Martin Balsam

Actor, Comedian
The heavyset, balding Balsam was a familiar face as a character actor since his career began on Broadway in the early 1940s. After a hiatus to serve in the US Army during WWII, he found work on stage in a number of ... Read more »
Born: 11/04/1919 in Bronx, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (100)

Two For the Job 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Legend of the Spirit Dog 1996 (Movie)

Gramps (Actor)

Silence of the Hams 1994 (Movie)

Inspector Balsam (Actor)

Sidney Sheldon's "The Sands of Time" 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Cape Fear 1991 (Movie)

Judge (Actor)

Two Evil Eyes 1991 (Movie)

Mr Pym (Actor)

The Twilight Zone 1985 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Murder, She Wrote 1986 - 1987 (Tv Show)

Actor

Private Investigations 1987 (Movie)

Cliff Dowling (Actor)

Grown Ups 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The Delta Force 1986 (Movie)

Ben Kaplan (Actor)

Whatever It Takes 1986 (Movie)

Hap Perchicksky (Actor)

Death Wish 3 1985 (Movie)

Bennett (Actor)

James A. Michener's "Space" 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

St. Elmo's Fire 1985 (Movie)

Mr Beamish (Actor)

The Goodbye People 1984 (Movie)

Max Silverman (Actor)

Archie Bunker's Place 1979 - 1983 (TV Show)

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I Want to Live 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

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The Salamander 1983 (Movie)

Stefanelli (Actor)

Innocent Prey 1982 (Movie)

Sheriff Virgil Baker (Actor)

Cuba 1979 (Movie)

General Bello (Actor)

Rainbow 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

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The Millionaire 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

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The Seeding of Sarah Burns 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

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Siege 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

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Silver Bears 1978 (Movie)

Joe Fiore (Actor)

The Storyteller 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

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There Goes the Bride 1978 (Movie)

Elmer Babcock (Actor)

All the President's Men 1976 (Movie)

Howard Simons (Actor)

The Sentinel 1976 (Movie)

Professor (Actor)

Two-Minute Warning 1976 (Movie)

Sam McKeever (Actor)

Mitchell 1974 (Movie)

James Arthur Cummins (Actor)

Murder on the Orient Express 1974 (Movie)

Bianchi (Actor)

The Taking of Pelham 1, 2, 3 1974 (Movie)

Green (Actor)

Corruzione al Palazzo di Giustizia 1973 (Movie)

Carlo Goja (Actor)

Night of Terror 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams 1973 (Movie)

Harry (Actor)

The Six-Million-Dollar Man 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

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A Brand New Life 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

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Il Consigliori 1972 (Movie)

Don Antonio Magadino (Actor)

The Stone Killer 1972 (Movie)

Vescari (Actor)

The Man 1971 (Movie)

Jim Talley (Actor)

Catch-22 1970 (Movie)

Colonel Cathcart (Actor)

Hunters Are For Killing 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

Actor

Little Big Man 1970 (Movie)

Merriweather (Actor)

The Anderson Tapes 1970 (Movie)

Tommy Haskins (Actor)

Tora! Tora! Tora! 1970 (Movie)

Admiral Kimmel (Actor)

Me, Natalie 1969 (Movie)

Uncle Harold (Actor)

The Good Guys and the Bad Guys 1969 (Movie)

Mayor Wilker (Actor)

Trilogy 1969 (Movie)

Ivor Belli (Actor)

After the Fox 1966 (Movie)

Harry Granoff (Actor)

Hombre 1966 (Movie)

Henry Mendez (Actor)

Alfred Hitchcock Presents 1955 - 1965 (TV Show)

Actor

Harlow 1965 (Movie)

Everett Redman (Actor)

The Bedford Incident 1965 (Movie)

Lt Cmdr Chester Potter (Actor)

A Thousand Clowns 1964 (Movie)

Arnold Burns (Actor)

Seven Days in May 1964 (Movie)

Paul Girard (Actor)

The Carpetbaggers 1963 (Movie)

Bernard B Norman (Actor)

Cape Fear 1962 (Movie)

Chief Dutton (Actor)

Everybody Go Home! 1962 (Movie)

Corporal Fornaciari (Actor)

Who's Been Sleeping in My Bed? 1962 (Movie)

Sanford Kaufman (Actor)

Ada 1961 (Movie)

Steve Jackson (Actor)

Breakfast At Tiffany's 1961 (Movie)

O J Berman (Actor)

DuPont Show of the Month 1957 - 1961 (TV Show)

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The Captive City 1961 (Movie)

Feinberg (Actor)

Alcoa/Goodyear Theater 1958 - 1960 (TV Show)

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Psycho 1960 (Movie)

Milton Arbogast (Actor)

Middle of the Night 1959 (Movie)

Jack (Actor)

The Time Element 1958 - 1959 (TV Show)

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Al Capone 1958 (Movie)

Mack Keely (Actor)

Marjorie Morningstar 1958 (Movie)

Dr David Harris (Actor)

12 Angry Men 1957 (Movie)

1st Juror (Actor)

The Defender 1956 - 1957 (TV Show)

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Time Limit! 1957 (Movie)

Sergeant Baker (Actor)

Valiant Lady 1953 - 1957 (TV Show)

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Aunt Mary (TV Show)

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Contract on Cherry Street (TV Show)

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Death Among Friends (TV Show)

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Kids Like These (TV Show)

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Miles to Go Before I Sleep (TV Show)

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Murder in Space (TV Show)

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Night of Terror (Movie)

Caleb Sark (Actor)

Nightmare (Movie)

(Actor)

Once Again (Movie)

(Actor)

People vs. Jean Harris (TV Show)

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Queenie (TV Show)

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Raid on Entebbe (TV Show)

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Second Serve (TV Show)

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The Child Saver (TV Show)

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The Greatest Gift (TV Show)

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The Love Tapes (TV Show)

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The Old Man Who Cried Wolf (TV Show)

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The Storyteller (Movie)

(Actor)

The Twilight Zone (TV Show)

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Trapped Beneath the Sea (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

The heavyset, balding Balsam was a familiar face as a character actor since his career began on Broadway in the early 1940s. After a hiatus to serve in the US Army during WWII, he found work on stage in a number of Broadway productions including "Lamp at Midnight", "Macbeth" and "The Closing Door" and on TV in such varied shows as "Philco Television Playhouse" (NBC), "The Goldbergs" (CBS) and "Captain Video" (ABC). In the 50s and 60s, Balsam continued to appear on stage including appearances on Broadway in two of Tennessee Williams' plays: with Maureen Stapleton and Eli Wallach in "The Rose Tattoo" (1951) and "Camino Real" (1952) as well as a Tony Award-winning turn as three characters in Robert Anderson's comic one-acts "You Know I Can't Hear You When the Water's Running" (1967). Other credits include Bernie Dodd in Clifford Odets' "The Country Girl" (in Easthampton, New York, 1954), Hickey in Eugene O'Neill's "The Iceman Cometh" (in Los Angeles, 1961) and Willie Loman in Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman" (in Philadelphia, 1974).

Relationships

Lillian Balsam

Mother

Albert Balsam

Father

Talia Balsam

Daughter
appeared opposite father in "Private Investigations" (1987) born c. 1960 mother, Joyce Van Patten survived him

Zoe Balsam

Daughter
survived him

Adam Balsam

Son
survived him

Warren Balsam

Brother
survived him

Irene Miller

Wife
married 1963 divorced mother of Balsam's two younger children

Joyce Patten

Wife
married in 1959 divorced in 1962 mother of actor Talia Balsam

John Slattery Actor

Child-In-Law
Slattery and Talia Balsam married December 30, 1998

Pearl Somner

Wife
married in 1952 divorced in 1954

EDUCATION

Dramatic Workshop of the New School for Social Research

New York , New York
studied under Erwin Piscator

Actors Studio

New York , New York

DeWitt Clinton High School

New York , New York
first became interested in acting; member of drama club

Milestones

1994

Final film performance, "The Silence of the Hams"

1954

First regular role on TV series, "The Greatest Gift"

1940

Served in US Army

1940

Broadway debut in "Ghost for Sale"

1935

Stage debut, "Pot Boiler"

Played piano with Murray Levine and His Syncopated Five while in high school

Co-starred with Carroll O'Connor on "Archie Bunker's Place"

After WWII, made numerous stage and TV appearances

Co-starred with Carroll O'Connor on "Archie Bunker's Place" (CBS)

Bonus Trivia

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Charter member of the Actors Studio.

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