William Benedict

William Benedict

  • Born on
    • April 16th, 1917
  • Died on
    • November 25th, 1999
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. William Benedict (April 16, 1917 – November 25, 1999) was an American actor, perhaps best known for playing "Whitey" in Monogram Pictures' The Bowery Boys series. Born in Haskell, Oklahoma, he took part in school theatricals, and on leaving school he made his way to Hollywood. His first film was $10 Raise (1935) starring Edward Everett Horton, which launched Benedict on a busy career. The blond-haired Benedict almost always played juvenile roles, such as newsboys, messengers, office boys, and farmhands. In 1939, when Universal Pictures began its Little Tough Guys series to compete with the popular Dead End Kids features, Billy Benedict was recruited into the cast. These films led him into the similar East Side Kids movies (usually playing a member of the East Side gang, but occasionally in villainous roles). The East Side Kids became The Bowery Boys in 1946, and Benedict stayed with the series (as "Whitey") through the end of 1951. Other films included My Little Chickadee (1940) starring W. C. Fields and Mae West, The Ox-Bow Incident (1943), Ed Wood's Bride of the Monster (1955), The Sting (1973) and Farewell, My Lovely (1975). Benedict never shook his juvenile image completely, and continued to play messengers and news vendors well into his sixties. He also worked often in television commercials.

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Acting (39 Credits)

1976Sherlock Holmes in New York as Telegraph Office Manager
1976Won Ton Ton: The Dog Who Saved Hollywood as Man on Bus
1973The Sting as Roulette Dealer
1969The Over-the-Hill Gang as Joe, the Telegrapher (as Bill Benedict)
1965The Hallelujah Trail as Simpson
1964Dear Heart as Stu (uncredited)
1961Lover Come Back as Man Exiting Elevator
1959The Hanging Tree
1956The Killing as American Airlines Clerk
1955Bride of the Monster as Newsboy
1953The Magnetic Monster as Albert
1946Never Say Goodbye as Messenger Boy (uncredited)
1946The Kid from Brooklyn as Newsboy
1946Without Reservations as Telegraph Delivery Boy (uncredited)
1945Story of G.I. Joe as Private Whitey
1945Road to Utopia as Second Newsboy (uncredited)
1944Million Dollar Kid as Skinny
1944The Whistler as The Deafmute (Uncredited)
1943Ghosts on the Loose as Benny
1942The Talk of the Town as Western Union Boy (uncredited)
1942A Night to Remember as Messenger Boy
1942Rings on Her Fingers
1942The Glass Key as Farr's Office Boy (uncredited)
1942The Ox-Bow Incident as Green (uncredited)
1941Adventures of Captain Marvel as Whitey Murphy
1941In Old Cheyenne as Train Vendor
1941Dressed to Kill as Singing Telegram Boy
1941Adventures of Captain Marvel as 'Whitey' Murphy (as William Benedict)
1940Second Chorus as Ticket Taker (uncredited)
1940Lucky Partners as Delivery Boy
1940My Little Chickadee as Lem (uncredited)
1940The Great McGinty as Farm Boy (uncredited)
1938I Met My Love Again as Billy
1938Bringing Up Baby as David's Caddy (uncredited)
1938There's Always a Woman as Bellboy
1936Captain January as Telegram Delivery Boy
1936Libeled Lady as Joe
1936Theodora Goes Wild as Henry - Copyboy (uncredited)
1935Steamboat Round the Bend as Breck

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