Barry Fitzgerald

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  • Birth Name: William Joseph Shields
  • Birth Place: Portobello, Dublin, Ireland
  • Died: January 14, 1961
  • Profession: Actor
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  • Worked as a civil servant in the Unemployment Insurance Division before turning to acting full-time in 1929; used a pseudonym to act so his co-workers wouldn't discover his secret.  
  • Roomed with playwright Sean O'Casey and starred in his play The Plough and the Stars, which was made into one of Fitzgerald's first Hollywood films, directed by John Ford.  
  • Owns the distinction of being the only actor nominated for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor Oscars for the same film (Going My Way, 1944). Academy rule changes prevented any repeat occurrences.
  • Broke the head off his Best Supporting Actor Oscar while practicing his golf swing. Metal shortages during WWII resulted in plaster statues at the time. 
  • Appeared with his younger brother Arthur Shields in six films, most notably The Quiet Man (1952). 
  • Depicted on a stamp of Ireland in 1988, 100 years after his birth.

Awards

  • 1944, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1944, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Winner
  • 1945, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Winner

Relationships

  • Arthur Shields — Brother

College

  • Skerry's College, Dublin, Ireland

Details

  • Birth Name: William Joseph Shields
  • Birth Place: Portobello, Dublin, Ireland
  • Died: January 14, 1961
  • Profession: Actor

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