|Ed Begley, Sr.|
Begley in 1958
|Born||Edward James Begley
March 25, 1901
Hartford, Connecticut, USA
|Died||April 28, 1970
Hollywood, California, USA
Cause of death
|Occupation||Film, television, radio actor|
|Spouse(s)||Amanda Huff (1922-1957)
Dorothy Reeves (1961-1963)
Helen Jordan (1963-1970)
|Children||Ed Begley, Jr.|
Life and career
Begley was born in Hartford, Connecticut, the son of Hannah (née Clifford) and Michael Joseph Begley, Irish immigrants. Begley began his career as a Broadway and radio actor while in his teens. He appeared in the hit musical Going Up on Broadway in 1917 and in London the next year. He later acted in roles as Sgt. O'Hara in the radio show The Fat Man. His radio work included a period as Charlie Chan and Stroke of Fate amongst other roles. He also starred in the 1950s radio program Richard Diamond, Private Detective, playing Lieutenant Walter Levinson, head of homicide at the 5th Precinct, Manhattan. In the late 1940s, he began appearing regularly in supporting film roles. Elected a member of The Lambs (www.The-Lambs.org) in 1943.
In the 1952-1953 television season, Begley co-starred with Eddie Albert in the CBS sitcom Leave It to Larry. Begley, though only five years older than Albert, played the father-in-law and employer of Albert's character, Larry Tucker, a shoe salesman, who with his young family lives with Begley. In 1954 Begley starred in the NBC Television show called Big Boy. He starred as Joe Grant, an engineer for the Union Pacific Railroad living in Cheyenne, Wyoming, who worked on the famous Union Pacific Big Boy steam locomotives. The show is about how Begley's character copes with the transition from steam locomotives to diesel locomotives in the 1950s.
He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Sweet Bird of Youth (1962). Some of his other notable films include 12 Angry Men (1957) as juror #10, The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964) and Wild in the Streets (1968). One notable role Begley played both on television (twice in 1955) and in the theatrical film (1956) is William (Bill) Briggs, one of the three primary characters in Rod Serling's Patterns.
Begley married three times. He is the father of the actor and environmental advocate Ed Begley, Jr.
|1949||Let George Do It||The Man Under the Elm Tree||Darrell|||
|1951||Tales of the Texas Rangers||Blind Justice||Unknown|||
|No Living Witnesses|
|Paid In Full|
|The Blow Off|
|1952||Tales of the Texas Rangers||Birds Of A Feather|
|Prelude To Felony|
- Ed Begley at the Internet Broadway Database
- Ed Begley at the Internet Movie Database
- Ed Begley at the TCM Movie Database
- Ed Begley at AllMovie
- Ed Begley at Find a Grave