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Robert Benchley
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    (September 15, 1889-November 21, 1945)
    Wrote ‘Of All Things (1921),’ 'Inside Benchley (1942),' ‘Benchley Beside Himself (1943)’ and ‘Chips Off the Old Benchley (published posthumously, 1949)’
    Acted in ‘The Jazz Singer (1927)’ and ‘Foreign Correspondent (1940)’
    Member of the Algonquin Round Table
    Grandfather of Peter Benchley
    Nickname was ‘Mr. B.’
    He supported Prohibition when it began, but became a terrible drunk.
    He died of complications from cirrhosis.
    He cheated on his wife many times.
    He recycled his own comedy material.
    He was a smart-ass.
    When the IRS audited him, he wrote ‘Don’t Be Silly’ on the form and sent it in.
    As a joke, he tried to convince his doctor he was growing feathers.
    When his brother was killed in the Spanish-American war, his mother said: ‘Oh, why couldn’t it have been Robert?’
    He and Dorothy Parker were the most famous members of the Algonquin Round Table.
    When ‘Vanity Fair’ fired Parker, he quit in solidarity with her.
    He contributed to the famous ‘Harvard Lampoon.’
    He was a good tipper.
    He was modest.
    He said: ‘It took me fifteen years to discover that I had no talent for writing, but I couldn’t give it up because by that time I was too famous.’
    Campbell Scott portrayed him in a movie.

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