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Martin Balsam

1919 - 1996

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Martin Henry Balsam (November 4, 1919 – February 13, 1996) was an American actor who had a prolific career in character roles in film, in theatre, and on television. An early member of the Actors Studio, he began his career on the New York stage, winning a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play for Robert Anderson’s You Know I Can't Hear You When the Water's Running (1968). He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in A Thousand Clowns (1965). His other notable film roles include Juror #1 in 12 Angry Men (1957), private detective Milton Arbogast in Psycho (1960), Hollywood agent O.J. Berman in Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961), Bernard B. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Martin Balsam has received more than 2,329,990 page views. His biography is available in 39 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 36 in 2019). Martin Balsam is the 806th most popular actor (down from 722nd in 2019), the 1,484th most popular biography from United States (down from 1,325th in 2019) and the 398th most popular American Actor.

Martin Balsam is most famous for his role as Detective Arbogast in Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 film, Psycho.

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Among actors, Martin Balsam ranks 806 out of 9,996Before him are Ian McDiarmid, Stanley Tucci, Josh Brolin, Alan Ladd, Richard Schiff, and Cybill Shepherd. After him are George Takei, Nathalie Baye, Patrick McGoohan, Hiroyuki Sanada, Charles Chaplin Jr., and Lloyd Bridges.

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Among people born in 1919, Martin Balsam ranks 49Before him are Iris Murdoch, César Manrique, Chavela Vargas, James Lovelock, Georges Duby, and Lauri Törni. After him are Art Blakey, William Lipscomb, Donald J. Cram, Teruo Nakamura, Ryszard Kaczorowski, and Ian Smith. Among people deceased in 1996, Martin Balsam ranks 48Before him are Gladwyn Jebb, Virginia Henderson, Georges Duby, William Vickrey, P. L. Travers, and Ernesto Geisel. After him are Virginia Cherrill, Hideo Sakai, Albrecht, Duke of Bavaria, María Casares, Rafael Kubelík, and Green Boots.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Martin Balsam ranks 1,484 out of 18,182Before him are Roy O. Disney (1893), Willard Van Orman Quine (1908), Joseph Losey (1909), Nelson Goodman (1906), Dean Koontz (1945), and Cybill Shepherd (1950). After him are Lil Wayne (1982), Norman Schwarzkopf Jr. (1934), George Takei (1937), Margaret Sanger (1879), Johns Hopkins (1795), and Patrick McGoohan (1928).

Among ACTORS In United States

Among actors born in United States, Martin Balsam ranks 398Before him are David Caruso (1956), Stanley Tucci (1960), Josh Brolin (1968), Alan Ladd (1913), Richard Schiff (1955), and Cybill Shepherd (1950). After him are George Takei (1937), Patrick McGoohan (1928), Charles Chaplin Jr. (1925), Lloyd Bridges (1913), Virginia Cherrill (1908), and Michelle Rodriguez (1978).

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