Barry Fitzgerald

Actor | * 03/10/1888 († 72, 01/14/1961) | Dublin, Ireland
William Joseph Shields (10 March 1888 – 14 January 1961), known professionally as Barry Fitzgerald, was an Irish stage, film and television actor. In a career spanning almost forty years, he appeared in such notable films as Bringing Up Baby (1938), The Long Voyage Home (1940), How Green Was My Valley (1941), Going My Way (1944), None But the Lonely Heart (1944) and The Quiet Man (1952). For Going My Way (1944), he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and was simultaneously nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor. He was the older brother of Irish actor Arthur Shields. ()
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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.

Most frequent genres for this person: Drama | Comedies | Romance / Love

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Awards & Nominations for Barry Fitzgerald

Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for Best Actor Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor

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Movies with Barry Fitzgerald as Actor(41)

as Patrick Farrell1959 Broth of a Boy
as Grandfather1958 Rooney
as Uncle Jack Conlon1956 The Catered Affair
as Thady O'Heggarty1954 Happy Ever After
as Michaleen Oge Flynn1952 The Quiet Man
as R.R. Jarboe1951 Silver City
as Inspector Donnelly1950 Union Station
as Sergeant Briany McNaughton1949 Top o' the Morning
as Shawn O'Hara1949 The Story of Seabiscuit
as Det. Lt. Dan Muldoon1948 The Naked City
as Denno Noonan1948 Miss Tatlock's Millions
as Robbie McCleary1948 The Sainted Sisters
as Martin L. Donovan1947 Easy Come, Easy Go
as Dr. Joseph McRory1947 Welcome Stranger
as himself1947 Variety Girl
as Michael Fabian1947 California
as Terence O'Feenaghty1946 Two Years Before the Mast
as Jerry B. 'J.B.' / 'Pop' Bates1945 The Stork Club
as Judge Francis J. Quinncannon1945 And Then There Were None
as Michael 'Mike' Guinan1945 Incendiary Blonde
as Bing Crosby's Father1945 Duffy's Tavern
as Murphy1945 I Love a Soldier
as Henry Twite1944 None But the Lonely Heart
as Father Fitzgibbon1944 Going My Way
as Stooky1943 Corvette K-225
as Timothy Blake1943 The Amazing Mrs. Holliday
as Dennis O'Doul1941 Tarzan's Secret Treasure
as Cooky1941 The Sea Wolf
as Cyfartha1941 How Green Was My Valley
as The Icky1940 San Francisco Docks
as Zipper Dyson1939 The Saint Strikes Back
as Michael O'Keefe1939 Full Confession
as Britches1939 Pacific Liner
as Bott1938 The Dawn Patrol
as Mr. Aloysius Gogarty1938 Bringing Up Baby
as Mulcahay1938 Four Men and a Prayer
as Huish1937 Ebb Tide
as Fluther Good1936 The Plough and the Stars
as Captured British soldier1935 Guests of The Nation
as The Orator1930 Juno and the Paycock

TV Shows/Series with Barry Fitzgerald as Actor(6)

Full Name: Barry Fitzgerald
Citizenship: Ireland
Born: 03/10 1888 (March) in Dublin
Died: Saturday, 01/14 1961 (January) in Dublin (aged: 72)
Zodiac sign: Pisces (Chinese zodiac sign: Rat)
Educated at: Skerry's College
Other names for Barry Fitzgerald (nicknames, foreign languages etc.):
"William Joseph Shields"
Barry Fitzgerald frequently works together with these people:
Hans Dreier (11x, Crew)
Edith Head (10x, Crew)
John Ford (8x, Crew)
Frank Faylen (6x, Actor)
Bing Crosby (5x, Actor)
Arthur Shields (5x, Actor)
Frank Butler (5x, Crew)
John Farrow (5x, Crew)
Vincent Price (4x, Actor)
Joanne Woodward (4x, Actress)
Cedric Hardwicke (4x, Actor)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:59006, Added: 05/17/2018, Last updated: 07/28/2019