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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:

Mr. Osborne: You know what I told the mayor? That my only regret is that I have but one wife to give to my country.

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

Treasurer: I don't think it's generally known that most of our boys are between the age of fourteen.

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Interred at Prospect Hill Cemetery, Nantucket, Massachusetts, USA

Grandfather of Nat Benchley and Peter Benchley, author of "Jaws.".

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

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