Martin Balsam

Known For
Acting

Gender
Female

Birthday
1919-11-04

Place of Birth
Bronx, New York, USA

Martin Balsam

He was born Martin Henry Balsam on November 4, 1919 in the Bronx, NY. His father was a manufacturer of women's sportswear and he was his first-born child. Martin caught the acting bug in high school where he participated in the drama club. After high school, he continued his interest in acting by attending Manhattan's progressive New School. When World War II broke out, Martin was called to service in his early twenties. After the war, he was lucky to secure a position as an usher at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. By 1947, he was honing his craft at the Actor's Studio, run at that time by Elia Kazan and Lee Strasberg. His time at the Actor's Studio in New York City allowed him training in the famous Stanislavsky method. Despite his excellent training, he had to prove himself, just like any up and coming young actor. He began on Broadway in the late 1940s. But, it wasn't until 1951 that he experienced real success. That play was Tennessee Williams "The Rose Tattoo". After his Broadway success, he had a few minor television roles before his big break arrived when he joined the cast of "On the Waterfront" (1954). In the 1950s, Martin had many television roles. He had recurring roles on some of the most popular television series of that time, including "the United States Steel Hour", "The Philco Television Playhouse", "Goodyear Television Playhouse" and "Studio One". In 1957, he was able to prove himself on the big-screen once again, with a prominent role in "12 Angry Men", directed by Sidney Lumet and starring Henry Fonda. All of Martin's TV work in the 1950s did not go to waste. While starring on a episode of "Alfred Hitchcock Presents", Hitchcock was so impressed by his work, that he offered him a key supporting role of Detective Arbogast in "Psycho" (1960). His work with Hitchcock opened him up to a world of other acting opportunities. Many strong movie roles came his way in the 1960's, including parts in "Breakfast at Tiffany's" (1961), "Cape Fear" (1961) and "The Carpetbaggers" (1964). One of the proudest moments in his life was when he received an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for "A Thousand Clowns" (1965). In was soon after that he began accepting roles in European movies. He soon developed a love for Italy, and lived there most of his remaining years. He acted in over a dozen Italian movies and spent his later life traveling between Hollywood and Europe for his many roles. After a career that spanned more than fifty years, Martin Balsam died of natural causes in his beloved Italy at the age of 76. He passed away of a heart attack at a hotel in Rome called Residenza di Repetta. He was survived by his third wife Irene Miller and three children, Adam, Zoe and Talia.

1988
The Brother from Space
2.0
1970
Tora! Tora! Tora!
7.1
1975
Miles to Go Before I Sleep
0.0
1978
Siege
4.5
1957
12 Angry Men
8.4
1970
Catch-22
6.9
1972
The Hassled Hooker
0.0
1972
Night of Terror
7.5
1975
Mitchell
3.7
1973
The Stone Killer
5.8
1973
Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams
6.0
1977
Blood and Diamonds
8.0
1975
Season For Assassins
0.0
1977
Contract on Cherry Street
7.0
1976
Meet Him And Die
5.0
1969
Trilogy
5.0
1972
The Man
8.0
1970
The Old Man Who Cried Wolf
4.0
1986
Second Serve
6.7
1980
The Warning
5.5
1979
Gardenia
0.0
1973
Counselor at Crime
6.3
1977
The Storyteller
0.0
1985
Grown Ups
0.0
1958
Bomber's Moon
0.0
1987
Kids Like These
0.0
1974
Murder on the Orient Express
7.1
1971
The Anderson Tapes
6.5
1976
Two-Minute Warning
6.3
1974
The Taking of Pelham One Two Three
7.6
1965
A Thousand Clowns
7.2
1973
The Six Million Dollar Man
6.4
1969
The Good Guys and the Bad Guys
5.3
1978
Eyes Behind the Stars
2.3
1975
Cry, Onion!
3.7
1981
The Salamander
5.7
1971
Confessions of a Police Captain
6.8
1969
Me, Natalie
7.3
1985
Murder in Space
4.7
1973
A Brand New Life
0.0
1979
Aunt Mary
0.0
1987
Brothers in Blood
0.0
1981
The People vs. Jean Harris
0.0
1972
Chronicle of a Homicide
6.0
1974
Trapped Beneath the Sea
7.0
1986
The Goodbye People
0.0
1987
Queenie
6.0
1976
All the President's Men
7.8
1970
Little Big Man
7.7
1985
Death Wish 3
6.1
1959
Al Capone
6.6
1978
Silver Bears
5.8
1986
The Delta Force
5.7
1960
Everybody Go Home
7.5
1966
After the Fox
6.0
1978
Death Rage
6.3
1990
The Last Match
5.0
1963
Who's Been Sleeping in My Bed?
5.0
1970
Hunters Are for Killing
5.0
1961
Breakfast at Tiffany’s
7.8
1960
Psycho
8.4
1962
Cape Fear
7.5
1957
Time Limit
6.2
1965
The Bedford Incident
6.9
1959
Middle of the Night
7.4
1961
Ada
6.5
1989
Innocent Prey
6.0
1979
The House on Garibaldi Street
0.0
1997
Legend of the Spirit Dog
0.0
1994
The Silence of the Hams
4.5
1964
Seven Days in May
7.2
1965
Harlow
5.3
1979
Cuba
5.5
1987
P.I. Private Investigations
5.0
1976
The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case
7.5
1962
Conquered City
5.0
1978
Rainbow
0.0
1985
St. Elmo's Fire
6.2
1964
The Carpetbaggers
5.6
1980
There Goes The Bride
0.0
1972
La colonna infame
0.0
1967
Hombre
7.2
1991
Two Evil Eyes
6.1
1975
Smiling Maniacs
0.0
1991
Cape Fear
7.2
1985
Space
0.0
1958
Marjorie Morningstar
6.4
1996
O. Henry´s Christmas
0.0
1954
On the Waterfront
8.1
1977
The Sentinel
6.3
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