Sunday, August 14, 2011
Ralph Bellamy, toured with road shows before landing in New York. He began acting on stage and by 1927 owned his own theatre company. Bellamy, was cast in the lead role in the films: Straight from the Shoulder(1936) and It Can't Last Forever (1937).
He received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in, The Awful Truth (1937). Jerry and Lucy Warriner, both do their best to ruin each other's plans for remarriage, Jerry to socialite Molly Lamont, she to oil-rich Daniel Leeson. Jerry, manages a court-ordered visitation rights with their pet fox terrier. Lucy, sends flamboyant Dixie Belle Lee, to impersonate Jerry's "sister", before his bride's family.
Ralph Bellamy, plays the fiancee a successful businessman brilliantly.
He played a similar part in, His Girl Friday (1940). A story about, Hildy Johnson, who divorced Walter Burns and goes to visit his office to tell him that she is going to marry another man. Walter Burns, refuses to let that happen and frames the other man, Bruce Baldwin. While he tries to talk Hildy to come back to her old job as editor of his newspaper. Ralph Bellamy, played the nice but dull Bruce Baldwin.
He played detective Ellery Queen in a few films during the 1940's, but as his film career began to fade, he returned to the stage, where he continued to perform throughout the fifties.
He was founder of the Screen Actors Guild and served as President of Actors' Equity from 1952-1964.
Later he starred in the Western, The Professionals (1966) as an oil tycoon, and Roman Polanski's Rosemary's Baby (1968) as an evil physician, before turning to television during the 1970's.
"One day in Hollywood I read a script in which the character was described as "charming but dull -- a typical Ralph Bellamy type". I promptly headed for New York to find a part with guts".
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