Begley, Ed. 1901-1970

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Begley was a character actor on stage and radio and later in motion pictures and on television.

From the description of Papers, 1944-1970. (University of Wyoming, American Heritage Center). WorldCat record id: 29528134

Actor Ed Begley (1901-1970) was an American actor who performed on stage, screen, radio, and television. Born in Hartford, Connecticut on March 25, 1901, he attended St. Patrick's school in Hartford from 1907 to 1915. He made his stage debut at the age of nine at the Globe Theatre in Hartford in an amateur show. He has had roles in numerous well-known plays, including Joe Keller in All My Sons, Dad in All Summer Long, Matthew Harrison Brady in Inherit the Wind, W.O. Gant in Look Homeward, Angel, and Orrin Knox in Advise and Consent .

Begley's television and radio career includes over 1000 radio broadcasts and many guest spots on such television programs as Ben Casey, Route 66, Dr. Kildare, Burke's Law, and The Virginian .

His screen appearances include The Great Gatsby, Stars in My Crown, Twelve Angry Men, Sweet Bird of Youth, Odds Against Tomorrow, Sitting Pretty, and The Unsinkable Molly Brown .

Begley's performance as Matthew Harrison Brady in Inherit the Wind won him the Donaldson Award in 1955, and in 1962 he won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Sweet Bird of Youth . Begley was married three times; his son Ed Begley, Jr. is an actor and environmental advocate. He was a member of the Actor's Equity Association, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, and the Screen Actors Guild, as well as two theatrical social clubs, The Lambs and The Masquers.

From the guide to the Ed Begley Papers, 1943-1965, (Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries)

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creatorOf Begley, Ed, 1901-1970. Papers, 1944-1970. University of Wyoming, American Heritage Center
creatorOf Ed Begley Papers, 1943-1965 Syracuse University. Library. Special Collections Research Center
referencedIn Paul Muni collection, 1908-1980 (inclusive), 1932-1959 (bulk). Houghton Library
referencedIn John Eldon Thayer collection of motion picture memorabilia, 1916-1979. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
creatorOf Spies, Adrian. Desilu playhouse-- "City in bondage" / by Adrian Spies. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
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Actors--United States
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Radio programs
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Television actors and actresses
Motion picture actors and actresses


Birth 1901-03-25

Death 1970-04-28




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