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Robert Benchley (Robert Charles Benchley)

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Biography

Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
Although by his own account Benchley was not quite a writer and not quite an actor, he managed to become one of the best-known humorists and comedians of his time. As a Harvard undergraduate, Benchley gave his first comic performance, impersonating a befuddled after-dinner speaker. The act made him a campus celebrity -- and remained in Benchley's repertoire for the rest of his life. (Landing the position of editor of the Harvard Lampoon was the other highlight of his college career. Read more...

Actor

Character: Ward King

Dancing Lady 1933

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Character: Martin Cortland

You'll Never Get Rich 1941

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Character: Oliver Dana

Nice Girl? 1941

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Character: Dr. Dudley White

I Married a Witch 1942

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Character: Phil Harriman

The Sky's the Limit 1943

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Character: Hank Higgins

Song of Russia 1944

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Character: Judge Robert Simpson

Practically Yours 1944

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Character: John Van Brunt

Janie 1944

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Character: J.B. Mitcham

National Barn Dance 1944

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Character: Randy Morton

Week-End at the Waldorf 1945

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Character: Tom P. Curtis

The Stork Club 1945

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Character: Uncle Todd Warren

The Bride Wore Boots 1946

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Character: Joseph Doakes in 'That Inferior Feeling'

The Big Parade of Comedy 1964

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Character: G.B. Atwater

Take a Letter, Darling 1942

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Writing