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William Bendix Overview:

Legendary character actor, William Bendix, was born on Jan 14, 1906 in New York City, NY. Bendix died at the age of 58 on Dec 14, 1964 in Los Angeles, CA and was laid to rest in San Fernando Mission Cemetery in Mission Hills, CA.



Although Bendix was nominated for one Oscar, he never won a competitive Academy Award.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1942Best Supporting ActorWake Island (1942)Smacksie RandallNominated

He was honored with two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the categories of Radio and Television.

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William Bendix Quotes:

Stauffer, alias Fred Foss: It didn't work. It was a busto crusto.
Hardy Cathcart: [Cathcart is at a total loss as to what this means] A what?
Stauffer, alias Fred Foss: A flop.

Sir Sagramore: If there were aught I could say, aught I could do to save thee...
Hank Martin: Well, ain't there aught?
Sir Sagramore: Naught.

Victor O'Brien: Ooh, ooh! That guy gives me a terrible headache! Joe, Joe, get me an aspirin. Here put it on a slice of bread. I'm hungry too!

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Claims Babe Ruth had an affinity for hot dogs and young Bendix often was called upon to fetch them for him.

In 1922, when he was 15, Bendix was a bat boy for the New York Yankees, and became a favorite of Babe Ruth, who entrusted Bendix with various personal errands. Years later, in 1948, Bendix played Ruth in The Babe Ruth Story (1948).

Portraying Chester Riley on the popular "The Life of Riley" radio program from 1944-1952, Bendix was initially prevented from recreating his role for TV due to contractual restrictions. Jackie Gleason played the role when the program first aired, but Bendix subsequently took over the part after the show failed to get decent ratings. Gleason's role as Riley lasted one season ("The Life of Riley" (1949)). Bendix, who starred in the rarely aired big-screen version The Life of Riley (1949), would finally assume the TV role on NBC's "The Life of Riley" (1953) four years later. The show became a huge success and ran another five seasons. In a similar turn, Bendix replaced Gleason in the Broadway musical "Take Me Along" in 1960.

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