Martin Balsam

Martin Balsam

Martin Balsam

November 4, 1919
Bronx, New York, USA
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.
Silence Of The Hams (1994)
59%
19 votes

Silence Of The Hams (1994)

Det. Martin Balsam
Cape Fear (1991)
77%
466 votes

Cape Fear (1991)

Judge
Two Evil Eyes (1990)
64%
11 votes

Two Evil Eyes (1990)

Mr. Pym
The Brother from Space (1988)
NR
0 votes

The Brother from Space (1988)

Frather Howard
The Delta Force (1986)
63%
64 votes

The Delta Force (1986)

Ben Kaplan
Second Serve (1986)
NR
0 votes

Second Serve (1986)

Dr. Beck
Death Wish 3 (1985)
64%
33 votes

Death Wish 3 (1985)

Bennett Cross
St. Elmo's Fire (1985)
75%
101 votes

St. Elmo's Fire (1985)

Mr. Beamish
Space (1985)
NR
0 votes

Space (1985)

Sen. Glancey
Cuba (1979)
70%
1 votes

Cuba (1979)

Gen. Bello
Aunt Mary (1979)
NR
0 votes

Aunt Mary (1979)

Harry Strasberg
Silver Bears (1978)
70%
1 votes

Silver Bears (1978)

Joe Fiore
Eyes Behind the Stars (1978)
20%
1 votes

Eyes Behind the Stars (1978)

Inspector Jim Grant
Contract on Cherry Street (1977)
NR
0 votes

Contract on Cherry Street (1977)

Capt. Ernie Weinberg
The Sentinel (1977)
65%
20 votes

The Sentinel (1977)

Prof. Ruzinsky
Two-Minute Warning (1976)
52%
6 votes

Two-Minute Warning (1976)

Sam McKeever
Death Rage (1976)
40%
1 votes

Death Rage (1976)

Commissario
Meet Him And Die (1976)
60%
1 votes

Meet Him And Die (1976)

Giulianelli
All the President's Men (1976)
81%
304 votes

All the President's Men (1976)

Howard Simons
Mitchell (1975)
32%
6 votes

Mitchell (1975)

James Arthur Cummings
Cry, Onion! (1975)
34%
5 votes

Cry, Onion! (1975)

Petrus Lamb
Murder on the Orient Express (1974)
74%
99 votes

Murder on the Orient Express (1974)

Signor Bianchi
The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974)
76%
57 votes

The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974)

Mr. Green - Harold Longman
Counselor at Crime (1973)
60%
2 votes

Counselor at Crime (1973)

 
The Stone Killer (1973)
78%
4 votes

The Stone Killer (1973)

Al Vescari
The Six Million Dollar Man (1973)
77%
3 votes

The Six Million Dollar Man (1973)

Dr. Rudy Wells
A Brand New Life (1973)
NR
0 votes

A Brand New Life (1973)

Jim Douglas
The Man (1972)
NR
0 votes

The Man (1972)

Jim Talley
Il vero e il falso (1972)
NR
0 votes

Il vero e il falso (1972)

Turrisi
The Anderson Tapes (1971)
51%
14 votes

The Anderson Tapes (1971)

Haskins
Confessions of a Police Captain (1971)
NR
0 votes

Confessions of a Police Captain (1971)

Commissario Bonavia
Little Big Man (1970)
75%
45 votes

Little Big Man (1970)

Mr. Merriweather
Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)
76%
74 votes

Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)

Admiral Husband E. Kimmel
Catch-22 (1970)
75%
47 votes

Catch-22 (1970)

Colonel Cathcart (CO, 256th Squadron)
The Good Guys and the Bad Guys (1969)
40%
2 votes

The Good Guys and the Bad Guys (1969)

Mayor Wilker
Me, Natalie (1969)
NR
0 votes

Me, Natalie (1969)

Uncle Harold
Hombre (1967)
75%
16 votes

Hombre (1967)

Henry Mendez
After The Fox (1966)
38%
5 votes

After The Fox (1966)

Harry
The Bedford Incident (1965)
79%
7 votes

The Bedford Incident (1965)

Lieut Cmdr. Chester Potter, M.D., U.S.N.
Harlow (1965)
43%
3 votes

Harlow (1965)

Richard Manley
A Thousand Clowns (1965)
93%
3 votes

A Thousand Clowns (1965)

Arnold Burns
Seven Days in May (1964)
73%
13 votes

Seven Days in May (1964)

Paul Girard
The Carpetbaggers (1964)
60%
2 votes

The Carpetbaggers (1964)

Bernard B. Norman
Cape Fear (1962)
77%
35 votes

Cape Fear (1962)

Police Chief Mark Dutton
Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)
83%
912 votes

Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)

O. J. Berman
Ada (1961)
67%
3 votes

Ada (1961)

Steve Jackson
Everybody Go Home (1960)
80%
2 votes

Everybody Go Home (1960)

Sergente Quintino Fornaciari
Psycho (1960)
84%
1,896 votes

Psycho (1960)

Det. Milton Arbogast
Middle of the Night (1959)
NR
0 votes

Middle of the Night (1959)

Jack
Al Capone (1959)
60%
2 votes

Al Capone (1959)

Mac Keeley, reporter
Time Limit (1957)
NR
0 votes

Time Limit (1957)

Sgt. Baker
12 Angry Men (1957)
89%
1,848 votes

12 Angry Men (1957)

Juror 1
On the Waterfront (1954)
80%
164 votes

On the Waterfront (1954)

Gillette (uncredited)
Archie Bunker's Place
70%
3 votes

Archie Bunker's Place

 
The Six Million Dollar Man
77%
60 votes

The Six Million Dollar Man

 
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