Ben Welden Poster


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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 12 June 1901Toledo, Ohio, USA
Date of Death 17 October 1997Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA
Birth NameBenjamin Weinblatt
Height 5' 4" (1.63 m)

Mini Bio (1)

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 aspect. He was the henchman who beat the snot out of Bette Davis in Marked Woman (1937) and gunned down Elia Kazan in City for Conquest (1940), and made numerous appearances as crooks on Adventures of Superman (1952). As a sideline, he owned Nutcorn, a popular Beverly Hills confectionery. He retired from acting in his sixties.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

Trade Mark (1)

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

Trivia (4)

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.
Sometimes mistakenly credited as the last surviving cast member of The Phantom Ship (1936), but he does not appear in that film.
Owned a confectionery in Beverly Hills called Nutcorn.
True he did not appear in 'The Phantom Ship' (1936) starring Tommy Bond but he did appear in the similarly titled 'Phantom Ship' (1935) released the year before starring Bela Lugosi.

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