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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.

Movies of Martin Balsam

The Silence of the Hams
The Silence of the Hams

The Silence of the Hams   

Release Date: 
1994

Rating: 4.4

Director: John Carpenter / Mel Brooks /

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

Cape Fear   

Release Date: 
1991

Rating: 7

Director: Martin Scorsese / Joseph P. Reidy /

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

Two Evil Eyes   

Release Date: 
1990

Rating: 6

Director: Christine Forrest / Tom Savini /

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

The Delta Force   

Release Date: 
1986

Rating: 5.1

Director: Menahem Golan / Assi Dayan /

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

Death Wish 3   

Release Date: 
1985

Rating: 6

Director: Michael Winner / Alex Winter /

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

St. Elmo's Fire   

Release Date: 
1985

Rating: 5.9

Director: Emilio Estevez / Demi Moore /

Stars: 
Emilio Estevez  /  Rob Lowe  /  Andrew McCarthy
Little Gloria... Happy at Last
Little Gloria... Happy at Last

Little Gloria... Happy at Last   

Release Date: 
1982

Rating: 9

Director: Waris Hussein /

Cuba
Cuba

Cuba   

Release Date: 
1979

Rating: 5.4

Director: Richard Lester /

Stars: 
Sean Connery  /  Brooke Adams  /  Jack Weston
Silver Bears
Silver Bears

Silver Bears   

Release Date: 
1978

Rating: 6

Director: Ivan Passer /

Stars: 
Cybill Shepherd  /  Michael Caine  /  Martin Balsam
The Sentinel
The Sentinel

The Sentinel   

Release Date: 
1977

Rating: 6.3

Director: José Ferrer / Michael Winner /

Stars: 
Martin Balsam  /  Burgess Meredith  /  Chris Sarandon
Two-Minute Warning
Two-Minute Warning

Two-Minute Warning   

Release Date: 
1976

Rating: 6.4

Director: John Cassavetes / Larry Peerce /

Stars: 
John Cassavetes  /  Charlton Heston  /  Martin Balsam
All the President's Men
All the President's Men

All the President's Men   

Release Date: 
1976

Rating: 7.6

Director: Robert Redford / Alan J. Pakula /

Stars: 
Robert Redford  /  Dustin Hoffman  /  Jack Warden
Mitchell
Mitchell

Mitchell   

Release Date: 
1975

Rating: 4.4

Director: Andrew V. McLaglen /

Stars: 
Linda Evans  /  John Saxon  /  Morgan Paull
Cry, Onion!
Cry, Onion!

Cry, Onion!   

Release Date: 
1975

Rating: 3.7

Director: Enzo G. Castellari /

Stars: 
Franco Nero  /  Leo Anchóriz  /  Sterling Hayden
Murder on the Orient Express
Murder on the Orient Express

Murder on the Orient Express   

Release Date: 
1974

Rating: 6.9

Director: Vanessa Redgrave / Sidney Lumet /

Stars: 
Albert Finney  /  Lauren Bacall  /  Martin Balsam
The Taking of Pelham One Two Three
The Taking of Pelham One Two Three

The Taking of Pelham One Two Three   

Release Date: 
1974

Rating: 7.6

Director: Joseph Sargent / Nancy Hopton /

Stars: 
Walter Matthau  /  Robert Shaw  /  Martin Balsam
The Anderson Tapes
The Anderson Tapes

The Anderson Tapes   

Release Date: 
1971

Rating: 6.4

Director: Charles Frank / Sidney Lumet /

Stars: 
Sean Connery  /  Dyan Cannon  /  Martin Balsam
Confessions of a Police Captain
Confessions of a Police Captain

Confessions of a Police Captain   

Release Date: 
1971

Rating: 6.3

Director: Damiano Damiani /

Stars: 
Franco Nero  /  Luciano Catenacci  /  Martin Balsam
Little Big Man
Little Big Man

Little Big Man   

Release Date: 
1970

Rating: 7.5

Director: Dustin Hoffman / Arthur Penn /

Stars: 
Dustin Hoffman  /  Faye Dunaway  /  Chief Dan George
Catch-22
Catch-22

Catch-22   

Release Date: 
1970

Rating: 6.6

Director: Bob Balaban / Alan Arkin /

Stars: 
Alan Arkin  /  Martin Balsam  /  Richard Benjamin
Tora! Tora! Tora!
Tora! Tora! Tora!

Tora! Tora! Tora!   

Release Date: 
1970

Rating: 6.9

Director: Kinji Fukasaku / Richard Fleischer /

Stars: 
Martin Balsam  /  Sô Yamamura  /  Joseph Cotten
Hombre
Hombre

Hombre   

Release Date: 
1967

Rating: 7.2

Director: Martin Ritt / Paul Newman /

Stars: 
Paul Newman  /  Fredric March  /  Richard Boone
After the Fox
After the Fox

After the Fox   

Release Date: 
1966

Rating: 5.9

Director: Vittorio De Sica / Peter Sellers /

Stars: 
Peter Sellers  /  Victor Mature  /  Britt Ekland
The Bedford Incident
The Bedford Incident

The Bedford Incident   

Release Date: 
1965

Rating: 7

Director: Sidney Poitier / James B. Harris /

Stars: 
Richard Widmark  /  Sidney Poitier  /  Eric Portman
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