- Category : Actor
- Type : MGP
- Profile : 4/1 - Opportunistic / Investigator
- Definition : Single
- Incarnation Cross : JX Alertness
American actor onstage from 1935. He was the ultimate character actor in movies, theater and TV. His stage debut was in "Pot Boiler" in 1935; his New York debut came in 1941.
He did TV from 1948 and made his first film in 1954, "On The Waterfront." Highly accomplished, he was often seen in powerful films such as "Twelve Angry Men," "Al Capone" and "Murder on the Orient Express." He won an Oscar for "A Thousand Clowns," 1965, but may be best remembered as the detective in "Psycho," 1960.
Balsam's private hobbies included golf and photography. He was married to actress Joyce Van Patten and their daughter, Talia Balsam, is an actress also.
Died of a stroke on 2/13/1996, Rome.