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Classically Speaking:
Promoting Classic Movies in a Jaded World!

Sunday, July 30, 2006


Ralph Bellamy
RALPH BELLAMY (1904-1991) This popular actor often played second male lead and often lost the girl to Cary Grant. Born Ralph Rexford Bellamy, he played a wide variety of characters in his long career in film, stage and television. In 1987 he was awarded an honorary Oscar for his contributions to the acting profession.

Sunrise at Campobello (1960)Haven't you seen Sunrise At Campobello (1960)? Bellamy recreated his portrayal of FDR from the stage production. It is a terrific performance of a man undergoing the onset of polio.

Watch this and then see these other four films.

His Girl Friday (1940) Howard Hawks remade The Front Page and changed ace reporter Hildy Johnson from a man into a woman, and ex-wife of editor Walter Burns. Ralph BellamyBellamy is perfect as her straight-laced new love interest. Screwball comedy at its best and the cast is perfect.
The Awful Truth (1937) Poor Ralph loses out to Cary Grant yet again. A delightful film and great performances all around.
The Professionals (1966) Bellamy shines in a rare unsympathetic role.
Rosemary's Baby (1968) Kindly Dr. Sapirstein isn't as kindly as he seems. One of the best horror films ever made.

*Contributed by: "Eric Jamborsky" Date: Sat, Jul 22 2006 / 11:58:00 PST

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Ralph Bellamy

Academy Awards®
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1937 Nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role: THE AWFUL TRUTH
1986 Honorary and Other Awards: For his unique artistry and his distinguished service to the profession of acting. Winner presented a Statuette.