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William Bendix

Born: January 14, 1906, New York, New York
Died: December 14, 1964 (age 58), Los Angeles, California

William Bendix was an American film actor.

What do you know about William Bendix? Try this quick quiz.

1. As a youth in the early 1920s, who was Bendix a batboy for?

  • New York Yankees
  • Brooklyn Dodger
  • New York Giants

2. In 1927, he married the former Theresa Stefanotti.

  • Fact or Myth

3. It was his first film, he played 'Pinkie' Peters. What was the 1942 film?

  • Woman of the Year
  • Man of the Year
  • Total Recall

4. What was the film he played Gus, a wounded and dying American sailor?

  • Lifeboat
  • Last Tango in Paris
  • Coming Home from War

5. Bendix was well known in that era for his radio work, starring as "Digby "Digger" O'Dell " in the radio situation comedy series The Life of Riley from 1944 through 1951.

Fact or Myth?

6. He also played the title role in the second television version of the series, which ran from 1953 to 1958. Who played Riley in a short-lived 1949 version?

  • Art Carney
  • Jackie Gleason
  • Tom D'Andrea

7. He has an Academy Award Best Supporting Actor nomination. What was the film?

  • Wake Island
  • Who Done It?
  • The Glass Key

8. Bendix's played his teenage hero and friend. Who did he play in The Babe Ruth Story (1948)?

  • Lou Gehrig
  • Babe Ruth
  • Miller Huggins

9. What was the cause of Bendix death in 1964?

  • Lobar pneumonia
  • Lung cancer
  • Cardiac arrest

10. Where is William Bendix buried?

  • San Fernando Mission Cemetery, Mission Hills, California
  • Evergreen Cemetery, Los Angeles, California
  • Auburn Prison Cemetery, Auburn, New York

Answers

  • 1. New York Yankees
  • 2. Fact
  • 3. Woman of the Year
  • 4. Lifeboat
  • 5. Myth. Bendix was well known in that era for his radio work, starring as "Chester A. Riley" in the radio situation comedy series The Life of Riley from 1944 through 1951.
  • 6. Jackie Gleason
  • 7. Wake Island
  • 8. Babe Ruth
  • 9. Lobar pneumonia
  • Angels on your pillow10. San Fernando Mission Cemetery, Mission Hills, California

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