Barry Fitzgerald (I) (1888–1961)

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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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The Quiet Man Michaleen Oge Flynn
Going My Way Father Fitzgibbon
And Then There Were None Judge Francis J. Quincannon
The Naked City Lt. Dan Muldoon


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 1964 Grand Hotel (TV Movie)
 1960 Play of the Week (TV Series)
- The Velvet Glove (1960)
 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 The Quiet Man
Michaleen Oge 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 The Story of Seabiscuit
Shawn O'Hara
 1949 Top o' the Morning
Sergeant Briany McNaughton
 1948 Miss Tatlock's Millions
Denno Noonan
 1948 The Sainted Sisters
Robbie McCleary
 1948 The Naked City
Lt. Dan Muldoon
 1947 Variety Girl
Barry Fitzgerald
 1947 Welcome Stranger
Dr. Joseph McRory
 1947 Easy Come, Easy Go
Martin L. Donovan
 1947 California
Michael Fabian
 1946 Two Years Before the Mast
Terence O'Feenaghty
 1945 The Stork Club
Jerry B. 'J.B.' / 'Pop' Bates
 1945 And Then There Were None
Judge Francis J. Quincannon
 1945 Duffy's Tavern
Bing Crosby's Father
 1945 Incendiary Blonde
Michael 'Mike' Guinan
 1945 The Picture of Dorian Gray
Street Preacher (uncredited)
 1944 None But the Lonely Heart
Henry Twite
 1944 I Love a Soldier
 1944 Going My Way
Father Fitzgibbon
 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
Dennis O'Doul
 1941 How Green Was My Valley
 1941 The Sea Wolf
 1940 San Francisco Docks
 1940 The Long Voyage Home
 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
 1936 The Plough and the Stars
 1935 Guests of the Nation
Captured British soldier
 1929 Juno and the Paycock
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 »

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5' 3" (1.6 m)


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Arthur Shields (sibling)

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Personal Quote:

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


Broke the head off his Best Supporting Actor Oscar (Going My Way (1944)) practicing his golf swing. See more »


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