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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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 1997 Legend of the Spirit Dog
Gramps
 1996 O. Henry's Christmas (TV Movie)
Wash (segment "The Gift of the Magi")
 1994 The Silence of the Hams
Det. Martin Balsam
 1993 The Black Cat (Short)
 1992 The Sands of Time (TV Movie)
 1991 Cape Fear
Judge
 1991 The Last Match
Lawyer
 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
 1990 Two Evil Eyes
Mr. Pym (segment "The Black Cat")
 1989 Ocean (TV Mini-Series)
 1988 The Brother from Space
Father Howard
 1988 The Child Saver (TV Movie)
Sidney Rosenberg
 1987 Once Again (TV Movie)
Gerald
 1987 Kids Like These (TV Movie)
Grandpa
 1987 Brothers in Blood
Major Briggs
 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 P.I. Private Investigations
Cliff Dowling
 1987 Queenie (TV Movie)
Marty
 1987 Hotel (TV Series)
Dr. Gilbert Holt
- Barriers (1987) ... Dr. Gilbert Holt
 1986 Second Serve (TV Movie)
Dr. Beck
 1986 Whatever It Takes
Hap Perchicksky
 1986 The Delta Force
Ben Kaplan
 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 Death Wish 3
Bennett
 1985 Murder in Space (TV Movie)
Alexander Rostov
 1985 St. Elmo's Fire
Mr. Beamish
 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
 1984 Innocent Prey
Sheriff Virgil Baker
 1984 The Goodbye People
Max Silverman
 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
 1981 The Salamander
Captain Steffanelli
 1980 The Warning
Questore Martorana
 1980 There Goes the Bride
Elmer Babcock
 1980 The Love Tapes (TV Movie)
David Franklin
 1979 Cuba
Gen. Bello
 1979 Aunt Mary (TV Movie)
Harry Strasberg
 1979 Gardenia
Salluzzo
 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
 1978 Silver Bears
Joe Fiore
 1978 Eyes Behind the Stars
Inspector Jim Grant
 1977 Blood and Diamonds
Rizzo
 1977 The Storyteller (TV Movie)
Ira Davidoff
 1977 Contract on Cherry Street (TV Movie)
Capt. Ernie Weinberg
 1977 The Sentinel
Professor Ruzinsky
 1976 Raid on Entebbe (TV Movie)
Daniel Cooper
 1976 Two-Minute Warning
Sam McKeever
 1976 Death Rage
Commissario
 1976 Meet Him and Die
Giulianelli
 1976 Maude (TV Series)
Chester
- Maude and Chester (1976) ... Chester
 1975 Il tempo degli assassini
Commissioner Katroni
 1975 Mitchell
James Arthur Cummings
 1975 Cipolla Colt
Petrus Lamb
 1975 Death Among Friends (TV Movie)
Ham Russell Buckner
 1975 Smiling Maniacs
Carlo Goja
 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
 1974 The Taking of Pelham One Two Three
Harold Longman aka Green
 1973 Police Story (TV Series)
Det. Al Koster
- Man on a Rack (1973) ... Det. Al Koster
 1973 Money to Burn (TV Movie)
 1973 Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams
Harry Walden
 1973 Counselor at Crime
Don Antonio Macaluso
 1973 The Stone Killer
Al Vescari
 1973 A Brand New Life (TV Movie)
Jim Douglas
 1972 Night of Terror (TV Movie)
Capt. Caleb Sark
 1972 The Man
Jim Talley
 1972 The Hassled Hooker
District Attorney Turrisi
 1972 Chronicle of a Homicide
Giudice Aldo Sola
 1971 The Anderson Tapes
Tommy Haskins
 1971 Confessions of a Police Captain
Commissario Bonavia
 1970 Little Big Man
Mr. Merriweather
 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 Hunters Are for Killing (TV Movie)
Wade Hamilton
 1970 CBS Playhouse (TV Series)
Jesse
- The Day Before Sunday (1970) ... Jesse
 1969 Trilogy
Ivor Belli (segment "Among the Paths to Eden")
 1969 The Good Guys and the Bad Guys
Mayor Wilker
 1967 Among the Paths to Eden (TV Movie)
Ivor Belli
 1967 Hombre
Mendez
 1967 The Fugitive (TV Series)
Andrew Newmark
- There Goes the Ball Game (1967) ... Andrew Newmark
 1966 After the Fox
Harry Granoff
 1965 A Thousand Clowns
Arnold
 1965 The Bedford Incident
Lieut Cmdr. Chester Potter, M.D., U.S.N.
 1965 The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (TV Series)
Albert Sully
- The Odd Man Affair (1965) ... Albert Sully
 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
 1964 Youngblood Hawke
Cameo Role (uncredited)
 1961-1964 The Defenders (TV Series)
District Attorney / Bernard Maxwell / Floyd Harker
- The Seven Hundred Year Old Gang: Part 2 (1964) ... District Attorney
- The Seven Hundred Year Old Gang: Part 1 (1964) ... District Attorney
- The Fine Line (1964) ... Bernard Maxwell
- The Best Defense (1961) ... Floyd Harker
 1964 The Carpetbaggers
Bernard B. Norman
 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
 1964 Arrest and Trial (TV Series)
Leo Valera
- Signals of an Ancient Flame (1964) ... Leo Valera
 1963 Who's Been Sleeping in My Bed?
Sanford Kaufman
 1963 Breaking Point (TV Series)
Rabbi Eli Oringer
- A Pelican in the Wilderness (1963) ... Rabbi Eli Oringer
 1959-1963 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
- Somehow It Gets to Be Tomorrow (1963) ... Evan Corelli
- First-Class Mouliak (1961) ... Mike
 1962 Conquered City
Joseph Feinberg
 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)
Captain Russel Barris / Joseph Creeley / Caldwell Wyatt / ...
- Without Stick or Sword (1962) ... Captain Russel Barris
- Which Is Joseph Creeley? (1961) ... Joseph Creeley
- New York to L.A. (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
 1961 Breakfast at Tiffany's
O.J. Berman
 1961 Ada
Steve Jackson
 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
 1960 Everybody Go Home!
Sergente Quintino Fornaciari
 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
 1959 Middle of the Night
Jack
 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 Al Capone
Mac Keeley
 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
 1958 Marjorie Morningstar
Dr. David Harris
 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
 1957 Time Limit
Sgt. Baker
 1957 12 Angry Men
Juror #1
 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
 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)
 1954 On the Waterfront
Gillette (uncredited)
 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)
 1952 The Living Bible (TV Series)
Nobleman (1952)
 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)
Innkeeper
 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:

Stage Play: Ghost for Sale. Comedy. Written by Ronald Jeans. Directed by Ilya Motyleff. Daly's 63rd Street Theatre: 29 Sep 1941- 4 Oct 1941 (6 performances). Cast: Ronald Alexander, Martin Balsam (as "Mr. Blow") [Broadway debut], July Blake, Steve Colton, Austin Fairman (as "Sir Gilbert Tracey"), Sara Fanelle, Ruth Gilbert, Mary Heberden, ... See more »

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Height:

5' 7" (1.7 m)
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Did You Know?

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:

Father of a son, Adam Balsam and a daughter, Zoe Balsam, from his marriage to Irene Miller. See more »

Nickname:

The Bronx Barrymore

Star Sign:

Scorpio

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