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Ed Begley


Taps For Old Jeb, October 16th, 1965 Written by Les Crutchfield, Directed by James Sheldon, Assistant Director Christopher Seiter, Guest Cast: Ed Begley, Wayne Rogers, Morgan Woodward, Arthur Batanides, Don Keefer, Rudy Sooter

Mister Sam'l, February 26, 1968 Written by Harry Kronman, Directed by Gunnar Hellstrom, Guest Cast: Ed Begley, Mark Richman, Larry Pennell, Sandra Smith, Duke Hobbie

Ed Begley, a second generation American Irishman, began performing in minstrel shows while he was still a young boy. He became a professional radio actor, and first appeared on Broadway in 1943. Four years later he won his first film role in Boomerang! and immediately became a busy supporting player, in such films as Sitting Pretty, Deep Waters, The Street With No Name (all 1948), Dark City (1950), On Dangerous Ground (1951), and Lone Star (1952). He recreated his bravura small-screen performance in the film version of Rod Serling's TV play Patterns (1956), and was Juror Number Ten in 12 Angry Men (1957), another TV adaptation. He won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar as Boss Finley in Sweet Bird of Youth (1962), and played in The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964). By now a specialist in the portrayal of cantankerous old men, he appeared in 1968's Wild in the Streets. His son is actor Ed Begley, Jr.

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