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Martin Balsam would make a good SUTS candidate


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I absolutely agree.

He's got so much versatility.

But I would pick him because he has a featured role in three of my favorite films:

Breakfast at Tiffany's

Murder on the Orient Express &


Plus he was a staple in classic dramatic TV shows.

In 1966 he won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in for: 

A Thousand Clowns.


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Yep, seems like a good choice, although I think character actors like him are more likely to end up with a single SUTS day than a monthlong spotlight. But I would watch that, too.

Trivia: Balsam replaced Stacy Keach on Catch-22, whom Mike Nichols fired ostensibly because he was too young for the part. Keach was 27. I think Balsam at the time was 48.

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22 hours ago, cigarjoe said:

He's in 

12 Angry Men 1957

Al Capone 1959

Middle of the Night 1959

Breakfast at Tiffany's 1961

Cape Fear 1962

Seven Days in May 1964

After the Fox 1966

Hombre 1967

Catch-22 1970

Little Big Man 1970

All the President's Men 1976

You've missed listing one of my favorites of Balsam's roles, CG:

The Taking of Pelham One Two Three 1974

(...gesundheit) ;)

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As far as I know, he was never given a lead role in a movie although he came close in an Italian mob movie he did with Franco Nero called Confessions of a Police Captain. He played the captain in this gritty, brutal, depressing Mafia flick in a role Ben Gazzara turned down. A really great actor, I'll watch anything he's in. Won a supporting actor Oscar for A Thousand Clowns

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