Oscar Actors: Balsam, Martin

Born November 4, 1919 in New York City

A product of the Actors Studio and a veteran of stage and television, Balsam made his debut in Kazan's “On the Waterfront” (1954). He won an Academy Award as Supporting Actor for “A Thousand Clowns” (1965) and a Tony Award for his stage role in “You Know I Can't Hear You When the Water's Running.”

Balsam was memorable as the illfated detective in Hitchcock's “Psycho.” His TV appearances include a regular role as Archie Bunker's Jewish business partner in “Archie Bunker's Place” (197981).

Formerly married to actress Joyce Van Patten. Their daughter, Talia Balsam, is a film actress.

Oscar Nominations: 1

1965: Supporting Actor, A Thousand Clowns

Oscar Awards: 1

Oscar Context:

In 1965, Martin Balsam won the Supporting Actor Oscar in a contest that included Ian Bannen in “Flight of the Phoenix,” Tom Courtenay in “Doctor Zhivago,” Michael Dunn in “Ship of Fools,” and Frank Finlay in “Othello.”