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Barry Fitzgerald (I) (1888–1961)

One of Hollywood's finest character actors and most accomplished scene stealers, Barry Fitzgerald was born William Joseph Shields in 1888 in Dublin, Ireland. Educated to enter the banking business, the diminutive Irishman with the irresistible brogue was bitten by the acting bug in the 1920s and joined Dublin's world-famous Abbey Players. He ... See full bio »


(age 72) in Dublin, Ireland

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

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 1964 Grand Hotel (TV Movie)
 1959 Broth of a Boy
Patrick Farrell
 1958 Rooney
 1956 The Catered Affair
Uncle Jack Conlon
 1955 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
Harold 'Stretch' Sears
- Santa Claus and the Tenth Avenue Kid (1955) ... Harold 'Stretch' Sears
 1954 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
- The White Steed (1954)
 1954 Tonight's the Night
Thady O'Heggarty
 1952 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Barry Flynn
- The Man Who Struck It Rich (1952) ... Barry Flynn
 1952 Ha da venì... don Calogero
Don Calogero
 1951 Silver City
R.R. Jarboe
 1950 The Ford Theatre Hour (TV Series)
John Duffy
- The White-Headed Boy (1950) ... John Duffy
 1950 Union Station
Inspector Donnelly
 1949 Top o' the Morning
Sergeant Briany McNaughton
 1948 Miss Tatlock's Millions
Denno Noonan
 1948 The Sainted Sisters
Robbie McCleary
 1947 Variety Girl
Barry Fitzgerald
 1947 Welcome Stranger
Dr. Joseph McRory
 1946 Two Years Before the Mast
Terence O'Feenaghty
 1945 The Stork Club
Jerry B. 'J.B.' / 'Pop' Bates
 1945 Duffy's Tavern
Bing Crosby's Father
 1945 Incendiary Blonde
Michael 'Mike' Guinan
 1944 I Love a Soldier
 1943 Corvette K-225
Stooky O'Meara
 1943 Two Tickets to London
Capt. McCardle
 1943 The Amazing Mrs. Holliday
Timothy Blake
 1941 Tarzan's Secret Treasure
 1941 The Sea Wolf
 1940 San Francisco Docks
 1939 Full Confession
Michael O'Keefe
 1939 The Saint Strikes Back
Zipper Dyson
 1939 Pacific Liner
 1938 The Dawn Patrol
 1938 Marie Antoinette
Peddler (uncredited)
 1938 Four Men and a Prayer
Trooper Mulcahay
 1938 Bringing Up Baby
Mr. Gogarty
 1937 Ebb Tide
 1935 Guests of the Nation
Captured British soldier
 1929 The Shame of Mary Boyle
The Orator
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Stage Play: Juno and the Paycock. Drama (revival). Written by Sean O'Casey. Scenic Design by Robert Edmond Jones. Directed by Arthur Shields. Mansfield Theatre: 16 Jan 1940- 13 Apr 1940 (105 performances). Cast: Sara Allgood (as "Juno Boyle"), Thomas Dillon (as "Jerry Devine"), Barry Fitzgerald (as "Captain Jack Boyle"), Jack Graham (as "... See more »


5' 3" (1.6 m)

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


Brother of actor Arthur Shields, with whom he performed in several films, most notably John Ford's The Quiet Man (1952). See more »


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