Arthur Shields (1896–1970)

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Though not as well known as his nearly decade-older brother Barry Fitzgerald, Shields was a talented actor with well over twice the film roles in his career. Fitzgerald was already a well established player at the renowned Dublin Abbey Theater when Shields, also bitten by the acting bug, joined in 1914. He performed but was also out front ... See full bio »

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The Quiet Man Reverend Cyril Playfair
National Velvet Mr. Hallam
Apache Drums Rev. Griffin


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 1962 The Pigeon That Took Rome
Monsignor O'Toole
 1961 Death Valley Days (TV Series)
Jebal McSween
- Loophole (1961) ... Jebal McSween
 1961 Harrigan and Son (TV Series)
- They Were All in Step But Jim (1961) ... Liam
 1960 Maverick (TV Series)
Terence Fogarty
- The Bold Fenian Men (1960) ... Terence Fogarty
 1960 Play of the Week (TV Series)
- The Velvet Glove (1960) ... Monsignor
 1960 Zane Grey Theatre (TV Series)
- A Gun for Willie (1960) ... Jaspar
 1960 For the Love of Mike
Father Walsh
 1960 Wagon Train (TV Series)
Judge Tremayne
- The Amos Gibbon Story (1960) ... Judge Tremayne
 1960 Rawhide (TV Series)
Sam Cartwright
- Incident of the Dust Flower (1960) ... Sam Cartwright
 1960 Bonanza (TV Series)
- The Stranger (1960) ... Dennis
 1959 One Step Beyond (TV Series)
Simon Lockhart
- The Stone Cutter (1959) ... Simon Lockhart
 1959 Captain David Grief (TV Series)
Angus Macmor
- The Return of Blackbeard (1959) ... Angus Macmor
 1959 Bat Masterson (TV Series)
Dana Ruggles
- The Conspiracy: Part 2 (1959) ... Dana Ruggles
- The Conspiracy: Part 1 (1959) ... Dana Ruggles
 1959 Night of the Quarter Moon
Captain Tom O'Sullivan
 1958 Enchanted Island
James 'Jimmy' Dooley
 1958 Perry Mason (TV Series)
Dr. George Barnes
- The Case of the Screaming Woman (1958) ... Dr. George Barnes
 1957 Daughter of Dr. Jekyll
Dr. Lomas
 1957 Dr. Christian (TV Series)
Harry Osgood
- The Secret (1957) ... Harry Osgood
 1956 The Hardy Boys: The Mystery of the Applegate Treasure (TV Series)
Boles - Ex-Gardener / Boles
- The Tower Treasure (1956) ... Boles - Ex-Gardener
- Boys in Danger (1956) ... Boles - Ex-Gardener
- Never Say Die (1956) ... Boles - Ex-Gardener
- The Tower's Secret (1956) ... Boles - Ex-Gardener
- A Strange Confession (1956) ... Boles - Ex-Gardener
 1956 The Life of Riley (TV Series)
Mr. Winkley
- Destination Del Mar Vista (1956) ... Mr. Winkley
 1956 Crossroads (TV Series)
Father George B. Ford / Reverend Zaccara
- Mother O'Brien (1956) ... Father George B. Ford
- Through the Window (1956) ... Reverend Zaccara
 1955 Dr. Hudson's Secret Journal (TV Series)
Mr. Sheridan
- Sheridan Story (1955) ... Mr. Sheridan
 1955 Lady Godiva of Coventry
 1955 So This Is Hollywood (TV Series)
Captain Snowden
- The Wonder Seal (1955) ... Captain Snowden
 1955 The Millionaire (TV Series)
J. Peveril 'Pev' Johnson
- The Pev Johnson Story (1955) ... J. Peveril 'Pev' Johnson
 1955 The Star and the Story (TV Series)
 1954 River of No Return
Minister at Tent City (uncredited)
 1954 Pride of the Blue Grass
 1952-1954 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Uncle Dan / Michael
- The Exposure of Michael O'Reilly (1954) ... Uncle Dan
- The Man Who Struck It Rich (1952) ... Michael
 1954 Waterfront (TV Series)
Jeff Hedges / Jeff Hodges
- Drawbridge Incident ... Jeff Hedges
- Christmas in San Pedro ... Jeff Hodges
 1954 World for Ransom
Sean O'Connor
 1954 Omnibus (TV Series)
Jacob O'Shaughnessy (segment "Nothing So Monstrous")
- Nothing So Monstrous (1954) ... Jacob O'Shaughnessy (segment "Nothing So Monstrous")
 1953 Main Street to Broadway
Actor in Fantasy Sequence
 1953 South Sea Woman
'Jimmy-legs' Donovan
 1953 Scandal at Scourie
Father Reilly
 1952 The Quiet Man
Reverend Cyril Playfair
 1952 Jack and the Beanstalk
Patrick the Harp (uncredited)
 1952 Personal Appearance Theater (TV Series)
 1951 The Barefoot Mailman
Ben Titus
 1951 The People Against O'Hara
Mr. O'Hara
 1951 The River
Mr. John
 1951 Sealed Cargo
Kevin Dolan
 1951 Apache Drums
Rev. Griffin
 1951 Blue Blood
Tim Donovan
 1950 A Wonderful Life (Short)
Pastor / Narrator
 1950 Tarzan and the Slave Girl
Dr. E.E. Campbell
 1949 Challenge to Lassie
Dr. Lee
 1949 Red Light
Father Redmond
 1949 She Wore a Yellow Ribbon
Dr. O'Laughlin
 1949 Your Show Time (TV Series)
The Bookshop Man
- A Lodging for the Night (1949) ... The Bookshop Man
- Cricket on the Hearth (1949) ... The Bookshop Man
- Colonel Starbottle for the Plaintiff (1949) ... The Bookshop Man
- An Only Son (1949) ... The Bookshop Man
- The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County (1949) ... The Bookshop Man
 1949 The Fighting O'Flynn
 1948 Tap Roots
Rev. Kirkland
 1948 My Own True Love
 1948 Fighting Father Dunne
Mr. Michael O'Donnell
 1947 Seven Keys to Baldpate
Prof. Bolton
 1947 The Fabulous Dorseys
Mr. Dorsey
 1947 Easy Come, Easy Go
Timothy Mike Donovan
 1947 The Shocking Miss Pilgrim
 1946 Never Say Goodbye
McCarthy (uncredited)
 1946 The Verdict
Rev. Holbrook
 1946 Gallant Journey
Father Kenton
 1946 Three Strangers
 1945 Too Young to Know
Mr. Enright
 1945 Phantoms, Inc. (Short)
Dr. Rupert Trykel (uncredited)
 1945 The Valley of Decision
 1945 The Corn Is Green
Glyn Thomas
 1945 The Picture of Dorian Gray
Street Preacher (uncredited)
 1945 Roughly Speaking
Minister (uncredited)
 1944 The Keys of the Kingdom
Father Fitzgerald - Dean at Holywell
 1944 National Velvet
Mr. Hallam
 1944 Youth Runs Wild
Mr. Dunlop
 1944 The White Cliffs of Dover
Benson (uncredited)
 1943 Madame Curie
Businessman (uncredited)
 1943 Lassie Come Home
 1943 The Man from Down Under
Father Polycarp
 1943 Above Suspicion
Walmer Hotel Porter (uncredited)
 1942 Random Harvest
Liverpool Chemist (uncredited)
 1942 The Black Swan
The Bishop (uncredited)
 1942 Dr. Gillespie's New Assistant
Mr. Kipp (uncredited)
 1942 Gentleman Jim
Father Burke
 1942 Nightmare
 1942 Dr. Renault's Secret
Inspector Duval (uncredited)
 1942 The Loves of Edgar Allan Poe
Griswald - Broadway Journal (uncredited)
 1942 Pacific Rendezvous
Prof. Harvey Lessmore
 1942 This Above All
 1942 Broadway
Pete Dailey
 1941 Confirm or Deny
Jeff, Blind Typist
 1941 How Green Was My Valley
Mr. Parry
 1941 The Gay Falcon
Inspector Mike Waldeck
 1941 Lady Scarface
Matt Willis
 1940 Little Nellie Kelly
Timothy Fogarty
 1940 The Long Voyage Home
 1939 Drums Along the Mohawk
Reverend Rosenkrantz
 1936 The Plough and the Stars
Irish Leader
 1932 The Sign of the Cross
Chaplain Costello (1944 Re-Release Prologue) (uncredited)
 1918 Rafferty's Rise (Short)
Kitty's successful lover
 1918 Knocknagow
Phil Lahy
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Stage Play: Church Street. Comedy (revival). Written by Lennox Robinson. John Golden Theatre: 19 Nov 1934 (1 performance/production played in repertory with The Far Off Hills, Juno and the Paycock, The Plough and the Stars, The New Gossoon, Drama at Inish, Look at the Heffernans, The Shadow of the Glen, The Playboy of the Western World, ... See more »

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Father: Adolphus William Shields; Mother: Fanny Sophia Ungerland. See more »


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