Barry Fitzgerald turned to acting at the age of 41, when he quit a 20-year career as a civil servant in Dublin. He made his first hit in London with the Abbey Players' presentation of Sean O'Casey's "The Silver Tassie."
He started his film success in 1937 when John Ford summoned him to Hollywood for a part in O'Casey's "The Plough and the Stars." His costarring role as a priest with Bing Crosby in 1944's "Going My Way" won him a supporting actor Oscar.
His many other hits included "Dawn Patrol," "The Long Voyage Home," "How Green Was My Valley," "None But the Lonely Heart," "The Naked City" and "The Quiet Man." His last big film was "The Catered Affair," a 1956 movie with Debbie Reynolds.
|1944||Best Supporting Actor||Going My Way||Win|
|1944||Best Actor||Going My Way||Nomination|