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. Eddie Cantor died of a heart attack in Beverly Hills, California, and was buried in Hillside Memorial Park Cemetery. 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". He was awarded an honorary Academy Award in 1964. He played in supporting roles in dozens of Hollywood films, usually as a soldier, gangster or detective. Cantor wrote eight books, including Caught Short (about the Crash of 1929) and his autobiography, My Life is in Your Hands. Bendix was born in New York City, and made his film debut in 1942, having worked as a grocer until the Great Depression. In the 1950s he hosted a television show.
William Bendix (January 14, 1906 - December 14, 1964) was an American film actor. In the 1940s his NBC national radio show was Time To Smile. However Cantor's career bounced back with the United States entry into World War II. Wishing to distance themselves from any political controversy, many sponsors dropped Cantor's shows. Cantor's career declined somewhat in the late 1930s due to his public denunciations of Adolf Hitler and Fascism.
Cantor also served as first president of the Screen Actors Guild. He was a founder of the March of Dimes, and did much to publicize the battle against polio. In addition to film and radio, Cantor recorded for Hit of the Week Records, then again for Columbia, for Banner and Decca and various small labels. Cantor's theme song was the 1903 pop tune "Ida, Sweet as Apple Cider", dedicated to Eddie's wife Ida.
His radio shows began with a crowd chanting "We want Cantor - We want Cantor", said to have originated when a vaudeville audience used that chant to chase off an opening act who was on a bill before Cantor. In the 1930s he also began hosting his own radio show, and by 1936 Cantor was the world's highest paid radio star. He continued making feature films through 1948, the most notable including Roman Scandals, Ali Baba Goes to Town, and If You Knew Susie. Cantor had appeared in a number of short films in the 1920s, but became a feature star in 1930 with the film Whoopee!.
Cantor soon bounced back thanks to Hollywood movies and the radio. Cantor was one of the era's most successful entertainers, but the 1929 Stock market crash suddenly took him from multi-millionaire status to being broke and deeply in debt. He starred in the Broadway musical Whoopie! in 1928. From 1921 through 1925 he had an exclusive contract with Columbia Records, then returned to Victor for the remainder of the decade.
Cantor started making phonograph records in 1917, recording both comedy songs and routines and popular songs of the day, first for Victor, then for Aeoleon-Vocalion, Pathé, and Emerson. For some time Cantor co-starred in an act with pioneer African-American comedian Bert Williams, both appearing in blackface; Cantor played William's son. In 1912 he appeared in Gus Edwards Review, and in 1916 debuted in the Ziegfeld Follies, where he would appear for years. By his early teens he began winning talent contests at local theaters, and started appearing on stage and in 1907 became a billed name in Vaudeville.
He was orphaned in childhood and made a living entertaining for coins on the city streets of Manhattan's Lower-East-Side. Cantor was born as Edward Israel Iskovitz in New York City, the son of Russian Jewish immigrants. His nickname was "Banjo Eyes.". Eddie Cantor (January 31, 1892 - October 10, 1964) was a comedian, singer, actor, songwriter, and one of the most popular entertainers in the United States of America in the early and middle 20th century.