Martin Balsam

Martin Henry Balsam (November 4, 1919 – February 13, 1996) was an American character actor. He is best known for a number of film roles, including detective Milton Arbogast in Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho (1960), Arnold Burns in A Thousand Clowns (1965), which earned him the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, Juror #1 in 12 Angry Men (1957), and Mr. Green in The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974), as well as for his role as Murray Klein in the television sitcom Archie Bunker's Place (1979–1983).

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12 Angry Men (1957)

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The defense and the prosecution have rested and the jury is filing into the jury room to decide if a young Spanish-American is guilty or innocent of murdering his father. What begins as an open and shut case soon becomes a mini-drama of each of the jurors' ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sidney Lumet
CAST:  Henry Fonda  •  Lee J. Cobb  •  Ed Begley  •  E.G. Marshall

The defense and the prosecution have rested and the jury is filing into the jury room to decide if a young Spanish-American is guilty or innocent of murdering his father. What begins as an open and shut case soon becomes a mini-drama of each of the jurors' ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sidney Lumet
CAST:  Henry Fonda  •  Lee J. Cobb  •  Ed Begley  •  E.G. Marshall

Psycho (1960)

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When larcenous real estate clerk Marion Crane goes on the lam with a wad of cash and hopes of starting a new life, she ends up at the notorious Bates Motel, where manager Norman Bates cares for his housebound mother.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alfred Hitchcock
CAST:  Anthony Perkins  •  Vera Miles  •  John Gavin  •  Janet Leigh

When larcenous real estate clerk Marion Crane goes on the lam with a wad of cash and hopes of starting a new life, she ends up at the notorious Bates Motel, where manager Norman Bates cares for his housebound mother.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alfred Hitchcock
CAST:  Anthony Perkins  •  Vera Miles  •  John Gavin  •  Janet Leigh

Catch-22 (1970)

A bombardier in World War II tries desperately to escape the insanity of the war. However, sometimes insanity is the only sane way to cope with a crazy situation.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mike Nichols
CAST:  Alan Arkin  •  Martin Balsam  •  Richard Benjamin  •  Art Garfunkel

A bombardier in World War II tries desperately to escape the insanity of the war. However, sometimes insanity is the only sane way to cope with a crazy situation.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mike Nichols
CAST:  Alan Arkin  •  Martin Balsam  •  Richard Benjamin  •  Art Garfunkel

After the Fox (1966)

A criminal mastermind sets up a phony film production as part of a plan to smuggle stolen gold.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Vittorio De Sica
CAST:  Peter Sellers  •  Victor Mature  •  Britt Ekland  •  Martin Balsam

A criminal mastermind sets up a phony film production as part of a plan to smuggle stolen gold.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Vittorio De Sica
CAST:  Peter Sellers  •  Victor Mature  •  Britt Ekland  •  Martin Balsam

All the President's Men (1976)

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During the 1972 elections, two reporters' investigation sheds light on the controversial Watergate scandal that compels President Nixon to resign from his post.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan J. Pakula
CAST:  Dustin Hoffman  •  Robert Redford  •  Jack Warden  •  Martin Balsam

During the 1972 elections, two reporters' investigation sheds light on the controversial Watergate scandal that compels President Nixon to resign from his post.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan J. Pakula
CAST:  Dustin Hoffman  •  Robert Redford  •  Jack Warden  •  Martin Balsam

Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)

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Holly Golightly is an eccentric New York City playgirl determined to marry a Brazilian millionaire. But when young writer Paul Varjak moves into her apartment building, her past threatens to get in their way.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Blake Edwards
CAST:  Audrey Hepburn  •  George Peppard  •  Patricia Neal  •  Buddy Ebsen

Holly Golightly is an eccentric New York City playgirl determined to marry a Brazilian millionaire. But when young writer Paul Varjak moves into her apartment building, her past threatens to get in their way.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Blake Edwards
CAST:  Audrey Hepburn  •  George Peppard  •  Patricia Neal  •  Buddy Ebsen

Cape Fear (1991)

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Sam Bowden is a small-town corporate attorney. Max Cady is a tattooed, cigar-smoking, Bible-quoting, psychotic rapist. What do they have in common? 14 years ago, Sam was a public defender assigned to Max Cady's rape trial, and he made a serious error: he hid a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martin Scorsese
CAST:  Robert De Niro  •  Nick Nolte  •  Jessica Lange  •  Juliette Lewis

Sam Bowden is a small-town corporate attorney. Max Cady is a tattooed, cigar-smoking, Bible-quoting, psychotic rapist. What do they have in common? 14 years ago, Sam was a public defender assigned to Max Cady's rape trial, and he made a serious error: he hid a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martin Scorsese
CAST:  Robert De Niro  •  Nick Nolte  •  Jessica Lange  •  Juliette Lewis

Cape Fear (1962)

Sam Bowden witnesses a rape committed by Max Cady and testifies against him. When released after 8 years in prison, Cady begins stalking Bowden and his family but is always clever enough not to violate the law.  (more)

DIRECTION:  J. Lee Thompson
CAST:  Gregory Peck  •  Robert Mitchum  •  Polly Bergen  •  Lori Martin

Sam Bowden witnesses a rape committed by Max Cady and testifies against him. When released after 8 years in prison, Cady begins stalking Bowden and his family but is always clever enough not to violate the law.  (more)

DIRECTION:  J. Lee Thompson
CAST:  Gregory Peck  •  Robert Mitchum  •  Polly Bergen  •  Lori Martin

Harlow (1965)

Hollywood drama loosely based on the life of film actress Jean Harlow, with Carroll Baker in the title role. One of two feature film biographies, both released in 1965 and both with the same title, about the '30s platinum blonde movie star.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gordon Douglas
CAST:  Carroll Baker  •  Red Buttons  •  Raf Vallone  •  Angela Lansbury

Hollywood drama loosely based on the life of film actress Jean Harlow, with Carroll Baker in the title role. One of two feature film biographies, both released in 1965 and both with the same title, about the '30s platinum blonde movie star.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gordon Douglas
CAST:  Carroll Baker  •  Red Buttons  •  Raf Vallone  •  Angela Lansbury

Hombre (1967)

John Russell, disdained by his "respectable" fellow stagecoach passengers because he was raised by Indians, becomes their only hope for survival when they are set upon by outlaws.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martin Ritt
CAST:  Paul Newman  •  Fredric March  •  Richard Boone  •  Diane Cilento

John Russell, disdained by his "respectable" fellow stagecoach passengers because he was raised by Indians, becomes their only hope for survival when they are set upon by outlaws.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martin Ritt
CAST:  Paul Newman  •  Fredric March  •  Richard Boone  •  Diane Cilento

On the Waterfront (1954)

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Terry Malloy dreams about being a prize fighter, while tending his pigeons and running errands at the docks for Johnny Friendly, the corrupt boss of the dockers union. Terry witnesses a murder by two of Johnny's thugs, and later meets the dead man's sister and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Elia Kazan
CAST:  Marlon Brando  •  Karl Malden  •  Lee J. Cobb  •  Rod Steiger

Terry Malloy dreams about being a prize fighter, while tending his pigeons and running errands at the docks for Johnny Friendly, the corrupt boss of the dockers union. Terry witnesses a murder by two of Johnny's thugs, and later meets the dead man's sister and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Elia Kazan
CAST:  Marlon Brando  •  Karl Malden  •  Lee J. Cobb  •  Rod Steiger

Raid on Entebbe (1976)

Based on a true Military operation by Israeli commandos. An Air France flight is hijacked by the PFLP. The plane has about 100 Jewish passengers. The plane is grounded in Uganda. Israelis would not negotiate. The movie then shows how less than 500 soldiers actually ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Irvin Kershner
CAST:  Charles Bronson  •  Peter Finch  •  Yaphet Kotto  •  John Saxon

Based on a true Military operation by Israeli commandos. An Air France flight is hijacked by the PFLP. The plane has about 100 Jewish passengers. The plane is grounded in Uganda. Israelis would not negotiate. The movie then shows how less than 500 soldiers actually ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Irvin Kershner
CAST:  Charles Bronson  •  Peter Finch  •  Yaphet Kotto  •  John Saxon

The Delta Force (1986)

A 707 aircraft jetliner, en route from Athens to Rome and then to New York City, is hijacked by Lebanese terrorists, who demand that the pilot take them to Beirut. What the terrorists don't realize is that an elite team of commandos have been called in to eliminate ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Menahem Golan
CAST:  Chuck Norris  •  Lee Marvin  •  Shelley Winters  •  Martin Balsam

A 707 aircraft jetliner, en route from Athens to Rome and then to New York City, is hijacked by Lebanese terrorists, who demand that the pilot take them to Beirut. What the terrorists don't realize is that an elite team of commandos have been called in to eliminate ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Menahem Golan
CAST:  Chuck Norris  •  Lee Marvin  •  Shelley Winters  •  Martin Balsam

The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974)

In New York, armed men hijack a subway car and demand a ransom for the passengers. Even if it's paid, how could they get away?  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joseph Sargent
CAST:  Walter Matthau  •  Robert Shaw  •  Martin Balsam  •  Hector Elizondo

In New York, armed men hijack a subway car and demand a ransom for the passengers. Even if it's paid, how could they get away?  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joseph Sargent
CAST:  Walter Matthau  •  Robert Shaw  •  Martin Balsam  •  Hector Elizondo

Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)

In the summer of 1941, the United States and Japan seem on the brink of war after constant embargos and failed diplomacy come to no end. "Tora! Tora! Tora!", named after the code words use by the lead Japanese pilot to indicate they had surprised the Americans, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Fleischer  •  Toshio Masuda  •  Kinji Fukasaku
CAST:  Martin Balsam  •  Sō Yamamura  •  Joseph Cotten  •  Tatsuya Mihashi

In the summer of 1941, the United States and Japan seem on the brink of war after constant embargos and failed diplomacy come to no end. "Tora! Tora! Tora!", named after the code words use by the lead Japanese pilot to indicate they had surprised the Americans, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Fleischer  •  Toshio Masuda  •  Kinji Fukasaku
CAST:  Martin Balsam  •  Sō Yamamura  •  Joseph Cotten  •  Tatsuya Mihashi

Two Evil Eyes (1990)

Two horror segments based on Edgar Allan Poe stories set in and around the city of Pittsburgh. "The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar" concerns a cheating wife who is trying to scam her dying husband out of millions by having her doctor/hypnotist lover hypnotize the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  George A. Romero  •  Dario Argento
CAST:  Adrienne Barbeau  •  Harvey Keitel  •  Ramy Zada  •  E.G. Marshall

Two horror segments based on Edgar Allan Poe stories set in and around the city of Pittsburgh. "The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar" concerns a cheating wife who is trying to scam her dying husband out of millions by having her doctor/hypnotist lover hypnotize the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  George A. Romero  •  Dario Argento
CAST:  Adrienne Barbeau  •  Harvey Keitel  •  Ramy Zada  •  E.G. Marshall

A Thousand Clowns (1965)

Twelve-year-old Nick lives with his Uncle Murray, a Mr.Micawber-like Dickensian character who keeps hoping something won't turn up. What turns up is a social worker, who falls in love with Murray and a bit in love with Nick. As the child welfare people try to force ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Fred Coe
CAST:  Jason Robards  •  Barbara Harris  •  Martin Balsam  •  Gene Saks

Twelve-year-old Nick lives with his Uncle Murray, a Mr.Micawber-like Dickensian character who keeps hoping something won't turn up. What turns up is a social worker, who falls in love with Murray and a bit in love with Nick. As the child welfare people try to force ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Fred Coe
CAST:  Jason Robards  •  Barbara Harris  •  Martin Balsam  •  Gene Saks

Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams (1973)

Rita, a middle aged New York City homemaker, finds herself in an emotional crisis which forces her to re-examine her life, as well as her relationships with her mother, her eye doctor husband, her alienated daughter and estranged son.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gilbert Cates
CAST:  Joanne Woodward  •  Martin Balsam  •  Sylvia Sidney  •  Tresa Hughes

Rita, a middle aged New York City homemaker, finds herself in an emotional crisis which forces her to re-examine her life, as well as her relationships with her mother, her eye doctor husband, her alienated daughter and estranged son.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gilbert Cates
CAST:  Joanne Woodward  •  Martin Balsam  •  Sylvia Sidney  •  Tresa Hughes

St. Elmo's Fire (1985)

A group of friends graduate from the halls of Georgetown University into lives that revolve around sex and career aspirations. Kirby waits tables to pay for law school. His roommate Kevin struggles at a D.C. newspaper as he searches for the meaning of love. Jules, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joel Schumacher
CAST:  Emilio Estevez  •  Rob Lowe  •  Andrew McCarthy  •  Demi Moore

A group of friends graduate from the halls of Georgetown University into lives that revolve around sex and career aspirations. Kirby waits tables to pay for law school. His roommate Kevin struggles at a D.C. newspaper as he searches for the meaning of love. Jules, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joel Schumacher
CAST:  Emilio Estevez  •  Rob Lowe  •  Andrew McCarthy  •  Demi Moore

The Bedford Incident (1965)

During a routine patrol, a reporter is given permission to interview a hardened cold-war warrior and captain of the American destroyer USS Bedford. The reporter gets more than he bargained for when the Bedford discovers a Soviet sub and the captain begins a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  James B. Harris
CAST:  Richard Widmark  •  Sidney Poitier  •  Eric Portman  •  James MacArthur

During a routine patrol, a reporter is given permission to interview a hardened cold-war warrior and captain of the American destroyer USS Bedford. The reporter gets more than he bargained for when the Bedford discovers a Soviet sub and the captain begins a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  James B. Harris
CAST:  Richard Widmark  •  Sidney Poitier  •  Eric Portman  •  James MacArthur
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