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. He is currently working on a sequel to Spaceballs. 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". Married to actress Anne Bancroft, and the father of Max, he owns homes on both coasts. He played in supporting roles in dozens of Hollywood films, usually as a soldier, gangster or detective. Brooks is one of a select group who have received an Oscar, Emmy (as both an actor and writer), Tony and Grammy. Bendix was born in New York City, and made his film debut in 1942, having worked as a grocer until the Great Depression. Knowing that anyone seeing the poster with 'Mel Brooks presents The Elephant Man' would go along expecting a comedy he set up the company Brooksfilm to produce the film. Brooksfilm has since produced a number of non-comedy films.

William Bendix (January 14, 1906 - December 14, 1964) was an American film actor. In 1980 Brooks became interested in producing the film "The Elephant Man" directed by David Lynch. His most recent success has been a transfer of his film, The Producers, to the Broadway stage. Brooks developed a repertory company of sorts for his film work: performers with three or more Brooks films to their credit include Wilder, Dom DeLuise, Madeline Kahn, Harvey Korman, Cloris Leachman and, of course, Brooks himself. Among his most popular films have been Young Frankenstein (co-written with Gene Wilder) and Blazing Saddles, both of which were released in 1974.

He later moved into film, working as an actor, director, writer and producer. With Buck Henry, he created the successful TV series Get Smart. In 1961, with Carl Reiner, he created the persona of the 2000 Year Old Man, a collection of ad libbed comedy routines made into a series of comedy records. He started out in show business as a stand-up comic before becoming a comedy writer for television, working on Your Show of Shows.

Born Melvin Kaminsky in Brooklyn, New York, Brooks served in the US Army during World War II as an engineer. Mel Brooks (born June 28, 1926) is an American actor, writer and director, best known as a creator of broad film farces and parodies. Dracula: Dead and Loving It (1995) (writer, director, actor). Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993) (writer, director, actor).

Life Stinks (1991) (writer, director, actor). Spaceballs (1987) (writer, director, actor). To Be or Not to Be (1983) (actor). History of the World, Part I (1981) (writer, director, actor).

High Anxiety (1978) (writer, director, actor). Silent Movie (1976) (writer, director, actor). Blazing Saddles (1974) (writer, director, actor). Young Frankenstein (1974) (co-writer, director).

The Twelve Chairs (1970) (writer, director, actor). The Producers (1968) (writer, director; Academy Award, best original screenplay).

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