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Ed Begley, Sr
Birth: Mar. 25, 1901
Hartford County
Connecticut, USA
Death: Apr. 28, 1970
Los Angeles County
California, USA

Actor. An imposing character player, he was often cast as a corrupt or misguided authority figure. He won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role as Boss Finley in the film "Sweet Bird of Youth" (1962). Edward James Begley was born in Hartford, Connecticut, the son of Irish immigrants. He ran away from home at age 11, and after a series of odd jobs he served in the U. S. Navy for four years. Making his show business debut in 1931 as a radio actor and announcer, he first appeared on Broadway in 1943 and gained prominence in Arthur Miller's play "All My Sons" (1947). Begley's greatest stage success was in the Jerome Lawrence-Robert E. Lee drama "Inherit the Wind" (1955), a fictionalized account of the 1925 Scopes Monkey Trial. He created the role of Matthew Harrison Brady (based on William Jennings Bryan) and won a Tony Award for his performance. The following year, when star Paul Muni left the show, Begley took over Muni's opposing part as Henry Drummond with equal brilliance. In films he usually played heavies. "Patterns" (1956) offered him a memorable sympathetic role as a kind-hearted executive destroyed by a ruthless corporate world, and in "The Unsinkable Molly Brown" (1964) he showed an unexpected flair for musical comedy. Begley's other screen credits include "Boomerang" (1947), "Sitting Pretty" (1948), "Sorry, Wrong Number" (1948), "On Dangerous Ground" (1951), "12 Angry Men" (1957), "Odds Against Tomorrow" (1959), "Hang 'Em High" (1968), "Wild in the Streets" (1968), and "The Dunwich Horror" (1970). In all Begley appeared in thousands of radio broadcasts, 250 TV shows, 35 films, and a dozen Broadway plays. He died of a heart attack. His son is actor Ed Begley, Jr. (bio by: Bobb Edwards) 
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  Thomas Martin Begley (1923 - 1994)*
  Maureen Kathleen Begley (1964 - 2009)*
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San Fernando Mission Cemetery
Mission Hills
Los Angeles County
California, USA
Plot: Section C, Block 8, Lot 401
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Record added: Jan 12, 1999
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R.I.P. ED BEGLEY, SR. watching your great performance in 12 Angry Men.All these years later and that classic still stands out in movie history. Thank you Mr. BEGLEY Sr. for your time in the United States Navy GOD BLESS YOU ALWAYS
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