Martin Balsam

 

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He was born Martin Henry Balsam on November 4, 1919 in the Bronx, NY. His father was a manufacturer of women's sportswear and he was his first-born child. 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 Actor's Studio, run at that time by Elia Kazan and Lee Strasberg. His time at the Actor's 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 wasn't until 1951 that he experienced real success. That play was Tennessee Williams "The Rose Tattoo"

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Martin Balsam

Born 1919-11-04 (104 years ago) in Bronx, New York, USA. Dead 1996-02-13 (76 years).
Height 170 centimeters.

Awards
Award Ceremony Year Awarded for
Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Actor (Cold Storage) 28th Annual Outer Critics Circle Awards 1978 Cold Storage
Obie Award for Performance (Cold Storage) 22nd Annual Village Voice Obie Awards 1977 Cold Storage
Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play (You Know I Can't Hear You When The Water's Running) 22nd Tony Awards 1968 You Know I Can't Hear You When The Water's Running
Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Performances (You Know I Can't Hear You When The Water's Running) 17th Annual Outer Critics Circle Awards 1967 You Know I Can't Hear You When The Water's Running
Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (A Thousand Clowns) 38th Academy Awards 1965 A Thousand Clowns
Nominated for awards
Award Ceremony Year Nominated for
Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Actor (Cold Storage) 28th Annual Outer Critics Circle Awards 1978 Cold Storage
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Performance By A Supporting Actor In A Comedy Or Drama Special (The Big Event) 29th Primetime Emmy Awards 1977 The Big Event
BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (All the President's Men) 1977 British Academy Film and Television Awards 1977 All the President's Men
Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play (Cold Storage) 22nd Drama Desk Awards 1977 Cold Storage
BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (The Taking of Pelham One Two Three) 1976 British Academy Film and Television Awards 1976 The Taking of Pelham One Two Three
Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture (Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams) 31st Golden Globe Awards 1973 Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams
Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play (You Know I Can't Hear You When The Water's Running) 22nd Tony Awards 1968 You Know I Can't Hear You When The Water's Running
Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Performances (You Know I Can't Hear You When The Water's Running) 17th Annual Outer Critics Circle Awards 1967 You Know I Can't Hear You When The Water's Running
Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (A Thousand Clowns) 38th Academy Awards 1965 A Thousand Clowns
Relationships
Name From To Relationship type
Irene Miller(Gifta: 1963–1987) 1963 1987 Gifta
Joyce Van Patten(Gifta: 1957-08-18–1962-08-14) 1957-08-18 1962-08-14 Gifta
Pearl Somner(Gifta: 1951–1954) 1951 1954 Gifta
Renee Landau(Sambo) 1996-02-13 Sambo
Children
Parents

Albert Balsam, Lillian Weinstein

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He was born Martin Henry Balsam on November 4, 1919 in the Bronx, NY. His father was a manufacturer of women's sportswear and he was his first-born child. 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 Actor's Studio, run at that time by Elia Kazan and Lee Strasberg. His time at the Actor's 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 wasn't 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", "The Philco Television Playhouse", "Goodyear Television Playhouse" and "Studio One". In 1957, he was able to prove himself on the big-screen once again, with a prominent role in "12 Angry Men", directed by Sidney Lumet and starring Henry Fonda. All of Martin's TV work in the 1950s did not go to waste. While starring on a episode of "Alfred Hitchcock Presents", Hitchcock was so impressed by his work, that he offered him a key supporting role of Detective 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 1960's, including parts in "Breakfast at Tiffany's" (1961), "Cape Fear" (1961) 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). In 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 the age of 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.

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