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Barry Fitzgerald

Brother of actor Arthur Shields, with whom he performed in several films, most notably John Ford's The Quiet Man (1952). One of the very few character actors ever to achieve star status. Fitzgerald was the only player ever nominated for the Academy Award for both Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor in the same year for the same role. The recognition was for Going My Way (1944). After he received this double nomination, the Academy immediately changed their rules to prevent this from happening again, rules which have remained unchanged to this day. One of Hollywood's finest character actors and most accomplished scene stealers, Barry Fitzgerald was born William Joseph Shields in 1888 in Dublin, Ireland. Educated to enter the banking business, the diminutive Irishman with the irresistible brogue was bitten by the acting bug in the 1920s and joined Dublin's world-famous Abbey Players. He subsequently starred in the Abbey Theatre production of Sean O'Casey's Juno And The Paycock, a role that he recreated in his film debut for director Alfred Hitchcock in 1930. He was coaxed to the U.S. in 1935 by John Ford to appear in Ford's film adaptation of another O'Casey masterpiece, The Plough and the Stars (1936). Fitzgerald took up residence in Hollywood and went on to give outstanding performances in such films as The Long Voyage Home (1940), How Green Was My Valley (1941), None But the Lonely Heart (1944), And Then There Were None (1945), Two Years Before the Mast (1946) and what is probably the role for which he is most fondly remembered, The Quiet Man (1952). He won the Academy Award For Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of gruff, aging Father Fitzgibbon in Going My Way (1944). He was also nominated for the Best Actor Oscar for the same role and was the only actor to ever be so honored. Barry Fitzgerald died in his beloved Dublin in 1961.

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Mar 10, 1888 In Dublin, Ireland
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Juno and the Paycock 1930-06-29
Latest Project:
Movie Bing Crosby: Rediscovered 2014-12-02
Known For
Poster of Cradle of Genius
Poster of The Quiet Man
Poster of What's My Line?
Poster of The Ed Sullivan Show
Movie Bing Crosby: Rediscovered Unknown 2014-12-02
Movie Cradle of Genius Unknown 1961-09-25
Movie Broth of a Boy Patrick Farrell 1959-02-06
Series Play of the Week Unknown 1959-10-12
Movie Rooney Grandfather 1958-03-24
Movie The Catered Affair Uncle Jack Conlon 1956-06-14
Series Alfred Hitchcock Presents Unknown 1955-10-02
Movie Happy Ever After Thady O'Heggarty 1954-12-19
Series General Electric Theater Unknown 1953-02-01
Movie Ha da venì... don Calogero! Don Calogero 1952-03-04
Movie The Quiet Man Michaleen Oge Flynn 1952-07-21
Movie Silver City R.R. Jarboe 1951-12-01
Series What's My Line? Self - Mystery Guest 1950-02-02
Movie Union Station Inspector Donnelly 1950-10-04
Series Lux Video Theatre Unknown 1950-10-02
Movie Top o' the Morning Sergeant Briany McNaughton 1949-08-31
Movie The Story of Seabiscuit Shawn O'Hara 1949-11-12
Movie The Naked City Det. Lt. Dan Muldoon 1948-03-04
Movie The Sainted Sisters Robbie McCleary 1948-04-30
Series The Ed Sullivan Show Unknown 1948-06-20
Movie Miss Tatlock's Millions Denno Noonan 1948-11-19
Movie California Michael Fabian 1947-02-21
Movie Easy Come, Easy Go Martin L. Donovan 1947-03-07
Movie Variety Girl Himself 1947-08-29
Movie Welcome Stranger Dr. Joseph McRory 1947-06-13
Movie Two Years Before the Mast Terence O'Feenaghty 1946-11-22
Movie I Love a Soldier Murphy 1945-07-12
Movie Incendiary Blonde Michael 'Mike' Guinan 1945-07-25
Movie Duffy's Tavern Bing Crosby's Father 1945-09-28
Movie And Then There Were None Francis Quinncannon 1945-10-31
Movie The Stork Club Jerry B. 'J.B.' / 'Pop' Bates 1945-12-28
Movie Going My Way Father Fitzgibbon 1944-05-15
Movie None But the Lonely Heart Henry Twite 1944-10-17
Movie The Amazing Mrs. Holliday Timothy Blake 1943-02-19
Movie Corvette K-225 Stooky 1943-09-29
Movie The Sea Wolf Cooky 1941-03-21
Movie Tarzan's Secret Treasure Dennis O'Doul 1941-12-01
Movie How Green Was My Valley Cyfartha 1941-10-28
Movie The Long Voyage Home Cocky 1940-11-16
Movie San Francisco Docks The Icky 1940-12-25
Movie Pacific Liner Britches 1939-01-06
Movie The Saint Strikes Back Zipper Dyson 1939-03-08
Movie Full Confession Michael O'Keefe 1939-09-08
Movie Bringing Up Baby Aloysius Gogarty 1938-02-18
Movie Four Men and a Prayer Mulcahay 1938-04-29
Movie The Dawn Patrol Bott 1938-12-24
Movie Marie Antoinette Peddler (uncredited) 1938-08-26
Movie Ebb Tide Huish 1937-11-17
Movie The Plough and the Stars Fluther Good 1936-12-26
Movie Guests of The Nation Captured British soldier 1935-01-01
Movie Juno and the Paycock The Orator 1930-06-29