Arthur Shields Overview:

Character actor, Arthur Shields, was born on Feb 15, 1896 in Dublin, Ireland. Shields died at the age of 74 on Apr 27, 1970 in Santa Barbara, CA .


Light-haired, wistful-looking Irish actor, recognizably the brother of character superstar Barry Fitzgerald. Shields (the real family name) played much smaller roles than his brother after their arrival in Hollywood in the 1930s, but nonetheless etched some sharp studies. Often seen in rimless spectacles, usually dispensing wisdom to those more headstrong than himself. Died from emphysema.

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Film Character Actors: an Illustrated Directory).



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Arthur Shields Quotes:

Reverend Rosenkrantz: Any man failing to report to duty will be promptly hanged. Amen.

Rev. Griffin: Sam Leeds and I have fought together - we saw death ride up to us. I feel I know this man - there's good in him - the kind of good that will help the town you love so much, Joe Madden.

Sam Leeds: You feel it's my fault that you're out here, huh?
Rev. Griffin: I put no blame on you now.
Sam Leeds: Well, if it'd make you feel any better, you were right.
Rev. Griffin: About what?
Sam Leeds: I never really cared about the town needin' water, I just wanted to show what a smart fellow I was - I wanted Sally to see that, and make a fool out of Joe. Now I only wish I could tell her I was wrong - about a lot of things.
Rev. Griffin: She will know.

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Arthur Shields Facts
Brother of the actor Barry Fitzgerald, with whom he appeared in a handful of films, from The Plough and the Stars (1936) to The Quiet Man (1952).

Irish Protestant nationalist.

He was a fervent Irish nationalist and fought in the Easter Rising in 1916. He was subsequently captured and placed in an internment camp in North Wales.

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