|Edward Begley (right) with Monte Markham in 1969.|
Edward James “Ed” Begley, Sr. (March 25, 1901 – April 28, 1970) was an American actor of theatre, radio, film, and television. Edward Begley was born in Hartford, Connecticut and was the son of Hannah (née Clifford) from Killorglin and Michael Joseph Begley. Edward Begley began his career as a Broadway and radio actor while in his teens. He appeared in the hit musical Going Up on Broadway in 1917. He later acted in roles as Sgt. O'Hara in the radio show The Fat Man. His radio work included a period as Charlie Chan and Stroke Of Fate amongst other roles. He also starred in the 1950s radio program Richard Diamond; Private Dectective, playing Lieutenant Walter Levinson, head of homicide at the 5th Precinct, Manhattan. In the late 1940s, he began appearing regularly in supporting film roles.