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. Since the theatre began producing plays, it has been the custom always to have a picture of Raymond Burr included somewhere on each set, and the first toast on the opening night of every production is always dedicated to his memory. 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". At present a 238-seat intimate theatre, plans exist to expand the theater to become a 650-seat regional performing arts facility. He played in supporting roles in dozens of Hollywood films, usually as a soldier, gangster or detective. The Raymond Burr Performing Arts Centre in New Westminster, British Columbia opened in October 2000 near a city block bearing the family name of Burr. Bendix was born in New York City, and made his film debut in 1942, having worked as a grocer until the Great Depression. Raymond Burr has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6656 Hollywood Blvd.

William Bendix (January 14, 1906 - December 14, 1964) was an American film actor. Burr died on September 12, 1993 in Sonoma, California and was interred in the Fraser Cemetery, New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada. He would insist that TV executives and directors treat his co-stars with the same respect shown him. He once sponsored 20 foster children. In contrast to the "bad guys" and hard unbending heroes he often played, Raymond Burr was in real life a generous man who gave enormous sums of money to charity.

In 1985, Burr made a comeback as Perry Mason and made a series of 26 two-hour movies that were enormous ratings blockbusters. Burr also had a supporting role in Dennis Hopper's controversial film Out of the Blue (1980) and spoofed his Perry Mason image in Airplane II: The Sequel (1982). He co-starred in such TV films as Love's Savage Fury (1979), Eischied: Only The Pretty Girls Die (1979), Disaster On The Coastliner (1979), The Curse Of King Tut's Tomb (1980), The Night The City Screamed (1980), and Peter And Paul (1981). Burr had a couple of other shortlived series but was unable to repeat his earlier hits.

This show lasted until 1975. In 1967, Burr started another long running television series Ironside (known as A Man Called Ironside in the UK) in which he played a wheelchair-bound police detective. The show was very popular and lasted nine years. Burr became a television star in 1957 with the debut of Perry Mason where he played Erle Stanley Gardner's crafty defense attorney who always defended the innocent.

Burr usually played menacing villians on the screen although in 1956 he played the hero reporter Steve Martin in the Japanese "monster" hit Godzilla, a role he reprised in the American version of The Return of Godzilla, known as Godzilla 1985. He co-starred in the classics A Place in the Sun and Rear Window. Burr broke into films in 1946 and made 90 in the next decade. Burr became interested in acting after Naval service in World War II (he was wounded at the Battle of Okinawa).

citizenship. He was born in New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada, and it is not known if he ever took out U.S. Raymond William Stacey Burr (May 21, 1917 - September 12, 1993) was an actor.

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