Paramount Stars on Parade. (1944-1950) Essentially because I am a "lazy person" was what what Barry Fitzgerald (1888-1961) said was the reason for becoming an actor. Irish, Dublin born Fitzgerald was trained for bookkeeping but his interested in Irish literature as well as the influence of his actor brother Arthur Shields and his acquaintances of the Abbey Theater resulted in a 17 year double-life. Bookkeeper for the government by day and lunch hour and nights a would-be actor. His breakout part was in Sean O'Casey's classic "Juno and the Paycock." Other successes - he was now a full time actor by the 30's in Dublin - followed before Director John Ford exported many of the cast including Fitzgerald to Hollywood for his memorable but unsuccessful film of "The Plough and the Stars.” He stayed. Busy in small character roles the best remembered were "Bringing Up Baby", "The Long Voyage Home", "The Sea Wolf" and "How Green Was My Valley." As the conservative Father Fitzgibbon to Crosby's more progressive Father O'Malley in "Going My Way", at 56 Fitzgerald became a star. A box-office sensation, "Going My Way" was one of WWII's greatest hits. Fitzgerald the unknown character actor was now just outside the Top 10 box-office stars of '44, had a new contract at Paramount and now Oscar winner. Uniquely for the only time in history Fitzgerald was nominated for the same role in both male acting categories. The rules were later changed. Of his new found fame Fitzgerald said, ''I am now just another Hollywood celebrity and that's downright boring.'' The late 40's was his most prolific period. The all-star "Duffy's Tavern" and "Variety Girl", "Incendiary Blonde" and "The Stork Club" with Hutton, "And Then There Were None", "Two Years Before the Mast" with Ladd, "California" now above the title with Milland and Stanwyck, "Welcome Stranger" and Top O' the Morning" with Crosby, "The Story of Seabiscuit" and the madcap "Miss Tatlock's Millions." Among his finest moments were "The Naked City", Ford's classic "The Quiet Man" and "The Catered Affair." More dedicated to golf than his career he said, this seemingly casual Irish talent was a star despite his reluctance to be one.