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Barry Fitzgerald

Barry Fitzgerald

Barry Fitzgerald (March 10, 1888 - January 14, 1961) was an Irish actor. Born William Joseph Shields in Dublin, he joined the Abbey Theatre, and starred in such plays as Sean O'Casey's Juno And The Paycock, a role he recreated for Alfred Hitchcock in his screen debut in 1930.

Fitzgerald went to Hollywood to star in another O'Casey work, The Plough And The Stars, directed by John Ford. He had a successful Hollywood career in such films as The Long Voyage Home, How Green Was My Valley, And Then There Were None and The Quiet Man. He performed a feat never done in the history of the Academy Awards when he was nominated for both the Academy Award for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor for the same performance, in 1944's Going My Way. He won the Supporting Actor Oscar.

Fitzgerald has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, for movies at 6220 Hollywood Blvd. and for television at 7001 Hollywood Blvd.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2004.

Barry Fitzgerald Facts

Birth NameWilliam Joseph Shields
BirthdayMarch 10, 1888
Date of deathJanuary 4, 1961 (age 72)
Height5' 4" (1m63)  How tall is Barry Fitzgerald compared to you?
Awards1945 Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actor (for Going My Way)
1945 Golden Globe Awards: Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Motion Picture (for Going My Way)

Selected Filmography

The Quiet Man
Bringing Up Baby
The Wind That Shakes the Barley
Quiet Man
Going My Way
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