William Bendix

William Bendix

Highest Rated: 100% The Blue Dahlia (1946)

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.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet 33% Law of the Lawless Sheriff Ed Tanner (Character) - 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Young and the Brave Sgt. Peter L. Kane (Character) - 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet For Love or Money Joe Fogel (Character) - 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Phony American Sergeant Harrigan (Character) - 1962
No Score Yet 43% Boys' Night Out Slattery (Character) - 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Johnny Nobody James Ronald Mulcahy (Character) - 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Idle on Parade Sgt. Lush (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Rough and the Smooth Reg Barker (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Deep Six "Frenchy" Shapiro (Character) - 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet Battle Stations Buck Fitzpatrick (Character) - 1956
No Score Yet 50% Crashout Van Morgan Duff (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet 20% Dangerous Mission Chief Ranger Joe Parker (Character) - 1954
No Score Yet 6% A Girl in Every Port Timothy Aloysius "Tim" Dunnovan (Character) - 1952
44% 59% Macao Lawrence C. Trumble (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet 42% Blackbeard, the Pirate Ben Worley (Character) - 1952
75% 72% Detective Story Det. Lou Brody (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet 30% Submarine Command CPO Boyer (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet No Score Yet Gambling House Joe Farrow (Character) - 1950
No Score Yet 57% Kill the Umpire Bill "Two Call" Johnson (Character) - 1950
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
80% 64% The Big Steal Capt. Vincent Blake (Character) - 1949
No Score Yet 56% Cover Up Sheriff Larry Best (Character) - 1949
No Score Yet No Score Yet Two Knights From Brooklyn Tim McGuerin (Character) - 1949
50% 51% A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court Sir Sagramore (Character) - 1949
57% 75% Streets of Laredo Reuben "Wahoo" Jones (Character) - 1949
No Score Yet No Score Yet Race Street Lt. Barney Runson (Character) - 1948
No Score Yet 50% The Time of Your Life Nick (Character) - 1948
No Score Yet 64% The Babe Ruth Story George Herman "Babe" Ruth (Character) - 1948
No Score Yet No Score Yet Where There's Life Victor O'Brien (Character) - 1947
No Score Yet 25% Calcutta Pedro Blake (Character) - 1947
No Score Yet 25% Variety Girl Unknown (Character) - 1947
No Score Yet No Score Yet Blaze of Noon Porkie Scott (Character) - 1947
No Score Yet 54% The Web Lt. Damico (Character) - 1947
No Score Yet 57% I'll Be Yours Wechsberg (Character) - 1947
No Score Yet 38% Sentimental Journey Donnelly (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
100% 71% The Blue Dahlia Buzz Wanchek (Character) - 1946
100% 70% The Dark Corner Stauffer alias Fred Foss (Character) - 1946
No Score Yet 29% A Bell for Adano Sgt. Borth (Character) - 1945
No Score Yet No Score Yet Don Juan Quilligan Patrick Michael "Don Juan" Quilligan (Character) - 1945
No Score Yet No Score Yet Abroad With Two Yanks Biff Koraski (Character) - 1944
40% 20% The Hairy Ape Hank Smith (Character) - 1944
92% 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 Hostages Underground leader (Character) - 1943
No Score Yet 25% The Crystal Ball Biff Carter (Character) - 1943
No Score Yet 40% China Johnny Sparrow (Character) - 1943
No Score Yet 60% Guadalcanal Diary Corp. Taxi Potts (Character) - 1943
No Score Yet No Score Yet Taxi, Mister Tim McGuerin (Character) - 1943
88% 50% Wake Island Pvt. Aloysius K. "Smacksie" Randall (Character) - 1942
No Score Yet 86% Who Done It? Detective Brannigan (Character) - 1942
No Score Yet No Score Yet Two Mugs From Brooklyn Timothy "Tim" McGuerin (Character) - 1942
89% 80% Woman of the Year "Pinkie" Peters (Character) - 1942
78% 71% The Glass Key Jeff (Character) - 1942

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet I've Got a Secret Guest 1960-1961 1958 1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Untouchables Unknown (Guest Star) 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1959 1956 1954
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wagon Train Unknown (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
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lux Radio Theater Unknown (Character) 1950

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