Balsam, Martin

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Martin Balsam
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Balsam, Martin Gender: M
Balsam, Martin Henry
born on 4 November 1919 at 14:00 (= 2:00 PM )
Place New York NY, USA, 40n42, 74w00
Timezone EST h5w (is standard time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Penfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 11°19' s_mo.18.gif s_piscol.18.gif 27°20 Asc.s_piscol.18.gif 02°53'


American actor onstage from 1935. He was the ultimate character actor in movies, theater and TV. His stage debut was in "Pot Boiler" in 1935; his New York debut came in 1941. He did TV from 1948 and made his first film in 1954, "On The Waterfront." Highly accomplished, he was often seen in powerful films such as "Twelve Angry Men," "Al Capone" and "Murder on the Orient Express." He won an Oscar for "A Thousand Clowns," 1965, but may be best remembered as the detective in "Psycho," 1960.

Balsam's private hobbies included golf and photography. He was married to actress Joyce Van Patten and their daughter, Talia Balsam, is an actress also.

Died of a stroke on 2/13/1996, Rome.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • Death by Disease 13 February 1996 at 12:00 noon in Rome, Italy (Stroke, age 76)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.
  • Work : Prize 1965 (Oscar for A Thousand Clowns)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1935 (Stage debut in Pot Boiler)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1960 (Detective in Psycho)

Source Notes

Penfield quotes letter from family member in Mercury Hour, 7/1981, copy in hand


  • Vocation : Entertainment : Actor/ Actress (Over 50 films)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Live Stage (Legitimate theater up to 1954)
  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Stroke (Terminal)
  • Notable : Book Collection : Occult/ Misc. Collection
  • Notable : Awards : Oscar (For "A Thousand Clowns")
  • Vocation : Entertainment : TV host/ Personality
  • Lifestyle : Social Life : Hobbies, games (Photography)
  • Lifestyle : Social Life : Sports (Enjoys golf)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (One girl)