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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.

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- 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.


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...


Shawn O'Hara, Seabiscuit's Trainer: Ted, I've just had news of a startling nature. George Woolf has signed to ride Heel Fly for the Circle F.
Ted Knowles, Jockey: No kidding?
Shawn O'Hara, Seabiscuit's Trainer: We're in a pickle. And there's only one way out.
[looking pointedly at Ted]
Ted Knowles, Jockey: That's a bad break. No, sir. Nothing doing. I'm going to be sitting up in the grand stand with my best girl by my side.
Shawn O'Hara, Seabiscuit's Trainer: Ted. Just a minute. Now, see here, lad. You brought this about. You'd no right to tell George you were definitely riding the Biscuit.
Ted Knowles, Jockey: Now, wait a minute...
Shawn O'Hara, Seabiscuit's Trainer: Now, don't attempt to evade the situation. It rests squarely on your strong, young shoulders. Would you let Mr. Howard down? And through Mr. Howard me, your uncle-to-be? And through me, Margaret, the girl you love?
Ted Knowles, Jockey: Look who's talking. Who got me to give up riding? Who talked about food until I was starving to death?
Shawn O'Hara, Seabiscuit's Trainer: Aw, food is for pigs.
Ted Knowles, Jockey: Who practically forced me to take the job of assistant trainer?
Shawn O'Hara, Seabiscuit's Trainer: It was an old man talking to you, boy. An old man with the blood dried in his veins. You should never listen to such nonsense.
Ted Knowles, Jockey: I don't know. No that I think about it, I kind of like the idea of sitting in the grandstand.
Shawn O'Hara, Seabiscuit's Trainer: Oh, the saints preserve us! Did I ever think I'd see a young jock with the hot blood in him ready to swap a seat on a horse for one on the grandstand?
Ted Knowles, Jockey: You can talk all you want. It won't do any good. I gave Margaret my promise.
Shawn O'Hara, Seabiscuit's Trainer: Ah, yes, but was your heart in your promise? Do you really want to see some other jockey on the Biscuit in the handicap? Are you the sort of boy that any old fool like meself can talk out of the greatest thrill in the world, winning the Santa Anita? What's sitting in the grandstands compared to checking your horse at the starting gate? And the gate sprung, and you're off. You feel Seabiscuit running swift and sure...
Ted Knowles, Jockey: Cut it out. You know I'd give my right eye to be up there.
Shawn O'Hara, Seabiscuit's Trainer: You shouldn't have interrupted. I had the race all but won for you.
Ted Knowles, Jockey: But I won't be winning it. When Margaret comes back she expects to find me a trainer. And that's just what I'm gonna be.
Shawn O'Hara, Seabiscuit's Trainer: Ted, a word to the wise. The O'Hara women are

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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.

Broke the head off his 'Best Supporting Actor' Oscar (Going My Way (1944)) practicing his golf swing.

One of the very few character actors ever to achieve star status.

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