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Ed Begley

Mostly Credited As: Ed Begley
Sometimes Credited As: Edward Begley
Ed Begley Sr.

Birth Name: Edward James Begley
Date Of Birth: March 25, 1901 (Age 69)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Hartford, Connecticut
Date Of Death: April 28, 1970
Cause Of Death: heart attack
Height: 5' 7" (1.7 m)

Ed Begley


Ed Begley left home at the age of 13 and had a variety of jobs before finding work as a radio announcer at a station in Hartford, Connecticut at age 30. The 1940s found him living and working in New York where he became a successful radio actor. From 1944 to 1948, he was radio's wise Chinese detective Charile Chan. He made his Broadway debut in 1944 in Land of Fame which had a short run. In 1947, he created the role of Joe Keller in the original production of Arthur Miller's All My Sons and got a supporting role in his first film, Boomerang. In 1955, he took on the role of Matthew Harrison Brady in the Broadway production of Inherit the Wind opposite Paul Muni. The Muni role was later taken over by Melvyn Douglas. Begley would repeat the role 789 times in that production and reprised it on television. He won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his portrayal of Tom 'Boss' Finley in Sweet Bird of Youth. He received word of his nomination while waiting in the unemployment line.

Although he continued to act in films and on stage, the majority of his work was on televsion beginning in the 1950s and he remained in demand as a character actor for the rest of his career. He made appearances on a variety of shows including Gunsmoke, The Mod Squad and My Three Sons.

Ed Begley
TV Appearances

Main cast 
Roller Derby (1949)As: Himself (1951)
Episode Cast Credits 

Hallmark Hall Of Fame (1951) 
  Neither Are We Enemies 19x04: (Mar/13/1970) As Annas 
  Inherit the Wind 15x01: (Nov/18/1965) As Matthew Brady 

The Mod Squad (1968) 
  Fear Is the Bucking Horse 01x17: (Feb/04/1969) As Mitch Bates 

My Three Sons (1960) 
  The New Room 09x13: (Dec/28/1968) As Mr. Storfmann 
  The Romance of Silver Pines 02x15: (Jan/11/1962) As Ed Wallace 

The High Chaparral (1967) 
  Follow Your Heart 02x03: (Oct/04/1968) As Ben Lynch 

Gunsmoke (1955) 
  Mr. Sam'l 13x24: (Feb/26/1968) As Mr. Sam'l 
  Taps for Old Jeb 11x05: (Oct/16/1965) As Jeb Crater 

The Invaders (1967) 
  Labyrinth 02x12: (Nov/21/1967) As Sam Crowell, [Special Guest Stars]
  The Betrayed 01x12: (Mar/28/1967) As Simon Carver 

The Wild Wild West (1965) 
  The Night of the Infernal Machine 02x14: (Dec/23/1966) As Judge M'Guigan 

Out of the Unknown (1965) 
  The Fastest Draw 02x09: (Dec/08/1966) As Amos Handworthy 

The Lucy Show (1962) 
  Lucy, the Bean Queen 05x03: (Sep/26/1966) As Andrew Bailey 

Bonanza (1959) 
  A Time to Step Down 08x03: (Sep/25/1966) As Dan Tolliver 
  The Other Son 07x04: (Oct/03/1965) As Clint Watson 

Bob Hope Presents The Chrysler Theatre (1963) 
  In Pursuit of Excellence 03x27: (Jun/22/1966) As Dr. Hayes 

The Virginian (1962) 
  Chaff in the Wind 04x19: (Jan/26/1966) As Micah Ellis 
  The Invaders 02x15: (Jan/01/1964) As Mike Tyrone 

The F.B.I. (1965) 
  The Sacrifice 01x18: (Jan/16/1966) As Mel Olin 

Burke's Law (1963) (1963) 
  Who Killed the Grand Piano? 02x31: (Apr/28/1965) As Morgus Ghoul 
  Who Killed Supersleuth? 02x13: (Dec/16/1964) As Bascule Doirot 
  Who Killed Mr. Cartwheel? 02x06: (Oct/21/1964) As Alkali 
  Who Killed Julian Buck? 01x05: (Oct/18/1963) As James Littlefield 

The Fugitive (1963) (1963) 
  Runner in the Dark 02x27: (Mar/30/1965) As Dan Brady 
  Man in a Chariot 02x01: (Sep/15/1964) As Professor G. Stanley Lazer 

Slattery's People (1964) 
  Question: Is Democracy Too Expensive This Year? 01x20: (Feb/26/1965) As Harvey Peabody 

Dr. Kildare (1961) 
  Make Way for Tomorrow 04x21: (Feb/18/1965) As Jamie Cousins 
  A Nickel's Worth of Prayer 03x29: (Apr/16/1964) As Joe Hogan 
  An Ancient Office 02x10: (Dec/06/1962) As Henry Harris 

The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (1962) 
  Triumph 03x09: (Dec/14/1964) As Brother Thomas Fitzgibbon 

Rawhide (1959) 
  Piney 07x03: (Oct/09/1964) As Piney Kinney, [Special Guest Stars]

The Academy Awards (1953) 
  The 36th Annual Academy Awards 12x01: (Apr/13/1964) As Presenter, [Featuring]
  The 35th Annual Academy Awards 11x01: (Apr/08/1963) As Winner: Best Supporting Actor (for 'Sweet Bird of Youth') 

Wagon Train (1957) 
  The Sam Spicer Story 07x07: (Oct/28/1963) As Reno Sutton, [Special Guest Stars]

Kraft Mystery Theatre (1961) 
  Shadow of a Man 03x01: (Jun/19/1963) As Bobby Lee Longstreet 

Ben Casey (1961) 
  Hang No Hats on Dreams 02x31: (May/13/1963) As Dr. Malcolm Flanders 
  Victory Wears a Cruel Smile 01x19: (Feb/12/1962) As Sam Bundy 

Route 66 (1960) (1960) 
  In the Closing of a Trunk 03x21: (Mar/08/1963) As Kyle Hawkes 

Going My Way (1962) 
  My Son, the Social Worker 01x15: (Jan/09/1963) As Owen Colwell 

Naked City (1958) 
  Make It Fifty Dollars and Add Love to Nona 04x09: (Nov/14/1962) As Jimmy Fenton, [Special Guest Stars]

Empire (1962) (1962) 
  Ballard Number One 01x02: (Oct/02/1962) As Sam Ballard 

Cain's Hundred (1961) 
  Blood Money 01x20: (Feb/13/1962) As Tully Johnson 
  Blue Water, White Beach 01x03: (Oct/03/1961) As Ed Hoagley 

The New Breed (1961) 
  Policemen Die Alone: Part 2 01x19: (Feb/06/1962) As Masters 
  Policemen Die Alone: Part 1 01x18: (Jan/30/1962) As Masters 

Target: The Corruptors (1961) 
  Bite of a Tiger 01x06: (Nov/03/1961) As Stu Hayes 

Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse (1958) 
  City in Bondage 02x18: (May/13/1960) As Becker 

Climax! (1954) 
  The Big Success 04x31: (May/08/1958) As Harry Rathvon 

Kraft Television Theatre (1947) (1947) 
  Look What's Going On 11x24: (Mar/19/1958) As guest star 
  Smart Boy 11x03: (Oct/09/1957) As guest star 
  Mock Trial 09x46: (Sep/05/1956) As guest star 
  Boys Will Be Boys 08x18: (Jan/26/1955) As guest star 

The Philco Television Playhouse (1948) 
  This Land is Mine 08x10: (Jan/15/1956) As guest star 
  Ernie Barger is 50 05x28: (Sep/13/1953) As Ernie Barger 

Robert Montgomery Presents Your Lucky Strike Theatre (1950) 
  Big Boy 05x34: (Apr/19/1954) As Joe Grant 
  Harvest 05x13: (Nov/23/1953) As Karl Zalinka 

Goodyear Television Playhouse (1951) 
  Ernie Barger is Fifty 02x24: (Aug/09/1953) As Ernie Barger 

Lights Out (1949) 
  The Posthumous Dead 03x06: (Oct/02/1950) As guest star 
  Benuili Chant 03x02: (Sep/04/1950) As guest star 
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