Biography

Brother of actor Arthur Shields, with whom he performed in several films, most notably John Ford's The Quiet Man (1952). One of the very few character actors ever to achieve star status.

Fitzgerald was the only player ever nominated for the Academy Award for both Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor in the same year for the same role. The recognition was for Going My Way (1944). After he received this double nomination, the Academy immediately changed their rules to prevent this from happening again, rules which have remained unchanged to this day.

One of Hollywood's finest character actors and most accomplished scene stealers, Barry Fitzgerald was born William Joseph Shields in 1888 in Dublin, Ireland. Educated to enter the banking business, the diminutive Irishman with the irresistible brogue was bitten by the acting bug in the 1920s and joined Dublin's world-famous Abbey Players. He subsequently starred in the Abbey Theatre production of Sean O'Casey's Juno And The Paycock, a role that he recreated in his film debut for director Alfred Hitchcock in 1930. He was coaxed to the U.S. in 1935 by John Ford to appear in Ford's film adaptation of another O'Casey masterpiece, The Plough and the Stars (1936). Fitzgerald took up residence in Hollywood and went on to give outstanding performances in such films as The Long Voyage Home (1940), How Green Was My Valley (1941), None But the Lonely Heart (1944), And Then There Were None (1945), Two Years Before the Mast (1946) and what is probably the role for which he is most fondly remembered, The Quiet Man (1952). He won the Academy Award For Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of gruff, aging Father Fitzgibbon in Going My Way (1944). He was also nominated for the Best Actor Oscar for the same role and was the only actor to ever be so honored. Barry Fitzgerald died in his beloved Dublin in 1961.

Brother of actor Arthur Shields, with whom he performed in several films, most notably John Ford's The Quiet Man (1952). One of the very few character actors ever to achieve star status.

Fitzgerald was the only player ever nominated for the Academy Award for both Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor in the same year for the same role. The recognition was for Going My Way (1944). After he received this double nomination, the Academy immediately changed their rules to prevent this from happening again, rules which have remained unchanged to this day.

One of Hollywood's finest character actors and most accomplished scene stealers, Barry Fitzgerald was born William Joseph Shields in 1888 in Dublin, Ireland. Educated to enter the banking business, the diminutive Irishman with the irresistible brogue was bitten by the acting bug in the 1920s and joined Dublin's world-famous Abbey Players. He subsequently starred in the Abbey Theatre production of Sean O'Casey's Juno And The Paycock, a role that he recreated in his film debut for director Alfred Hitchcock in 1930. He was coaxed to the U.S. in 1935 by John Ford to appear in Ford's film adaptation of another O'Casey masterpiece, The Plough and the Stars (1936). Fitzgerald took up residence in Hollywood and went on to give outstanding performances in such films as The Long Voyage Home (1940), How Green Was My Valley (1941), None But the Lonely Heart (1944), And Then There Were None (1945), Two Years Before the Mast (1946) and what is probably the role for which he is most fondly remembered, The Quiet Man (1952). He won the Academy Award For Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of gruff, aging Father Fitzgibbon in Going My Way (1944). He was also nominated for the Best Actor Oscar for the same role and was the only actor to ever be so honored. Barry Fitzgerald died in his beloved Dublin in 1961.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 47

Birthday 1888-03-10

Day of Death 1961-01-14

Place of Birth Dublin, Ireland

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Also Known As

  • William Joseph Shields

Acting TV ShowsMovies

2008 Ghost Hunters International (63 episodes)
2004 Ghost Hunters (2 episodes)
1959 Broth of a Boy as Patrick Farrell
1958 Rooney
1956 The Catered Affair as Uncle Jack Conlon
1955 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1 episode)
1954 Happy Ever After as Thady O'Heggarty
1953 General Electric Theater (1 episode)
1952 The Quiet Man as Michaleen Oge Flynn
1951 Silver City as R.R. Jarboe
1950 Union Station as Inspector Donnelly
1950 Lux Video Theatre (1 episode)
1949 The Story of Seabiscuit as Shawn O'Hara
1949 Top o' the Morning as Sergeant Briany McNaughton
1948 Miss Tatlock's Millions as Denno Noonan
1948 The Ed Sullivan Show (1 episode)
1948 The Sainted Sisters as Robbie McCleary
1948 The Naked City as Det. Lt. Dan Muldoon
1947 Variety Girl as Himself
1947 Welcome Stranger as Dr. Joseph McRory
1947 Easy Come, Easy Go as Martin L. Donovan
1947 California as Michael Fabian
1946 Two Years Before the Mast as Terence O'Feenaghty
1945 The Stork Club as Jerry B. 'J.B.' / 'Pop' Bates
1945 And Then There Were None as Judge Francis J. Quinncannon
1945 Duffy's Tavern as Bing Crosby's Father
1945 Incendiary Blonde as Michael 'Mike' Guinan
1945 I Love a Soldier as Murphy
1944 None But the Lonely Heart as Henry Twite
1944 Going My Way as Father Fitzgibbon
1943 Corvette K-225 as Stooky
1943 The Amazing Mrs. Holliday as Timothy Blake
1941 Tarzan's Secret Treasure as Dennis O'Doul
1941 How Green Was My Valley as Cyfartha
1941 The Sea Wolf as Cooky
1940 San Francisco Docks as The Icky
1940 The Long Voyage Home as Cocky
1939 Full Confession as Michael O'Keefe
1939 The Saint Strikes Back as Zipper Dyson
1939 Pacific Liner as Britches
1938 The Dawn Patrol as Bott
1938 Four Men and a Prayer as Mulcahay
1938 Bringing Up Baby as Mr. Aloysius Gogarty
1937 Ebb Tide as Huish
1936 The Plough and the Stars as Fluther Good
1935 Guests of The Nation as Captured British soldier
1930 Juno and the Paycock as The Orator

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