At 16 years old, ran away from home to join an acting troupe performing Shakespeare's plays.
Founded a repertory troupe called the Ralph Bellamy Players in 1927.
Made his Broadway debut in Town Boy in 1929.
Was a founder and board member of the Screen Actors Guild, as well as the president of the Actors' Equity for 12 years.
Wrote an autobiography called When the Smoke Hits the Fan (1979).
After reading a film script in which a character was described as "charming but dull—a typical Ralph Bellamy type," Bellamy said, "I promptly packed my bags and headed for New York to find a part with guts."
1983, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Life Achievement Award: Winner
1975, Emmy — Outstanding Single Performance by a Supporting Actor in Comedy or Drama Special: Nominee
1956, Emmy — Best Actor-Single Performance: Nominee
1986, Oscar — Honorary Award: Winner
1983, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Special: Nominee
1958, Tony — Actor (Dramatic): Winner
1937, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee