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. His last movie, World for Ransom, was released in 1954. 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". Bruce died in 1953, aged 57, in Santa Monica, California. He played in supporting roles in dozens of Hollywood films, usually as a soldier, gangster or detective. There were 14 films made and he also played Watson on the radio. Bendix was born in New York City, and made his film debut in 1942, having worked as a grocer until the Great Depression. But for millions of fans, Bruce was the definitive Watson.

William Bendix (January 14, 1906 - December 14, 1964) was an American film actor. Holmes purists objected that Watson in the books was an intelligent and capable person, just not a super detective, and that the Bruce portrayal made him seem dimmer and more bumbling than he was. Watson in the Sherlock Holmes series beginning in 1939 with his good friend Basil Rathbone. He played buffoonish, fuzzy-minded gentlemen and his signature role was that of Dr. During his career he worked on 77 movies, including Treasure Island, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Lassie Come Home, The Corn is Green, and Bwana Devil.

In 1934 he moved to Hollywood. In 1920 he began his career on stage and eight years later started working in silent films. He was severely wounded in World War I and spent most of the war in a wheelchair. The son of a baronet, he was born in Ensenada, Mexico, where his parents were on vacation.

Watson in a series of films starring Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes. William Nigel Bruce (September 4, 1895 - October 8, 1953), usually credited as Nigel Bruce, was a British character actor, best known as Dr.

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