Robert Benchley Overview:

Character actor, Robert Benchley, was born Robert Charles Benchley on Sep 15, 1889 in Worcester, MA. Benchley died at the age of 56 on Nov 21, 1945 in New York City, NY .


One of the great Hollywood wits of the 1920's, 1930's and 1940's, Robert Benchley possessed impeccable comic timing. His appearances as supporting actor in feature films, often in the character of a well-meaning busybody, were almost always occasions to savor. He also instigated and presented a brilliant series of comedy shorts, most of which began "How to...". One of these bumbling diatribes, How to Sleep (1935), won an Oscar.

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Illustrated Dictionary of Film Character Actors).



He was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures.

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Robert Benchley Quotes:

Stebbins: They love to cable from New York. It makes them think that you're working for them.

Lecturer: Now the only way in which a polyp resembles other animals at all is that at certain periods of its growth, it does take a sentimental interest in polyps of the... oppositie sex. Now, this presents a very complicated situation as the polyp has no definite sex itself. That is... it's neither one thing or the other. By that I mean the same polyp may be either a boy or a girl according to what or how it happened to feel like being.

Mr. Osborne: Why don't you get out of that wet coat and into a dry martini?

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The town of Benchley, Texas, is named after his grandfather, who founded it.

Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald L. Smith. pg. 40-41. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387

Proposed the following epitaph for his tombstone although it was not ultimately used: "This is all above my head.".

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