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Barry Fitzgerald

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Barry Fitzgerald

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Barry Fitzgerald (10 March 1888 – 14 January 1961) was an Irish stage, film and television actor.

Fitzgerald went to Hollywood to star in an O'Casey work, The Plough and the Stars (1936), directed by John Ford. He had a successful Hollywood career in such films as The Long Voyage Home (1940), How Green Was My Valley (1941), And Then There Were None (1945), The Naked City (1948), and The Quiet Man (1952). Fitzgerald achieved a feat unmatched in the history of the Academy Awards: he was nominated for both the Best Actor Oscar and the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for the same performance, as "Father Fitzgibbon" in Going My Way (1944) (Academy Award rules have since been changed to prevent this). Of the two simultaneous nominations, he won the Best Supporting Actor Award. An avid golfer, he later broke the head off his Oscar statue while practicing his golf swing. (During World War II, Oscar statues were made of plaster instead of gold, owing to wartime metal shortages.)

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  • Born: William Joseph Shields 10 March 1888 Dublin, Ireland
  • Died: 14 January 1961 (aged 72) Dublin, Ireland
  • Occupation: Actor
  • Years active: 1924–61
  • Spouse(s): never married

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