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Barry Fitzgerald
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Fitzgerald in 1945
William Joseph Shields

(1888-03-10)10 March 1888
Dublin, Ireland
Died 14 January 1961(1961-01-14) (aged 72)
Dublin, Ireland
Occupation Actor
Years active 1924–1961
Relatives Arthur Shields (brother)

William Joseph Shields (10 March 1888 – 14 January 1961), known professionally as Barry Fitzgerald, was an Irish stage, film and television actor. In a career spanning almost forty years, he appeared in such notable films as Bringing Up Baby (1938), The Long Voyage Home (1940), How Green Was My Valley (1941), Going My Way (1944), None but the Lonely Heart (1944) and The Quiet Man (1952). For Going My Way (1944), he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and was simultaneously nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor. He was the older brother of Irish actor Arthur Shields. In 2020, he was listed at number 11 on The Irish Times list of Ireland's greatest film actors.

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