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Also Known As: Robert Charles Benchley Died: November 21, 1945
Born: September 15, 1889 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Worcester, Massachusetts, USA Profession: humorist, author, actor, critic, screenwriter, journalist

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Robert Benchley was an actor who had a successful Hollywood career. Benchley's earliest roles were in film, including the romantic comedy "Rafter Romance" (1933) with Ginger Rogers, "Dancing Lady" (1933) and "The Social Register" (1934). He also appeared in the Clark Gable adventure "China Seas" (1935), the comedy "Piccadilly Jim" (1936) with Robert Montgomery and the comedy "Live, Love and Learn" (1937) with Robert Montgomery. He continued to work steadily in film throughout the forties, appearing in "Nice Girl?" (1941), the musical "You'll Never Get Rich" (1941) with Fred Astaire and the comedy adaptation "The Major and the Minor" (1942) with Ginger Rogers. In the latter part of his career, he continued to act in the Robert Walker comedy "See Here, Private Hargrove" (1944), the Phillip Terry musical "Pan-Americana" (1945) and the Fred Allen comedy "It's in the Bag" (1945). He also appeared in "Duffy's Tavern" (1945) and "Weekend at the Waldorf" (1945) with Ginger Rogers. Benchley was most recently credited in "Jeremiah of Jacob's Neck" (CBS, 1975-76). Benchley was married to Gertrude Darling. Benchley passed away in November 1945 at the age of 56.

Robert Benchley was an actor who had a successful Hollywood career. Benchley's earliest roles were in film, including the romantic comedy "Rafter Romance" (1933) with Ginger Rogers, "Dancing Lady" (1933) and "The Social Register" (1934). He also appeared in the Clark Gable adventure "China Seas" (1935), the comedy "Piccadilly Jim" (1936) with Robert Montgomery and the comedy "Live, Love and Learn" (1937) with Robert Montgomery. He continued to work steadily in film throughout the forties, appearing in "Nice Girl?" (1941), the musical "You'll Never Get Rich" (1941) with Fred Astaire and the comedy adaptation "The Major and the Minor" (1942) with Ginger Rogers. In the latter part of his career, he continued to act in the Robert Walker comedy "See Here, Private Hargrove" (1944), the Phillip Terry musical "Pan-Americana" (1945) and the Fred Allen comedy "It's in the Bag" (1945). He also appeared in "Duffy's Tavern" (1945) and "Weekend at the Waldorf" (1945) with Ginger Rogers. Benchley was most recently credited in "Jeremiah of Jacob's Neck" (CBS, 1975-76). Benchley was married to Gertrude Darling. Benchley passed away in November 1945 at the age of 56.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Janie Gets Married (1946) John Van Brunt
2.
 Blue Skies (1946) Business man
3.
 The Bride Wore Boots (1946) Tod Warren
4.
 Road to Utopia (1946) Narrator
5.
 Week-End at the Waldorf (1945) Randy Morton, the columnist
6.
 Kiss and Tell (1945) Uncle George Archer
7.
 It's in the Bag! (1945) Parker
8.
 Duffy's Tavern (1945)
9.
 Snafu (1945) Ben Stevens
10.
 Pan-Americana (1945) Charlie Corker
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Education

Harvard University: Cambridge , Massachusetts -

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wife:
Gertrude Darling. Married June 6, 1914.

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"Laughter's Gentle Soul: The Life of Robert Benchley" W.W. Norton & Co.

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Was managing editor of "Vanity Fair" magazine, then a columnist for the New York "World." From 1920-29, he was drama editor of "Life" magazine and later became theater critic for "The New Yorker" magazine. In 1935, he won an Academy Award for best short subject, "How To Sleep."

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