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William Bendix (1906–1964)

William Bendix was not a son of Brooklyn, New York, although because of his stereotypical "Brooklyn accent" it has been widely supposed that he was. Bendix was actually born in the Borough of Manhattan (New York City proper), in a midtown flat hard by the tracks of the long-since defunct Third-Avenue Elevated Railway. (Manhattan sections of the "... See full bio »

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 1964 Young Fury
Blacksmith, Joe
 1963-1964 Burke's Law (TV Series)
Harrison Weems / Fred Hopke
- Who Killed Cassandra Cass? (1964) ... Harrison Weems
- Who Killed Holly Howard? (1963) ... Fred Hopke
 1964 Law of the Lawless
Sheriff Ed Tanner
 1963 Rockabye the Infantry (TV Short)
Sergeant Mahoney
 1963 For Love or Money
Joe Fogel
 1963 The Young and the Brave
Sgt. Peter L. Kane (Escaped POW)
 1962-1963 The Dick Powell Theatre (TV Series)
George Lane / Guts Finney
- Last of the Private Eyes (1963) ... George Lane
- 330 Independence S.W. (1962) ... Guts Finney
 1962 Boys' Night Out
 1962 Follow the Sun (TV Series)
Sergeant Major Kolchak
- Sergeant Kolchak Fades Away (1962) ... Sergeant Major Kolchak
 1961 The Phony American
Sergeant Harrigan, USAF
 1961 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
George Harris
- We're Holding Your Son (1961) ... George Harris
 1961 Johnny Nobody
James Ronald Mulcahy
 1961 Mister Ed (TV Series)
Bill Parker
- Pine Lake Lodge (1961) ... Bill Parker
 1960 Overland Trail (TV Series)
Fred Kelly
- Most Dangerous Gentleman (1960) ... Fred Kelly
- The Reckoning (1960) ... Fred Kelly
- Escort Detail (1960) ... Fred Kelly
- The Baron Comes Back (1960) ... Fred Kelly
- Sour Annie (1960) ... Fred Kelly
 1959 The Untouchables (TV Series)
Wally Legenza
- The Tri-State Gang (1959) ... Wally Legenza
 1959 Portrait of a Sinner
Reg Barker
 1959 Riverboat (TV Series)
Vance Muldoon
- The Barrier (1959) ... Vance Muldoon
 1959 TV de Vanguarda (TV Series)
 1959 Idol on Parade
Sgt. Lush
 1956-1959 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
Bull Mitchell / USAF Crew Chief
- Ivy League (1959) ... Bull Mitchell
- The Mechanical Cook (1956) ... USAF Crew Chief
 1959 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
- A Quiet Game of Cards (1959) ... Wales
 1958 Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse (TV Series)
Peter Jenson
- The Time Element (1958) ... Peter Jenson
 1958 Wagon Train (TV Series)
Capt. Matthew Cobb
- Around the Horn (1958) ... Capt. Matthew Cobb
 1958 Decision (TV Series)
Joe Redman
- High Air (1958) ... Joe Redman
 1958 Jane Wyman Presents The Fireside Theatre (TV Series)
Captain Bill Ryan
- Prime Suspect (1958) ... Captain Bill Ryan
 1958 The Deep Six
'Frenchy' Shapiro
 1957 The 20th Century-Fox Hour (TV Series)
Captain George Devlin
- Threat to a Happy Ending (1957) ... Captain George Devlin
 1956 Screen Directors Playhouse (TV Series)
Joe Redman
- High Air (1956) ... Joe Redman
 1954-1956 The Ford Television Theatre (TV Series)
Mack Pomeroy / Carl Ledbetter
- A Past Remembered (1956) ... Mack Pomeroy
- Segment (1954) ... Carl Ledbetter
 1956 Goodyear Playhouse (TV Series)
Tom Douglas
- Footlight Frenzy (1956) ... Tom Douglas
- Kyria Katina (1956)
 1956 Battle Stations
Buck Fitzpatrick
 1954-1955 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Larry Beat
- Cover-Up (1955) ... Larry Beat
 1955 Crashout
Van Morgan Duff
 1955 Fireside Theatre (TV Series)
Edward Carney / Sergeant Sullivan
- Mr. Onion (1955) ... Edward Carney
- Sergeant Sullivan Speaking (1955) ... Sergeant Sullivan
 1954 Dangerous Mission
Chief Ranger Joe Parker
 1952 Blackbeard, the Pirate
Ben Worley
 1952 Lights Out (TV Series)
- The Hollow Man (1952)
 1952 A Girl in Every Port
Timothy Aloysius 'Tim' Dunnovan
 1952 All Star Revue (TV Series)
Guest Actor
- Episode #2.23 (1952) ... Guest Actor
 1951 Submarine Command
CPO Boyer
 1950 Gambling House
Joe Farrow
 1950 Kill the Umpire
Bill 'Two Call' Johnson
 1949 Johnny Holiday
Sgt. Walker
 1949 Cover Up
Sheriff Larry Best
 1948 10,000 Kids and a Cop (Short documentary)
Neighborhood Policeman
 1948 The Time of Your Life
Nick (Saloon Owner Who Loves Horses)
 1947 Where There's Life
Victor O'Brien
 1947 I'll Be Yours
 1946 Two Years Before the Mast
First Mate Amazeen
 1946 White Tie and Tails
Larry Lundie
 1946 Sentimental Journey
Donnelly - Uncle Don
 1945 Duffy's Tavern
William Bendix
 1945 A Bell for Adano
Sgt. Borth
 1945 Don Juan Quilligan
Patrick Michael 'Don Juan' Quilligan
 1945 It's in the Bag!
William Bendix
 1944 Greenwich Village
Danny O'Mara
 1944 Skirmish on the Home Front (Short)
Herb Miller
 1943 Hostages
Underground Leader
 1943 China
Johnny Sparrow
 1943 The Crystal Ball
Biff Carter
 1942 Who Done It?
Detective Brannigan
 1942 Wake Island
Pvt. Aloysius K. 'Smacksie' Randall
 1942 Star Spangled Rhythm
Herman the Husband in Bob Hope Skit
 1940 They Drive by Night
Truck Driver Watching Pinball Game (uncredited)
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Stage: Appeared(as "Sid Davis, Essie's Brother"; replacement actor; final Broadway role) in "Take Me Along" on Broadway. Musical comedy. Book by Joseph Stein and Robert Russell. Based on the play "Ah, Wilderness" by Eugene O'Neill. Music / lyrics by Bob Merrill. Musical Direction / Vocal Arrangements by Lehman Engel. Ballet / ... See more »

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Films take tremendous pressure off--you can always reshoot a scene. But on the stage you can work with a part, build it from performance to performance. See more »


In the summer of 1961 the residents of Aurora East, OH, voted to name the town park after their favorite television performer--William Bendix. He made a personal appearance to dedicate "William Bendix Park". See more »



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