Fast Facts

  • Served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
  • One of the original members of the Actors Studio, he had a steady stream of roles on stage and TV before making his film debut in On the Waterfront (1954).
  • Appeared in both versions of Cape Fear, the 1962 original and the 1991 remake.
  • Divided his time between films and theater; his movies included Psycho (1960) and A Thousand Clowns (1965), and plays included Death of a Salesman and Camino Real.
  • Costarred in the sitcom Archie Bunker's Place from 1979 to '81.
  • A highly respected and successful character actor, he worked steadily in films and television until 1994, just two years before he died of a stroke while vacationing in Rome, Italy.

Awards

  • 1965, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Winner
  • 1968, Tony — Actor (Dramatic): Winner
  • 1974, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1977, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Supporting Actor: Nominee
  • 1977, Emmy — Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Comedy or Drama Special: Nominee
  • 1976, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Supporting Actor: Nominee

Relationships

  • Talia Balsam — Daughter
  • Lillian Balsam — Mother
  • Warren Balsam — Brother
  • Adam Balsam — Son
  • Zoe — Daughter
  • Pearl Somner — Ex-wife
  • Joyce Van Patten — Ex-wife
  • Irene Miller — Ex-wife
  • Albert Balsam — Father

College

  • Attended the Actors Studio, New York, NY

Details

  • Birth Name: Martin Henry Balsam
  • Birth Place: Bronx, NY
  • Died: February 13, 1996
  • Profession: Actor

Trending TonightSee all »

Watch This

Josh Bowman and Freddie Stroma
Josh Bowman and Freddie Stroma Play Guess That Facial Hair!

Can the Time After Time stars, who were nearly unrecognizable with facial hair, recognize other actors by only seeing their facial hair?