Martin Balsam

Martin Balsam
He was born Martin Henry Balsam on November 4, 1919 in the Bronx, NY. His father was a manufacturer of women's sportswear and he was his first-born child. Martin caught the acting bug in high school where he participated in the drama club. After high school, he continued his interest in acting by attending Manhattan's progressive New School. When World War II broke out, Martin was called to service in his early twenties. After the war, he was lucky to secure a position as an usher at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. By 1947, he was honing his craft at the Actor's Studio, run at that time by Elia Kazan and Lee Strasberg. His time at the Actor's Studio in New York City allowed him training in the famous Stanislavsky method. Despite his excellent training, he had to prove himself, just like any up and coming young actor. He began on Broadway in the late 1940s. But, it wasn't until 1951 that he experienced real success. That play was Tennessee Williams "The Rose Tattoo". After his Broadway success, he had a few minor television roles before his big break arrived when he joined the cast of "On the Waterfront" (1954). In the 1950s, Martin had many television roles. He had recurring roles on some of the most popular television series of that time, including "the United States Steel Hour", "The Philco Television Playhouse", "Goodyear Television Playhouse" and "Studio One". In 1957, he was able to prove himself on the big-screen once again, with a prominent role in "12 Angry Men", directed by Sidney Lumet and starring Henry Fonda. All of Martin's TV work in the 1950s did not go to waste. While starring on a episode of "Alfred Hitchcock Presents", Hitchcock was so impressed by his work, that he offered him a key supporting role of Detective Arbogast in "Psycho" (1960). His work with Hitchcock opened him up to a world of other acting opportunities. Many strong movie roles came his way in the 1960's, including parts in "Breakfast at Tiffany's" (1961), "Cape Fear" (1961) and "The Carpetbaggers" (1964). One of the proudest moments in his life was when he received an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for "A Thousand Clowns" (1965). In was soon after that he began accepting roles in European movies. He soon developed a love for Italy, and lived there most of his remaining years. He acted in over a dozen Italian movies and spent his later life traveling between Hollywood and Europe for his many roles. After a career that spanned more than fifty years, Martin Balsam died of natural causes in his beloved Italy at the age of 76. He passed away of a heart attack at a hotel in Rome called Residenza di Repetta. He was survived by his third wife Irene Miller and three children, Adam, Zoe and Talia.
Name Martin Balsam
Also Known As
Birthday 1919-11-04
Deathday 1996-02-13
Gender Male
IMDB Martin Balsam profile on IMDB
Place of Birth Bronx, New York, USA
As: O.J. Berman
1961-10-05
Breakfast at Tiffany...
As: Juror 1
1957-04-10
12 Angry Men...
As: Det. Milton Arbogast
1960-09-08
Psycho...
As: Howard Simons
1976-04-04
All the President's ...
As: Frather Howard
1988-01-01
The Brother from Spa...
As: Colonel Cathcart (CO
1970-06-24
Catch-22...
As: Det. Martin Balsam
1994-07-13
The Silence of the H...
As: Signor Bianchi
1974-11-24
Murder on the Orient...
As: District Attorney Tu
1972-04-07
The Hassled Hooker...
As: Mr. Merriweather
1970-12-14
Little Big Man...
As: Admiral Husband E. K
1970-09-23
Tora! Tora! Tora!...
As: Police Chief Mark Du
1962-04-12
Cape Fear...
As: Capt. Caleb Sark
1972-10-10
Night of Terror...
As: Haskins
1971-06-17
The Anderson Tapes...
As: Mr. Beamish
1985-06-28
St. Elmo's Fire...
As: Sam McKeever
1976-11-12
Two-Minute Warning...
As: Paul Girard
1964-02-12
Seven Days in May...
As: Richard Manley
1965-06-23
Harlow...
As: Mr. Green - Harold L
1974-10-02
The Taking of Pelham...
As: Bennett Cross
1985-11-01
Death Wish 3...
As: James Arthur Cumming
1975-09-10
Mitchell...
As: Al Vescari
1973-08-08
The Stone Killer...
As: Henry Mendez
1967-03-21
Hombre...
As: Mr. Pym
1991-10-25
Two Evil Eyes...
As: Arnold Burns
1965-12-13
A Thousand Clowns...
As: Bernard B. Norman
1964-04-08
The Carpetbaggers...
As: Mac Keeley, reporter
1959-01-01
Al Capone...
As: Joe Fiore
1978-07-21
Silver Bears...
As: Gen. Bello
1979-12-21
Cuba...
As: Ben Kaplan
1986-02-14
The Delta Force...
As: Sgt. Baker
1957-10-23
Time Limit...
As: Dr. Rudy Wells
1973-03-07
The Six Million Doll...
As: Lieut Cmdr. Chester
1965-10-11
The Bedford Incident...
As: Prof. Ruzinsky
1977-01-07
The Sentinel...
As: Sergente Quintino Fo
1960-10-27
Everybody Go Home...
As: Harry
1966-01-01
After the Fox...
As: Mayor Wilker
1969-11-19
The Good Guys and th...
As: Inspector Jim Grant
1978-02-21
Eyes Behind the Star...
As: Harry Walden
1973-10-21
Summer Wishes, Winte...
As: Petrus Lamb
1975-08-25
Cry, Onion!...
As: Cliff Dowling
1987-06-05
P.I. Private Investi...
As: Jack
1959-06-17
Middle of the Night...
As: Rizzo
1977-01-01
Blood and Diamonds...
As: Commissioner Katroni
1975-12-27
Season For Assassins...
As: Commissario
1978-02-27
Death Rage...
As: Capt. Ernie Weinberg
1977-11-19
Contract on Cherry S...
As: Ben Montgomery
1975-01-08
Miles to Go Before I...
As: Captain Steffanelli
1981-01-01
The Salamander...
As: Commissario Bonavia
1971-03-26
Confessions of a Pol...
As: Giulianelli
1976-10-08
Meet Him And Die...
As: Steve Jackson
1961-08-25
Ada...
As: Uncle Harold
1969-07-13
Me, Natalie...
As: Henry Fancher
1978-04-26
Siege...
As: Lawyer
1990-02-01
The Last Match...
As: Ivor Belli
1969-06-08
Trilogy...
As: Jim Talley
1972-07-19
The Man...
As: Alexander Rostov
1985-01-01
Murder in Space...
As: Stanley Pulska
1970-10-13
The Old Man Who Crie...
As: Judge
1991-11-15
Cape Fear...
As: Sanford Kaufman
1963-12-25
Who's Been Sleeping ...
As: Jim Douglas
1973-02-20
A Brand New Life...
As: Gillette (uncredited
1954-07-28
On the Waterfront...
As: Louis B. Mayer
1978-11-06
Rainbow...
As: Harry Strasberg
1979-12-05
Aunt Mary...
As: Edward J. Reilly
1976-02-26
The Lindbergh Kidnap...
As: Unknown
1987-10-01
Brothers in Blood...
As: Joel Aurnou
1981-05-07
The People vs. Jean ...
As: Dr. Beck
1986-01-01
Second Serve...
As: Sen. Glancey
1985-04-13
Space...
As: Joseph Feinberg
1962-12-05
Conquered City...
As: Wade Hamilton
1970-03-12
Hunters Are for Kill...
As: Carlo Goja
1975-01-16
Smiling Maniacs...
As: Giudice Aldo Sola
1972-02-04
Chronicle of a Homic...
As: Questore Martorana
1980-08-15
L'avvertimento...
As: T.C. Hollister
1974-10-22
Trapped Beneath the ...
As: Salluzzo
1979-05-05
Gardenia...
As: Don Antonio Macaluso
1973-08-30
Counselor at Crime...
As: Dr. David Harris
1958-04-24
Marjorie Morningstar...
As: Ira Davidoff
1977-12-05
The Storyteller...
As: Elmer Babcock
1980-07-07
There Goes The Bride...
As: Unknown
1986-01-31
The Goodbye People...
As: Sheriff Virgil Baker
1984-01-01
Innocent Prey...
As: Isser Harel
1979-05-28
The House on Garibal...
As: Jack
1985-11-25
Grown Ups...
As: Marty
1987-05-10
Queenie...
As: Captain Mantell
1958-05-22
Bomber's Moon...
As: Gramps
1997-08-19
Legend of the Spirit...
As: Milton Arbogast
2014-02-24
Psychos...
As: Unknown
1972-01-01
La colonna infame...
As: Unknown
1984-09-30
Murder, She Wrote...
As: Unknown
1976-10-03
Quincy, M.E....
As: Unknown
1960-10-07
Route 66...
As: Unknown
1979-09-23
Archie Bunker's Plac...
As: Unknown
1951-12-24
Hallmark Hall of Fam...
As: Unknown
1955-10-02
Alfred Hitchcock Pre...
As: Danny Weiss
1959-10-02
The Twilight Zone...
As: Unknown
1958-10-06
Westinghouse Desilu ...
As: Unknown
1963-09-17
The Fugitive...
As: Unknown
1948-10-03
The Philco Televisio...
As: Unknown
1957-09-14
Have Gun – Will Tr...
As: Unknown
1984-03-11
The Octopus...
As: Unknown
1961-09-27
Dr. Kildare...
As: Unknown
1954-01-09
Inner Sanctum...
As: Unknown
1953-10-12
Valiant Lady...
As: Unknown
1961-09-19
Cain's Hundred...
As: Unknown
1985-09-27
The Twilight Zone...
As: Unknown
1963-09-15
Arrest and Trial...
As: Unknown
1983-09-21
Hotel...
As: Unknown
1973-10-24
Kojak...
As: Unknown
1958-09-30
Naked City...
As: Unknown
1948-11-07
Studio One...
As: Unknown
1961-09-29
Target: The Corrupto...
As: Unknown
1962-10-03
The Eleventh Hour...
As: Unknown
1973-09-25
Police Story...
As: Unknown
1959-01-09
Rawhide...
As: Unknown
1963-10-04
Bob Hope Presents th...
As: Unknown
1968-09-20
The Name of the Game...
As: Unknown
1957-10-14
Decoy...
As: Unknown
1961-10-03
The New Breed...
As: Unknown
1956-10-05
Dick Powell's Zane G...
As: Unknown
1966-12-08
CBS Playhouse...
As: Unknown
1954-08-30
The Greatest Gift...
As: Dr. Rudy Wells
1974-01-18
The Six Million Doll...
As: Don Matias Quintero
1989-08-20
Oceano...
As: Nathan Burkan
1982-10-24
Little Gloria... Hap...