Martin Balsam

BirthDay:

04 Nov 1919

BirthPlace:

The Bronx, New York City, New York, USA

BirthName:

Martin Henry Balsam

Bio:

Martin Henry Balsam was born on November 4, 1919 in the Bronx, New York City, to Lillian (Weinstein) and Albert Balsam, a manufacturer of women's sportswear. He was the first-born child. His father was a Russian Jewish immigrant, and his mother was born in New York, to Russian Jewish parents. Martin caught the acting bug in high school where he participated in the drama club. After high school, he continued his interest in acting by attending Manhattan's progressive New School. When World War II broke out, Martin was called to service in his early twenties. After the war, he was lucky to secure a position as an usher at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. By 1947, he was honing his craft at the Actors Studio, run at that time by Elia Kazan and Lee Strasberg. His time at the Actors Studio in New York City allowed him training in the famous Stanislavsky method. Despite his excellent training, he had to prove himself, just like any up and coming young actor. He began on Broadway in the late 1940s. But, it was not until 1951 that he experienced real success. That play was Tennessee Williams' "The Rose Tattoo". After his Broadway success, he had a few minor television roles before his big break arrived when he joined the cast of On the Waterfront (1954). In the 1950s, Martin had many television roles. He had recurring roles on some of the most popular television series of that time, including The United States Steel Hour (1953), The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse (1948), Goodyear Playhouse (1951) and Studio One in Hollywood (1948). In 1957, he was able to prove himself on the big-screen once again, with a prominent role in 12 Angry Men (1957), directed by Sidney Lumet and starring Henry Fonda. All of Martin's television work in the 1950s did not go to waste. While starring on an episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955), Hitchcock was so impressed by his work, that he offered him a key supporting role of Detective Milton Arbogast in Psycho (1960). His work with Hitchcock opened him up to a world of other acting opportunities. Many strong movie roles came his way in the 1960s, including parts in Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961), Cape Fear (1962) and The Carpetbaggers (1964). One of the proudest moments in his life was when he received an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for A Thousand Clowns (1965). It was soon after that he began accepting roles in European movies. He soon developed a love for Italy, and lived there most of his remaining years. He acted in over a dozen Italian movies and spent his later life traveling between Hollywood and Europe for his many roles. After a career that spanned more than fifty years, Martin Balsam died of natural causes in his beloved Italy at age 76. He passed away of a heart attack at a hotel in Rome called Residenza di Repetta. He was survived by his third wife Irene Miller and three children, Adam, Zoe and Talia.
Filmography

Actor ( 143 credits )

A History of Horror with Mark Gatiss (2010)  Det. Milton Arbogast (uncredited) (1 episode, 2010)
Cinemassacre's Monster Madness (2007)  Det. Milton Arbogast (archive footage) (1 episode, 200
Legend of the Spirit Dog (1997) Gramps
Unknown Soldier (1995)
The Silence of the Hams (1994) Det. Martin Balsam
The Black Cat (1993)
Cape Fear (1991) Judge
The Last Match (1991) Lawyer
Two Evil Eyes (1990) Mr. Pym (segment "The Black Cat")
The Brother from Space (1988) Father Howard
Midnight Caller (1988)  Gil Solarski (1 episode, 1990)
Brothers in Blood (1987) Major Briggs
P.I. Private Investigations (1987) Cliff Dowling
Queenie (1987)  Marty (2 episodes, 1987)
Whatever It Takes (1986) Hap Perchicksky
The Delta Force (1986) Ben Kaplan
Death Wish 3 (1985) Bennett
St. Elmo's Fire (1985) Mr. Beamish
The Twilight Zone (1985)  Prof. Donald Knowles (segment "Voices in the Earth") /
Innocent Prey (1984) Sheriff Virgil Baker
The Goodbye People (1984) Max Silverman
Murder, She Wrote (1984)  Edgar Carmody (2 episodes, 1986)
Glitter (1984)  Bo (1 episode, 1985)
Hotel (1983)  Dr. Gilbert Holt (1 episode, 1987)
The Salamander (1981) Captain Steffanelli
The Warning (1980) Questore Martorana
There Goes the Bride (1980) Elmer Babcock
Cuba (1979) Gen. Bello
Gardenia (1979) Salluzzo
Archie Bunker's Place (1979)  Murray Klein / ... (45 episodes, 1979-1983)
Eyes Behind the Stars (1978) Inspector Jim Grant
Blood and Diamonds (1977) Rizzo
Silver Bears (1977) Joe Fiore
The Sentinel (1977) Professor Ruzinsky
Death Rage (1976) Commissario
Two-Minute Warning (1976) Sam McKeever
Meet Him and Die (1976) Giulianelli
America at the Movies (1976) Col. Cathcart (archive footage)
All the President's Men (1976) Howard Simons
Quincy M.E. (1976)  Hyam Sigerski (1 episode, 1982)
Season for Assassins (1975) Commissioner Katroni
Mitchell (1975) James Arthur Cummings
Smiling Maniacs (1975) Carlo Goja
Cipolla Colt (1975) Petrus Lamb
Murder on the Orient Express (1974) Bianchi
The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974) Harold Longman aka Green
Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams (1973) Harry Walden
The Stone Killer (1973) Al Vescari
Counselor at Crime (1973) Don Antonio Macaluso
Kojak (1973)  Ray Kaufman (1 episode, 1974)
Police Story (1973)  Det. Al Koster (1 episode, 1973)
The Man (1972) Jim Talley
The Hassled Hooker (1972) District Attorney Turrisi
Chronicle of a Homicide (1972) Giudice Aldo Sola
Maude (1972)  Chester (1 episode, 1976)
La colonna infame (1972)
Confessions of a Police Captain (1971) Commissario Bonavia
The Anderson Tapes (1971) Tommy Haskins
Great Performances (1971)  Jack (1 episode, 1985)
Little Big Man (1970) Mr. Merriweather
Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970) Adm. Husband E. Kimmel
Catch-22 (1970) Col. Cathcart
Trilogy (1969) Ivor Belli (segment "Among the Paths to Eden")
The Good Guys and the Bad Guys (1969) Mayor Wilker
Me, Natalie (1969) Uncle Harold
The Name of the Game (1968)  Angie / ... (2 episodes, 1968-1970)
Hombre (1967) Mendez
CBS Playhouse (1967)  Jesse (1 episode, 1970)
After the Fox (1966) Harry Granoff
Anyone Around My Base Is It (1966) Narrator
A Thousand Clowns (1965) Arnold
The Bedford Incident (1965) Lieut Cmdr. Chester Potter, M.D., U.S.N.
Harlow (1965) Everett Redman
Youngblood Hawke (1964) Cameo Role (uncredited)
The Carpetbaggers (1964) Bernard B. Norman
Seven Days in May (1964) Paul Girard
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964)  Albert Sully (1 episode, 1965)
Mr. Broadway (1964)  Nate Bannerman (1 episode, 1964)
Suspense (1964)  Detective Jack Gross (1 episode, 1964)
Who's Been Sleeping in My Bed? (1963) Sanford Kaufman
The Fugitive (1963)  Andrew Newmark (1 episode, 1967)
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (1963)  Dave Breslaw (1 episode, 1964)
Arrest and Trial (1963)  Leo Valera (1 episode, 1964)
Espionage (1963)  Richard Carey (1 episode, 1964)
Breaking Point (1963)  Rabbi Eli Oringer (1 episode, 1963)
Cape Fear (1962) Police Chief Mark Dutton
Conquered City (1962) Joseph Feinberg
The Eleventh Hour (1962)  Frank Dunlear (1 episode, 1963)
Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961) O.J. Berman
Ada (1961) Steve Jackson
Dr. Kildare (1961)  Dr. Milton Orliff / ... (7 episodes, 1962-1966)
The Defenders (1961)  District Attorney / ... (4 episodes, 1961-1964)
'Way Out (1961)  Bill Clayton (1 episode, 1961)
The New Breed (1961)  Frank Eberhardt (1 episode, 1961)
Cain's Hundred (1961)  Jack Garsell (1 episode, 1962)
Target: The Corruptors (1961)  Jeffrey Marvin (1 episode, 1962)
Everybody Go Home! (1960) Sergente Quintino Fornaciari
Psycho (1960) Det. Milton Arbogast
Route 66 (1960)  Corelli / ... (2 episodes, 1961-1963)
The Robert Herridge Theater (1960) (1 episode, 1960)
Middle of the Night (1959) Jack
Al Capone (1959) Mac Keeley
Twilight Zone (1959)  Danny Weiss / ... (2 episodes, 1959-1963)
Rawhide (1959)  Father Fabian (1 episode, 1959)
The Untouchables (1959)  Arnold Justin / ... (2 episodes, 1961-1962)
Five Fingers (1959)  Monteverdi (1 episode, 1960)
Brenner (1959)  Arnold Joplin (1 episode, 1959)
Sunday Showcase (1959)  Nicola Sacco (2 episodes, 1960)
Marjorie Morningstar (1958) Dr. David Harris
Naked City (1958)  Arnold Fleischman / ... (4 episodes, 1959-1962)
Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse (1958)  Dr. Gillespie / ... (2 episodes, 1958-1959)
The Further Adventures of Ellery Queen (1958) (2 episodes, 1959)
Pursuit (1958)  Holden (1 episode, 1958)
Time Limit (1957) Sgt. Baker
12 Angry Men (1957) Juror #1
Wagon Train (1957)  Marcey Jones (1 episode, 1964)
Have Gun - Will Travel (1957)  Charlie Dawes / ... (2 episodes, 1958-1960)
Decoy (1957)  Nick Santos (1 episode, 1958)
The DuPont Show of the Month (1957)  Charlie Davis (1 episode, 1959)
Goodyear Theatre (1957)  Joe Lane (1 episode, 1960)
Playhouse 90 (1956)  Captain Mantell / ... (3 episodes, 1958-1959)
Zane Grey Theater (1956)  Sam Butler (1 episode, 1959)
Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955)  Eldon Marsh / ... (2 episodes, 1958-1961)
ITV Play of the Week (1955)  Doc Delaney (1 episode, 1965)
On the Waterfront (1954) Gillette (uncredited)
Father Knows Best (1954)  Teacher (1 episode, 1958)
Inner Sanctum (1954)  Hanson / ... (3 episodes, 1954)
The Greatest Gift (1954)  Harold Matthews #2 (1955)
The United States Steel Hour (1953)  Petty Officer (1 episode, 1955)
Valiant Lady (1953)  Joey Gordon (1955) (unknown episodes)
The Living Bible (1952)  Nobleman (1952)
Death Valley Days (1952)  Mr. Trumbull (1 episode, 1953)
Goodyear Playhouse (1951)  Perkins / ... (3 episodes, 1954-1956)
Frontiers of Faith (1951) (1 episode)
Danger (1950) (2 episodes, 1950)
The Joe Franklin Show (1950)  Himself (1 episode, 1978)
Suspense (1949)  Abramson (1 episode, 1949)
The Big Story (1949)  Bill Pinney (1 episode, 1951)
Man Against Crime (1949)  Jean Pinay / ... (uncredited) (2 episodes, 1953)
Studio One in Hollywood (1948)  Francis Toohey / ... (3 episodes, 1957-1958)
The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse (1948)  Charlie Malick / ... (3 episodes, 1954-1955)
Actor's Studio (1948)  Soldier (4 episodes, 1949-1950)
Kraft Theatre (1947)  Dino (1 episode, 1958)