Birth Date: March 25, 1901
Birth Place: Hartford, Connecticut, USA
Date of Death: April 28, 1970 / Age: 69
Location of Death: Hollywood, California, USA
Cause of Death: heart attack
Biography: Edward James Begley (March 25, 1901 – April 28, 1970) was an American film actor.
Born in Hartford, Connecticut, Begley began his career as radio actor while in his teens, and then progressed to Broadway. His radio work included a stint as Charlie Chan, amongst other roles. In the late 1940s, he began appearing regularly in supporting roles in films.
He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Sweet Bird of Youth (1962). His other notable films include 12 Angry Men (1957) and The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964). He also worked extensively in television, appearing in guest roles in such popular programs as Bonanza.
He is the father of the actor Ed Begley, Jr.
He died of a myocardial infarction in Hollywood, California.