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Barry Fitzgerald Height, Weight, Age, Death, Biography

Barry Fitzgerald Quick Info
Height 5 ft 3 in
Weight 65 kg
Date of Birth March 10, 1888
Zodiac Sign Pisces
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 WayJuno and the Paycock, Guests of the NationCorvette K-225, The Plough and the Stars, The Naked City, Ebb Tide, Bringing Up BabyFour Men and a Prayer, Marie Antoinette, The Story of Seabiscuit, The Dawn PatrolPacific LinerThe Saint Strikes BackFull ConfessionThe Long Voyage Home, The San Francisco DocksThe Sea WolfUnion Station, How Green Was My ValleyThe Sainted Sisters, Tarzan’s Secret TreasureSilver City, The Amazing Mrs. HollidayVariety Girl, Two Tickets to LondonI Love a SoldierWelcome Stranger, None but the Lonely Heart, CaliforniaMiss Tatlock’s Millions, Incendiary BlondeAnd Then There Were None, Duffy’s TavernTop o’ the Morning, The Stork ClubTwo Years Before the MastHa da venì… don Calogero!The Quiet ManLux Video TheatreAlfred Hitchcock Presents, Tonight’s the NightThe Catered AffairBroth of a BoyRooney, and Easy Come, Easy Go. Barry Fitzgerald was ranked at #11 on The Irish Times list of Ireland’s greatest film actors in 2020.

Born Name

William Joseph Shields

Other Name

Barry Fitzgerald

Barry Fitzgerald as seen in a publicity photo for the film 'And Then There Were None' (1945)
Barry Fitzgerald as seen in a publicity photo for the film ‘And Then There Were None’ (1945) (Unknown Author / eBay / Public Domain)


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.

Sun Sign


Born Place

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.

Barry Fitzgerald and Maureen O’Hara as seen in a still from the American film 'The Quiet Man' (1952)
Barry Fitzgerald and Maureen O’Hara as seen in a still from the American film ‘The Quiet Man’ (1952) (Republic Pictures / / Public Domain)

Hair Color

Salt and Pepper

Eye Color

Dark Brown

Sexual Orientation


Distinctive Features

Short height



Barry Fitzgerald Facts

  1. 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”.
  2. 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”.
  3. 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.
  4. His television credits include appearing in Lux Video TheatreGeneral Electric Theater, and Alfred Hitchcock Presents.
  5. 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).
  6. In October 1959, Barry Fitzgerald underwent brain surgery. Although he seemed to have recovered, he re-entered the hospital in 1960.
  7. 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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