Great character actor Martin Balsam would have been 94 today. An asset to every movie he was ever in,  Once George Clooney’s Father-In-Law, was the first to record the voice of HAL for Kubrick but lost out to Douglas Rain.

The boy from the Bronx featured in some classics:

The Taking of Pelham 123 – Mr Green

Mr Green

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http://www.filmposterart.co.uk/the-taking-of-pelham-123-124-p.asp

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nDlEcFRZUYI

12 Angry Men, Psycho, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Cape Fear, Seven Days in May, Catch 22, Little Big Man, All the President’s Men and erm……… St Elmo’s Fire.

Al Capone

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http://www.filmposterart.co.uk/al-capone-406-p.asp

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JiPyRC3vKs

The Stone Killer

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http://www.filmposterart.co.uk/the-stone-killer-236-p.asp

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cOH8Po8ysJE

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He even had a small (uncredited) role in On The Waterfront.

“I’ll tell you, I still don’t feel whatever change you’re supposed to feel when your name goes up above the title. I think that’s because this star thing has never been the first consideration with me. Never. The work has always come first.” Martin Balsam.

Now what to watch????

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NzVBrPql2d0

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