William Bendix

William Bendix (January 14, 1906 - December 14, 1964) was an American film actor.

Bendix was born in New York City, and made his film debut in 1942, having worked as a grocer until the Great Depression. He played in supporting roles in dozens of Hollywood films, usually as a soldier, gangster or detective. Probably his best-known role was as Sir Sagramore opposite Bing Crosby in A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1949), in which he took part in the famous trio, "Busy Doing Nothing". On television he played Chester Riley in "The Life of Riley." Bendix died in Los Angeles of pneumonia.


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On television he played Chester Riley in "The Life of Riley." Bendix died in Los Angeles of pneumonia. Burton is sometimes erroneously referred to as "Sir Richard Burton", perhaps due to the similarity of his assumed name to that of Richard Francis Burton, but unlike the 19th century scholar, he never received a knighthood. Probably his best-known role was as Sir Sagramore opposite Bing Crosby in A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1949), in which he took part in the famous trio, "Busy Doing Nothing". Burton appears in the 2002 List of "100 Great Britons" (sponsored by the BBC and voted for by the public). He played in supporting roles in dozens of Hollywood films, usually as a soldier, gangster or detective. He was only 58 years old. Bendix was born in New York City, and made his film debut in 1942, having worked as a grocer until the Great Depression. Burton died suddenly of a cerebral hemorrhage at his home in Switzerland, where he is buried.

William Bendix (January 14, 1906 - December 14, 1964) was an American film actor. Burton was banned permanently from BBC productions in 1974 for questioning the sanity of Winston Churchill and others in power during World War II--Burton reported hating them "virulently" for the alleged promise to wipe out all Japanese people on the planet. The film is reputed to have been similar to Burton and Taylor's real-life marriage. Burton and Taylor played opposite each other in Mike Nichols's film of the play Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, in which a bitter erudite couple spend the evening trading vicious barbs in front of their horrified and fascinated guests. An insomniac and notoriously heavy drinker, Burton was married five times - twice, consecutively, to Elizabeth Taylor.

In 1954, he took his most famous radio role, as the narrator in the original production of Under Milk Wood, a role he would reprise in the film version twenty years later. In 1952, Burton successfully made the transition to Hollywood star, appearing in My Cousin Rachel opposite Olivia de Havilland. This was made possible only because it was wartime and he was an air force cadet. In 1943, at the age of eighteen, Richard Burton (who had now taken his teacher's surname), was allowed into Exeter College for a term of six months study.

His former teacher, Philip Burton, recognising his talent, adopted him and enabled him to return to school. The facts, as recorded by Burton himself in his own autobiography and in Richard and Philip, which he co-wrote, are as follows: At the age of sixteen, he was forced to leave school and find work as a shop assistant. There is a widespread myth (perhaps encouraged or even believed by some members of his stoutly working-class family) that Richard Burton "won a scholarship to Oxford at the age of sixteen" but left after six months. It was at this time that he began to develop the distinctive speaking voice that became his hallmark, having been encouraged by Philip (who sidelined as a BBC radio producer) to "lose his Welsh accent".

With the assistance of his inspirational schoolmaster, Philip H Burton (who legally adopted him), he excelled in school productions. He was born Richard Walter Jenkins in the village of Pontrhydyfen near Port Talbot.
Richard Burton (November 10, 1925 - August 5, 1984) was a Welsh actor from the late 1940s through the 1980s. For the 19th-century explorer, scholar, and orientalist, see Richard Francis Burton..

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