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William Benedict

  • Highest Rated: 100% Road to Utopia (1945)
  • Lowest Rated: 77% 7 Chinese Brothers (2015)
  • Birthday: Not Available
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Oklahoma-born William Benedict is fondly remembered by fans for his shock of unkempt blond hair; ironically, he lost his first job at a bank because he refused to use a comb. Stagestruck at an early age, the skinny, ever-boyish Benedict took dancing lessons while in high school and appeared in amateur theatricals. After phoning a 20th Century-Fox talent scout, the 17-year-old Benedict hitchhiked to Hollywood and won a film contract (if for no other reason than nerve and persistence). He appeared in the first of his many office-boy roles in his debut film, $10 Raise (1935), and spent the next four decades popping up in bits as bellboys, caddies, hillbillies, delivery men and Western Union messengers. He portrayed so many of the latter, in fact, that Western Union paid tribute to Benedict by giving him his own official uniform -- an honor bestowed on only one other actor, Benedict's lifelong friend Frank Coghlan Jr. (the two actors costarred in the 1941 serial The Adventures of Captain Marvel). In 1939, Benedict played a bicycle messenger in the Little Tough Guys film Call a Messenger; four years later he appeared with another branch of the Little Tough Guys clan, the East Side Kids, in Ghosts on the Loose. He remained with the Kids as "Skinny," then stayed on when the East Siders transformed into the Bowery Boys in 1946. As "Whitey," Benedict was the oldest member of the team, a fact occasionally alluded to in the dialogue -- though Leo Gorcey, two months younger than Benedict, was firmly in charge of the bunch. Benedict left the Bowery Boys in 1951, gradually easing out of acting; for several years, he worked as an assistant designer of miniature sets for movie special-effects sequences. He returned to performing in the 1960s, still playing the newsboy and delivery man roles he'd done as a youth. Film and TV fans of the 1970s might recall Billy Benedict as a world-weary croupier in the early scenes of The Sting (1973), and in the regular role of Toby the Informant on the 1975 TV series The Blue Knight.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

77% 7 Chinese Brothers Liquor Store Cashier 2015
No Score Yet One More Tomorrow Office Boy 1946
100% Road to Utopia Newsboy 1945
95% Cover Girl Florist Boy 1944
85% Hangmen Also Die Hostage 1943
No Score Yet Confessions of Boston Blackie Ice cream man 1941
No Score Yet Great Guns Recruit at Corral 1941
No Score Yet The Adventures of Captain Marvel Murphy 1941
No Score Yet Melody Ranch Slim 1940
No Score Yet Hold That Co-Ed Sylvester 1938
No Score Yet Young Fugitives Judd 1938
No Score Yet King of the Newsboys Squimpy 1938
No Score Yet Theodora Goes Wild Henry 1936
86% Captain January Bit 1936
No Score Yet Way Down East Amos 1935
No Score Yet Doubting Thomas Caddie 1935

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Highway to Heaven
1984-1989
Bobby Joe
  • 1985
No Score Yet Little House on the Prairie
1974-1984
Reverend Lyman
  • 1981
No Score Yet The Incredible Hulk
1978-1982
Vic
  • 1978
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
1955-1975
Gus
  • 1975
  • 1967
No Score Yet All in the Family
1971-1979
McNab
  • 1971
77% The Brady Bunch
1969-1974
News Vendor
  • 1970
80% The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
Conklin
  • 1964

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