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Barry Fitzgerald

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Irish actor most widely known for his Oscar-winning role as Dad Fitzgibbon in Going My Method. He appeared within the movies The Plough as well as the Stars and exactly how Green was My Valley, both aimed by John Ford. He worked well in civil assistance before going after his profession as an acting professional. He was nominated for Greatest Actor and Greatest Supporting Acting professional at the same Academy Honours for his part as Dad Fitzgibbon. His young brother was acting professional Arthur Shields. He starred alongside Louis Hayward within the 1945 version of AND There Were non-e.

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Full Name Barry Fitzgerald
Date Of Birth March 10, 1888
Died January 14, 1961, Dublin, Republic of Ireland
Place Of Birth Ireland
Height 1.6 m
Profession Movie Actor
Nationality Irish
Siblings Arthur Shields
Awards Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
Nominations Academy Award for Best Actor
Movies The Quiet Man, Going My Way, And Then There Were None, How Green Was My Valley, The Naked City, Bringing Up Baby, The Long Voyage Home, None but the Lonely Heart, The Story of Seabiscuit, Union Station, The Catered Affair, Top o' the Morning, Tarzan's Secret Treasure, Corvette K-225, The Dawn Patrol, The Plough and the Stars, The Stork Club, Welcome Stranger, Incendiary Blonde, The Amazing Mrs. Holliday, The Sainted Sisters, The Saint Strikes Back, The Sea Wolf, Pacific Liner, Two Years Before the Mast, Full Confession, Miss Tatlock's Millions, San Francisco Docks, Variety Girl, Two Tickets to London, Happy Ever After, Juno and the Paycock, California, Silver City, Rooney, Ebb Tide, Easy Come, Easy Go, Broth of a Boy, Ha da venì... don Calogero!, Guests Of A Nation
TV Shows Ghost Hunters International
Star Sign Pisces

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#Fact
1Along with Al Pacino and Sylvester Stallone, he is one of only three actors to receive Oscar nominations for both Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor for playing the same character: (1) Fitzgerald was nominated for both awards for playing Father Fitzgibbon in Going My Way (1944), (2) Pacino was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for playing Michael Corleone The Godfather (1972) and Best Actor for the same role in The Godfather: Part II (1974) and (3) Stallone was nominated for Best Actor for playing Rocky Balboa in Rocky (1976) and Best Supporting Actor for the same role in Creed (2015).
2He appeared in seven films with his younger brother Arthur Shields: The Plough and the Stars (1936), The Long Voyage Home (1940), How Green Was My Valley (1941), Easy Come, Easy Go (1947), Top o' the Morning (1949), The Story of Seabiscuit (1949) and The Quiet Man (1952).
3He appeared in two Best Picture Academy Award winners: How Green Was My Valley (1941) and Going My Way (1944).
4Is one of 8 actors who have received an Oscar nomination for their performance as a priest. The others, in chronological order, are: Spencer Tracy for San Francisco (1936) and Boys Town (1938); Charles Bickford for The Song of Bernadette (1943); Bing Crosby for Going My Way (1944) and The Bells of St. Mary's (1945); Gregory Peck for The Keys of the Kingdom (1944); Karl Malden for On the Waterfront (1954); Jason Miller for The Exorcist (1973); and Philip Seymour Hoffman for Doubt (2008). Tracy, Crosby and Fitzgerald all won Oscars for their performances.
5He is one of the elite ten thespians to have been nominated for both a Supporting and Lead Acting Academy Award in the same year. The other nine are Fay Bainter, Teresa Wright, Jessica Lange, Sigourney Weaver, Al Pacino, Cate Blanchett, Emma Thompson, Holly Hunter, Julianne Moore and Jamie Foxx. Fitzgerald is the only of the actors to be nominated in both categories for the same role in the same movie.
6Broke the head off his 'Best Supporting Actor' Oscar (Going My Way (1944)) practicing his golf swing.
7The slight, small Fitzgerald was frequently cast alongside huge hulks like John Wayne or Victor McLaglen (most notably in John Ford films), making for a good sight gag as he behaved fearlessly.
8Despite his penchant for portraying priests, Fitzgerald (born William Shields) was a Protestant (and a nationalist), whose brother Arthur Shields was a republican during the upheaval of the early 20th century in Ireland.
9Fitzgerald 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.
10One of the very few character actors ever to achieve star status.
11Brother of actor Arthur Shields, with whom he performed in several films, most notably John Ford's The Quiet Man (1952).


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Four Men and a Prayer1938Trooper Mulcahay
Bringing Up Baby1938Mr. Gogarty
Ebb Tide1937Huish
The Plough and the Stars1936Fluther Good
Guests of the Nation1935Captured British soldier
The Shame of Mary Boyle1929The Orator
Land of Her Fathers1924
Grand Hotel1964TV Movie
Play of the Week1960TV Series
Broth of a Boy1959Patrick Farrell
Rooney1958Grandfather
The Catered Affair1956Uncle Jack Conlon
Alfred Hitchcock Presents1955TV SeriesHarold 'Stretch' Sears
General Electric Theater1954TV Series
Tonight's the Night1954Thady O'Heggarty
Lux Video Theatre1952TV SeriesBarry Flynn
The Quiet Man1952Michaleen Oge Flynn
Ha da venì... don Calogero1952Don Calogero
Silver City1951R.R. Jarboe
The Ford Theatre Hour1950TV SeriesJohn Duffy
Union Station1950Inspector Donnelly
The Story of Seabiscuit1949Shawn O'Hara
Top o' the Morning1949Sergeant Briany McNaughton
Miss Tatlock's Millions1948Denno Noonan
The Sainted Sisters1948Robbie McCleary
The Naked City1948Det. Lt. Dan Muldoon
Variety Girl1947Barry Fitzgerald
Welcome Stranger1947Dr. Joseph McRory
Easy Come, Easy Go1947Martin L. Donovan
California1947Michael Fabian
Two Years Before the Mast1946Terence O'Feenaghty
The Stork Club1945Jerry B. 'J.B.' / 'Pop' Bates
And Then There Were None1945Judge Francis J. Quincannon
Duffy's Tavern1945Bing Crosby's Father
Incendiary Blonde1945Michael 'Mike' Guinan
None But the Lonely Heart1944Henry Twite
I Love a Soldier1944Murphy
Going My Way1944Father Fitzgibbon
Corvette K-2251943Stooky O'Meara
Two Tickets to London1943Capt. McCardle
The Amazing Mrs. Holliday1943Timothy Blake
Tarzan's Secret Treasure1941O'Doul
How Green Was My Valley1941Cyfartha
The Sea Wolf1941Cooky
San Francisco Docks1940Icky
The Long Voyage Home1940Cocky
Full Confession1939Michael O'Keefe
The Saint Strikes Back1939Zipper Dyson
Pacific Liner1939Britches
The Dawn Patrol1938Bott
Marie Antoinette1938Peddler (uncredited)

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Top o' the Morning1949"TOP O' THE MORNING" / performer: "THE DONOVANS" - uncredited
Variety Girl1947"HARMONY"
The Stork Club1945performer: "In the Shade of the Old Apple Tree" 1905 - uncredited
Incendiary Blonde1945performer: "Sweet Genevieve" - uncredited

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Cradle of Genius1961Documentary short
The Ed Sullivan Show1952TV SeriesHimself
I've Got a Secret1952TV SeriesHimself - Guest
What's My Line?1952TV SeriesHimself - Mystery Guest
The Name's the Same1952TV SeriesHimself - Contestant
TV Club1950TV Series documentaryHimself - Actor

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
American Masters2014TV Series documentaryHimself
The Abbey Theatre: The First 100 Years2004DocumentaryHimself, Fluther Good
The Cinematographer1951Documentary shortHimself - film clip from 'The Naked City' (uncredited)

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameMotion PictureOn 8 February 1960. At 6252 Hollywood Blvd.
1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameTelevisionOn 8 February 1960. At 7001 Hollywood Blvd.
1945OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actor in a Supporting RoleGoing My Way (1944)
1945Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Supporting ActorGoing My Way (1944)
1944NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest ActorGoing My Way (1944)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1945OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actor in a Leading RoleGoing My Way (1944)


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#Quote
1A golf course is nothing but a pool room moved outdoors.

#Trademark
1Short stature

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