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Robert Charles Benchley (September 15, 1889 – November 21, 1945) was an American humorist best known for his work as a newspaper columnist and film actor. From his beginnings at the Harvard Lampoon while attending Harvard University, through his many years writing essays and articles for Vanity Fair and The New Yorker, and his acclaimed short films, Benchley's style of humor brought him respect and success during his life, from New York City and his peers at the Algonquin Round Table to contemporaries in the burgeoning film industry.Benchley is best remembered for his contributions to The New Yorker, where his essays, whether topical or absurdist, influenced many modern humorists. He also made a name for himself in Hollywood, when his short film How to Sleep was a popular success and won Best Short Subject at the 1935 Academy Awards, and through his many memorable appearances in films such as Alfred Hitchcock's Foreign Correspondent and (in a dramatic turn) Nice Girl? His legacy includes written work and numerous short film appearances. Wikipedia

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Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Janie Gets Married1946John Van Brunt
The Bride Wore Boots1946Uncle Todd Warren
The Stork Club1945Tom P. Curtis
Snafu1945Ben Stevens
Road to Utopia1945Narrator
Kiss and Tell1945Uncle George Archer
Week-End at the Waldorf1945Randy Morton
Hollywood Victory Caravan1945ShortRobert Benchley
Duffy's Tavern1945Robert Benchley
Boogie Woogie1945ShortFrederick Stumplefinger, Father
It's in the Bag!1945Parker
Pan-Americana1945Charlie Corker
I'm a Civilian Here Myself1945ShortJoe Doakes
Practically Yours1944Judge Robert Simpson
National Barn Dance1944J.B. Mitcham
Janie1944John Van Brunt
Why Daddy?1944ShortJoseph A. Doakes
Important Business1944ShortJoseph A. Doakes
Her Primitive Man1944Martin Osborne
See Here, Private Hargrove1944Mr. Holliday (uncredited)
Song of Russia1944Hank Higgins
No News Is Good News1943ShortAnswer Man / Newscaster
My Tomato1943ShortJoseph A. Doakes
Flesh and Fantasy1943Doakes (Framing Story)
The Sky's the Limit1943/IPhil Harriman
Young and Willing1943Arthur Kenny
I Married a Witch1942Dr. Dudley White
The Major and the Minor1942Mr. Osborne
The Man's Angle1942ShortJoe Doakes
Keeping in Shape1942ShortLecturer / Joe Doakes
Syncopation1942Doakes
Take a Letter, Darling1942G.B. Atwater
The Witness1942ShortJoe Doakes
Nothing But Nerves1942ShortMr. Benchley
Bedtime Story1941Eddie Turner
Three Girls About Town1941Wilburforce Puddle
How to Take a Vacation1941ShortThe Husband
You'll Never Get Rich1941Martin Cortland
The Forgotten Man1941ShortJoe Doakes
Crime Control1941ShortSgt. Benchley / Joe Doakes
Nice Girl?1941Oliver Dana
Waiting for Baby1941ShortJoseph Doakes
The Reluctant Dragon1941/IRobert Benchley
The Trouble with Husbands1940ShortJoe Doakes
Hired Wife1940Roger Van Horn
Foreign Correspondent1940Stebbins
Home Movies1940ShortJoe Doakes
That Inferior Feeling1940ShortJoseph H. 'Joe' Doakes
See Your Doctor1939ShortLecturer / Joseph H. Doakes
The Day of Rest1939ShortJoe Doakes
How to Eat1939ShortLecturer / Joe Doakes
Home Early1939ShortJoe Doakes
Dark Magic1939ShortJoseph A. Doakes
An Hour for Lunch1939ShortLecturer / Joe
How to Sub-Let1939ShortJoseph A. Doakes
Mental Poise1938ShortPsychoanalyst / Mr. Ostegraf
Opening Day1938ShortCity Treasurer Benchley
How to Watch Football1938ShortFootball Fan
How to Read1938ShortLecturer
The Courtship of the Newt1938ShortZoology professor
How to Raise a Baby1938ShortLecturer Father
An Evening Alone1938ShortDoakes
Music Made Simple1938ShortRobert Benchley
How to Figure Income Tax1938ShortJoe Doakes
A Night at the Movies1937ShortHusband
Live, Love and Learn1937Oscar
Sunday Night at the Trocadero1937ShortRobert Benchley
How to Start the Day1937ShortLecturer
Broadway Melody of 19381937Duffy
The Romance of Digestion1937ShortJoe Doakes
How to Be a Detective1936ShortLecturer
How to Vote1936ShortMr. Robert Benchley
Piccadilly Jim1936Bill Macon
Sunkist Stars at Palm Springs1936ShortBob Benchley (as Bob Benchley)
How to Train a Dog1936ShortLecturer / Dog Owner
How to Behave1936ShortMr. Benchley
David O. Selznick: 'Your New Producer'1935ShortMaster of Ceremonies
How to Sleep1935ShortHost / Narrator
China Seas1935McCaleb
How to Break 90 at Croquet1935ShortJoe Doakes
Social Register1934Robert Benchley
Dancing Lady1933Ward King
Rafter Romance1933Hubbell
Headline Shooter1933Radio Announcer
Your Technocracy and Mine1933ShortRobert Benchley
The Sport Parade1932Radio Announcer
Stewed, Fried and Boiled1929ShortLecturer
Lesson No. 11929ShortLecturer
Furnace Trouble1929ShortRobert Benchley
The Spellbinder1928ShortRobert Benchley
The Sex Life of the Polyp1928ShortLecturer
The Treasurer's Report1928ShortTreasurer

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Robert Benchley and the Knights of the Algonquin1998Video
Boogie Woogie1945Short story
I'm a Civilian Here Myself1945Short
Why Daddy?1944Short story
Important Business1944Short original story and screen play
No News Is Good News1943Short original story / screenplay
The Man's Angle1942Short uncredited
Keeping in Shape1942Short uncredited
The Witness1942Short uncredited
Nothing But Nerves1942Short uncredited
How to Take a Vacation1941Short uncredited
The Forgotten Man1941Short uncredited
Crime Control1941Short uncredited
Waiting for Baby1941Short uncredited
The Reluctant Dragon1941/Iuncredited
The Trouble with Husbands1940Short uncredited
Foreign Correspondent1940dialogue
Home Movies1940Short uncredited
That Inferior Feeling1940Short uncredited
See Your Doctor1939Short writer
How to Eat1939Short uncredited
Home Early1939Short screenplay
Dark Magic1939Short uncredited
How to Sub-Let1939Short uncredited
Mental Poise1938Short uncredited
How to Watch Football1938Short writer
How to Read1938Short writer
The Courtship of the Newt1938Short writer
An Evening Alone1938Short uncredited
Music Made Simple1938Short writer - uncredited
How to Figure Income Tax1938Short writer - uncredited
A Night at the Movies1937Short uncredited
Top of the Town1937story - uncredited
The Romance of Digestion1937Short uncredited
How to Be a Detective1936Short
How to Vote1936Short uncredited
How to Behave1936Short uncredited
How to Sleep1935Short uncredited
Pursuit1935uncredited
Murder on a Honeymoon1935screenplay
How to Break 90 at Croquet1935Short
The Gay Divorcee1934contributor to dialogue - uncredited
Dancing Lady1933uncredited
After Tonight1933unconfirmed - unconfirmed, uncredited
Blind Adventure1933additional dialogue - uncredited
Your Technocracy and Mine1933Short writer
The Sport Parade1932additional dialogue - uncredited
Sky Devils1932uncredited
Stewed, Fried and Boiled1929Short writer
Lesson No. 11929Short writer
Furnace Trouble1929Short writer
The Spellbinder1928Short
The Sex Life of the Polyp1928Short uncredited
The Treasurer's Report1928Short uncredited
You'd Be Surprised1926titles
A Social Celebrity1926titles - uncredited
The American Venus1926titles - uncredited

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Janie1944performer: "Mademoiselle from Armentières", "They're Either Too Young or Too Old" - uncredited
You'll Never Get Rich1941"Frühlingslied Spring Song Op. 62 #6", uncredited
Live, Love and Learn1937"Song of the Volga Boatman", "The Farmer in the Dell", uncredited
China Seas1935performer: "Chopsticks" 1877 - uncredited

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
NBC/RCA Experimental Television Demonstration for the Press1936TV Movie segment producer

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Show-Business at War1943Documentary shortRobert Benchley (uncredited)
Screen Snapshots Series 19, No. 9: Sports in Hollywood1940Documentary shortGolf Fan
NBC/RCA Experimental Television Demonstration for the Press1936TV MovieHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Robert Benchley and the Knights of the Algonquin1998Video
American Masters1987TV Series documentaryHimself
Showbiz Goes to War1982TV Movie
That's Entertainment, Part II1976DocumentaryFilm Clip
Hollywood: The Selznick Years1969TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
The Big Parade of Comedy1964DocumentaryJoseph Doakes in 'That Inferior Feeling'
Project XX1959TV Series documentaryHumorist
The Jack Paar Tonight Show1959TV SeriesHimself
MGM Parade1955TV SeriesJoe Doakes / Man Showing Home Movies / Home Movie Maker / ...
Light's Diamond Jubilee1954TV Movie documentaryHimself

Won awards

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameMotion PictureOn 8 February 1960. At 1724 Vine Street.

TitleSalary
Janie Gets Married (1946)$1,750 /week
The Bride Wore Boots (1946)$1,750 /week
The Stork Club (1945)$1,750 /week
Snafu (1945)$1,750 /week
Week-End at the Waldorf (1945)$1,750 /week
Duffy's Tavern (1945)$1,750 /week
Stewed, Fried and Boiled (1929)$5,500
Lesson No. 1 (1929)$5,500
Furnace Trouble (1929)$5,500
The Spellbinder (1928)$5,500
The Sex Life of the Polyp (1928)$5,500
The Treasurer's Report (1928)$2,000
You'd Be Surprised (1926)$500 /week
A Social Celebrity (1926)$2,000
The American Venus (1926)$2,000

#Fact
1Proposed the following epitaph for his tombstone although it was not ultimately used: "This is all above my head.".
2The town of Benchley, Texas, is named after his grandfather, who founded it.
3Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald L. Smith. pg. 40-41. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387
4Grandfather of Nat Benchley and Peter Benchley, author of "Jaws.".
5Father of Nathaniel Benchley, who wrote the novel "The Off-Islanders", which became the film The Russians Are Coming the Russians Are Coming (1966).
6Interred at Prospect Hill Cemetery, Nantucket, Massachusetts, USA

#Quote
1There is something about saying 'Okay' and hanging up the receiver with a bang that kids a man into feeling that he has just pulled off a big deal, even if he has only called up central to find out the correct time.
2[after seeing Paramount on Parade (1930)] It ran less than two hours but I came out of the theater several years older.
3If you'll excuse me, I'd like to get out of these wet things and into a dry martini.
4The only real cure for a hangover is death.
5Drinking makes such fools of people, and people are such fools to begin with, that it's compounding a felony.
6It took me 15 years to discover that I had no talent for writing, but I couldn't give it up because by that time I was too famous.
7There is no such place as Budapest. Perhaps you are thinking of Bucharest . . . and there is no such place as Bucharest, either.
8In Milwaukee last month a man died laughing over one of his own jokes. That's what makes it so tough for us outsiders: we have to fight home competition.
9In America there are two classes of travel - First Class, and with children. Traveling with children corresponds roughly to traveling third class in Bulgaria.
10Every boy should have a dog, for a dog teaches a boy three valuable traits: fidelity, perseverance and to turn around three times before lying down.
11Tell us your phobias, and we'll tell you what you are afraid of.
12Drawing on my fine command of language, I said nothing.


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