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). His best known film roles include Juror #1 in 12 Angry Men (1957), detective Arbogast in Psycho (1960), Holly Golightly's Hollywood agent O.J. Berman in Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961), Arnold Burns in A Thousand Clowns (1965) (for which he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor), Colonel Cathcart in Catch-22 (1970), Mr. Green in The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974), Signor Bianchi in Murder on the Orient Express (1974), and Howard Simons in All the President's Men (1976). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Martin Balsam has received more than 2,075,303 page views. His biography is available in 36 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 35 in 2019). Martin Balsam is the 722nd most popular actor (up from 770th in 2019), the 1,326th most popular biography from United States (up from 1,531st in 2019) and the 361st 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 722 out of 10,030Before him are Maurice Ronet, Daniela Bianchi, Ian McDiarmid, Tom Berenger, Richard E. Grant, and Kiefer Sutherland. After him are Brian Cox, Matt LeBlanc, Robert Loggia, Jeffrey DeMunn, Ewan McGregor, and Amy Adams.

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Among people born in 1919, Martin Balsam ranks 48Before him are Oleg Penkovsky, Chavela Vargas, Joseph Murray, Jennifer Jones, Georges Duby, and Art Blakey. After him are Liberace, Lauri Törni, Merce Cunningham, Margaret Burbidge, Hermine Braunsteiner, and Bob Paisley. Among people deceased in 1996, Martin Balsam ranks 46Before him are António de Spínola, Virginia Henderson, Victor Ambartsumian, Georges Duby, Hideo Sakai, and Virginia Cherrill. After him are Mohammad Najibullah, Greer Garson, Rafael Kubelík, Leonor Fini, Lucio Fulci, and František Plánička.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Martin Balsam ranks 1,326 out of 15,968Before him are George Minot (1885), Stephanie Kwolek (1923), Tom Berenger (1949), William Boeing (1881), Duff McKagan (1964), and Edmund Kemper (1948). After him are Matt LeBlanc (1967), Alan J. Heeger (1936), Henry Gantt (1861), Andrew S. Tanenbaum (1944), Robert Bruce Merrifield (1921), and John Fenn (1917).

Among ACTORS In United States

Among actors born in United States, Martin Balsam ranks 361Before him are Tony Lip (1930), Virginia Cherrill (1908), David Morse (1953), Rene Russo (1954), Karen Grassle (1942), and Tom Berenger (1949). After him are Matt LeBlanc (1967), Robert Loggia (1930), Jeffrey DeMunn (1947), Sissy Spacek (1949), Ethan Hawke (1970), and Matthew Perry (1969).

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