|Barry Fitzgerald Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 3 in|
|Date of Birth||March 10, 1888|
|Date of Death||January 4, 1961|
Barry Fitzgerald was an Irish actor and stage artist whose career spanned around 40 years. He was cast in a variety of films such as Going My Way, Juno and the Paycock, Guests of the Nation, Corvette K-225, The Plough and the Stars, The Naked City, Ebb Tide, Bringing Up Baby, Four Men and a Prayer, Marie Antoinette, The Story of Seabiscuit, The Dawn Patrol, Pacific Liner, The Saint Strikes Back, Full Confession, The Long Voyage Home, The San Francisco Docks, The Sea Wolf, Union Station, How Green Was My Valley, The Sainted Sisters, Tarzan’s Secret Treasure, Silver City, The Amazing Mrs. Holliday, Variety Girl, Two Tickets to London, I Love a Soldier, Welcome Stranger, None but the Lonely Heart, California, Miss Tatlock’s Millions, Incendiary Blonde, And Then There Were None, Duffy’s Tavern, Top o’ the Morning, The Stork Club, Two Years Before the Mast, Ha da venì… don Calogero!, The Quiet Man, Lux Video Theatre, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Tonight’s the Night, The Catered Affair, Broth of a Boy, Rooney, and Easy Come, Easy Go. Barry Fitzgerald was ranked at #11 on The Irish Times list of Ireland’s greatest film actors in 2020.
William Joseph Shields
He was born on March 10, 1888.
On January 4, 1961, Barry Fitzgerald died of a heart attack at the age of 72 in St Patrick’s Hospital, James Street in Dublin, Ireland.
He shared an apartment with his stand-in, Angus D. Taillon, in Hollywood, California, United States.
In 1959, he moved to Dublin, Ireland and lived at 2 Seafield Ave, Monkstown.
Barry Fitzgerald studied at Skerry’s College in Dublin.
Actor, Stage Artist
- Father – Adolphus Shields
- Mother – Fanny Sophia (née Ungerland)
- Siblings – Arthur Shields (Younger Brother; February 15, 1896 – April 27, 1970) (Actor, Stage Artist)
- Others – Joseph Augustus Shields (Paternal Grandfather), Mary Anne Orr (Paternal Grandmother), Carl Ungerland (Maternal Grandfather), Adam (Nephew), Christine (Niece)
5 ft 3 in or 160 cm
65 kg or 143 lbs
Race / Ethnicity
Barry Fitzgerald was of Irish descent on his father’s side and had German ancestry on his mother’s side.
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Barry Fitzgerald Facts
- After his time at Skerry’s College in Dublin, he started working in the civil service. He became a junior clerk at the Dublin Board of Trade in 1911 and later worked for the unemployment office. He later stated, “It was an easy job, full of leisure”.
- Along with Bing Crosby, Frank McHugh, James Brown, Jean Heather, Gene Lockhart, Porter Hall, Fortunio Bonanova, and Risë Stevens, Barry Fitzgerald co-starred as Father Fitzgibbon in the 1944 American musical comedy-drama film Going My Way. This role won Fitzgerald several accolades including the Academy Award for “Best Supporting Actor”, Golden Globe Award for “Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture”, and New York Film Critics Circle Award for “Best Actor” while he was also nominated for Academy Award for “Best Actor”.
- Alongside Cary Grant, Ethel Barrymore, June Duprez, Jane Wyatt, George Coulouris, and Dan Duryea, Barry Fitzgerald co-starred as Henry Twite in the American drama romance film None but the Lonely Heart in 1944.
- His television credits include appearing in Lux Video Theatre, General Electric Theater, and Alfred Hitchcock Presents.
- He worked with his younger brother Arthur in 7 films – The Plough and the Stars (1936), The Long Voyage Home (1940), How Green Was My Valley (1941), Easy Come, Easy Go (1947), Top o’ the Morning (1949), The Story of Seabiscuit (1949) and The Quiet Man (1952).
- In October 1959, Barry Fitzgerald underwent brain surgery. Although he seemed to have recovered, he re-entered the hospital in 1960.
- He has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame – for motion pictures at 6252 Hollywood Boulevard and for television at 7001 Hollywood Boulevard.
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