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Ed Begley, Award Winner – MovieActors.com



Ed Begley: Best Supporting Actor, 1962: MovieActors.com

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SWEET BIRD OF YOUTH (Drama – Rating)

Ed Begley won his Supporting Oscar for playing a corrupt Florida political boss determined to keep his daughter away from an aging beach boy (Paul Newman) in the Tennessee Williams classic.










About Ed Begley (1901 – 1970)

Father of equally famous actor Ed Begley Jr., Edward Begley was born March 25, 1901, in Hartford, Connecticut. As a teenager, Begley worked for the local radio stations performing stints such as "Charlie Chan". Eventually Begley would turn his focus to Broadway making his debut somewhere around the 1940's.

In 1947, Begley made the transition to film where he found much success starring in supporting roles; the majority of which were as "cranky old men" due to his age. In the 1950's Begley had made a name for himself and was cast in more noticeable roles, one of which was as Juror #10 starring opposite Henry Fonda in the 1957 film, "12 Angry Men".

In 1962 Begley won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in "Sweet Bird of Youth". A few years later Begley would star in "The Unsinkable Molly Brown" (1964). Begley also appeared regularly on many television programs including "Bonanza" which took up most of his free time throughout the remainder of his career. Edward Begley died in April of 1970 from heart complications.

Ed Begley's notable movie credits include...

ROAD TO SALINA (1970)
THE DUNWICH HORROW (1970)
THE SILENT GUN (1969)
A TIME TO SING (1968)
THE VIOLENT ENEMY (1968)
HANG 'EM HIGH (1968)
THE OSCAR (1966)
INHERIT THE WIND (1965)
PATTERNS (1956)
THE TURNING POINT (1952)
WHAT PRICE GLORY (1952)
DEADLINE (1952)
THE LADY FROM TEXAS (1951)
BACKFIRE (1950)
CONVICTED (1950)
SADDLE TRAMP (1950)
THE GREAT GATSBY (1949)
SORRY WRONG NUMBER (1948)

Ed Begley's television credits include...

Lights Out: episodes "The Posthumous Dead" and "Benuli Chant" (1950)
The Armstrong Circle: episodes "The Sky Rocket" (1950)
"Tour of Duty" (1953),
"Save Me from Treason" (1955)
Kraft Television Theatre: episodes "The Second Chance" (1955)
"Mock Trial" (1956)
Justice: episodes "Hit and Run" (1954)
"Positive Identification" (1955)
Burke's Law: episodes "Who Killed the Grand Piano" (1965)
"Who Killed the Super Sleuth" (1964)