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Ben Welden (1901–1997)

Character actor of distinctly American persona who nevertheless made several films in Britain before returning to the U.S. to carve out a career as a familiar face in American movies. Short, bald and built like a tank with a streetwise character and a Damon Runyan accent, Welden played countless gangsters and smalltime hoods, often with a comic ... See full bio »

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 1966 Batman (TV Series)
Foo Yung
- The Yegg Foes in Gotham (1966) ... Foo Yung
- An Egg Grows in Gotham (1966) ... Foo Yung
 1966 Branded (TV Series)
- The Ghost of Murietta (1966) ... Vega
 1961-1965 Mister Ed (TV Series)
Joe / First Man
- Ed's Juice Stand (1965) ... Joe (as Ben Weldon)
- Ed the Zebra (1963) ... Joe (as Ben Weldon)
- Lie Detector (1962) ... Joe
- Ed the Tout (1961) ... First Man (as Ben Weldon)
 1963 The Lucy Show (TV Series)
Mr. Cooper
- Lucy Drives a Dump Truck (1963) ... Mr. Cooper
 1963 Ripcord (TV Series)
Dan Larch
- A Free Falling Star (1963) ... Dan Larch
 1961 Angel (TV Series)
- Promise to a Friend (1961) ... Phil
 1961 The Jim Backus Show (TV Series)
Little Augie
- The Fix (1961) ... Little Augie
 1960 Surfside 6 (TV Series)
Joe Bundy
- Par-a-kee (1960) ... Joe Bundy
 1960 The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis (TV Series)
Police Chief
- Taken to the Cleaners (1960) ... Police Chief
 1960 Lassie (TV Series)
Delivery Man
- The Elephant (1960) ... Delivery Man (as Ben Weldon)
 1959 77 Sunset Strip (TV Series)
Benny Hayt
- Thanks for Tomorrow (1959) ... Benny Hayt
 1959 The Gale Storm Show: Oh! Susanna (TV Series)
- The Card Shark (1959) ... Muggsy
 1959 Dragnet (TV Series)
- The Big Malcolm (1959) ... (as Ben Weldon)
 1959 The D.A.'s Man (TV Series)
- Sammy's Friend (1959)
 1958 U.S. Marshal (TV Series)
- High Fence ... Curly
 1958 The Red Skelton Hour (TV Series)
- Cauliflower's Hamburger Stand (1958) ... (as Ben Weldon)
 1958 Fury (TV Series)
- A Fish Story (1958) ... Mack
 1958 How to Marry a Millionaire (TV Series)
- Loco Leaves Home (1958) ... Customer
 1956-1958 Navy Log (TV Series)
Arnt / Chief
- The Way of the Wrangell (1958) ... Arnt
- The First Shot (1956) ... (as Ben Weldon)
- Ninety Day Wonder (1956) ... Chief
 1957 The Thin Man (TV Series)
Ned the Bartender
- Unwelcome Alibi (1957) ... Ned the Bartender
 1957 The Crooked Circle
Ring Announcer (uncredited)
 1957 The Jack Benny Program (TV Series)
- Hal March Show (1957) ... Gangster
 1957 The Adventures of Jim Bowie (TV Series)
Father Bernardo
- The Irishman (1957) ... Father Bernardo
 1957 Night Passage
Pete (uncredited)
 1951-1957 The Lone Ranger (TV Series)
Jim Waddell / Ed Lacey / Joel Conway / ...
- Outlaws in Greasepaint (1957) ... Jim Waddell
- Trouble at Tylerville (1956) ... Ed Lacey
- Stage to Tishomingo (1954) ... Joel Conway
- Right to Vote (1953) ... Ray Noonan
- Delayed Action (1952) ... Pete Morales
 1957 Spook Chasers
 1956 Hollywood or Bust
Boss (uncredited)
 1956 Crossroads (TV Series)
 1956 Hidden Guns
Ben Peabody
 1956 The Benny Goodman Story
Sammy - Primo's 1st Henchman (uncredited)
 1955 So You Want to Be a Policeman (Short)
Speeding Motorist (uncredited)
 1955 Damon Runyon Theater (TV Series)
Big John
- Barbeque (1955) ... Big John
- All Is Not Gold (1955)
 1955 Matinee Theatre (TV Series)
- One for the Road (II) (1955) ... Boss
- One for the Road (1955) ... Boss
 1955 Buffalo Bill, Jr. (TV Series)
Stage Driver / Curly
- The Calico Kid (1955) ... Stage Driver
- Boomer's Blunder (1955) ... Curly
 1954-1955 Public Defender (TV Series)
Boss / Pinhead Pete / Donny / ...
- Eight Out of a Hundred (1955) ... Boss
- Bertha Polaski (1954) ... Boss
- The Ring (1954) ... Pinhead Pete
- The Prize Fighter Story (1954) ... Donny
- Lost Cause (1954) ... Dominick
 1955 So You Want to Be on a Jury (Short)
Louie Avocado - Plaintiff (uncredited)
 1955 Ma and Pa Kettle at Waikiki
Shorty Bates - Kidnapper (uncredited)
 1955 Your Favorite Story (TV Series)
- No Tears (1955)
 1954 I Married Joan (TV Series)
Martin Logan
- Big Louie's Parole (1954) ... Martin Logan
 1954 The Steel Cage
Mike, Convict (segment "The Face")
 1954 Topper (TV Series)
- Topper Strikes Gold (1954) ... Howard
 1954 It's a Great Life (TV Series)
- I Can Get It for You Wholesale (1954) ... Headwaiter
 1954 Adventures of the Falcon (TV Series)
- Backlash (1954) ... Candy
 1952-1954 Space Patrol (TV Series)
Sollum / Johnson / Joe / ...
- Trapped in the Pyramid (1954) ... Sollum
- The Martian Totem Head (1954) ... Sollum
- The Hidden Treasure of Mars (1954) ... Sollum
- The Men Slaves of Cydonia (1954) ... Johnson
- The Monsoon Trap on Cydonia (1954) ... Johnson
 1954 Where's Raymond? (TV Series)
Bullets Brannigan
- Juvenile Delinquency (1954) ... Bullets Brannigan
 1954 The Lone Wolf (TV Series)
Murry Fitch
 1954 Killers from Space
Pilot - Tar Baby 2
 1953 The Veils of Bagdad
Stout Wrestler (uncredited)
 1952-1953 Mr. & Mrs. North (TV Series)
Jumbo / Nick Magnus
- Million Dollar Coffin (1953) ... Jumbo
- Dead Man's Tale (1952) ... Nick Magnus
 1953 Thunder Bay
Fisherman (uncredited)
 1953 The Abbott and Costello Show (TV Series)
Judge / Gaston--Restaurant Manager
- Television (1953) ... Judge (as Ben Weldon)
- The Wrestling Match (1953) ... Gaston--Restaurant Manager
 1953 All Ashore
Hugo, the Bartender
 1951-1953 Boston Blackie (TV Series)
Barney Stevens / Slugs
- The Friendly Gesture (1953) ... Barney Stevens
- Murder Train (1951) ... Slugs (as Ben Weldon)
 1952-1953 Your Jeweler's Showcase (TV Series)
- Marked X (1952)
 1953 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
- Guardian of the Clock (1953) ... (as Ben Weldon)
 1952 Hollywood Opening Night (TV Series)
 1952 Big Town (TV Series)
- Please Murder Me (1952) ... Greeny
 1952 Three Dark Horses (Short)
Jim Digger
 1952 Tropical Heat Wave
Abbot (uncredited)
 1952 Sky King (TV Series)
Tony Moore
- Speak No Evil (1952) ... Tony Moore
 1952 Captain Pirate
Martinique Policeman (uncredited)
 1952 Night Stage to Galveston
Arresting Patrolman (uncredited)
 1952 All Star Revue (TV Series)
- Episode #2.24 (1952)
 1950-1951 The Gene Autry Show (TV Series)
Henchman Rusty / Henchman Pete / Pete Clark / ...
- Return of Maverick Dan (1951) ... Henchman Rusty (as Ben Weldon)
- Outlaw Escape (1951) ... Henchman Pete (as Ben Weldon)
- The Silver Arrow (1950) ... Pete Clark (as Ben Weldon)
- Head for Texas (1950) ... Baldy Carter (as Ben Weldon)
 1951 I Love Lucy (TV Series)
- The Fur Coat (1951) ... Thief
 1951 Rhubarb
Oily Moe - Bookie (uncredited)
 1951 The Lady and the Bandit
Barkeep in Pub (uncredited)
 1951 Woo-Woo Blues (Short)
The Blackmailer
 1951 Mask of the Avenger
Tavern Loafer (uncredited)
 1951 The Awful Sleuth (Short)
Memphis Mike Bennett
 1951 My True Story
Buzz Edwards
 1951 The Lemon Drop Kid
Singing Solly
 1951 Front Page Detective (TV Series)
Dominic Caballo
- The Murderer Is Anonymous (1951) ... Dominic Caballo
 1950 The Desert Hawk
Mokar (uncredited)
 1950 On the Isle of Samoa
Nick Leach
 1950 The Jackie Robinson Story
Tough Lodge Member in Stands (uncredited)
 1950 Buccaneer's Girl
 1949 The Threat
Tony Anzio (unconfirmed)
 1949 Riders in the Sky
Bartender Dave
 1949 Tell It to the Judge
Augie (uncredited)
 1949 Tough Assignment
 1949 Mary Ryan, Detective
Sammy (uncredited)
 1949 Prison Warden
Yardbird with Cards (uncredited)
 1949 The Doctor and the Girl
Patient (uncredited)
 1949 Sorrowful Jones
Big Steve's Bodyguard
 1949 Search for Danger
 1949 Fighting Fools
Lefty Conlin
 1948 Appointment with Murder
Martin Minecci
 1948 My Dear Secretary
Bookie (uncredited)
 1948 A Song Is Born
 1948 Smart Girls Don't Talk
Nelson Clark
 1948 Lady at Midnight
Willie Gold
 1948 The Babe Ruth Story
Bartender (scenes deleted)
 1948 The Vicious Circle
 1948 Jinx Money
Benny the Meatball
 1948 The Dude Goes West
Porgy (uncredited)
 1948 Trapped by Boston Blackie
Louis (uncredited)
 1948 The Noose Hangs High
Stewart (uncredited)
 1948 Here Comes Trouble
Rankin (uncredited)
 1947 Heading for Heaven
 1947 The Pretender
 1947 Killer Dill
Big Nick Moronie
 1947 Blackmail
Bartender (uncredited)
 1947 Little Miss Broadway
Cash Monahan
 1947 Fiesta
Policeman (uncredited)
 1947 Too Many Winners
Gil Madden / Theodore Ross
 1947 Hit Parade of 1947
Mr. French (uncredited)
 1947 Sinbad, the Sailor
Commoner (uncredited)
 1947 The Man I Love
Jack Atlas (uncredited)
 1946 Mr. Hex
Bull Laguna (as Ben Weldon)
 1946 Angel on My Shoulder
Shaggsy (uncredited)
 1946 The Big Sleep
Pete (uncredited)
 1946 The Last Crooked Mile
 1946 Dangerous Business
Moxie (uncredited)
 1946 Cinderella Jones
Truck Driver (uncredited)
 1945 Follow That Woman
Joe (uncredited)
 1945 Midnight Manhunt
Hotel Manager (uncredited)
 1945 The Missing Corpse
'Slippery Joe' Clary
 1945 It's in the Bag!
Monty the Bookie
 1944 Shadows in the Night
Nick Kallus
 1944 The Desert Hawk
Omar, the Beggar
 1944 The Fighting Seabees
Yump Lumkin
 1943 Here Comes Elmer
Louis Burch
 1942 Stand by for Action
Chief Quartermaster Rankin
 1942 Secrets of the Underground
Henchman Joe
 1942 Highways by Night
Tony Delewese (uncredited)
 1942 Maisie Gets Her Man
Percy Podd (as Ben Weldon)
 1942 Bullet Scars
Pills Davis
 1941 Dangerously They Live
 1941 All Through the Night
 1941 Fiesta
Policeman (uncredited)
 1941 At the Stroke of Twelve (Short)
 1941 Nine Lives Are Not Enough
Moxie Karper
 1941 Manpower
Al Hurst
 1941 I'll Wait for You
Dr. Anderson (as Ben Weldon)
 1941 Strange Alibi
 1941 Men of Boys Town
Superintendent (as Ben Weldon)
 1941 Knockout
 1941 Mr. District Attorney
Monk Westman (uncredited)
 1941 The Strawberry Blonde
Reluctant Convict Dental Patient (uncredited)
 1940 City for Conquest
 1940 South of Pago Pago
 1940 Passport to Alcatraz
 1940 Tear Gas Squad
Sully, Rocks' Partner (uncredited)
 1940 Outside the Three-Mile Limit
Lefty Shores
 1940 Wolf of New York
Owney McGill
 1940 The Earl of Chicago
Silky's Driver (uncredited)
 1939 The Roaring Twenties
Tavern Proprietor (uncredited)
 1939 Hollywood Cavalcade
 1939 The Star Maker
Joe Gimlick
 1939 Fugitive at Large
Convict (uncredited)
 1939 Boys' Reformatory
Mike Hearn
 1939 Sergeant Madden
Henchman Stemmy
 1939 I Was a Convict
Rocks Henry
 1939 Pardon Our Nerve
Captain of Waiters (uncredited)
 1939 The Lone Wolf Spy Hunt
 1939 Stand Up and Fight
Foreman (uncredited)
 1938 Federal Man-Hunt
 1938 The Girl Downstairs
Policeman (uncredited)
 1938 Little Orphan Annie
Spot McGee
 1938 Up the River
Coach Larkin (uncredited)
 1938 The Night Hawk
Otto Miller
 1938 Straight Place and Show
 1938 Time Out for Murder
Lefty (uncredited)
 1938 10th Ave Kid
Marty Dayton
 1938 Smashing the Rackets
Whitey Clark
 1938 Gateway
Motorboat Man (uncredited)
 1938 Crime Ring
 1938 Always Goodbye
1st New York Taxi Driver
 1938 The Saint in New York
Boots Papinoff
 1938 Mystery House
Gerald Frawley
 1938 Prison Nurse
 1938 What Price Safety! (Short)
Joe - Zuto's Henchman (uncredited)
 1938 Happy Landing
Rink Manager (as Ben Weldon)
 1938 City Girl
Blake's Valet (uncredited)
 1937 Love and Hisses
Bugsy (uncredited)
 1937 Missing Witnesses
 1937 The Duke Comes Back
Barney (as Ben Weldon)
 1937 The Last Gangster
Bottles Bailey (uncredited)
 1937 The Great Garrick
Blacksmith at Turk's Head (uncredited)
 1937 Alcatraz Island
'Red' Carroll
 1937 Love Is on the Air
'Nicey' Ferguson
 1937 Back in Circulation
Sam Sherman
 1937 Varsity Show
 1937 Soak the Poor (Short)
Hood (uncredited)
 1937 Confession
Defense Attorney
 1937 Another Dawn
Victor Romkoff the Tobacco Tycoon (uncredited)
 1937 Marked Woman
 1937 The King and the Chorus Girl
First Waiter (uncredited)
 1937 Maytime
Student (uncredited)
 1937 Silent Barriers
Joe (as Ben Weldon)
 1937 Westbound Mail
Steve Hickman
 1936 Hot News
Slug Wilson
 1936 The Man Who Could Work Miracles
San Francisco Reporter (uncredited)
 1936 The Avenging Hand
Slug Clarke (uncredited)
 1936 The Improper Duchess
 1935 The Big Splash
 1935 Trust the Navy
 1935 Come Out of the Pantry
 1935 Admirals All
Adolph Klotz
 1935 Alibi Inn
 1935 Murder on the Set
 1935 Phantom Ship
Boas 'Sailor' Hoffman
 1935 Regal Cavalcade
 1935 Annie, Leave the Room!
 1935 The Triumph of Sherlock Holmes
Ted Balding
 1934 The Medium (Short)
 1934 Gay Love
 1934 Along Came Sally
 1934 The Man Who Changed His Name
Jerry Muller
 1934 The Fire Raisers
Bellini - Stedding's Henchman (uncredited)
 1934 The River Wolves
Flash Lawson
 1934 The Black Abbot
Charlie Marsh
 1933 Home, Sweet Home
 1933 Mr. Quincey of Monte Carlo
Grover Jones
 1933 Send 'em Back Half Dead (Short)
 1933 Their Night Out
 1933 The Medicine Man
Joe Garbel
 1933 The Pride of the Force
Tony Carlotti
 1933 Mannequin
Chris Dempson
 1933 This Is the Life
Two Gun Mullins
 1933 His Grace Gives Notice
Michael Collier
 1933 Born Lucky
 1932 His Lordship
Washington Roosevelt Lincoln
 1932 Tin Gods
Cyrus P. Schroeder
 1932 Why Saps Leave Home
Spike Guinan
 1932 Sherlock Holmes and the Missing Rembrandt
Pinkerton Agent (uncredited)
 1931 Who Killed Doc Robin? (Short)
 1930 Big Business
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Stage: Appeared in "Broadway", London, England.

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Ben Weldon

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Portrayed various underworld thugs in his 8 appearances in the Adventures of Superman; which were spread out across the six years of the series life-span. His last acting job was as a henchman to Egg Head (Vincent Price) in the two part episode, "An Egg Grows in Gotham" & "The Yegg Foes In Gotham" on the Batman TV Series. See more »


Balding pate, Broad Grin and Comical manner of delivering dialogue; which he could flip into that of a deadly menacing character in a flash.

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