Ben Alexander (I) (1911–1969)

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Starting out as a child actor in 1915, Ben Alexander's first roles were in the films of such directors as Cecil B. DeMille and D.W. Griffith. He later graduated to juvenile leads and supporting parts in sound films, most notably in All Quiet on the Western Front (1930). When his acting career slowed down in the mid-'30s, he found a new career as a... See full bio »

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Known For

Dragnet Officer Frank Smith / Off. Frank Smith / Sgt. Frank Smith / Officer Frank Smith #2
Man in the Shadow Ab Begley


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 1966-1969 The Felony Squad (TV Series)
Desk Sgt. Dan Briggs
- The Law and Order Blues (1969) ... Desk Sgt. Dan Briggs
- Blind Terror (1969) ... Desk Sgt. Dan Briggs
- Conspiracy of Power: Part 2 (1969) ... Desk Sgt. Dan Briggs
- Conspiracy of Power: Part 1 (1969) ... Desk Sgt. Dan Briggs
- The Last Man in the World (1969) ... Desk Sgt. Dan Briggs
 1966 Men Against Evil (TV Movie)
Desk Sgt. Dan Briggs
 1966 Batman (TV Series)
Detective Beside Trash Can
- The Yegg Foes in Gotham (1966) ... Detective Beside Trash Can (uncredited)
 1952-1959 Dragnet (TV Series)
Officer Frank Smith / Off. Frank Smith / Sgt. Frank Smith / ...
- The Big Counterfeit (1959) ... Sgt. Frank Smith
- The Big Oskar (1958) ... Sgt. Frank Smith
- The Big Beating (1958) ... Officer Frank Smith
- The Big Irony (1958) ... Sgt. Frank Smith
- The Big War (1958) ... Officer Frank Smith
 1957 People (TV Movie)
The reporter
 1957/I Man in the Shadow
Ab Begley
 1957 The Joseph Cotten Show: On Trial (TV Series)
Mr. Blink
- The Lie Detector Game (1957) ... Mr. Blink
 1954 Dragnet
Officer Frank Smith
 1950 Party Time at Club Roma (TV Series)
Host (1950-51)
 1941 Criminals Within
Sgt. Paul, the Traitor
 1940 The Leather Pushers
Dan Brown, Announcer
 1940 American Portrait (Short)
 1939 Buried Alive
 1939 Convict's Code
Jeff Palmer
 1938 Mr. Doodle Kicks Off
Larry Weldon
 1938 Russian Dressing (Short)
Band Leader Bill Farraday
 1938 The Spy Ring
Capt. Don Mayhew
 1937 The Life of the Party
Orchestra Leader (uncredited)
 1937 Western Gold
 1937 The Outer Gate
Bob Terry
 1937 The Legion of Missing Men
Don Carter
 1937 Shall We Dance
Evans - a Bandleader (uncredited)
 1936 Red Lights Ahead
George Wallace
 1936 Hearts in Bondage
 1935 The Fire-Trap
Bob Fender
 1935 Splendor
Western Union Messenger (uncredited)
 1935 Annapolis Farewell
 1935 Reckless Roads
Wade Adams
 1935 Born to Gamble
Paul Mathews
 1935 Grand Old Girl
Tom Miller
 1934 Flirtation
 1934 The Life of Vergie Winters
Barry Preston
 1934 Most Precious Thing in Life
Gideon 'Gubby' Gerhart
 1934 Once to Every Woman
Joe Wilson
 1933 Stage Mother
Francis Nolan
 1933 This Day and Age
Morry Dover
 1933 What Price Innocence?
Tommy Harrow
 1933 Daddy Knows Best (Short)
Billy Todd
 1933 Roadhouse Queen (Short)
Junior Knox
 1933 Mister Mugg (Short)
 1933 Alias the Professor (Short)
 1932 The Vanishing Frontier
Lucien Winfield
 1932 Tom Brown of Culver
Cpl. John Clarke
 1932 The Strange Love of Molly Louvain
Jimmy's College Friend (uncredited)
 1932 The Wet Parade
Evelyn's Friend (uncredited)
 1932 High Pressure
Geoffrey Weston
 1931 Suicide Fleet
 1931 Are These Our Children
Nicholas 'Nick' Crosby
 1931 It's a Wise Child
Bill Stanton
 1931 Many a Slip
Ted Coster
 1930 All Quiet on the Western Front
Kemmerich (as Kemmerick)
 1929 The Lunkhead (Short)
Ben - Billy's Chum
 1928 The Divine Lady
Young Lieutenant (uncredited)
 1927 Fighting for Fame
Danny Ryan
 1926 Scotty of the Scouts
Scotty Smith
 1926 The Highbinders
Roy Marshall
 1925 The Shining Adventure
 1925 Wildcat Willie (Short) (as Bennie Alexander)
 1925 Pampered Youth
George Minafer, as a child
 1925 Flaming Love
Benny Keene
 1924 Dirty Hands (Short) (as Bennie Alexander)
 1924 A Self-Made Failure
 1924 Barnum Junior (Short) (as Bennie Alexander)
 1923 Boy of Mine
Bill Latimer
 1923 Jealous Husbands
Bobbie (later called Spud)
 1923 The Yankee Spirit (Short) (as Bennie Alexander)
 1923 Penrod and Sam
Penrod Schofield
 1922 Wanted, a Story (Short)
 1922 Broadcasting (Short)
 1922 In the Name of the Law
Harry O'Hara - age 9, prologue
 1921 The Heart Line
The Child
 1920 Through Eyes of Men
Little Billy
 1920 The Family Honor
Little Ben Tucker
 1920 The Triflers
Rupert Holbrook (as Benny Alexander)
 1919 The Better Wife
Little Dick
 1919 Tangled Threads
'Sonny Boy' Wayne
 1919 The Mayor of Filbert
Carroll (as Bennie Alexander)
 1919 The Hushed Hour
 1919 Josselyn's Wife
Tommy Josselyn
 1919 The White Heather
Donald Cameron
 1918 Little Orphant Annie
 1918 The One Woman
 1918 The Lady of the Dugout
The Lady's Son
 1918 Hearts of the World
The Boy's Littlest Brother
 1917 A Wife on Trial
Child (uncredited)
 1917 What Money Can't Buy
 1917 The Little American
Bobby Moore
 1916 Big Tremaine
 1916 Macbeth (unconfirmed)
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Other Works:

(1952-57) Radio: Appeared (as "Officer Frank Smith") on "Dragnet", NBC Radio. See more »

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Alternate Names:

Bennie Alexander | Benny Alexander | Kemmerick


5' 10" (1.78 m)

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Personal Quote:

[on working with Jack Webb in Dragnet (1951)] Jack and I never memorize any of our lines. We can't because we're always working on six pictures at once. We read our lines from a teleprompter.


Owned and operated the Ben Alexander Ford car dealership in Highland Park, California (northeast of Los Angeles), from c. 1953 until his death in 1969. Owned and operated the Ben Alexander Ford dealership on Portrero Avenue in San Francisco until his death. See more »

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