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Barry Fitzgerald Overview:

Legendary character actor, Barry Fitzgerald, was born William Joseph Shields on Mar 10, 1888 in Dublin, Ireland. Fitzgerald died at the age of 72 on Jan 14, 1961 in Dublin, Ireland and was laid to rest in Deansgrange Cemetery, Blackrock in Dublin, Ireland.

HONORS and AWARDS:

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Barry Fitzgerald was nominated for two Academy Awards, winning one for Best Supporting Actor for Going My Way (as Father Fitzgibbon) in 1944.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1944Best ActorGoing My Way (1944)Father FitzgibbonNominated
1944Best Supporting ActorGoing My Way (1944)Father FitzgibbonWon
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He was honored with two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the categories of Motion Pictures and Television.

BlogHub Articles:

- Frowning on Fame

By The Metzinger Sisters on Mar 10, 2014 From Silver Scenes - A Blog for Classic Film Lovers

While hunting down photographs of 's home for the upcoming Hollywood Home Tour we stumbled upon this article from the New York Times, originally posted on January 14, 1945. It was so entertaining we couldn't help but share it. And it's so fitting for St. Patrick's Day too...which wil... Read full article


Classic Movie Coincidence: and Richard Haydn

By Annmarie Gatti on Mar 10, 2014 From Classic Movie Hub Blog

and Richard Haydn share a birthday and a film: Both and Richard Haydn appeared in And Then There Were None — and both were born today March 10 (17 yrs apart!). Richard Haydn as butler Thomas Rogers and  as Judge Francis J. Quinncannon in Agath... Read full article


- Frowning on Fame

By The Metzinger Sisters on Mar 10, 2014 From Silver Scenes - A Blog for Classic Film Lovers

While hunting down photographs of 's home for the upcoming Hollywood Home Tour we stumbled upon this article from the New York Times, originally posted on January 14, 1945. It was so entertaining we couldn't help but share it. And it's so fitting for St. Patrick's Day too...which wil... Read full article


- Frowning on Fame

By The Metzinger Sisters on Mar 10, 2014 From Silver Scenes - A Blog for Classic Film Lovers

While hunting down photographs of 's home for the upcoming Hollywood Home Tour we stumbled upon this article from the New York Times, originally posted on January 14, 1945. It was so entertaining we couldn't help but share it. And it's so fitting for St. Patrick's Day too...which wil... Read full article


- Frowning on Fame

By The Metzinger Sisters on Mar 10, 2014 From Silver Scenes - A Blog for Classic Film Lovers

While hunting down photographs of 's home for the upcoming Hollywood Home Tour we stumbled upon this article from the New York Times, originally posted on January 14, 1945. It was so entertaining we couldn't help but share it. And it's so fitting for St. Patrick's Day too...which wil... Read full article


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Barry Fitzgerald Quotes:

Michaleen Flynn: He's a nice, quiet, peace-loving man, come home to Ireland to forget his troubles. Sure, yes, yes, he's a millionare, you know, like all the Yanks. But he's eccentric - ooh, he is eccentric! Wait 'til I show ya... his bag to sleep in - a sleeping bag, he calls it! Here, let me show you how it operates.


Mr. Gruffydd: Who is for Gwilym Morgan and the others?
Dai Bando: I, for one. He is the blood of my heart. Come, Cyfartha.
Cyfartha: ...'Tis a coward I am. But I will hold your coat.


Dai Bando: Position again.
[Dai Bando and Cyfartha drag Mr. Jonas to his feet]
Dai Bando: Could I have your attention, boys and girls? I am not accustomed to speaking in public...
Cyfartha: Only public houses.
Dai Bando: But this -
[backhands Mr. Jonas in the nose, sending him sprawling]
Dai Bando: never use. It's against the rules. Break a man's nose. Now then -
[turns to find Mr. Jonas collapsed against the wall, unconscious]
Dai Bando: I'm afraid he will never make a boxer.
Cyfartha: No aptitude for knowledge.


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Barry Fitzgerald Facts
The slight, small Fitzgerald was frequently cast alongside huge hulks like John Wayne or Victor McLaglen (most notably in John Ford films), making for a good sight gag as he behaved fearlessly.

Fitzgerald was the only player ever nominated for the Academy Award for both Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor in the same year for the same role. The recognition was for Going My Way (1944). After he received this double nomination, the Academy immediately changed their rules to prevent this from happening again, rules which have remained unchanged to this day.

Despite his penchant for portraying priests, Fitzgerald (born William Shields) was a Protestant (and a nationalist), whose brother Arthur Shields was a republican during the upheaval of the early 20th century in Ireland.

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