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Martin Balsam is a Actor and Director American born on 4 november 1919 at New York City (USA)

Martin Balsam

Martin Balsam
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Birth name Martin Henry Balsam
Nationality USA
Birth 4 november 1919 at New York City (USA)
Death 13 february 1996 (at 76 years) at Rome (Italie)
Awards Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor

Martin Henry Balsam (November 4, 1919 – February 13, 1996) was an American actor. He is known for his roles as Archie Bunker's business partner Murray Klein in the sitcom Archie Bunker's Place from 1979-1982, as Arnold Burns in A Thousand Clowns (for which he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor) and as private investigator Milton Arbogast in Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho and as Juror #1 in 12 Angry Men.

Biography

In 1951, Balsam married his first wife, actress Pearl Somner. They divorced three years later. His second wife was actress Joyce Van Patten. This marriage lasted for four years (from 1958 until 1962) and produced one daughter, Talia Balsam. He married his third wife, Irene Miller, in 1963. They had two children, Adam and Zoe Balsam, and divorced in 1987.

Best films

Psycho (1960)
(Actor)
Little Big Man (1970)
(Actor)
Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)
(Actor)
Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)
(Actor)
A Thousand Clowns (1965)
(Actor)
The Stone Killer (1973)
(Actor)

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Filmography of Martin Balsam (78 films)

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Actor

The Silence of the Hams, 1h21
Directed by Ezio Greggio
Origin Italie
Genres Thriller, Comedy
Actors Dom DeLuise, Billy Zane, Ezio Greggio, Charlene Tilton, Joanna Pacuła, Shelley Winters
Roles Det. Martin Balsam
Rating47% 2.351942.351942.351942.351942.35194
The film follows rookie detective Jo Dee Fostar (Billy Zane), on his first case. The case involves a serial killer, wanted for over 120 murders. In order to find the killer, he must enlist the help of convicted murderer Dr. Animal Cannibal Pizza (Dom Deluise). However, during the investigation, his girlfriend, Jane Wine (Charlene Tilton), is asked by her boss to take a large sum of money to the bank. Instead of doing this, she leaves town with the money. While hiding, she decides to rest at the Cemetery Motel, which is later revealed to be a cemetery named Motel after its owner, Antonio Motel. Jo must then enlist the help of Det. Balsam (Martin Balsam) and Dr. Pizza to not only find the murderer, but his missing girlfriend. All of this takes the cast on many adventures at the Cemetery Motel. In the final confrontation, most characters are revealed to be somebody else in disguise.
La Classe américaine, 1h10
Directed by Michel Hazanavicius, Dominique Mézerette
Origin France
Genres Comedy, Crime
Actors John Wayne, Christine Delaroche, Dustin Hoffman, Burt Lancaster, Robert Redford, Marc Cassot
Roles Callaghan (archive footage)
Rating80% 4.0316054.0316054.0316054.0316054.031605
The film begins with the following lines appearing on screen, complete with deliberate spelling mistakes: "Attention! Ce flim n'est pas un flim sur le cyclimse. Merci de votre compréhension." ("Attention! This flim is not a flim about cyclign. Thank you for your understanding.")
La Classe américaine, 39minutes
Directed by Michel Hazanavicius, Dominique Mézerette
Genres Comedy, Crime
Actors John Wayne, Christine Delaroche, Dustin Hoffman, Robert Redford, Marc Cassot, Steve McQueen
Roles Callaghan (archive footage)
Rating73% 3.6741353.6741353.6741353.6741353.674135
Diffusé pour les fêtes de fin d'année, ce second détournement (qui fait suite à Derrick contre Superman) est un Ça cartoon déjanté mêlant des séquences originales présenté par Valérie Payet et Philippe Dana à des extraits redoublés de dessins animés avec Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck... et de films avec Steve McQueen, Burt Lancaster, Jack Nicholson, Jean Gabin, etc. Il s'agit du second des trois téléfilms du Grand Détournement.
La Classe américaine
Directed by Michel Hazanavicius, Dominique Mézerette
Genres Comedy, Crime
Actors John Wayne, Christine Delaroche, Dustin Hoffman, Robert Redford, Marc Cassot, Paul Newman
Roles Callaghan (archive footage)
Rating80% 4.0316054.0316054.0316054.0316054.031605
George Abitbol, l'homme le plus classe du monde, meurt tragiquement lors d'une croisière. Dans un dernier souffle, il murmure : « Monde de merde ». Pourquoi ? Ces mots intriguent le rédacteur en chef d'un quotidien américain. Il dépêche ses trois meilleurs enquêteurs : Dave, Peter et Steven (prononcer « Pétère et Stéveune ») pour éclaircir ce mystère...
Cape Fear
Cape Fear (1991)
, 2h3
Directed by Martin Scorsese
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Horror, Crime
Themes Films about sexuality, Rape in fiction
Actors Robert De Niro, Nick Nolte, Jessica Lange, Juliette Lewis, Joe Don Baker, Robert Mitchum
Roles Judge
Rating72% 3.6499153.6499153.6499153.6499153.649915
Sam Bowden (Nick Nolte) is a lawyer in the quiet town of New Essex, North Carolina. Max Cady (Robert De Niro) is a former client whom Bowden defended 14 years earlier when he was working as a public defender in Atlanta. Cady was being tried for the violent rape and battery of a young woman. Bowden, appalled by Cady's crime, buried crucial evidence about the victim—that she was promiscuous—which might have lightened Cady's sentence or even secured his acquittal, violating his ethical and professional duty as a defense attorney. Cady was illiterate at the time and unaware of Bowden's actions. After his release from prison, Cady tracks down Bowden. The former convict learned to read and studied law in prison, and even assumed his own defense, unsuccessfully appealing his conviction several times. Cady hints strongly that he has learned about Bowden burying the report, stating that the judge and prosecutor in his case did their jobs while Bowden betrayed his own client.
Two Evil Eyes, 2h
Directed by George A. Romero, Dario Argento, Luigi Cozzi
Origin Italie
Genres Thriller, Comedy, Fantasy, Horror, Slasher
Themes Films about animals, Medical-themed films, Films about cats, Serial killer films, Zombie films, Films about viral outbreaks, Disaster films
Actors Adrienne Barbeau, E. G. Marshall, Harvey Keitel, Chuck Aber, Madeleine Potter, John Amos
Roles Mr. Pym
Rating60% 3.049313.049313.049313.049313.04931
"The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar" Jessica Valdemar, an attractive 40-year-old woman, rides in a taxi to the downtown Pittsburgh office of Steven Pike, her elderly husband’s lawyer with some paperwork for Mr. Pike approval. Pike sees that Jessica’s 65-year-old husband named Ernest Valdemar, who is dying from an unnamed terminal illness, is liquidating a number of his assets for cash and suspects Jessica of having undue influence on him. Jessica denies the allegations that she’s any negative influence over her husband, while Pike makes a phone call to the house to talk with Ernest Valdemar, who speaks over the phone in a weak but coherent voice explaining about his decision to let Jessica take control of his money and assets from his personal signature on the written documents that she has. Pike reluctantly agrees to let Jessica have access to the money, but warns her that if anything were to happen to Mr. Valdemar within the next three weeks before the transfer of his estate over to Jessica is finalized, she will be investigated by the authorities.
Queenie
Queenie (1987)
, 3h56
Directed by Larry Peerce
Origin USA
Themes Films about immigration
Actors Mia Sara, Joss Ackland, Martin Balsam, Sarah Miles, Serena Gordon, Kirk Douglas
Roles Marty
Rating67% 3.3907853.3907853.3907853.3907853.390785
Queenie Kelley (Oberon had been known earlier in life as "Queenie O'Brien" and "Queenie Thompson") is an extremely beautiful girl of Indian and Irish descent, fair enough to pass for white. Growing up in Calcutta, however, Queenie is made all too aware of her "chee-chee" (mixed) background by her enemies, including wealthy, jaded socialite Penelope Daventry.
Second Serve, 2h
Directed by Anthony Page
Genres Drama
Themes Films about sexuality, Sports films, LGBT-related films, Transgender in film, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film, Tennis films
Actors Vanessa Redgrave, Martin Balsam, Whit Hertford, Louise Fletcher, William Russ, Alice Krige
Roles Dr. Beck
Rating76% 3.807273.807273.807273.807273.80727
In 1976, Renée Richards is on the tennis court as a professional tennis player. The film flashes back to 1964, when Renée Richards is an eye surgeon named Richard Radley (both roles played by Redgrave). Radley has a successful career and a fiancée, but secretly cross-dresses at night. Unable to speak with his mother Sadie (Louise Fletcher), who is a psychiatrist, Radley consults his own psychiatrist, Dr. Beck (Martin Balsam), who advises him to grow a beard. This strategy works temporarily until Radley is drafted into the Navy, which does not allow beards. Following his discharge and a failed marriage, Radley undergoes gender reassignment surgery and becomes Renée.
The Delta Force, 2h5
Directed by Menahem Golan
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Action, Adventure
Themes Films set in Africa, Films about terrorism, Transport films, Aviation films, Motocyclette, Political films, Dans un avion, Films about hijackings
Actors Chuck Norris, Lee Marvin, Martin Balsam, Joey Bishop, Kim Delaney, Robert Forster
Roles Ben Kaplan
Rating56% 2.8014052.8014052.8014052.8014052.801405
The film opens up on Operation Eagle Claw, the American operation to rescue American hostages being held at the U.S. embassy to Tehran. The operation is being aborted after a fatal helicopter crash, with the U.S. Delta Force evacuating to their C-130 transports. Among them is Captain Scott McCoy, who, against orders, rescues his wounded comrade Pete Peterson from the burning helicopter before the team finally evacuates. McCoy expresses his disgust for the politicians and military hierarchy that forced the mission to launch despite the risks, and announces he is resigning his commission.
St. Elmo's Fire, 1h50
Directed by Joel Schumacher
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Romance
Themes L'adolescence, Films about children, Teen movie
Actors Emilio Estevez, Rob Lowe, Andrew McCarthy, Demi Moore, Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy
Roles Mr. Beamish
Rating63% 3.1990753.1990753.1990753.1990753.199075
Recent graduates of Georgetown University Alec, girlfriend Leslie, Kevin, Jules, and Kirby are waiting to hear about the conditions of their friends Wendy, a sweet-natured girl devoted to helping others, and Billy, a former frat boy and now reluctant husband and father, after a car accident. At the hospital, Kirby sees a medical student named Dale, with whom he has been infatuated since college.
Death Wish 3, 1h32
Directed by Michael Winner
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Adventure, Crime
Actors Charles Bronson, Deborah Raffin, Ed Lauter, Martin Balsam, Gavan O'Herlihy, Alex Winter
Roles Bennett Cross
Rating59% 2.95252.95252.95252.95252.9525
Paul Kersey (Charles Bronson) has come back to Brooklyn after being banned since the events of the first film to visit his Korean War buddy Charley, who is attacked by a gang in his apartment. The neighbors hear commotion and call the police. Paul arrives as Charley collapses dead in his arms. The police mistakenly arrest Paul for the murder. At the police station, Inspector Richard Shriker (Ed Lauter) recognizes Paul as "Mr. Vigilante". Shriker lays down the law before Paul is taken to a holding cell. In the same cell is Manny Fraker (Gavan O'Herlihy), leader of the gang who attacked and killed Charley. He and Paul fight. When he is released, Manny threatens Paul. Manny arrives on his “gang turf” and slashes fellow gang member Hector (David Crean), possibly for betrayal. The police receive daily reports about the increased rate of crime. Shriker offers a deal to Paul—to kill all the punks he wants, as long as he informs Shriker of any gang activity he hears about so the police can get a bust and make news.
Innocent Prey, 1h40
Genres Horror
Actors P. J. Soles, Martin Balsam, Richard Morgan, Debi Sue Voorhees, Tyrees Allen
Roles Sheriff Virgil Baker
Rating54% 2.702282.702282.702282.702282.70228
Cathy walks into a motel room and witnesses the murder of a young prostitute by a serial killer. She flees the country.
Terror in the Aisles, 1h24
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Fantastic, Documentary, Anthology film, Horror
Themes Films about films, Documentary films about business, Documentary films about the film industry, Documentary films about films
Actors Donald Pleasence, Nancy Allen, Bud Abbott, Michael Ironside, Fred Asparagus, Brooke Adams
Rating63% 3.199883.199883.199883.199883.19988
Director Andrew J. Kuehn has excerpted brief segments of terror and suspense in a wide variety of suspenseful (including humorously so, ex. Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein, Saturday the 14th) films and strung them together with added commentary, as well as some enacted narrative, to create a compilation of fright-inducing effects. Halloween actor Donald Pleasence and Dressed to Kill star Nancy Allen provide the commentary on topics such as "sex and terror" (Dressed to Kill, Klute, Ms. 45, The Seduction, When a Stranger Calls), loathsome villains (Dracula, Frankenstein, Friday the 13 1 and/or 2, Halloween I and II, Marathon Man, Nighthawks, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Touch of Evil, Vice Squad, Wait Until Dark, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?), "natural terror" (Alligator, The Birds, Frogs, Jaws 1 and 2, Nightwing) and the occult (An American Werewolf in London, Rosemary's Baby, The Exorcist, The Omen, Carrie, The Shining). In one segment of the anthology, legendary filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock presents his concepts of how to create suspense in a clip from Alfred Hitchcock: Men Who Made The Movies.