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Joseph N. Welch (1890–1960)

Joseph N. Welch was born on October 22, 1890 in Primghar, Iowa, USA as Joseph Nye Welch. He was an actor, known for Anatomy of a Murder (1959), Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic in Moscow (1959) and Dow Hour of Great Mysteries (1960). He was married to Judith Lydon. He died on October 6, 1960 in Hyannis, Massachusetts, USA. See full bio »

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 1960 Dow Hour of Great Mysteries (TV Series)
Himself / Host
- The Bat (1960) ... Himself / Host
 1959 Startime (TV Series)
Himself - Host
- Christmas Startime (1959) ... Himself - Host
 1959 Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic in Moscow (TV Movie documentary)
 1959 The Ed Sullivan Show (TV Series)
- Episode #12.28 (1959) ... Himself
 1959 Small World (TV Series)
- Episode #1.18 (1959) ... Himself
- Episode #1.17 (1959) ... Himself
 1957 Omnibus (TV Series)
- Lizzie Borden (1957) ... Himself
 1956 Kraft Theatre (TV Series)
Himself - Guest Host
- Mock Trial (1956) ... Himself - Guest Host
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 2012 Moyers & Company (TV Series)
- Big Money, Big Media, Big Trouble (2012) ... Himself
 2012 Ethel (Documentary)
 2008 Strictly Courtroom (TV Movie documentary)
Judge Weaver / Himself (uncredited)
 2005 Good Night, and Good Luck.
Himself (uncredited)
 1964 Point of Order (Documentary)

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[to Senator Joseph McCarthy, during the Army-McCarthy hearings] "Fred Fisher is a young man who is starting what looks to be a brilliant career with us. Little did I dream that you could be so reckless, and so cruel, as to do an injury to that lad. Have you no sense of decency, sir; at long last, have you left no sense of decency?"


This is the attorney who represented the Army during the Army-McCarthy hearings. In those hearings, McCarthy attacked Fred Fisher, who was a member of Welch's law firm. The attack provoked Welch's famous response "...Have you no sense of decency, sir..". and which spelled the end of McCarthy.

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