Martin Benson Overview:

Character actor, Martin Benson, was born on Aug 10, 1918 in London, England. Benson died at the age of 91 on Feb 28, 2010 in Markyate, England .


Smooth and oily big-time crooks were the province of this dark, menacing British actor, one of the prime villains from British "B's" of the 1950s. Often mustachioed, his features got their biggest break on the other side of the Atlantic as the chancellor in Yul Brynner's Siamese court in The King and I. Then it was back to lunging sneers as untrustworthy types of all nations for British films, often with one of the excellent foreign accents which were another Benson specialty.

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Film Character Actors: an Illustrated Directory).



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Martin Benson Quotes:

Kralahome: [to Anna] Why are you so blind; have you no eyes to see? King tries impossible task - wishing to be scientific man who know all modern things... He will only tear himself in two, trying to be something he can never be!
Anna: Of course he can never be, if those who are closest to him are unwilling to help him!
Kralahome: You do not know King as well as you think you do. You believe you have great influence over him. You will end up as his slave-like all the others!

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British stage and film actor who has played noted supporting roles in films both in England and the U.S. He is best known in the U.S. for his non-singing role as the Kralahome, in the 1956 film version of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "The King and I". He is sometimes confused with South Coast Artistic Director Martin Benson, who has directed Horton Foote's "The Carpetbagger's Children".

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