William Bendix

William Bendix

  • Highest Rated: 100% The Blue Dahlia (1946)
  • Lowest Rated: 44% Macao (1952)
  • Birthday: Jan 4, 1906
  • Birthplace: New York, New York, USA
  • Although he went on to play a variety of street-wise working-class louts, William Bendix was the son of the conductor of the New York Metropolitan Orchestra. He appeared in one film as a child, then went on to a variety of jobs (including time spent as a minor league baseball player) before joining the New York Theater Guild. His first Broadway appearance was as a cop in William Saroyan's The Time of Your Life (1939); he then began a healthy film career in 1942 with Woman of the Year; the same year, he appeared in Wake Island, for which he was nominated for Best Supporting Actor. With his thick features, broken nose and affected Brooklyn accent, Bendix often played the time-weathered meanie with a heart of gold; eventually he was typecast as dumb and brutish characters. He is best known for his role on the radio show The Life of Riley, which he reprised in the film of the same name (1949) and into a television series in 1953. He played Babe Ruth in The Babe Ruth Story (1948), and generally worked for Paramount.

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No Score Yet Law of the Lawless Sheriff Ed Tanner 1964
No Score Yet Boys' Night Out Slattery 1962
No Score Yet Johnny Nobody James Ronald Mulcahy 1961
No Score Yet The Ransom of Red Chief Actor 1959
No Score Yet Idol on Parade (Idle on Parade) Sgt. Lush 1959
No Score Yet Rough and the Smooth Actor 1959
No Score Yet The Deep Six 'Frenchy' Shapiro 1958
No Score Yet Crashout Van Morgan Duff 1955
No Score Yet Dangerous Mission Joe Parker 1954
44% Macao Lawrence C. Trumble 1952
No Score Yet A Girl in Every Port Timothy Aloysius 'Tim' 1952
No Score Yet Blackbeard, the Pirate Ben Worley 1952
73% Detective Story Brody 1951
No Score Yet Submarine Command (The Submarine Story) Petty Officer Boyer 1951
No Score Yet Gambling House Joe Farrow 1951
No Score Yet Kill the Umpire Bill 'Two Call' Johnson 1950
80% The Big Steal Captain Blake 1949
No Score Yet Streets of Laredo Wahoo Jones 1949
50% A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court Sagramore 1949
No Score Yet Cover-Up Sheriff Larry Best 1949
No Score Yet The Time of Your Life Nick (saloon owner who loves horses) 1948
No Score Yet Babe Ruth Story Babe Ruth 1948
No Score Yet Variety Girl Himself 1947
No Score Yet The Web Lt. Damico 1947
No Score Yet I'll Be Yours Wechsberg 1947
No Score Yet Where There's Life Victor O'Brien 1947
No Score Yet Calcutta Pedro Blake 1947
100% The Blue Dahlia Buzz Wanchek 1946
100% The Dark Corner Stauffer, alias Fred Foss 1946
No Score Yet Sentimental Journey Donnelly 1946
No Score Yet Two Years Before the Mast First Mate Amazeen 1946
No Score Yet A Bell for Adano Sgt. Borth 1945
No Score Yet It's in the Bag Bill Bendix 1945
No Score Yet Greenwich Village Danny O'Mara 1944
No Score Yet The Hairy Ape Hank Smith 1944
No Score Yet Abroad with Two Yanks Biff Koraski 1944
92% Lifeboat Gus 1944
No Score Yet Guadalcanal Diary Taxi Potts 1943
No Score Yet The Crystal Ball Biff Carter 1943
No Score Yet China Johnny Sparrow 1943
No Score Yet Star Spangled Rhythm Actor 1942
No Score Yet Who Done It? Detective Brannigan 1942
88% The Glass Key Jeff 1942
86% Wake Island Smacksie Randall 1942
92% Woman of the Year Pinkie Peters 1942
No Score Yet Two Mugs from Brooklyn Tim McGuerin 1942


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