Barry Fitzgerald

Actor, Bookkeeping clerk
Going from being one of the leading comedic performers of Ireland's highly respected Abbey Theatre to a second career as a much loved actor on the silver screen, Barry Fitzgerald did not adopt acting as a profession ... Read more »
Born: 03/10/1888 in Dublin, IE

Filmography

Actor (32)

Alfred Hitchcock Presents 1955 - 1965 (TV Show)

Actor

The Catered Affair 1956 (Movie)

Uncle Jack Conlon (Actor)

Happy Ever After 1954 (Movie)

Thady O'Heggarty (Actor)

The Quiet Man 1952 (Movie)

Michaleen Flynn (Actor)

The Story of Seabiscuit 1949 (Movie)

(Actor)

California 1947 (Movie)

(Actor)

Duffy's Tavern 1945 (Movie)

(Actor)

Going My Way 1944 (Movie)

Father Fitzgibbon (Actor)

None But the Lonely Heart 1943 (Movie)

Henry Twite (Actor)

How Green Was My Valley 1941 (Movie)

Cyfurtha (Actor)

The Long Voyage Home 1940 (Movie)

Cocky (Actor)

Bringing Up Baby 1938 (Movie)

Gogarty (Actor)

Pacific Liner 1938 (Movie)

Britches (Actor)

Marie Antoinette 1937 (Movie)

(Actor)

Juno and the Paycock 1929 (Movie)

(Actor)

And Then There Were None (Movie)

Judge Quincannon (Actor)

Corvette K-225 (Movie)

Stooky O'Meara (Actor)

Ebb Tide (Movie)

Huish (Actor)

Fighting Father Dunne (Movie)

(Actor)

Four Men and a Prayer (Movie)

Mulcahay (Actor)

Incendiary Blonde (Movie)

Mike Guinan (Actor)

Miss Tatlock's Millions (Movie)

Denno Noonan (Actor)

San Francisco Docks (Movie)

The Icky (Actor)

Tarzan's Secret Treasure (Movie)

O'Doul (Actor)

The Amazing Mrs. Holliday (Movie)

Timothy (Actor)

The Dawn Patrol (Movie)

Bott (Actor)

The Plough and the Stars (Movie)

Fluther Good (Actor)

The Saint Strikes Back (Movie)

Zipper Dyson (Actor)

The Sainted Sisters (Movie)

Robbie McCleary (Actor)

The Sea Wolf (Movie)

Cooky (Actor)

The Stork Club (Movie)

Jerry B. Bates (Actor)

Two Years Before the Mast (Movie)

Dooley (Actor)

Biography

Going from being one of the leading comedic performers of Ireland's highly respected Abbey Theatre to a second career as a much loved actor on the silver screen, Barry Fitzgerald did not adopt acting as a profession until middle age, but achieved far more in the next 30 years than most of his stage and screen colleagues. Establishing himself as a venerable and diverse character performer via his work in dozens of stage plays at home and on tour with the Abbey Players, Fitzgerald was soon appearing in movies based on his stage successes and quickly developed a reputation in this medium as an able performer. However, he scaled unexpected heights when cast as an irascible old Catholic priest in the Bing Crosby vehicle, "Going My Way" (1944), which earned him new levels of respect within the movie industry and notoriety with audiences. From that point on, he often played characters of differing profession but similar stripe: old, petulant and loveable. With his plucky demeanour, mischievous smile, natural warmth and soft brogue, the 5'3" Dublin native attained a level of fame unheard of for a character actor and became the only performer in Academy Awards history to receive Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor nominations for the same character in the same film.

Relationships

Arthur Shields

Brother

EDUCATION

attended Merchant Taylor's school, Dublin

graduated from Civil Service College

Milestones

1943

Under contract to Paramount

1936

Went to US to appear in John Ford's film of O'Casey's "The Plough and the Stars"

1932

Broadway debut with the Abbey Theatre

1930

First film as actor "Juno and the Paycock"

1929

Sean O'Casey wrote "The Silver Tassle" for him which led to his most famous stage role in O'Casey's "Juno and the Paycock"

1915

First walk-on part with the Abbey Theatre and took suitably Irish-sounding stage name (one story says that he let the Abbey Theatre pick his name so that the Civil Service wouldn't find out he was moonlighting)

1911

Became a bookkeeping clerk for the Board of Trade's Unemployment Insurance Division; gave up job in 1929 after 14 years of acting on the side

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