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Also Known As: Ralph Rexford Bellamy Died: November 29, 1991
Born: June 17, 1904 Cause of Death: longstanding lung illness
Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, USA Profession: actor, propmaster, director, designer

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Engaging performer who made his mark as the nice-but-bland fellow who loses the girl to Cary Grant or his ilk in the screwball comedies "Hands Across the Table" (1935), 1937's "The Awful Truth" (for which he received an Oscar nomination), "Carefree" (1938) and "His Girl Friday" (1940).Bellamy appeared in over 100 films but won his greatest acclaim on Broadway, as a lionized presidential aspirant in "State of the Union" (1945); as an overzealous police officer in "Detective Story" (1949); and, especially, for his Tony Award-winning portrayal of Franklin Delano Roosevelt in "Sunrise at Campobello" (1958), which he repeated in the 1960 film. Bellamy also played Roosevelt in the TV miniseries "The Winds of War" (1983). Late in his career he contributed an excellent turn as a manipulative Wall Street mogul in the amusing social comedy "Trading Places" (1983).

Engaging performer who made his mark as the nice-but-bland fellow who loses the girl to Cary Grant or his ilk in the screwball comedies "Hands Across the Table" (1935), 1937's "The Awful Truth" (for which he received an Oscar nomination), "Carefree" (1938) and "His Girl Friday" (1940).

Bellamy appeared in over 100 films but won his greatest acclaim on Broadway, as a lionized presidential aspirant in "State of the Union" (1945); as an overzealous police officer in "Detective Story" (1949); and, especially, for his Tony Award-winning portrayal of Franklin Delano Roosevelt in "Sunrise at Campobello" (1958), which he repeated in the 1960 film. Bellamy also played Roosevelt in the TV miniseries "The Winds of War" (1983). Late in his career he contributed an excellent turn as a manipulative Wall Street mogul in the amusing social comedy "Trading Places" (1983).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Pretty Woman (1990) James Morse
2.
 Only the Good Die Young (1990) Cyrus Blain
3.
 In Vino Veritas (1990) Cyrus Blain
4.
 Easy Come, Easy Go (1989) Cyrus Blain
5.
 Things That Go Bump in the Night (1989) Cyrus Blain
6.
 Coming to America (1988) Randolph Duke
7.
 Good Mother, The (1988) Grandfather
8.
 Disorderlies (1987) Albert Dennis
9.
 Amazon Women On The Moon (1987) Mr Gower ("Titan Man")
10.
 Trading Places (1983) Randolph Duke
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Milestones close milestones

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As a boy, delivered newspapers and groceries, and worked as a soda jerk at a local drugstore
1921:
Worked as an usher at Ravinia Park Open Air Pavilion
1921:
Ran away from home at age 16 to join a William Owen's band of traveling Shakespearean players
1922:
Began performing in stock and repertory with the Chautaupua Road Company; first play was "The Shepherd of the Hills"
1922:
Toured with stock companies
:
Founded The Ralph Bellamy Players
1929:
Broadway debut, "Town Boy"
1931:
Screen debut in "The Secret Six"
1933:
Founding member, Screen Actors Guild
1934:
Returned to Broadway stage in "Oh, Men! Oh, Women!"
1944:
Debut as Broadway producer and director, "Pretty Little Parlor"
1945:
Returned to Broadway in "State of the Union"
1948:
TV debut, "Philco Television Playhouse"
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Starred in first TV series, "The Man Against Crime"
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Panelist on TV quiz show, "To Tell the Truth"
:
Starred on TV series, "The Eleventh Hour"
1991:
Hospitalized with respiratory illness (August 27)
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Education

New Trier High School: Winnetka , Illinois -

Notes

Describing his prototype role Bellamy said: "It takes talent, even when it's 'just pretend,' to alienate females in a believable way. ... The end of all that came for me one day in Hollywood when I read a script in which a character was described as 'charming but dull--a typical Ralph Bellamy type.' I promptly packed my bags and headed for New York to find a part with guts." --quoted in Variety obituary, December 2, 1991.

"Mr. Bellamy was also known for championing his profession, as founder and board member of the Screen Actors Guild and as president of Actors' Equity for 12 years. He doubled Equity's assets within six years, and in 1960 shepherded the union through a one-week Broadway theater lockout and the signing of a landmark contract that established the first actors' pension fund. ... He guided Equity through the political blacklisting of the McCarthy era in the early 1950s's by forming a panel that devised ground rules to protect members against unproven charges of Communist Party membership or sympathy. ... He lobbied successfully for the repeal of theater admission taxes and for income-averaging in computing taxes for performers." --Peter B. Flint in Bellamy's November 30, 1991 obituary in The New York Times.

He was awarded the Merit from the State of Israel (1968)

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Alice Delbridge. Married on December 28, 1926; divorced in 1930.
wife:
Catherine Willard. Actor. Married in 1931; divorced in 1945.
wife:
Ethel Smith. Organist. Married in 1945; divorced in 1947.
wife:
Alice Murphy. Talent agent. Married from November 27, 1949 until Bellamy's death in 1991; fourth wife; born c. 1908; died on July 9, 1996 at age 88.
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Family close complete family listing

father:
Charles Rexford Bellamy. Advertising executive. Headed own agency.
mother:
Lilla Louise Bellamy.
sister:
Carolyn Walbridge.
son:
Willard Bellamy. Adopted with Catherine Willard.
daughter:
Lynn McCrudden. Mother, Catherine Willard.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"When the Smoke Hits the Fan" Doubleday

Contributions

swenner ( 2010-09-23 )

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Lynn McCrudden was Bellamy's daughter with Alice Delbridge. She was born in 1929, during his marriage to Alice.

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