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Ralph Rexford Bellamy (June 17, 1904 – November 29, 1991) was an American actor whose career spanned 62 years on stage, screen and television. During his career, he played leading roles as well as supporting roles, garnering acclaim and awards, including an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor for The Awful Truth (1937).

His film career began with The Secret Six (1931) starring Wallace Beery and featuring Jean Harlow and Clark Gable. By the end of 1933, he had already appeared in 22 movies, most notably Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1932) and the second lead in the action film Picture Snatcher with James Cagney (1933). He played in seven more films in 1934 alone, including Woman in the Dark, based on a Dashiell Hammett story, in which Bellamy played the lead, second-billed under Fay Wray. Bellamy kept up the pace through the decade, receiving a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in The Awful Truth (1937) with Irene Dunne and Cary Grant, and played a similar part, that of a naive boyfriend competing with the sophisticated Grant character, in His Girl Friday (1940). He portrayed detective Ellery Queen in a few films during the 1940s, but as his film career did not progress, he returned to the stage, where he continued to perform throughout the 1950s. Bellamy appeared in other movies during this time, including Dance, Girl, Dance (1940) with Maureen O'Hara and Lucille Ball, and the horror classic The Wolf Man (1941) with Lon Chaney, Jr. and Evelyn Ankers. He also appeared in The Ghost of Frankenstein in 1942 with Chaney and Bela Lugosi.

Bellamy appeared in numerous television series. In 1949, Bellamy starred in the television noir private eye series Man Against Crime (also known as Follow That Man) on the DuMont Television Network; initially telecast live in its earliest seasons, the program lasted until 1956 and was simulcast for a season on Dumont and NBC, and ran on CBS during a different year. The lead role was taken by Frank Lovejoy in 1956, who subsequently starred in NBC's Meet McGraw detective series.

An Emmy Award nomination for the mini-series The Winds of War (1983) – in which Bellamy reprised his Sunrise at Campobello role of Franklin D. Roosevelt – brought him back into the spotlight.

Highly regarded within the industry, Bellamy served as a four-term President of Actors' Equity from 1952–1964. Description above from the Wikipedia article Ralph Bellamy, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Ralph Rexford Bellamy (June 17, 1904 – November 29, 1991) was an American actor whose career spanned 62 years on stage, screen and television. During his career, he played leading roles as well as supporting roles, garnering acclaim and awards, including an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor for The Awful Truth (1937).

His film career began with The Secret Six (1931) starring Wallace Beery and featuring Jean Harlow and Clark Gable. By the end of 1933, he had already appeared in 22 movies, most notably Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1932) and the second lead in the action film Picture Snatcher with James Cagney (1933). He played in seven more films in 1934 alone, including Woman in the Dark, based on a Dashiell Hammett story, in which Bellamy played the lead, second-billed under Fay Wray. Bellamy kept up the pace through the decade, receiving a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in The Awful Truth (1937) with Irene Dunne and Cary Grant, and played a similar part, that of a naive boyfriend competing with the sophisticated Grant character, in His Girl Friday (1940). He portrayed detective Ellery Queen in a few films during the 1940s, but as his film career did not progress, he returned to the stage, where he continued to perform throughout the 1950s. Bellamy appeared in other movies during this time, including Dance, Girl, Dance (1940) with Maureen O'Hara and Lucille Ball, and the horror classic The Wolf Man (1941) with Lon Chaney, Jr. and Evelyn Ankers. He also appeared in The Ghost of Frankenstein in 1942 with Chaney and Bela Lugosi.

Bellamy appeared in numerous television series. In 1949, Bellamy starred in the television noir private eye series Man Against Crime (also known as Follow That Man) on the DuMont Television Network; initially telecast live in its earliest seasons, the program lasted until 1956 and was simulcast for a season on Dumont and NBC, and ran on CBS during a different year. The lead role was taken by Frank Lovejoy in 1956, who subsequently starred in NBC's Meet McGraw detective series.

An Emmy Award nomination for the mini-series The Winds of War (1983) – in which Bellamy reprised his Sunrise at Campobello role of Franklin D. Roosevelt – brought him back into the spotlight.

Highly regarded within the industry, Bellamy served as a four-term President of Actors' Equity from 1952–1964. Description above from the Wikipedia article Ralph Bellamy, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 158

Birthday 1904-06-17

Day of Death 1991-11-29

Place of Birth Chicago, Illinois, USA

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

2004 Cary Grant: A Class Apart as Himself - Actor, 1988 Interview (archive footage)
1996 100 Years of Horror: The Gruesome Twosome as Himself
1996 100 Years of Horror: The Frankenstein Family as Himself
1994 Twilight Zone: Rod Serling's Lost Classics as Bruce Baldwin (archive footage) (uncredited)
1990 Pretty Woman as James Morse
1989 Christine Cromwell (4 episodes)
1988 War and Remembrance (12 episodes) as President Franklin Delano Roosevelt
1988 The Good Mother as Grandfather
1988 Coming to America as Randolph Duke / Homeless Man #1
1987 Amazon Women on the Moon as Mr. Gower
1987 Disorderlies as Albert Dennison
1986 L.A. Law (1 episode)
1986 Matlock (2 episodes)
1985 The Twilight Zone (1 episode)
1985 Space as Paul Stidham
1984 Love Leads the Way: A True Story as Sen. Christi
1983 Trading Places as Randolph Duke
1983 The Winds of War (7 episodes) as President Franklin Delano Roosevelt
1982 Hotel (3 episodes)
1981 Aloha Paradise (1 episode)
1980 The Memory of Eva Ryker as William E. Ryker
1980 Power as Ben Frelinghuysen
1979 The Billion Dollar Threat
1978 The Clone Master as Ezra Louthin
1978 Wheels (5 episodes) as Lowell Baxter
1977 Oh, God! as Sam Raven
1977 Charlie Cobb: Nice Night for a Hanging as McVea
1977 Hunter (12 episodes)
1976 Arthur Hailey's The Moneychangers (4 episodes) as Jerome Patterson
1976 Once an Eagle (7 episodes) as Ed Caldwell
1976 The Boy in the Plastic Bubble as Dr. Gunther
1976 Nightmare in Badham County as Judge
1976 Return to Earth
1975 Murder on Flight 502 as Dr. Kenyon Walker
1975 Medical Story (1 episode)
1975 Search for the Gods as Dr. Henderson
1975 Adventures of the Queen as J.L. Dundeen
1974 The Missiles of October as U.N. Ambassador Adlai Stevenson
1974 Little House on the Prairie (1 episode)
1972 Cancel My Reservation as John Ed
1972 Something Evil as Harry Lincoln
1971 Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law (1 episode)
1971 Cannon (1 episode)
1971 Doctors' Wives as Jake Porter
1970 The Most Deadly Game (12 episodes)
1969 The Immortal as Dr. Matthew Pearce
1969 Medical Center (1 episode)
1969 Harold Robbins' The Survivors (14 episodes)
1968 Rosemary's Baby as Dr. Abraham Sapirstein
1967 The Invaders (1 episode) as Morgan Tate
1966 CBS Playhouse (1 episode)
1966 The Professionals as Joe Grant
1965 Hollywood My Home Town as Himself
1965 The F.B.I. (2 episodes)
1965 Run for Your Life (1 episode)
1963 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (1 episode)
1962 The Eleventh Hour (62 episodes) as Dr. L. Richard Starke (62 episodes) as Dr. Theodore Bassett
1961 Westinghouse Presents: The Dispossessed as Lambertson
1961 Dr. Kildare (1 episode)
1961 I 10 del Texas as (archive footage)
1960 Sunrise at Campobello as Franklin Delano Roosevelt
1960 Checkmate (1 episode) as Governor Tom Barker
1959 The DuPont Show with June Allyson (1 episode)
1959 Rawhide (2 episodes)
1958 The Christmas Tree as Theron
1956 Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater (1 episode)
1956 The Dinah Shore Chevy Show (1 episode)
1955 The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell as Congressman Frank R. Reid
1955 Playwrights '56 (1 episode)
1955 Gunsmoke (1 episode)
1954 Climax! (3 episodes)
1953 The United States Steel Hour (1 episode)
1953 General Electric Theater (1 episode)
1951 Hallmark Hall of Fame (2 episodes)
1951 Schlitz Playhouse of Stars (1 episode)
1950 The Colgate Comedy Hour (1 episode)
1950 Your Show of Shows (1 episode)
1949 Man Against Crime (5 episodes) as Mike Barnett
1948 Studio One (2 episodes) as Walter Preston (1 episode)
1948 The Philco Television Playhouse (3 episodes)
1948 The Ed Sullivan Show (1 episode)
1946 Seeds of Destiny as Narrator
1945 Lady on a Train as Jonathan Waring
1945 Delightfully Dangerous as Arthur Hale
1944 Guest in the House as Douglas Proctor
1943 Stage Door Canteen as Himself
1942 The Great Impersonation as Sir Edward Dominey / Baron Leopold von Ragenstein
1942 Men of Texas as Major Lamphere
1942 Lady in a Jam as Stanley Gardner
1942 The Ghost of Frankenstein as Erich Ernst
1941 The Wolf Man as Colonel Montford
1941 Ellery Queen and the Murder Ring as Ellery Queen
1941 Dive Bomber as Lance Rogers
1941 Ellery Queen and the Perfect Crime as Ellery Queen
1941 Affectionately Yours as Owen Wright
1941 Ellery Queen's Penthouse Mystery as Ellery Queen
1941 Footsteps in the Dark as Dr. R.L. Davis
1940 Ellery Queen, Master Detective as Ellery Queen
1940 Meet the Wildcat as Lt. Brad Williams
1940 Public Deb No. 1 as Bruce Fairchild
1940 Dance, Girl, Dance as Steve Adams
1940 Queen of the Mob as Agent Scott Langham
1940 Brother Orchid as Clarence P. Fletcher
1940 Flight Angels as Bill Graves
1940 His Girl Friday as Bruce Baldwin
1939 Coast Guard as Lt. Raymond 'Ray' Dower
1939 Blind Alley as Dr. Shelby
1939 Let Us Live as Lieutenant Everett
1938 Smashing the Spy Ring as John Baxter
1938 Trade Winds as Ben Blodgett
1938 Girls' School as Michael Hendragin
1938 Carefree as Stephen Arden
1938 Boy Meets Girl as C. Elliott 'C.F.' Friday
1938 Fools for Scandal as Phillip Chester
1938 The Crime of Doctor Hallet as Dr. Paul Hallet
1938 Breakdowns of 1938 as Himself
1937 The Awful Truth as 'Dan' Leeson
1937 It Can't Last Forever as Russ Matthews
1937 Let's Get Married as Kirk Duncan
1936 Counterfeit Lady as Johnny Pierce
1936 Wild Brian Kent as Brian Kent
1936 The Man Who Lived Twice as Dr. James Blake / 'Slick' Rawley
1936 Roaming Lady as Daniel S. 'Dan' Bailey
1935 Hands Across the Table as Allen Macklyn
1935 Navy Wife as Dr. Quentin Harden
1935 The Healer as Dr. Holden
1935 Air Hawks as Barry Eldon
1935 Eight Bells as Steve Andrews
1935 The Wedding Night as Fredrik Sobieski
1935 Gigolette as Terry Gallagher
1935 Rendezvous at Midnight as Commissioner Robert Edmonds
1934 Woman in the Dark as John Bradley
1934 Girl in Danger as Inspector Steve Trent
1934 The Crime of Helen Stanley as Inspector Steve Trent
1934 This Man Is Mine as Jim Dunlap
1934 Once to Every Woman as Dr. Barclay
1934 Spitfire as George Fleetwood
1933 Before Midnight as Inspector Steve Trent
1933 Ever in My Heart as Jeff
1933 Ace of Aces as Capt. Blake
1933 Blind Adventure as Jim Steele
1933 Headline Shooter as Hal
1933 Flying Devils as 'Speed' Hardy
1933 The Narrow Corner as Eric Whittenson
1933 Picture Snatcher as J.R. 'Al' McLean
1933 Destination Unknown as Stowaway
1933 Below the Sea as McCreary
1933 Parole Girl as Joseph B. 'Joe' Smith
1932 Wild Girl as Jack Marbury
1932 Air Mail as Mike Miller
1932 The Woman in Room 13 as John Bruce
1932 Young America as Judge Blake
1932 Disorderly Conduct as Captain Tom Manning
1932 Forbidden as Holland
1931 Surrender as Captain Ebbing
1931 West of Broadway as Mac
1931 The Magnificent Lie as Bill Childers
1931 The Secret Six as Johnny Franks

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