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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:

Dai Bando: [Cyfartha is holding Mr. Jonas in boxing position] Now look, to make a good boxer, you must have a good... *right hand*, you see?
[strikes Mr. Jonas with a right jab, the force of which knocks Mr. Jonas into the wall]
Dai Bando: Now, you see, that is how you will punish your man - with a right and a left, and put your shoulder into it!
[Mr. Jonas is slumped against the wall, dazed]
Cyfartha: The gentleman is talking to you!


Michaleen Flynn: I have... I have come.
Mary Kate Danaher: Oh, I can see that. But from whose pub was it?
Michaleen Flynn: Pub? Pub? You've the face of an angel with the tongue of an adder. I have a good mind to go about me own business and tell Thon Shorton he's better off without ya!
Mary Kate Danaher: Wait a minute, what was that?
Michaleen Flynn: Well ye be listenin' then and not interrupting the shockelhorn - the matchmaker... I have come at the request of Thon Shorton...
Mary Kate Danaher: Sean Thornton.
Michaleen Flynn: Shut up... bachelor and party of the first part, to ask if you, uh - strictly informally, mind you - eh, Mary Kate Danaher, spinster, and party of the second part.
Mary Kate Danaher: Well. Go on. You were sayin'?
Michaleen Flynn: Actually... me mouth is like a dry crust and the sun is that hot on me pate.
Mary Kate Danaher: Will you be steppin' into the parlor? The house may belong to my brother, but what's in the parlor belongs to me.
Michaleen Flynn: I will then... and I hope there's a bottle there, whoever it belongs to...


[first lines]
The Orator: Fellow countrymen, continuously and courageously we have fought and struggled for the national salvation of Ireland!


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Barry Fitzgerald Facts
He is one of the elite ten thespians to have been nominated for both a Supporting and Lead Acting Academy Award in the same year. The other nine are Fay Bainter, Teresa Wright, Jessica Lange, Sigourney Weaver, Al Pacino, Cate Blanchett, Emma Thompson, Holly Hunter, Julianne Moore and Jamie Foxx. Fitzgerald is the only of the actors to be nominated in both categories for the same role in the same movie.

Brother of actor Arthur Shields, with whom he performed in several films, most notably John Ford's The Quiet Man (1952).

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.

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