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Ben Alexander

Lowest Rated:   88% Shall We Dance (1937)
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Fans of the 1950s TV series Dragnet were usually taken aback to discover that Jack Webb's co-star, the rumpled, balding Ben Alexander, had once been a golden-haired child actor. Born in Nevada and raised in California, Alexander made his screen debut at age 5 in Every Pearl a Tear. He went on to portray Lillian Gish's young brother in D.W. Griffith's World War I epic Hearts of the World. It was in another WW I classic, the early-talkie All Quiet on the Western Front (1930), that Alexander made his first positive impression as an adult actor in the role of Kemmerick, the tragic amputation victim. Closing out his movie career in 1940, Alexander became a busy radio actor and announcer, returning to on-camera work with his six-year (1953-1959) stint on TV's Dragnet. As Officer Frank Smith, Alexander helped popularized Jack Webb's laconic "Just the facts, ma'am" style. Occasionally permitted to improvise his dialogue, Alexander once sent the usually stone-faced Webb into convulsions by beginning a conversation with "Joe? Joe? My hair hurts, Joe." Following the cancellation of Dragnet, Alexander briefly emceed the daytime TV game show About Faces. In 1966, Ben Alexander returned to police work as Sergeant Dan Briggs on the weekly ABC cop series Felony Squad.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Man in the Shadow
  • Ab Begley
1957
No Score Yet Dragnet
  • Officer Frank Smith
1956
No Score Yet Criminals Within
  • Actor
1943
No Score Yet Criminals Within
  • Sgt. Paul
1941
No Score Yet The Dark Command
  • Actor
1940
No Score Yet Legion of Missing Men
  • Don Carter
1937
88% Shall We Dance
  • Rooftop Bandleader
1937
No Score Yet The Fire Trap
  • Actor
1937
No Score Yet The Outer Gate
  • Bob Terry
1937
No Score Yet Western Gold
  • Bart
1937
No Score Yet Red Lights Ahead
  • George Wallace
1936
No Score Yet Hearts in Bondage
  • Eggleston
1936
No Score Yet Grand Old Girl
  • Tom Miller
1935
No Score Yet Stage Mother
  • Francis Nolan
1933
No Score Yet This Day and Age
  • Morry Dover
1933
No Score Yet The Wet Parade
  • Dick
1932
No Score Yet High Pressure
  • Geoffrey
1932
No Score Yet Tom Brown of Culver
  • Cpl. John Clarke
1932
No Score Yet The Strange Love of Molly Louvain
  • College Boy
1932
100% All Quiet on the Western Front
  • Kemmerich
1930
No Score Yet Pampered Youth
  • George Minafer (as boy)
1925
No Score Yet Boy of Mine
  • Bill Latimer
1923
No Score Yet Hearts of the World
  • The littlest brother
1918
No Score Yet The Little American
  • Actor
1917
No Score Yet The Family Honor
  • Actor

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Batman
1966-1968
  • Plainclothes Cop
  • 1966

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