Robert Benchley (1889–1945)

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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 ... See full bio »

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Known For

I Married a Witch Dr. Dudley White
Flesh and Fantasy Doakes (Framing Story)
My Tomato Joseph A. Doakes


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 1946 Janie Gets Married
John Van Brunt
 1946 The Bride Wore Boots
Uncle Todd Warren
 1945 I'm a Civilian Here Myself (Short)
Joe Doakes
 1945 The Stork Club
Tom P. Curtis
 1945 Road to Utopia
 1945 Snafu
Ben Stevens
 1945 Hollywood Victory Caravan (Short)
Robert Benchley
 1945 Kiss and Tell
Uncle George Archer
 1945 Week-End at the Waldorf
Randy Morton
 1945 Duffy's Tavern
Robert Benchley
 1945 Boogie Woogie (Short)
Frederick Stumplefinger, Father
 1945 It's in the Bag!
 1945 Pan-Americana
Charlie Corker
 1944 Practically Yours
Judge Robert Simpson
 1944 National Barn Dance
J.B. Mitcham
 1944 Janie
John Van Brunt
 1944 Why Daddy? (Short)
Joseph A. Doakes
 1944 Important Business (Short)
Joseph A. Doakes
 1944 Her Primitive Man
Martin Osborne
 1944 See Here, Private Hargrove
Mr. Holliday (uncredited)
 1944 Song of Russia
Hank Higgins
 1943 No News Is Good News (Short)
Answer Man / Newscaster
 1943 My Tomato (Short)
Joseph A. Doakes
 1943 Flesh and Fantasy
Doakes (Framing Story)
 1943/I The Sky's the Limit
Phil Harriman
 1943 Young and Willing
Arthur Kenny
 1942 I Married a Witch
Dr. Dudley White
 1942 The Major and the Minor
Albert Osborne
 1942 The Man's Angle (Short)
Joe Doakes
 1942 Keeping in Shape (Short)
Lecturer / Joe Doakes
 1942 Syncopation
 1942 Take a Letter, Darling
G.B. Atwater
 1942 The Witness (Short)
Joe Doakes
 1942 Nothing But Nerves (Short)
Mr. Benchley
 1941 Bedtime Story
Eddie Turner
 1941 Three Girls About Town
Wilburforce Puddle
 1941 How to Take a Vacation (Short)
The Husband
 1941 You'll Never Get Rich
Martin Cortland
 1941 The Forgotten Man (Short)
Joe Doakes
 1941 Crime Control (Short)
Sgt. Benchley / Joe Doakes
 1941 Nice Girl?
Prof. Oliver Wendall Holmes Dana
 1941 Waiting for Baby (Short)
Joseph Doakes
 1941/I The Reluctant Dragon
Robert Benchley
 1940 The Trouble with Husbands (Short)
Joe Doakes
 1940 Hired Wife
Roger Van Horn
 1940 Foreign Correspondent
 1940 Home Movies (Short)
Joe Doakes
 1940 That Inferior Feeling (Short)
Joseph H. 'Joe' Doakes
 1939 See Your Doctor (Short)
Lecturer / Joseph H. Doakes
 1939 The Day of Rest (Short)
Joe Doakes
 1939 How to Eat (Short)
Lecturer / Joe Doakes
 1939 Home Early (Short)
Joe Doakes
 1939 Dark Magic (Short)
Joseph A. Doakes
 1939 An Hour for Lunch (Short)
Lecturer / Joe
 1939 How to Sub-Let (Short)
Joseph A. Doakes
 1938 Mental Poise (Short)
Psychoanalyst / Mr. Ostegraf
 1938 Opening Day (Short)
City Treasurer Benchley
 1938 How to Watch Football (Short)
Football Fan
 1938 How to Read (Short)
 1938 The Courtship of the Newt (Short)
Zoology professor
 1938 How to Raise a Baby (Short)
Lecturer Father
 1938 An Evening Alone (Short)
 1938 Music Made Simple (Short)
Robert Benchley
 1938 How to Figure Income Tax (Short)
Joe Doakes
 1937 A Night at the Movies (Short)
 1937 Live, Love and Learn
 1937 Sunday Night at the Trocadero (Short)
Robert Benchley
 1937 How to Start the Day (Short)
 1937 The Romance of Digestion (Short)
Joe Doakes
 1936 How to Be a Detective (Short)
 1936 How to Vote (Short)
Mr. Robert Benchley
 1936 Piccadilly Jim
Bill Macon
 1936 How to Train a Dog (Short)
Lecturer / Dog Owner
 1936 How to Behave (Short)
Mr. Benchley
 1935 David O. Selznick: 'Your New Producer' (Short)
Master of Ceremonies
 1935 How to Sleep (Short)
 1935 China Seas
 1935 How to Break 90 at Croquet (Short)
Joe Doakes
 1934 Social Register
Robert Benchley
 1933 Dancing Lady
Ward King
 1933 Rafter Romance
H. Harrington Hubbell
 1933 Headline Shooter
Radio Announcer
 1933 Your Technocracy and Mine (Short)
Robert Benchley
 1932 The Sport Parade
Radio Announcer
 1929 Stewed, Fried and Boiled (Short)
 1929 Lesson No. 1 (Short)
 1929 Furnace Trouble (Short)
Robert Benchley
 1928 The Spellbinder (Short)
Robert Benchley
 1928 The Sex Life of the Polyp (Short)
 1928 The Treasurer's Report (Short)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Book: "After 1903--What?". See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 9 Print Biographies | 1 Portrayal | 6 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Bob Benchley


Gertrude Darling  (his death)

Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

In America there are two classes of travel - First Class, and with children. Traveling with children corresponds roughly to traveling third class in Bulgaria. See more »


Interred at Prospect Hill Cemetery, Nantucket, Massachusetts, USA See more »


Droll, self-deprecating sense of humor See more »



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