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Martin Balsam (1919–1996)


Martin Henry Balsam was born on November 4, 1919 in the Bronx, New York City, to Lillian (Weinstein) and Albert Balsam, a manufacturer of women's sportswear. He was the first-born child. His father was a Russian Jewish immigrant, and his mother was born in New York, to Russian Jewish parents. Martin caught the acting bug in high school where he ... See full bio »

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(age 76) in Rome, Lazio, Italy

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

12 Angry Men
12 Angry Men Juror 1
(1957)
Psycho
Psycho Det. Milton Arbogast
(1960)
Breakfast at Tiffany's
(1961)
Tora! Tora! Tora!
Tora! Tora! Tora! Admiral Kimmel
(1970)

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 1996 O. Henry's Christmas (TV Movie)
Wash (segment "The Gift of the Magi")
 1992 The Sands of Time (TV Movie)
 1990 La piovra 5 - Il cuore del problema (TV Mini-Series)
Don Calogero Barretta
- Episode #1.1 (1990) ... Don Calogero Barretta
 1990 Midnight Caller (TV Series)
Gil Solarski
- Old Friends (1990) ... Gil Solarski
 1989 Ocean (TV Mini-Series)
Don Matias Quintero
- Episode #1.3 (1989) ... Don Matias Quintero
- Episode #1.2 (1989) ... Don Matias Quintero
- Episode #1.1 (1989) ... Don Matias Quintero
- Episode #1.6 (1989) ... Don Matias Quintero (credit only)
- Episode #1.5 (1989) ... Don Matias Quintero (credit only)
 1988 The Child Saver (TV Movie)
Sidney Rosenberg
 1987 Once Again (TV Movie)
Gerald
 1987 Kids Like These (TV Movie)
Grandpa
 1986-1987 The Twilight Zone (TV Series)
Prof. Donald Knowles (segment "Voices in the Earth") / Rockne S. O'Bannon (segment "Personal Demons")
- Time and Teresa Golowitz/Voices in the Earth (1987) ... Prof. Donald Knowles (segment "Voices in the Earth")
- Gramma/Personal Demons/Cold Reading (1986) ... Rockne S. O'Bannon (segment "Personal Demons")
 1987 Hotel (TV Series)
Dr. Gilbert Holt
- Barriers (1987) ... Dr. Gilbert Holt
 1987 Queenie (TV Series)
Marty
- Episode #1.2 (1987) ... Marty
- Episode #1.1 (1987) ... Marty
 1986 Second Serve (TV Movie)
Dr. Beck
 1986 La piovra 2 (TV Mini-Series)
Frank Carrisi
- Episode #1.2 (1986) ... Frank Carrisi (credit only)
 1985 Glitter (TV Series)
Bo
- The Runaway (1985) ... Bo
 1985 Great Performances (TV Series)
Jack
- Grown-Ups (1985) ... Jack
 1985 Murder in Space (TV Movie)
Alexander Rostov
 1985 Space (TV Mini-Series)
Sen. Glancey
- Part V (1985) ... Sen. Glancey
- Part IV (1985) ... Sen. Glancey
- Part III (1985) ... Sen. Glancey
- Part II (1985) ... Sen. Glancey
 1983 Cold Storage (TV Movie)
Parmigian
 1983 I Want to Live (TV Movie)
Jack Brady
 1982 Little Gloria... Happy at Last (TV Movie)
Nathan Burkan
 1982 Quincy M.E. (TV Series)
Hyam Sigerski
- Stolen Tears (1982) ... Hyam Sigerski
 1980 The Love Tapes (TV Movie)
David Franklin
 1979 Aunt Mary (TV Movie)
Harry Strasberg
 1979 The Seeding of Sarah Burns (TV Movie)
Dr. Samuel Melman
 1978 The Millionaire (TV Movie)
Arthur Haines
 1978 Rainbow (TV Movie)
Louis B. Mayer
 1978 Siege (TV Movie)
Henry Fancher
 1977 The Storyteller (TV Movie)
Ira Davidoff
 1977 Contract on Cherry Street (TV Movie)
Capt. Ernie Weinberg
 1976 Raid on Entebbe (TV Movie)
Daniel Cooper
 1976 Maude (TV Series)
Chester
- Maude and Chester (1976) ... Chester
 1975 Death Among Friends (TV Movie)
Ham Russell Buckner
 1975 Miles to Go Before I Sleep (TV Movie)
Ben Montgomery
 1974 Kojak (TV Series)
Ray Kaufman
- A Killing in the Second House (1974) ... Ray Kaufman
 1974 Trapped Beneath the Sea (TV Movie)
T.C. Hollister
 1973 Police Story (TV Series)
Det. Al Koster
- Man on a Rack (1973) ... Det. Al Koster
 1973 Money to Burn (TV Movie)
 1973 A Brand New Life (TV Movie)
Jim Douglas
 1972 Night of Terror (TV Movie)
Capt. Caleb Sark
 1968-1970 The Name of the Game (TV Series)
Angie / Herb Witmer
- The Enemy Before Us (1970) ... Angie
- Nightmare (1968) ... Herb Witmer
 1970 The Old Man Who Cried Wolf (TV Movie)
Stanley Pulska
 1970 CBS Playhouse (TV Series)
Jesse
- The Day Before Sunday (1970) ... Jesse
 1967 Among the Paths to Eden (TV Movie)
Ivor Belli
 1967 The Fugitive (TV Series)
Andrew Newmark
- There Goes the Ball Game (1967) ... Andrew Newmark
 1965 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
Doc Delaney
- Come Back Little Sheba (1965) ... Doc Delaney
 1964 Mr. Broadway (TV Series)
Nate Bannerman
- Something to Sing About (1964) ... Nate Bannerman
 1961-1964 The Defenders (TV Series)
District Attorney / Bernard Maxwell / Floyd Harker
- The Fine Line (1964) ... Bernard Maxwell
- The Best Defense (1961) ... Floyd Harker
 1964 Suspense (TV Series)
Detective Jack Gross
- I, Mike Kenny (1964) ... Detective Jack Gross
 1964 Wagon Train (TV Series)
Marcey Jones
- The Whipping (1964) ... Marcey Jones
 1964 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (TV Series)
Dave Breslaw
- Two Is the Number (1964) ... Dave Breslaw
 1964 Espionage (TV Series)
Richard Carey
- Final Decision (1964) ... Richard Carey
 1963 Breaking Point (TV Series)
Rabbi Eli Oringer
- A Pelican in the Wilderness (1963) ... Rabbi Eli Oringer
 1959-1963 The Twilight Zone (TV Series)
Martin Lombard Senescu / Danny Weiss
- The New Exhibit (1963) ... Martin Lombard Senescu
- The Sixteen-Millimeter Shrine (1959) ... Danny Weiss
 1963 The Eleventh Hour (TV Series)
Frank Dunlear
- Something Crazy's Going on in the Back Room (1963) ... Frank Dunlear
 1961-1963 Route 66 (TV Series)
Evan Corelli / Mike Palinski
- Somehow It Gets to Be Tomorrow (1963) ... Evan Corelli
- First-Class Mouliak (1961) ... Mike Palinski
 1962 Target: The Corruptors (TV Series)
Jeffrey Marvin
- A Book of Faces (1962) ... Jeffrey Marvin
 1961-1962 The Untouchables (TV Series)
Benjy Liemer / Arnold Justin
- Man in the Middle (1962) ... Benjy Liemer
- Tunnel of Horrors (1961) ... Arnold Justin
 1959-1962 Naked City (TV Series)
Caldwell Wyatt / Captain Russel Barris / Joseph Creeley / ...
- Without Stick or Sword (1962) ... Captain Russel Barris
- Which Is Joseph Creeley? (1961) ... Joseph Creeley
- New York to L.A. (1961) ... Caldwell Wyatt
- A Hole in the City (1961) ... Caldwell Wyatt
- Beyond Truth (1959) ... Arnold Fleischman
 1962 Cain's Hundred (TV Series)
Jack Garsell
- Take a Number: Jack Garsell (1962) ... Jack Garsell
 1961 The New Breed (TV Series)
Frank Eberhardt
- Lady Killer (1961) ... Frank Eberhardt
 1958-1961 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
Leonard Thompson / Eldon Marsh
- Final Arrangements (1961) ... Leonard Thompson
- The Equalizer (1958) ... Eldon Marsh
 1961 'Way Out (TV Series)
Bill Clayton
- The Overnight Case (1961) ... Bill Clayton
 1958-1960 Have Gun - Will Travel (TV Series)
Marshal Jim Brock / Charlie Dawes
- Saturday Night (1960) ... Marshal Jim Brock
- The Manhunter (1958) ... Charlie Dawes
 1960 Goodyear Theatre (TV Series)
Joe Lane
- Birthright (1960) ... Joe Lane
 1960 Five Fingers (TV Series)
Monteverdi
- The Search for Edvard Stoyan (1960) ... Monteverdi
 1959 Winterset (TV Movie)
Garth
 1959 Zane Grey Theater (TV Series)
Sam Butler
- The Lone Woman (1959) ... Sam Butler
 1959 Brenner (TV Series)
Arnold Joplin
- Family Man (1959) ... Arnold Joplin
 1958-1959 Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse (TV Series)
Gambetta / Dr. Gillespie
- Man in Orbit (1959) ... Gambetta
- The Time Element (1958) ... Dr. Gillespie
 1958-1959 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Sam Gordon / Captain Mantell
- Free Weekend (1958) ... Sam Gordon
- Bomber's Moon (1958) ... Captain Mantell
 1959 Rawhide (TV Series)
Father Fabian
- Incident at Alabaster Plain (1959) ... Father Fabian
 1958 Decoy (TV Series)
Nick Santos
- Night Light (1958) ... Nick Santos
 1958 Pursuit (TV Series)
Holden
- Ticket to Tangier (1958) ... Holden
 1958 Father Knows Best (TV Series)
Teacher
- A Matter of Pride (1958) ... Teacher
 1957-1958 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series)
Francis Toohey / Ed Coyne
- The Desperate Age (1958) ... Ed Coyne
- The Defender: Part 2 (1957) ... Francis Toohey
- The Defender: Part 1 (1957) ... Francis Toohey
 1958 Kraft Theatre (TV Series)
Dino
- Dog in a Bus Tunnel (1958) ... Dino
 1954-1956 Goodyear Playhouse (TV Series)
Perkins / Walter Gregg
- Stardust II (1956) ... Perkins
- The Takers (1955) ... Walter Gregg
 1954-1955 The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse (TV Series)
Charlie Malick / Mike Galloway
- A Man Is Ten Feet Tall (1955) ... Charlie Malick
- The Joker (1954) ... Mike Galloway
 1955 The United States Steel Hour (TV Series)
Petty Officer
- Freighter (1955) ... Petty Officer
 1954 Inner Sanctum (TV Series)
Wesley / Hanson / Larkin
- The Landslide (1954) ... Wesley
- Nobody Laughs at Lou (1954) ... Hanson
- Queen of Spades (1954) ... Larkin
 1954 The Greatest Gift (TV Series)
Harold Matthews #2 (1955)
 1953 Valiant Lady (TV Series)
Joey Gordon (1955)
 1953 Man Against Crime (TV Series)
Tony / Jean Pinay
- Hot Fur (1953) ... Tony (uncredited)
- Death Takes a Partner (1953) ... Jean Pinay (uncredited)
 1953 Mister Peepers (TV Series)
Sergeant Ehrlich
- The New Student (1953) ... Sergeant Ehrlich
 1952 The Living Bible (TV Series)
Townsman
- Thy Sins Are Forgiven ... Townsman
 1951 Frontiers of Faith (TV Series)
 1951 The Big Story (TV Series)
Bill Pinney
- William Pinney, Reporter (1951) ... Bill Pinney
 1951 The Living Christ Series (TV Mini-Series)
Townsman
- Holy Night ... Townsman
 1950 Danger (TV Series)
- The Hungry Woman (1950)
- Dressing Up (1950)
 1949-1950 Actor's Studio (TV Series)
Soldier
- Joe McSween's Atomic Machine (1950) ... (unconfirmed)
- A Child Is Born (1949) ... Soldier
- Joe McSween's Atomic Machine (1949) ... (unconfirmed)
 1949 Suspense (TV Series)
Abramson
- The Third One (1949) ... Abramson
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Other Works:

The Liar (1950). Musical comedy. See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Portrayals | See more »

Height:

5' 7" (1.7 m)
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Personal Quote:

I'll tell you, I still don't feel whatever change you're supposed to feel when your name goes up above the title. I think that's because this star thing has never been the first consideration with me. Never. The work has always come first. See more »

Trivia:

Played Carroll O'Connor's Jewish business partner for a couple of seasons on Archie Bunker's Place (1979). Previously they had performed together in the The Sacco-Vanzetti Story on Sunday Showcase (1959). See more »

Nickname:

The Bronx Barrymore

Star Sign:

Scorpio

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