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


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



The Stone Killer



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????