures of Philip Marlowe "The Friend From Detroit"

1949 Let George Do It "The Man Under the Elm Tree" Darrell [10]

1951 Tales of the Texas Rangers "Blind Justice" Unknown [11]

"No Living Witnesses"

"Paid in Full"

"The Blow Off"

1952 Tales of the Texas Rangers "Birds of a Feather"

"Prelude to Felony"

See also[edit]

Biography portal Connecticut
portal California portal Radio
portal Theatre portal Film
portal Television


^ Obituary Variety, May 6, 1970. ^ [1] ^ [2] ^ http://www.tonic.com/post/ed-begley-jr-hollywoods-go-to-green-guru/ ^ a b " Ed Begley
Ed Begley
Loves Life". The Bridgeport Post. April 24, 1964. p. 21. Retrieved April 25, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  ^ "Ed Begley". Internet Broadway Database. The Broadway League. Retrieved July 4, 2015.  ^ "Inherit the Wind". Internet Broadway Database. The Broadway League. Retrieved July 4, 2015.  ^ Ed Begley
Ed Begley
dies in California ^ Dunning, John (1998). On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-507678-3. p. 149. ^ Radio
Detectives ^ Old Time Radio
Westerns—radio shows Begley appeared in.

External links[edit]

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Awards for Ed Begley

v t e

Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor


Walter Brennan
Walter Brennan
(1936) Joseph Schildkraut
Joseph Schildkraut
(1937) Walter Brennan
Walter Brennan
(1938) Thomas Mitchell (1939) Walter Brennan
Walter Brennan
(1940) Donald Crisp
Donald Crisp
(1941) Van Heflin
Van Heflin
(1942) Charles Coburn
Charles Coburn
(1943) Barry Fitzgerald
Barry Fitzgerald
(1944) James Dunn (1945) Harold Russell
Harold Russell
(1946) Edmund Gwenn
Edmund Gwenn
(1947) Walter Huston
Walter Huston
(1948) Dean Jagger
Dean Jagger
(1949) George Sanders
George Sanders


Karl Malden
Karl Malden
(1951) Anthony Quinn
Anthony Quinn
(1952) Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra
(1953) Edmond O'Brien
Edmond O'Brien
(1954) Jack Lemmon
Jack Lemmon
(1955) Anthony Quinn
Anthony Quinn
(1956) Red Buttons
Red Buttons
(1957) Burl Ives
Burl Ives
(1958) Hugh Griffith
Hugh Griffith
(1959) Peter Ustinov
Peter Ustinov
(1960) George Chakiris
George Chakiris
(1961) Ed Begley
Ed Begley
(1962) Melvyn Douglas
Melvyn Douglas
(1963) Peter Ustinov
Peter Ustinov
(1964) Martin Balsam
Martin Balsam
(1965) Walter Matthau
Walter Matthau
(1966) George Kennedy
George Kennedy
(1967) Jack Albertson
Jack Albertson
(1968) Gig Young
Gig Young
(1969) John Mills
John Mills
(1970) Ben Johnson (1971) Joel Grey
Joel Grey
(1972) John Houseman
John Houseman
(1973) Robert De Niro
Robert De Niro
(1974) George Burns
George Burns


Jason Robards
Jason Robards
(1976) Jason Robards
Jason Robards
(1977) Christopher Walken
Christopher Walken
(1978) Melvyn Douglas
Melvyn Douglas
(1979) Timothy Hutton
Timothy Hutton
(1980) John Gielgud
John Gielgud
(1981) Louis Gossett Jr.
Louis Gossett Jr.
(1982) Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson
(1983) Haing S. Ngor
Haing S. Ngor
(1984) Don Ameche
Don Ameche
(1985) Michael Caine
Michael Caine
(1986) Sean Connery
Sean Connery
(1987) Kevin Kline
Kevin Kline
(1988) Denzel Washington
Denzel Washington
(1989) Joe Pesci
Joe Pesci
(1990) Jack Palance
Jack Palance
(1991) Gene Hackman
Gene Hackman
(1992) Tommy Lee Jones
Tommy Lee Jones
(1993) Martin Landau
Martin Landau
(1994) Kevin Spacey
Kevin Spacey
(1995) Cuba Gooding Jr.
Cuba Gooding Jr.
(1996) Robin Williams
Robin Williams
(1997) James Coburn
James Coburn
(1998) Michael Caine
Michael Caine
(1999) Benicio del Toro
Benicio del Toro


Jim Broadbent
Jim Broadbent
(2001) Chris Cooper
Chris Cooper
(2002) Tim Robbins
Tim Robbins
(2003) Morgan Freeman
Morgan Freeman
(2004) George Clooney
George Clooney
(2005) Alan Arkin
Alan Arkin
(2006) Javier Bardem
Javier Bardem
(2007) Heath Ledger
Heath Ledger
(2008) Christoph Waltz
Christoph Waltz
(2009) Christian Bale
Christian Bale
(2010) Christopher Plummer
Christopher Plummer
(2011) Christoph Waltz
Christoph Waltz
(2012) Jared Leto
Jared Leto
(2013) J. K. Simmons
J. K. Simmons
(2014) Mark Rylance
Mark Rylance
(2015) Mahershala Ali
Mahershala Ali
(2016) Sam Rockwell
Sam Rockwell

v t e

Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Performance by a Featured Actor
in a Play


Arthur Kennedy
Arthur Kennedy
(1949) Eli Wallach
Eli Wallach
(1951) John Cromwell (1952) John Williams (1953) John Kerr (1954) Francis L. Sullivan
Francis L. Sullivan
(1955) Ed Begley
Ed Begley
(1956) Frank Conroy (1957) Henry Jones (1958) Charlie Ruggles
Charlie Ruggles
(1959) Roddy McDowall
Roddy McDowall
(1960) Martin Gabel
Martin Gabel
(1961) Walter Matthau
Walter Matthau
(1962) Alan Arkin
Alan Arkin
(1963) Hume Cronyn
Hume Cronyn
(1964) Jack Albertson
Jack Albertson
(1965) Patrick Magee (1966) Ian Holm
Ian Holm
(1967) James Patterson (1968) Al Pacino
Al Pacino
(1969) Ken Howard
Ken Howard
(1970) Paul Sand (1971) Vincent Gardenia
Vincent Gardenia
(1972) John Lithgow
John Lithgow
(1973) Ed Flanders
Ed Flanders
(1974) Frank Langella
Frank Langella


Edward Herrmann
Edward Herrmann
(1976) Jonathan Pryce
Jonathan Pryce
(1977) Lester Rawlins (1978) Michael Gough (1979) David Rounds (1980) Brian Backer (1981) Zakes Mokae (1982) Matthew Broderick
Matthew Broderick
(1983) Joe Mantegna
Joe Mantegna
(1984) Barry Miller (1985) John Mahoney
John Mahoney
(1986) John Randolph (1987) B. D. Wong
B. D. Wong
(1988) Boyd Gaines
Boyd Gaines
(1989) Charles Durning
Charles Durning
(1990) Kevin Spacey
Kevin Spacey
(1991) Laurence Fishburne
Laurence Fishburne
(1992) Stephen Spinella (1993) Jeffrey Wright
Jeffrey Wright
(1994) John Glover (1995) Ruben Santiago-Hudson
Ruben Santiago-Hudson
(1996) Owen Teale
Owen Teale
(1997) Tom Murphy (1998) Frank Wood (1999) Roy Dotrice
Roy Dotrice


Robert Sean Leonard
Robert Sean Leonard
(2001) Frank Langella
Frank Langella
(2002) Denis O'Hare
Denis O'Hare
(2003) Brían F. O'Byrne (2004) Liev Schreiber
Liev Schreiber
(2005) Ian McDiarmid
Ian McDiarmid
(2006) Billy Crudup
Billy Crudup
(2007) Jim Norton (2008) Roger Robinson (2009) Eddie Redmayne
Eddie Redmayne
(2010) John Benjamin Hickey
John Benjamin Hickey
(2011) Christian Borle
Christian Borle
(2012) Courtney B. Vance
Courtney B. Vance
(2013) Mark Rylance
Mark Rylance
(2014) Richard McCabe (2015) Reed Birney (2016) Michael Aronov (2017)

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