He was the first to record the voice of the computer HAL-9000 in Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), but was passed over in favor of Douglas Rain because Kubrick thought that Balsam's voice sounded "too colloquially American" for HAL.
[on playing Mr. Green in The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974)] I have always wanted to get away from playing Mr. Nice Guy. I loathe nice guys because I am one, but let's face it, there's a lot of nastiness in me.
The Bronx Barrymore
Martin Henry Balsam
The Bronx, New York City, New York, USA
Rome, Lazio, Italy
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