Melvyn Douglas, Best Supporting Actor 1963 & 1979: MovieMonday.com

1963: HUD

(Drama - NR)

Melvyn Douglas won his first Supporting Actor Oscar for playing the honest cattle rancher and Paul Newman's father.

 

1979: BEING THERE

(Comedy - PG)

Melvyn Douglas won his second Supporting Oscar for portraying the ailing multi-millionaire.  


Melvyn Douglas (1901 - 81)

American leading man of the thirties and forties who's real name was Melvyn Hesselberg. In his later years he spent time on Broadway and did well with several character roles. Melvyn Douglas is one of the ery few actors to win not only an oscar, but also a Tony and an Emmy Award.

Melvyn Douglas took up acting after serving in World War One, preforming in vaudeville until his Broadway debut in 1928. His work in the play "Tonight or Never" got him a part in the 1931 film version with Gloria Swanson . By the late '30's he had established himself as a dependable minor star, whose delivery was crish and witty. The majority of his roles at that time were as polivemen or detectives in many comedy/mystery flicks. Career highlights include starring along side Greta Garbo in two films, the comedy Ninotchka and in her final film,Two-Faced Woman in 1941. After completing in several films in 1942 Melvyn Douglas joined the war effort. After the war his film career hit a lull and he was then absent from the screen for a full deacde before reappearing in Billy Bud in 1962. From then on he distinguished himself in character roles.

In 1970 Melvyn Douglas was nominated, for Best Actor, for his performance in I NEVER SANG FOR MY FATHER.

Melvyn Douglas' other films include:

PRESTIGE
THE WISER SEX
AS YOU DESIRE ME
THE OLD DARK HOUSE
DANGEROUS CORNER
PEOPLE'S ENEMY
THE LONE WOLF PRETURNS
THE GORGEOUS HUSSY
WOMEN OF GLAMOUR
I MET HIM IN PARIS
I'LL TAKE ROMANCE
THE TOY WIFE
THAT CERTAIN AGE
THE AMAZING MR WILLIAMS
NINOTCHKA
TWOO MANY HUSBANDS
THAT UNCERTAIN FEELING
SEA OF GRASS
A WOMAN'S SECRET
MY FORBIDDEN PAST
BILLY BUDD
THE AMERICANIZATION OF EMILY
RAPTURE
HOTEL
THE CANDIDATE
THE TENANT
TWILIGHT'S LAST GLEAMING
THE SEDUCTION OF JOE TYNAN
THE CHANGELING
GHOST STORY
THE HOT TOUCH

His television credits include...

STEVE RANDALL (TV Series)
BLIND DATE (TV Series)
FRONTIER JUSTICE (TV Series)
INHERIT THE WIND
DO NOT GO GENTLE INTO THAT GOOD NIGHT
DEATH TAKES A HOLIDAY
MURDER OF MYSTERY
THE DEATH SQUAD
INTIMATE STRANGERS

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