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William Bendix



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.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
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
67% 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
No Score Yet The Big Steal
  • Captain Blake
1949
No Score Yet Streets of Laredo
  • Wahoo Jones
1949
57% A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
  • Sagramore
1949
No Score Yet Cover-Up
  • Sheriff Larry Best
1949
No Score Yet The Babe Ruth Story
  • Actor
1948
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
91% 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
86% The Glass Key
  • Jeff
1942
83% Wake Island
  • Smacksie Randall
1942
90% Woman of the Year
  • Pinkie Peters
1942
No Score Yet Two Mugs from Brooklyn
  • Tim McGuerin
1942

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