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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 .

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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).

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

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Born Robert Charles Benchley, September 15, 1889 - November 21, 1945 Biography : A Biography, By Nathaniel Benchley, McGraw-Hill, 1955 Advice for Getting Rid of Hiccups "Roll down a long, inclined lawn, snatching a mouthful of grass up each time the face... Read full article


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Robert Benchley Quotes:

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.


Martin Cortland: Do anything so long as you make my wife believe I was telling the truth when I was lying to her!


Wilburforce Puddle, hotel manager: A dead body in the hotel! What will the morticians think?


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Robert Benchley Facts
Father of Nathaniel Benchley, who wrote the novel "The Off-Islanders", which became the film The Russians Are Coming the Russians Are Coming (1966).

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

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

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