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Barry Fitzgerald

Filmography

1924      

Land of Her Fathers

 

1930      

Juno and the Paycock

 

1935      

Guests of the Nation

 

1936      

The Plough and the Stars

 

1937      

Ebb Tide

 

1938      

Bringing Up Baby

Four Men and a Prayer

Marie Antoinette

The Dawn Patrol

 

1939      

Pacific Liner

The Saint Strikes Back

Full Confession

 

1940      

The Long Voyage Home

The San Francisco Docks

 

1941      

The Sea Wolf

How Green Was My Valley

Tarzan’s Secret Treasure

 

1943      

The Amazing Mrs. Holliday

Two Tickets to London

Corvette K-225

 

1944      

Going My Way

I Love a Soldier

None but the Lonely Heart

 

1945      

Incendiary Blonde

Duffy’s Tavern

And Then There Were None

The Stork Club

 

1946      

Two Years Before the Mast

 

1947      

California

Easy Come, Easy Go

Welcome Stranger

Variety Girl

 

1948      

The Naked City

The Sainted Sisters

Miss Tatlock’s Millions

 

1949      

Top o’ the Morning

The Story of Seabiscuit

 

1950      

Union Station

 

1951      

Silver City

 

1952      

Ha da venì… don Calogero!

The Quiet Man

 

1954      

Tonight’s the Night

 

1956      

The Catered Affair

 

1958      

Rooney

 

1959      

Broth of a Boy

Awards

A golf course is nothing but a pool room moved outdoors. ~ Barry Fitzgerald

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Actors, Biographies

Barry Fitzgerald was born William Joseph Shields in Walworth Road, Portobello, Dublin, Ireland, the son of Fanny (Ungerland) and Adolphus Shields. His father was Irish and his mother was German. He was the older brother of Irish actor Arthur Shields. He went to Skerry’s College, Dublin, before going on to work in the civil service, while also working at the Abbey Theatre. His career with the Abbey Theatre was from 1914–1936 where he was involved in numerous productions.

By 1929, he turned to acting full-time. He was briefly a roommate of famed playwright Seán O’Casey and starred in such plays as O’Casey’s Juno and the Paycock and the premiere of The Silver Tassie.

Between 1931 and 1936 he appeared in three plays by Irish Playwright Teresa Deevy—A Disciple, In Search of Valour and Katie Roche,—which were also Abbey Theatre productions.

Fitzgerald went to Hollywood to star in another O’Casey work, The Plough and the Stars (1936), directed by John Ford.] He had a successful Hollywood career in such films as The Long Voyage Home (1940), How Green Was My Valley (1941), And Then There Were None (1945), The Naked City (1948) and The Quiet Man (1952).

In 1945, Fitzgerald achieved a unique Academy Awards feat. For portraying Father Fitzgibbon in Leo McCarey’s Going My Way (1944), he was nominated for both the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor (which he ultimately won) and the Academy Award for Best Actor; voting rules were changed shortly after this occurrence to prevent further dual nominations for the same role.

Fitzgerald returned to live in Dublin in 1959, He died, as William Joseph Shields, in St Patrick’s Hospital, on January 14, 1961.