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William Bendix
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    (January 14, 1906-December 14, 1964)
    Portrayed Chester A. Riley in 'The Life of Riley' on radio (1944-51) and TV (1953-58)
    Acted in 'Woman of the Year (1942),' 'Brooklyn Orchid (1942),' 'Wake Island (1942),' 'The Glass Key (1942),' 'The Hairy Ape (1944),' 'Lifeboat (1944),' 'A Bell for Adano (1945),' 'The Blue Dahlia (1946),' 'The Dark Corner (1946),' 'Calcutta (1947),' 'The Web (1947),' 'The Babe Ruth Story (1948),' 'A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1949),' 'Streets of Laredo (1949),' 'A Girl in Every Port (1952),' 'Law of the Lawless (1964)' and 'Young Fury (1965)'
    Died of pneumonia at age 58
    Though born in midtown Manhattan, he had a thick Brooklyn accent.
    He looked more like a palooka prize fighter than an actor.
    He smoked.
    When asked what the key to his career was he replied, 'Save a buck or two and keep on acting - that's all there is to it.'
    He was a batboy for the New York Yankees and a personal favorite of Babe Ruth, whom he went on to portray in the film 'The Babe Ruth Story.'
    His best friend and sometime film co-star was Alan Ladd.
    He was a descendent of composer Felix Mendelssohn and was given a framed document signed by the composer on the TV show 'This is Your Life' (November 9, 1955).
    He has a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame.

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