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      Richard Bennett

      Richard Bennett

      Highest Rated: 100% If I Had a Million (1932)

      Lowest Rated: 71% Nana (1934)

      Birthday: May 21, 1870

      Birthplace: Deer Creek, Indiana, USA

      A handsome, extravagant actor of the old school, Richard Bennett toured on stage for decades before becoming a character actor in films. The son of an itinerant preacher and sheriff, he ran away from home in his teens and by 1891 had hit the Chicago stage in "The Limited Mail." Witty and outspoken, with a penchant for bellowing his lines, Bennett became a star in 1905 with "The Lion and the Mouse," and went on to score great hits with "The Hypocrites" (1906), and the controversial "social disease" drama "Damaged Goods" (1912). He was reportedly so impresses with a new play by a relatively unknown writer named Eugene O'Neill that he championed the production and took on the leading role. "Beyond the Horizon" (1920), a love triangle that featured Bennett as a farm-bound dreamer with yearnings for the sea who marries his brother's intended with tragic results. The play, which was the first to awarded the Pulitzer Prize in drama, received excellent notices as did the cast. Alexander Woolcott of he New York Times (February 8, 1920) wrote "Richard Bennett gives an eloquent and finely imagined performance as the dreamer." The actor later also scored triumphs on Broadway in "He Who Gets Slapped" (1922), "They Knew What They Wanted" (1924), another Pulitzer-winning triangular drama in which he played the vineyard owner who marries a younger woman, and Maxwell Anderson's award-winning social protest drama "Winterset" (1935).

      Highest rated movies

      100% If I Had a Million
      89% The Magnificent Ambersons
      89% Arrowsmith
      86% Damaged Goods
      83% The Song of Songs
      71% Nana

      Photos

      THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS, Richard Bennett, 1942 JOURNEY INTO FEAR, Stefan Schnabel, Joseph Cotten, Richard Bennett, 1943 THE WHITE SISTER, Richard Bennet (seated), Helen Hayes (kneeling), Edward Arnold (right), 1933 MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS, Joseph Cotten, Richard Bennett, 1942 THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS, Ray Collins, Joseph Cotten, Richard Bennett, 1942 ARROWSMITH, Alec B. Francis, Ronald Colman, Richard Bennett, 1931 IF I HAD A MILLION, Alison Skipworth, W.C. Fields, Richard Bennett, 1932 MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS, Dolores Costello, Tim Holt, Ray Collins, Joseph Cotten, Agnes Moorehead, Louis Johnson, Richard Bennett, 1942 IF I HAD A MILLION, Richard Bennett, George Raft, 1932 MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS, Tim Holt, Ray Collins, Richard Bennett, 1942 MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS, Dolores Costello, Joseph Cotten, Richard Bennett, 1942 THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS, Ray Collins, Joseph Cotten, Richard Bennett, Tim Holt, 1942

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      89% 84% The Magnificent Ambersons Maj. Amberson (Character) - 1942
      No Score Yet No Score Yet 18 Minutes Korn (Character) - 1935
      71% No Score Yet Nana Unknown (Character) - 1934
      83% 71% The Song of Songs Baron von Merzbach (Character) - 1933
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Big Executive Commodore Richardson (Character) - 1933
      100% 69% If I Had a Million John Glidden (Character) - 1932
      No Score Yet No Score Yet No Greater Love Surgeon (Character) - 1932
      No Score Yet No Score Yet This Reckless Age Donald Ingals (Character) - 1932
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Five and Ten John G. Rarick (Character) - 1931
      89% 42% Arrowsmith Gustav Sondelius (Character) - 1931
      86% No Score Yet Damaged Goods George Dupont (Character) - 1914