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      William Bendix

      William Bendix

      Highest Rated: 100% The Web (1947)

      Lowest Rated: 40% The Hairy Ape (1944)

      Birthday: Jan 14, 1906

      Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

      A burly New York City native who specialized in playing all manner of lugs, both loveable and dangerous, William Bendix achieved a level of popularity that was almost unheard of for a character actor who proclaimed himself to be "about as handsome as a mud fence." After performing in some unsuccessful plays, he first gained significant notice in the Broadway smash "The Time of Your Life" (1939-1940). That soon led to a movie career, with Bendix appearing in everything from comedies like "Woman of the Year" (1942) and "Who Done It?" (1942), to World War II actioners and thrillers like "The Glass Key" (1942) and Alfred Hitchcock's "Lifeboat" (1944). Bendix's blustery delivery and enduring likeability found a perfect vehicle in the comedy "The Life of Riley," first on radio (ABC/NBC, 1944-1951), then as a 1949 motion picture and, finally, a long-running television series (NBC, 1953-58). Loveable lunkhead Chester A. Riley was the role for which he was best remembered and while the show's formula was mostly set in stone, Bendix's talent helped to keep it fresh and amusing. As was customary with actors who sported something less than matinee idol looks, Bendix was largely restricted to playing certain types of characters, but few did as memorable a job on such a consistent basis, and he ranked as one of TV's archetypal patriarchs.

      Highest rated movies

      100% The Web
      100% The Dark Corner
      100% The Blue Dahlia
      90% Lifeboat
      89% Wake Island
      83% Woman of the Year
      78% The Glass Key
      72% Detective Story

      Photos

      SUBMARINE COMMAND, William Bendix, 1951 ABROAD WITH TWO YANKS, William Bendix, 1944 DETECTIVE STORY, William Bendix, 1951 DANGEROUS MISSION, William Bendix, Victor Mature, 1954 THE BABE RUTH STORY, William Bendix, 1948 CHINA, William Bendix, Loretta Young, Alan Ladd, 1943 CHINA, Alan Ladd, William Bendix, Loretta Young, 1943 WOMAN OF THE YEAR, Spencer Tracy, William Bendix, 1942 THE BABE RUTH STORY, William Bendix, Maxine Gates, Evelynne Smith, 1948 LIFEBOAT, from left: Tallulah Bankhead, John Hodiak, Henry Hull, Hume Cronyn, William Bendix, 1944, TM and Copyright (c) 20th Century-Fox Film Corp. All Rights Reserved THE BABE RUTH STORY, William Bendix, Babe Ruth, on set of the film, 1948 THE BABE RUTH STORY, Babe Ruth, William Bendix, on the set of the film, 1948 THE BABE RUTH STORY, William Bendix, 1948 A BELL FOR ADANO, William Bendix, 1945, TM & Copyright (c) 20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved. THE BABE RUTH STORY, William Bendix, 1948 THE WEB, William Bendix, 1947 WAKE ISLAND, William Bendix, 1942 WAKE ISLAND, William Bendix, 1942 TWO YEARS BEFORE THE MAST, William Bendix, 1946 TWO YEARS BEFORE THE MAST, William Bendix, 1946

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet 43% Law of the Lawless Sheriff Ed Tanner (Character) - 1964
      No Score Yet No Score Yet For Love or Money Joe Fogel (Character) - 1963
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Young and the Brave Sgt. Peter L. Kane (Character) - 1963
      No Score Yet 45% Boys' Night Out Slattery (Character) - 1962
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Phony American Sergeant Harrigan (Character) - 1962
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Johnny Nobody James Ronald Mulcahy (Character) - 1961
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rough and the Smooth Reg Barker (Character) - 1959
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Idle on Parade Sgt. Lush (Character) - 1959
      No Score Yet 20% The Deep Six "Frenchy" Shapiro (Character) - 1958
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Battle Stations Buck Fitzpatrick (Character) - 1956
      No Score Yet 57% Crashout Van Morgan Duff (Character) - 1955
      No Score Yet 17% Dangerous Mission Chief Ranger Joe Parker (Character) - 1954
      No Score Yet 40% Blackbeard, the Pirate Ben Worley (Character) - 1952
      44% 58% Macao Lawrence C. Trumble (Character) - 1952
      No Score Yet 11% A Girl in Every Port Timothy Aloysius "Tim" Dunnovan (Character) - 1952
      72% 71% Detective Story Det. Lou Brody (Character) - 1951
      No Score Yet 25% Submarine Command CPO Boyer (Character) - 1951
      No Score Yet 62% Kill the Umpire Bill "Two Call" Johnson (Character) - 1950
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Gambling House Joe Farrow (Character) - 1950
      57% 76% Streets of Laredo Reuben "Wahoo" Jones (Character) - 1949
      44% 51% A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court Sir Sagramore (Character) - 1949
      71% 64% The Big Steal Capt. Vincent Blake (Character) - 1949
      No Score Yet 50% Cover Up Sheriff Larry Best (Character) - 1949
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Life of Riley Chester A. Riley (Character) - 1949
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Johnny Holiday Sgt. Walker (Character) - 1949
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Two Knights From Brooklyn Tim McGuerin (Character) - 1949
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Race Street Lt. Barney Runson (Character) - 1948
      No Score Yet 64% The Babe Ruth Story George Herman "Babe" Ruth (Character) - 1948
      No Score Yet 53% The Time of Your Life Nick (Character) - 1948
      No Score Yet 50% Where There's Life Victor O'Brien (Character) - 1947
      No Score Yet 22% Variety Girl Unknown (Character) - 1947
      No Score Yet 30% Calcutta Pedro Blake (Character) - 1947
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Blaze of Noon Porkie Scott (Character) - 1947
      100% 56% The Web Lt. Damico (Character) - 1947
      No Score Yet 50% I'll Be Yours Wechsberg (Character) - 1947
      100% 72% The Dark Corner Stauffer alias Fred Foss (Character) - 1946
      No Score Yet 33% Sentimental Journey Donnelly (Character) - 1946
      100% 71% The Blue Dahlia Buzz Wanchek (Character) - 1946
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Two Years Before the Mast First Mate Amazeen (Character) - 1946
      No Score Yet No Score Yet White Tie and Tails Larry Lundie (Character) - 1946
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Don Juan Quilligan Patrick Michael "Don Juan" Quilligan (Character) - 1945
      No Score Yet 25% A Bell for Adano Sgt. Borth (Character) - 1945
      40% 17% The Hairy Ape Hank Smith (Character) - 1944
      90% 87% Lifeboat Gus Smith (Character) - 1944
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Greenwich Village Danny O'Mara (Character) - 1944
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Abroad With Two Yanks Biff Koraski (Character) - 1944
      No Score Yet 45% The Crystal Ball Biff Carter (Character) - 1943
      No Score Yet 50% China Johnny Sparrow (Character) - 1943
      No Score Yet 61% Guadalcanal Diary Corp. Taxi Potts (Character) - 1943
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hostages Underground leader (Character) - 1943
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Taxi, Mister Tim McGuerin (Character) - 1943
      No Score Yet 85% Who Done It? Detective Brannigan (Character) - 1942
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Two Mugs From Brooklyn Timothy "Tim" McGuerin (Character) - 1942
      78% 71% The Glass Key Jeff (Character) - 1942
      89% 48% Wake Island Pvt. Aloysius K. "Smacksie" Randall (Character) - 1942
      83% 80% Woman of the Year "Pinkie" Peters (Character) - 1942

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dick Powell Theatre Guts Finney (Character) 1962
      No Score Yet No Score Yet I've Got a Secret Guest 1956 1958 1960-1961
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Untouchables Unknown (Guest Star) 1959
      No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1954 1956 1959
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Wagon Train Capt. Matthew Cobb (Guest Star) 1958
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Life of Riley Chester A. Riley (Character) 1953-1958
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The 20th Century-Fox Hour Unknown (Character) 1957
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Screen Directors Playhouse Unknown (Character) 1956