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Ed Begley

Also Credited As: Edward Begley

Date of Death: April 28, 1970 (69)

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Ed Begley was an American actor and environmental activist born on March 25, 1901, in Hartford, Connecticut. He began his acting career in the 1940s, with his first Broadway credit being in the play "Harvey." He went on to appear in several other Broadway productions, including "A Streetcar Named Desire" and "All My Sons."

Begley's success on Broadway led to opportunities in film and television. He appeared in over 200 films and television shows throughout his career, including classics such as "12 Angry Men" and "Sweet Bird of Youth." He also had a recurring role on the popular television series "St. Elsewhere" in the 1980s.

In addition to his acting career, Begley was also a passionate environmental activist. He was one of the first celebrities to advocate for environmental causes, and he often spoke out about the importance of conservation and sustainability. He even built his own home in the 1950s using recycled materials and alternative energy sources.

Begley's commitment to the environment was recognized with several awards and honors, including the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in "Sweet Bird of Youth" and the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in "The Unsinkable Molly Brown."

Begley continued to act well into his 80s, with one of his most notable roles being in the television series "7th Heaven." He passed away on April 28, 1970, at the age of 69.

Overall, Ed Begley was a talented actor who made a significant impact on both the entertainment industry and the environmental movement. His legacy continues to inspire others to this day.

Ed Begley Photos


Dr. Gibbs

Alexander Hartman

Orrin Knox

Frank Friar

Augustus Randall

Henry Drummond [Replacement]

Matthew Harrison Brady


Original Broadway Production, 1947
Joe Keller

General von Obermann

Ed Begley Movies

Now You See Him, Now You Don't
[ 1972 ] Druffle
[ 1973 ] The Gang
Charley and the Angel
[ 1973 ] Derwood Moseby
[ 1973 ] Pook
[ 1974 ] Tom Peeples
Stay Hungry
[ 1976 ] Lester
Citizens Band
[ 1977 ] The Priest
Record City
[ 1977 ] Pokey
Battlestar Galactica
[ 1978 ] Ensign Greenbean
The One and Only
[ 1978 ] Arnold - The King
Blue Collar
[ 1978 ] Bobby Joe
Goin' South
[ 1978 ] Whitey Haber
The Concorde... Airport '79
[ 1979 ] Rescuer #1
The In-Laws
[ 1979 ] Barry Lutz
[ 1979 ] Soldier
Buddy Buddy
[ 1981 ] Lieutenant #1
Private Lessons
[ 1981 ] Jack Travis
Eating Raoul
[ 1982 ] Hippie
Cat People
[ 1982 ] Joe Creigh
Young Doctors in Love
[ 1982 ] The Flhback - Young Simon's Father
Voyager from the Unknown
[ 1982 ] Wilbur Wright
An Officer and a Gentleman
[ 1982 ] Altitude Chamber Instructor
Get Crazy
[ 1983 ] Colin Beverly
[ 1984 ] Hsler
Streets of Fire
[ 1984 ] Ben Gunn
This Is Spinal Tap
[ 1984 ] JohnStumpyPepys
Transylvania 6-5000
[ 1985 ] Gil Turner
The Accidental Tourist
[ 1988 ] Charles Leary
[ 1989 ] Bob
Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills
[ 1989 ] Peter Hepburn
Meet the Applegates
[ 1990 ] Richard P. Applegate
Dark Horse
[ 1992 ] Jack Mills
Even Cowgirls Get the Blues
[ 1993 ] Rupert
[ 1994 ] Pouch
The Crazysitter
[ 1994 ] Paul Van Arsdale
[ 1994 ] Earl Strauber
[ 1994 ] Carl
Renaissance Man
[ 1994 ] Jack Markin
Rave Review
[ 1994 ] Bert
The Pagemaster
[ 1994 ] Alan Tyler
Santa with Muscles
[ 1996 ] Ebner Frost
Ms. Bear
[ 1997 ] Greg Bradley
The Lay of the Land
[ 1997 ] Harvey Dankworth
[ 1997 ] Ambsador Ross
I'm Losing You
[ 1998 ] Zev
Best in Show
[ 2000 ] Hotel Manager
Get Over It
[ 2001 ] Frank Landers
[ 2001 ] Brent Krawford
[ 2002 ] The Dept. of Health Inspector /The Hand
Auto Focus
[ 2002 ] Mel Rosen
Net Games
[ 2003 ] John Fielding
A Mighty Wind
[ 2003 ] Lars Olfen
Going Down
[ 2003 ] Oscar Earnest
Back by Midnight
[ 2004 ] Lawyer
[ 2004 ] Father Concoff
Raising Genius
[ 2004 ] Dr. Curly Weeks
Hair High
[ 2004 ] Rev. Sidney Cheddar
Welcome to California
[ 2005 ] Documentary Narrator
Desolation Sound
[ 2005 ] Doug Shepard
The Legend of William Tell
[ 2006 ] James Ayers
Relative Strangers
[ 2006 ] Mr. Manoire
For Your Consideration
[ 2006 ] Sandy Lane
The Elder Son
[ 2006 ] Leonard
Fly Me to the Moon 3D
[ 2007 ] Poopchev
One Long Night
[ 2007 ] Joel
Hard Four
[ 2007 ] Governor Begley
Next of Kin
[ 2008 ] Patrick
Pineapple Express
[ 2008 ] Robert
Whatever Works
[ 2009 ] John
Fatal Secrets
[ 2009 ] Reverend Vernon
He's Such a Girl
[ 2009 ] Taylor's Father
21 and a Wake-Up
[ 2009 ] Colonel Ritchie
Tripping Forward
[ 2009 ] James - Acting Teacher
A Turtle's Tale: Sammy's Adventures
[ 2010 ] GreenPeace Worker
The Penthouse
[ 2010 ] Nichol
What's Your Number?
[ 2011 ] Mr. Darling
Little Women, Big Cars 2
[ 2012 ] Principle Larry
Little Women, Big Cars
[ 2012 ] Mr. Hughes
Making Change
[ 2012 ] Simmons
Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight
[ 2013 ] Harry Blackmun
Armed Response
[ 2013 ] Officer Krupke
You're Not You
[ 2014 ] Uncle Roger
[ 2016 ] A.J. Blumquist
Time Toys
[ 2016 ] WilliamWizWisconsin
[ 2016 ] Ed Mulgrave
[ 2017 ] Dr. Christian Kneedler
Girlfriend's Day
[ 2017 ] Rupert
[ 2017 ] Wp Driver
Amelia 2.0
[ 2017 ] Paul Wesley
Book Club
[ 2018 ] Tom
Making Babies
[ 2018 ] Dr. Remis
[ 2018 ] Barry
Plus One
[ 2019 ] Chuck
Reboot Camp
[ 2020 ] John Lehman
[ 2022 ] General Bill Meekins

Ed Begley TV Shows

Room 222
Bob, Willard, Stretch
Me, Myself and I
Older Justin
Modern Family
Mr. Mayor
Chet Danville
Gil Buckman
Dr Ravich, Cafe Owner, Wes
Quincy M.E.
Kit Sawyer, Walter 'Speed' Simpson, David Phillips
Rizzoli & Isles
Dr. T. Pike
Roll Out
Lt. Robert W. Chapman
Lady Dynamite
Joel Bamford
Six Feet Under
Hiram Gunderson
St. Elsewhere
Dr. Victor Ehrlich
The Agency
Lenny Musgrave
The Larry Sanders Show
Ed Begley Jr.
The New Adventures of Old Christine
Pastor Ed
The Simpsons
Ed Begley Jr.
Veronica Mars
Cyrus O'Dell
Young Sheldon
Dr. Linkletter
Boston Legal
Clifford Cabot
Adventures from the Book of Virtues
Alec, William Tell, Soldier
Arrested Development
Stan Sitwell
Battlestar Galactica
Flight Sergeant Greenbean, Ensign Greenbean
Murch, George Murchison
Better Call Saul
Clifford Main
Big City Greens
Mr. Whistler
Bless This Mess
Blunt Talk
7th Heaven
Dr. Hank Hastings
Irving Krutch, Officer Stein
CSI: Miami
Scott O'Shay
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Dr. Winokur, Dr. Winocur
Easy to Assemble
S. Erland Hussen
Fantasy Island
Amos McAllister, Jamie
Gary Unmarried
Dr. Walter Krandall
Father John, Jimmy, Marty
Jack & Bobby
Rev. Belknap

Ed Begley Awards and Nominations

Tony Awards - 1956 - Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play

Ed Begley, Inherit the Wind

Ed Begley Videos

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Review: INHERIT THE WIND at Asolo Reperatory Theater

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Theater Stories: RENT, PRETTY WOMAN: THE MUSICAL, THE LEHMAN TRILOGY and More About The Nederlander Theatre

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Pete Davidson and Maude Apatow join Ed Asner and a star-studded team of actors – including Mia Farrow, Ellie Kemper, Carol Kane, Ed Begley Jr., Diedrich Bader, Bill Pullman, Richard Kind, B.D. Wong, and Michael Shannon.
Ali Stroker Will Participate in LIFETIME LIVE! Event

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How many Broadway shows has Ed Begley been in?

Ed Begley has appeared on Broadway in 9 shows.

How many West End shows has Ed Begley been in?

Ed Begley has not appeared in the West End

What awards has Ed Begley been nominated for?

Ed Begley has been nominated for the Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play for his role in "Inherit the Wind."

What awards has Ed Begley won?

Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Play (Tony Awards) for Inherit the Wind.

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