Martin Balsam

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Martin Balsam
Full NameMartin Henry Balsam

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  • 12 Angry Men
  • Ocean
  • Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse
  • La piovra
  • Mr. Broadway
  • Naked City
  • Five Fingers
  • On the Waterfront
  • The Defenders
  • Goodyear Playhouse
  • Pursuit
  • Siege
  • Trilogy
  • All the President's Men
  • Seven Days in May
  • All About 'the Birds'
  • The Name of the Game
  • The Twilight Zone
  • Midnight Caller
  • Breaking Point
  • The Taking of Pelham One Two Three
  • Breakfast at Tiffany's
  • Little Big Man
  • Tora! Tora! Tora!
  • Space
  • Little Gloria... Happy at Last
  • Hombre
  • Second Serve
  • Cape Fear
  • Time Limit
  • Miles to Go Before I Sleep
  • Middle of the Night
  • Murder on the Orient Express
  • Aunt Mary
  • America at the Movies
  • Catch-22
  • Money to Burn
  • Dr. Kildare
  • The Child Saver
  • CBS Playhouse
  • The Love Tapes
  • The Six Million Dollar Man
  • The Man
  • The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case
  • The Old Man Who Cried Wolf
  • Queenie
  • Raid on Entebbe
  • I Want to Live
  • The House on Garibaldi Street

Family Tree

The illustrious Van Patten dynasty is one of America's most famous acting families, boasting generations of talent. Martin Henry Balsam, the first-born of Russian Jewish immigrants, began acting in high school, and was called to service during World War II. Talia Balsam, born in New York City, is an actor and director known for Mad Men (2007) and Divorce (2016). Joyce Van Patten, of Dutch, English and Italian descent, was an accomplished "second lead" and character actress, who appeared on Broadway and radio at a very early age. Casey King, was an actor known for Dracula: Dead and Loving It (1995) and Hardcastle and McCormick (1983). Dick Van Patten, a beloved actor, author, and radio host, was best-known for his role as the patriarchal head of the pack in Eight Is Enough (1977). James (Jimmy) Van Patten is an actor, writer and producer with a lifetime involvement in the entertainment industry. Pat Poole is an actress known for The Bodyguard (1992), Quiet Kill (2004) and The Break (1995). Nels Van Patten is an actor and producer known for In Good Company (2004) and Summer School (1987). Duke Van Patten is an actor and writer, known for Pretty Smart (2021) and 7 Days to Vegas (2019). Vincent Van Patten is an actor and writer, known for 7 Days to Vegas (2019) and World Poker Tour (2003). Eileen Davidson is an actor and producer, known for The Young and the Restless (1973), Days of Our Lives (1965) and The House on Sorority Row (1982). Betsy Russell, born in San Diego, is best known for her starring role in the "Saw" film series. Timothy Van Patten is a director and actor, known for Boardwalk Empire (2010) and The Sopranos (1999). Grace Van Patten is an actress known for Under the Silver Lake (2018) and The Meyerowitz Stories (2017). John Slattery is an actor known for The Adjustment Bureau (2011) and Mona Lisa Smile (2003). Truly a family of greatness, the Van Pattens have left a lasting impression on American entertainment.

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