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Also Known As: Charles Clarence William Henry Richard Bennett Died: October 22, 1944
Born: May 21, 1870 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Bennett's Switch, Indiana, USA Profession: actor, director, tailor

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A handsome, extravagant actor of the old school, Richard Bennett toured on stage for decades before becoming a character actor in films. The son of an itinerant preacher and sheriff, he ran away from home in his teens and by 1891 had hit the Chicago stage in "The Limited Mail". Witty and outspoken, with a penchant for bellowing his lines, Bennett became a star in 1905 with "The Lion and the Mouse," and went on to score great hits with "The Hypocrites" (1906), and the controversial "social disease" drama "Damaged Goods" (1912). He was reportedly so impresses with a new play by a relatively unknown writer named Eugene O'Neill that he championed the production and took on the leading role. "Beyond the Horizon" (1920), a love triangle that featured Bennett as a farm-bound dreamer with yearnings for the sea who marries his brother's intended with tragic results. The play, which was the first to awarded the Pulitzer Prize in drama, received excellent notices as did the cast. Alexander Woolcott of he New York Times (February 8, 1920) wrote "Richard Bennett gives an eloquent and finely imagined performance as the dreamer." The actor later also scored triumphs on Broadway in "He Who Gets Slapped" (1922),...

A handsome, extravagant actor of the old school, Richard Bennett toured on stage for decades before becoming a character actor in films. The son of an itinerant preacher and sheriff, he ran away from home in his teens and by 1891 had hit the Chicago stage in "The Limited Mail". Witty and outspoken, with a penchant for bellowing his lines, Bennett became a star in 1905 with "The Lion and the Mouse," and went on to score great hits with "The Hypocrites" (1906), and the controversial "social disease" drama "Damaged Goods" (1912). He was reportedly so impresses with a new play by a relatively unknown writer named Eugene O'Neill that he championed the production and took on the leading role. "Beyond the Horizon" (1920), a love triangle that featured Bennett as a farm-bound dreamer with yearnings for the sea who marries his brother's intended with tragic results. The play, which was the first to awarded the Pulitzer Prize in drama, received excellent notices as did the cast. Alexander Woolcott of he New York Times (February 8, 1920) wrote "Richard Bennett gives an eloquent and finely imagined performance as the dreamer." The actor later also scored triumphs on Broadway in "He Who Gets Slapped" (1922), "They Knew What They Wanted" (1924), another Pulitzer-winning triangular drama in which he played the vineyard owner who marries a younger woman, and Maxwell Anderson's award-winning social protest drama "Winterset" (1935).

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DIRECTOR:

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  State of Emergency, A (1986) Director
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  Harper Valley P.T.A. (1978) Director
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  Journey to Survival (1982) Director
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  Pinballs, The (1977) Director
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  Very Good Friends (1977) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 The Pirates of Blood River (1962) Seymour
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 Watch Your Stern (1961) Officer of the day
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 High Flight (1958) Cadet Phillips
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 The Magnificent Ambersons (1942) Major Amberson
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 Journey into Fear (1942) Ship's captain
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 This Woman Is Mine (1935) Korn
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 Nana (1934) Gaston Greiner
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 Big Executive (1933) Commodore Richardson
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1891:
Stage acting debut, "The Limited Mail" in Chicago
1905:
Starred in the stage hit "The Lion and the Mouse"
1912:
Had a theatrical success with the "social disease" drama "Damaged Goods"
1914:
Film debut reprising stage role in "Damaged Goods"
1915:
Appeared with wife Adrienne Morrison and daughters in "The Valley of Decision"
1920:
Championed Eugene O'Neill's "Beyond the Horizon"; enjoyed stage success in
1922:
Starred in Broaway production of "He Who Gets Slapped"
1924:
Originated the role of an older vineyard owner who marries a younger woman in "They Knew What They Wanted"
1931:
First talking picture "Five and Ten", starring Marion Davies and Leslie Howard
1931:
Had featured role in "Arrowsmith"
1934:
Co-starred in "Nana", directed by Dorothy Arzner
1935:
Final appearance on Broadway in Maxwell Anderson's "Winterset"
1942:
Portrayed Major Amberson in Orson Wells' "The Magnificent Ambersons"
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wife:
Grena Heller. Journalist. Married briefly c. 1903; divorced.
wife:
Adrienne Morrison. Actor, theatrical agent. Born in 1883; divorced in 1925; died in 1940; mother of Bennett's three daughters.
wife:
Aimee Hastings. Actor. Married in 1927.

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father:
George Washington Bennett. Sheriff, preacher, sawmill operator.
daughter:
Constance Bennett. Actor. Born in October 1904; died in 1965.
daughter:
Barbara Bennett. Actor. Born in 1906; died in 1958.
daughter:
Joan Bennett. Actor. Born in 1910; died in 1990.
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"The Bennett Playbill"

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