Ralph Rexford Bellamy (June 17, 1904 November 29, 1991) was an award-winning American actor who appeared in films, television, and on the stage in a variety of leading and supporting roles. He was nominated for an Academy Award for his supporting role in The Awful Truth; however, he was later given an Honorary Oscar, probably for always being relegated to Romantic False Lead in almost all his comedic roles of the 30s.
As a teenager, Bellamy ran away from home to join a road show and became a touring performer, which travelled from his native Chicago to New York City. He started his stage acting there and soon owned a theater company, but then began to appear in movies. By 1933, he'd been in over 20 films and kept up the pace as he soldiered through the decade.
His films had a wonky reception in the 1940s so he went back to the stage but would appear on television once it became popular. A notable role he did was of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, which he performed on the stage and the movie version of Sunrise at Campobello, and then again much later in miniseries The Winds of War in 1983.
An even bigger role came with the comedy Trading Places, in which he played the nefarious Randolph Duke (and which also happened to be Bellamy's 99th film).
Bellamy died from a lung ailment at 87 years.
- The Secret Six (1931) — in which he plays a murderous gangster
- Forbidden (1932)
- Hands Across the Table (1935)
- The Awful Truth (1937)
- Fools for Scandal (1938)
- Carefree (1938)
- Brother Orchid (1940)
- Dance, Girl, Dance (1940)
- His Girl Friday (1940)
- Dive Bomber (1941)
- Footsteps in the Dark (1941)
- The Wolf Man (1941)
- The Ghost of Frankenstein (1942)
- The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell (1955)
- Sunrise at Campobello (1960)
- The Professionals (1966)
- Rosemary's Baby (1968)
- Oh, God! (1977)
- Trading Places (1983)
- Amazon Women on the Moon (1987)
- Coming to America (1988)
- Pretty Woman (1990) - His last film role.
- Boston Legal note