Ralph Bellamy

Shop by the Stars aisle featuring Ralph Bellamy (1904-1991) vintage movie cards, still photos, ephemera, and other collectibles.

President of his high school drama club, this Chicago, IL born actor made his pro debut in 1922. Over the next nine years Bellamy appeared in over 375 roles for 15 stock companies, including his own. He made a couple of Broadway appearances in 1929-30, and while the shows fizzled, Bellamy emerged with multiple Hollywood contract offers. He debuted in The Secret 6 (1931), the first of nearly eighty feature film appearances through 1942, the busiest portion of Bellamy's Hollywood career by far. Often the other man, the nice fellow who doesn't get the girl, some top Ralph Bellamy titles from this era include Forbidden (1932), Picture Snatcher (1933), The Wedding Night (1935), Oscar nominated for his supporting role in The Awful Truth (1937), Carefree (1938) with Astaire and Rogers, Trade Winds (1938), His Girl Friday (1940), and The Wolf Man (1941). But Broadway was Bellamy's passion and he returned successfully this time to star in Tomorrow the World (1944), State of the Union (1945), and Detective Story (1949). Bellamy then starred on TV's Man Against Crime from 1949-54, and later in the decade returned to Broadway for his career defining role as FDR in Sunrise at Campobello, which earned him a Tony Award in 1958, and the lead in the 1960 film adaptation. He'd later reprise the Roosevelt role in TV miniseries adaptations of The Winds of War (1983) and War and Remembrance (1987). In his later years Bellamy was busy on TV, but still made the occasional memorable film appearance: The Professionals (1966), Rosemary's Baby (1968), alongside Don Ameche in Trading Places (1983), and his final film Pretty Woman (1990). He was among the founders of the Screen Actors Guild and President of Actors' Equity from 1952-64. Bellamy received an Honorary Academy Award in 1987.

Birthday: June 17

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