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Ed Begley
Ed Begley 1958.jpg
Begley in 1958
Born
Edward James Begley

(1901-03-25)March 25, 1901
DiedApril 28, 1970(1970-04-28) (aged 69)
Resting placeSan Fernando Mission Cemetery in Los Angeles, California
OccupationFilm, television, radio actor
Years active1917–1970
Spouse(s)Amanda Huff (1922–1957)
Dorothy Reeves (1961–1963)
Helen Jordan (1963–1970)
ChildrenEd Begley Jr.

Edward James Begley (March 25, 1901 – April 28, 1970) was an American actor of theatre, radio, film, and television.[1] He won an Academy Award for his performance in the film Sweet Bird of Youth in 1962 and appeared in such classics as 12 Angry Men and the Unsinkable Molly Brown. He was nominated for an Emmy Award for his portrayal of Matthew Harrison Brady in a television adaptation of Inherit the Wind. He is the father of actor and environmental activist Ed Begley Jr.

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David Brower Was a smart man he said capitalism is a great idea we ought to try it but that he men recognize the value of trees standing of oceans thriving of the many things that we rely on the web of life that supports us all that has value to and should be figured into the any economic model I think in all this the biggest problem is this idea in human mind that every other life is here to serve us that idea needs to go this is a religious idea which has gotten into everybody's heads I have lived in jungles I see reptiles and the grasshoppers bees elephants they have a full-fledged life of the room complete life of their own and how come we think we have the only life that's worthwhile here this is a wrong idea that's gone into human head every other life is here to serve us this needs to go on well-being we can't lose those species it's like how many rivets can you lose from an airplane before it ceases to fly for our own well-being for own survival we need that web of life to live if we lose the bees the pollinators we know that that what that will do to our food supply we've seen what the loss of trees is done around the world we need all those many species they keep us all aloft to keep us all thriving some of the studies some of the studies show that if all the worms disappear right now all life on the planet will disappear in 18 months time if all the insects disappear in three and a half to four years time all life will disappear but if all of us disappear the planet will flourish so we must know what is the significance of our life with this all this should be figured into economic models as you wisely did with the rally for rivers you went and involved the economic agencies and what have you because when you look at the cost of this home for instance people normally look at the cost of the home is labor in materials that's the cost what's the cost of running the home the cost of running this home over its long life it's built out of steel will be a fraction of what it would be with a normal home so the cost of the home to look at just the cost of labour materials that's like looking at an iceberg just a piece above the waterline the piece below the waterline is huge that's the cost of running the home and there's an economic case to be made for that I think yes it should be right now the way we are running our homes our commercial establishment our cities in my opinion tell me if I'm wrong I think it's 70 percent just waste but the T percent we could do pretty well just maybe we have to walk a little more we have to do a few more things and we would be much healthier and fitter by doing those things we don't have to simply walk on the treadmill we could walk on the street if people came from another planet could you explain that to them where you get in your car and you drive to the gym and when you get to the gym you get in a bicycle would you be able to explain that to somebody it's nothing if not a music what vision can you see for what could happen on this continent that is somehow similar to what happened with the rally for rivers is there a vision that you have for what could happen here see in comparison if you want to see between India and North America because you said a continent right not the country okay the population and land ratio is extremely good here so here I think right now the most important thing that America should do is I was stood a morning also speaking to someone about this see for whatever reasons America has kind of found a leadership position in the world not just as political and military power see today if you go to most parts of the world at least in the urban world everywhere in India in China in any part of Asia or Africa if you look at people you stand in a Main Street and look at people below their knees they're all wearing blue denims fifty percent of the people at least so if America wears blue colored clothes everybody is wearing blue colored clothes if you put a hole in your trousers everybody's putting a hole in the top not Wanda they putting a hole even a kindergarten child knows this machine runs on oxygen and expels carbon dioxide but if you pump carbon dioxide into your bottle and say this is the real thing the whole damn world is drinking it so there is a leadership position it doesn't matter what you do you do the right thing or the wrong thing somewhere the world is following so you must do the right thing now this is your responsibility because you have a leadership position if you do the right things the world will do the same things very easily it can be done so one reason I'm spending a certain amount of time in America is right now in America everybody is drinking alcohol whole world is trying to drink alcohol see for example in India 25 years ago not even six to seven percent of the people consumed alcohol today nearly sixty percent of the people are consuming alcohol in a matter of 25 years because they think it is modern it is fashionable if they don't drink they're left out of life and the drugs are also coming in in equal proportions if America meditates the world will meditate when are you guys going to do it that's all so ecologically also America needs to do the right things right now one of the biggest concerns is the plastics see people are thinking plastic is some kind of an evil no plastic is a fantastic material it's one of the best things we have produced in all these years of whatever we have done because you can reuse this a thousand times if you wish only problem is right now plastics are of different grades all kinds of things everybody is doing their own thing and you cannot recycle them together if you recurse recycle them together it becomes downgraded and it just goes waste and then you don't know what to do with it if you fix a certain grade of plastic as a compulsory usage nobody in America can use any other plastic then prop recycable recyclable plastic whether you take a coke bottle or you take a vegetable crate or you take some other package everything is same grade plastic if you do it by law it's going to cost you a little bit but if you do that then everything can be recycled effortlessly you it is the sorting out which is the biggest problem do you understand you cannot sort it it's too complex everybody throws everything how to sort it a simple thing I am telling you one of the biggest challenges for recycling the PET bottles you are in the world we are using nearly half a trillion PET bottles are produced this is nearly 1 million PET bottles per minute we're producing ok the pet means what you're using now for water coca-cola everything is in that yes yes so now if everything is one single grape very easily will recycle this bottle recycling in India is nearly hundred percent 65% in organized sector fifteen percent in unorganized sector ten percent of the bottles are simply being euro reused in homes very little is lost because we have manpower to pick it but now one of the biggest challenges ease the paper label are that's funny they are not willing to change that you just have to print your coca-cola directly on the thing you cannot separate the paper in the plastic this is not allowing us to recycle you understand in India they hire people women and children sitting there and ripping off the papers with that paper you cannot recycle if the paper goes into the recycle the plastic gets downgraded so like this there are very simple problems it's just because we don't care it's not happened not because there is no technology not because it's economically impossible for us to do we've not cared enough to pay attention to these things this is a simple thing if all of you here if you push for this in your governments that America uses only one grade of plus plastic six grades of recyclable plastic 100% recyclable plastics only one you use believe me if this becomes the law everywhere in the world one big problem is gone right now they're saying by 2050 the amount of plastic in the oceans in wait will be equal to the amount of fish in ocean can you beat that what what's wrong with us it's not a simple problem I will tell you the Welling Airy Hills our backyard where we are our India center our backyard is 10,000 square miles of rainforest there are elephants tigers and all kinds of wildlife there is one pilgrim place where people climb up and go down there is only once a year two months lots of pilgrims nearly a million pilgrims go so they were just throwing plastic all over the place some elephants died lot of deer died then we decided we will stop all the pilgrims at the base of the mountain and give them a cloth bank take away all their plastic bags and give a clock back a few businesses came and supported us with you know whatever they printed their complimentary bags and they gave and we went up the mountain with about 6,000 volunteers and we brought back 18 tons of plastic just in the form of covers okay just the cows these cowards float around and unknowingly the animals just eat it and it gets stuck in the esophagus and they die because of this so this we stopped by just putting a cloth bag what does it cost us nothing okay it costs is really nothing just a few handful of small businesses come together and sponsor these bags and is a done thing and this bag is reusable they can use it 25 times it's a clock banging so these are all simple solution is not some great technology is needed just attention is needed human attention is missing what would you say the best way that we can approach transporting our agricultural system see there are ways of looking at it as to what is ideal thing to do or what is the small Corrections we can do so that we are in a little better place these are two ways to look at it because if we talk about the ideal people will anyway give it up they are not going to make all those changes in their life well ed is growing everything that he needs I believe not everybody can do that somebody is living on the 20th floor so one thing is the usage of pesticide and this I call them freaked out seats not normal seats they're freaked you take out the freaked out seeds and bring reduce the usage of pesticide and fertilizer if not getting rid of it at least let there be a law in ten years time you can use only 50% in twenty years time you can use only 20% this must happen if you don't do this now the worst thing that you're doing is you're taking away the insect population you should take away the insect population believe me there is nothing you can do on this planet it's they're not small they're small in size but their role on making of this planet is very very big so we've been spraying insecticides from airplanes the most criminal thing we have done is this from airplanes we've just sprayed large-scale killing everything this is chemical warfare this is not agriculture all this comes from that fundamental idea which I mentioned earlier that we think we are the only life everything else is subservient to us we can just mass murder everything and somehow have a con for ourselves it's very corny now the important thing is this is not going to happen out of people's awareness I don't believe that there must be lost clearly we must set for from today in five years time 25% of the insecticide that you're using per hectare must go down in ten years time I'm just saying off the cuff the numbers can be arrived at for different crops but for different crops at different levels women say it must go down like this and aim at thirty to forty years time there should be no pesticide no fertilizer everybody must produce the necessary organic material to grow a crop if you don't do this now we may not all die but we will suffer immensely due to variety of problems in our systems physiological and psychological problems just see the number of problems we are going through say you take United States as an example considered to be the most affluent country on the planet why does an individual human being seek affluence or a society seeks effluents on the first level it is a choice of nourishment I can eat what I want when a man is poor he seeks affluence because choice of nourishment once that is taken care of it's a choice of lifestyles so a society which has an enormous choice of nourishment and lifestyle spends three trillion dollars on its health care for 300 million people this is a crime against humanity because to be healthy you need chemicals to be peaceful you need chemicals to be joyful you need chemicals for everything you need chemicals so if this is not cut down forget about the people who on the back street drugs they're doing but what about the mainstream today the pharmaceutical industry in the world is larger than food industry can you beat it we take consuming more medicine then food what's wrong with us in this 60% of the consumed consumption I believe is in United States the wealthiest nation on the planet is not healthy because they don't know what to eat everything they eat they've poisoned it themselves somewhere one little firm organic here organic there know by law it should be solved the time is over for that we're thinking people will do it consciously and it will happen it has to be enforced if it's not enforced now it's going to be late because the amount of human suffering we are causing with this is too much generations will pass like this

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Early years

Begley was born in Hartford, Connecticut, the son of Hannah (née Clifford) and Michael Joseph Begley, Irish immigrants.[2][3][4] After he dropped out of school as a fifth-grader, Begley ran away from home several times, going to work for "carnivals, fairs, and small circuses."[5] Later he sold brushes, delivered milk, and served in the United States Navy.[5]

Career

Begley began his career as a Broadway and radio actor while in his teens. He appeared in the hit musical Going Up on Broadway in 1917 and in London the next year. He later acted in roles as Sgt. O'Hara in the radio show The Fat Man. His radio work included Stroke of Fate and a period as Charlie Chan, among other roles. He also starred in the 1950s radio program Richard Diamond, Private Detective, playing Lieutenant Walter Levinson, head of homicide at the 5th Precinct, Manhattan. He was elected a member of The Lambs in 1943. In the late 1940s, he began appearing regularly in supporting film roles.

Begley (right) with Monte Markham in 1969
Begley (right) with Monte Markham in 1969

In the 1952–1953 television season, Begley co-starred with Eddie Albert in the CBS sitcom Leave It to Larry. Begley, though only five years older than Albert, played the father-in-law and employer of Albert's character, Larry Tucker, a shoe salesman, who with his young family lives with Begley. In 1954 Begley starred in the NBC Television show Robert Montgomery Presents in "Big Boy", an episode sponsored by Lucky Strike, as Joe Grant, an engineer for the Union Pacific Railroad living in Cheyenne, Wyoming, who worked on the famous Union Pacific Big Boy steam locomotives. The show is about how Begley's character copes with the transition from steam locomotives to diesel locomotives in the 1950s.

He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Sweet Bird of Youth (1962). Some of his other notable films include Deadline – U.S.A. (1952), 12 Angry Men (1957) as juror #10, The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964), and Wild in the Streets (1968). One notable role Begley played both on television (twice in 1955) and in the theatrical film (1956) is William (Bill) Briggs, one of the three primary characters in Rod Serling's Patterns.

In 1956, he appeared in the Broadway production of Inherit the Wind, in the role of Matthew Harrison Brady. For this performance, he won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play.[6][7] In 1968 he appeared with Clint Eastwood in the classic western Hang 'Em High.

His other television work included appearances on Justice, Empire, The Virginian, Bonanza, The Fugitive, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Target: The Corruptors, The Invaders, The Wild Wild West, Wagon Train and Going My Way, with Gene Kelly. Among his many Broadway credits were All My Sons and Our Town.

Begley married three times. He is the father of actor Ed Begley Jr.

Begley died of a heart attack in Hollywood, California.[8] He is buried at the San Fernando Mission Cemetery in Mission Hills, California.

Filmography

Year Title Role Notes
1947 Body and Soul Party leader Uncredited
The Web Man Uncredited
Boomerang Paul Harris
The Roosevelt Story Narrator Documentary
1948 Sitting Pretty Horatio J. Hammond
The Street with No Name Chief Bernard Harmatz
Deep Waters Josh Hovey
Sorry, Wrong Number James Cotterell
1949 Tulsa John J. 'Johnny' Brady as Edward Begley
It Happens Every Spring Edgar Stone
The Great Gatsby Myron Lupus
1950 Backfire Captain Garcia
Stars in My Crown Lon Backett
Convicted Mackay, Head of Parole Board
Saddle Tramp Mr. August Hartnagle
Wyoming Mail Prison Warden Haynes
Dark City Barney
1951 You're in the Navy Now Port Commander
The Lady from Texas Dave Blodgett
On Dangerous Ground Captain Brawley
1952 Boots Malone Howard Whitehead
Lone Star Anthony Demmet
Deadline – U.S.A. Frank Allen
The Turning Point Neil Eichelberger
1954 Big Boy Joe Grant
1956 Patterns William Briggs
1957 12 Angry Men Juror #10
1959 Odds Against Tomorrow Dave Burke
1961 The Green Helmet Bartell
1962 Sweet Bird of Youth Tom 'Boss' Finley Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
 Laurel Award for Top Male Supporting Performance (3rd place)
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
1964 The Unsinkable Molly Brown Seamus Tobin  Laurel Award for Top Male Supporting Performance (2nd place)
1965 Inherit the Wind (TV) Matthew Harrison Brady Nominated-Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Single Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Drama
1966 The Oscar Grobard
1967 Warning Shot Captain Roy Klodin
The Violent Enemy Colum O'More
Billion Dollar Brain General Midwinter
Do Not Fold, Staple, Spindle, or Mutilate Scotty Duncan
1968 Firecreek Preacher Broyles
Wild in the Streets Senator Allbright
Hang 'Em High Captain Wilson, Cooper Hanging Party
A Time to Sing Kermit Dodd
1969 The Monitors President
1970 The Dunwich Horror Dr. Henry Armitage
Neither Are We Enemies Annas Hallmark Hall of Fame Easter special
Road to Salina Warren (final film role)

Radio

Date Show Episode Role Notes
1944–45 Charlie Chan all Charlie Chan [9]
1946–1951 The Fat Man Various episodes Sgt. O'Hara
1947 The Adventures of Philip Marlowe "The Friend From Detroit"
1949 Let George Do It "The Man Under the Elm Tree" Darrell [10]
1951 Tales of the Texas Rangers "Blind Justice" Unknown [11]
"No Living Witnesses"
"Paid in Full"
"The Blow Off"
1952 Tales of the Texas Rangers "Birds of a Feather"
"Prelude to Felony"

See also

References

  1. ^ Obituary Variety, May 6, 1970.
  2. ^ "Current Biography Yearbook". H. W. Wilson Company. December 29, 2018. Retrieved December 29, 2018 – via Google Books.
  3. ^ Keylin, Arleen; Boiangiu, Suri (June 1, 1977). "Hollywood album: lives and deaths of Hollywood stars from the pages of the New York Times". Arno Press. Retrieved December 29, 2018 – via Google Books.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on June 27, 2012. Retrieved January 2, 2019.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ a b "Ed Begley Loves Life". The Bridgeport Post. April 24, 1964. p. 21. Retrieved April 25, 2015 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  6. ^ "Ed Begley". Internet Broadway Database. The Broadway League. Retrieved July 4, 2015.
  7. ^ "Inherit the Wind". Internet Broadway Database. The Broadway League. Retrieved July 4, 2015.
  8. ^ "St. Petersburg Times - Google News Archive Search". News.google.com. Retrieved December 29, 2018.
  9. ^ Dunning, John (1998). On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-507678-3. p. 149.
  10. ^ "EP0358: Let George Do It: The Man Under the Elm Tree". Greatdetectives.net. March 9, 2011. Retrieved December 29, 2018.
  11. ^ "Old Time Radio Westerns » Ed_Begley". Old Time Radio Westerns. Retrieved December 29, 2018.

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