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

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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


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Barry Fitzgerald Quotes:

Shawn O'Hara, Seabiscuit's Trainer: Romance.


Shawn O'Hara, Seabiscuit's Trainer: You've a perfect right to know why I came to America. I'm through training jumping horses for the rest of me days. No doubt you remember the last grand national at Aintree?
George Carson, Head Trainer at Milford Farms: Oh, sure. I remember.
Shawn O'Hara, Seabiscuit's Trainer: I saddled the favorite, Blackwatch. And the jockey was Danny, Margaret's brother. He was a great jockey and a great lad. Blackwatch was the best horse, and Danny the best jockey that day. We were the favorite. We had it won handily. He was running easily. It was just as though Danny were taking that grand, strong horse for a gallop. Sure there were jumps, and Blackwatch flew over them. Then came the last jump. Who knows what happened? Not I. Not anyone. They failed to clear it, and Blackwatch was down with Danny under him. Both boy and horse were done for when I got there. For 30 years I've been training jumpers in the so-called sport of kings. But that day at Aintree it came to me that when you kill a lovely lad and break the back of a fine horse the devil's in it, and not kings. A large part of me heart is in Danny's grave. And as for Margaret, I only hope the time will come when the blackness of that day will be lifted from her soul.


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
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.

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.

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