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William Benedict (April 16, 1917 – November 25, 1999) was an American actor. Born in Haskell, Oklahoma, he took part in school theatricals, and on leaving school he made his way to Hollywood. His first film was $10 Raise (1935) starring Edward Everett Horton, which launched Benedict on a busy career. The blond-haired Benedict almost always played juvenile roles, such as newsboys, messengers, office boys, and farmhands. In 1939, when Universal Pictures began its Little Tough Guys series to compete with the popular Dead End Kids features, Billy Benedict was recruited into the cast. These films led him into the similar East Side Kids movies (usually playing a member of the East Side gang, but occasionally in villainous roles). The East Side Kids became The Bowery Boys in 1946, and Benedict stayed with the series (as "Whitey") through the end of 1951.Other films included Way Down East (1935), My Little Chickadee (1940) starring W. C. Fields and Mae West, The Ox-Bow Incident (1943) with Henry Fonda, Ed Wood's Bride of the Monster (1955), The Sting (1973) with Paul Newman and Robert Redford, Farewell, My Lovely (1975), Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood (1976) and Born Again (1978). Benedict never shook his juvenile image completely, and continued to play messengers and news vendors well into his sixties. He also worked often in television commercials. Wikipedia

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Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
People Are Funny1946NBC Usher
Road to Utopia1945Second Newsboy (uncredited)
Come Out Fighting1945Skinny (as Billy Benedict)
Mr. Muggs Rides Again1945Skinny (as Billy Benedict)
Story of G.I. Joe1945Pvt. Whitey (uncredited)
Hollywood and Vine1945Joe--Newsboy (uncredited)
Patrick the Great1945Joey (uncredited)
Docks of New York1945Skinny (as Billy Benedict)
Brenda Starr, Reporter1945Pesky [Ch 1,3,5-8,11,13] (uncredited)
Youth on Trial1945Soda Jerk (uncredited)
My Gal Loves Music1944Bellboy (uncredited)
Bowery Champs1944Skinny (as Bill Benedict)
I Won't Play1944ShortFlorida (as William Benedict)
They Live in Fear1944Thomas 'Mack' Knight (uncredited)
The Merry Monahans1944Messenger (uncredited)
That's My Baby!1944Office Boy (as Billy Benedict)
Janie1944Soda Jerk (uncredited)
Block Busters1944Butch (as Billy Benedict)
Goodnight, Sweetheart1944Bellboy
Follow the Leader1944Spider O'Brien (as Billy Benedict)
Follow the Boys1944Joe (uncredited)
Cover Girl1944Florist Delivery Boy (uncredited)
The Whistler1944The Deafmute (uncredited)
Million Dollar Kid1944Skinny (as Billy Benedict)
Whispering Footsteps1943Jerry Murphy (as Billy Benedict)
Moonlight in Vermont1943Abel (as Billy Benedict)
Minesweeper1943Inoculations Corpsman (uncredited)
Mr. Muggs Steps Out1943Pinky (as Billy Benedict)
Thank Your Lucky Stars1943Busboy (uncredited)
Adventures of the Flying Cadets1943Cadet Zombie Parker (as Billy Benedict)
Nobody's Darling1943Sammy (uncredited)
Ghosts on the Loose1943Benny (as Billy Benedict)
All by Myself1943Telegraph Messenger (uncredited)
The Ox-Bow Incident1943Green (uncredited)
Clancy Street Boys1943Butch - Cherry Street Leader (as Billy Benedict)
Hangmen Also Die!1943Kylar (uncredited)
Aerial Gunner1943Pvt. Jackson 'Sleepy' Laswell (as William Benedict)
The Powers Girl1943Office Boy (uncredited)
A Night to Remember1942Messenger Boy (uncredited)
Heart of the Golden West1942Telegraph Messenger (uncredited)
Valley of Hunted Men1942Ranch Boy (uncredited)
The Glass Key1942Farr's Receptionist (uncredited)
Get Hep to Love1942Soda Jerk (uncredited)
Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch1942Usher in Opera House (uncredited)
Wildcat1942Bud Smithers (as Billy Benedict)
The Talk of the Town1942Western Union Boy (uncredited)
Perils of Nyoka1942Red Davis (as William Benedict)
Lady in a Jam1942Barker (uncredited)
I Live on Danger1942Bit (uncredited)
Home in Wyomin'1942Usher (uncredited)
Junior G-Men of the Air1942Whitey [Ch. 11] (uncredited)
The Affairs of Jimmy Valentine1942Bellboy
Two Yanks in Trinidad1942Messenger (uncredited)
Rings on Her Fingers1942Newsboy (as Billy Benedict)
On the Sunny Side1942Messenger
A Tragedy at Midnight1942Newsboy (uncredited)
Confessions of Boston Blackie1941Ice Cream Man (as Billy Benedict)
Cadet Girl1941Soldier at Camp Show (uncredited)
Tuxedo Junction1941Thomas 'Piecrust' Murphy (as Billy Benedict)
Unholy Partners1941Copyboy Wanting Paper (uncredited)
Jesse James at Bay1941Young Davis (uncredited)
Great Guns1941Recruit at Corral (uncredited)
Dressed to Kill1941Telegram Boy (uncredited)
The Richest Man in Town1941Young Man (uncredited)
Citadel of Crime1941Wes Rankins (as William Benedict)
Time Out for Rhythm1941Messenger (uncredited)
She Knew All the Answers1941Singing Telegraph Boy
In Old Cheyenne1941Train Vendor (uncredited)
Adventures of Captain Marvel1941Whitey Murphy (as William Benedict)
Mr. District Attorney1941Office Boy (uncredited)
The Man Who Lost Himself1941Messenger Boy (uncredited)
Scattergood Baines1941Lafe Hopper (uncredited)
The Great Mr. Nobody1941Jig (as William Benedict)
Bowery Boy1940
Second Chorus1940Ticket Taker (uncredited)
Give Us Wings1940Link (as Billy Benedict)
Melody Ranch1940Slim (as William Benedict)
The Mad Doctor1940Mickey Barnes - Copy Boy (uncredited)
Rhythm on the River1940Elevator Boy (uncredited)
Young People1940Boy (uncredited)
The Great McGinty1940Farm Boy (uncredited)
Lucky Partners1940Delivery Boy (uncredited)
Stage to Chino1940Happy (uncredited)
Adventures of Red Ryder1940Dan Withers [Ch. 1] (uncredited)
Grand Ole Opry1940Newsboy (uncredited)
Prairie Law1940Teenage Voter (uncredited)
And One Was Beautiful1940Delivery Man (uncredited)
My Little Chickadee1940Lem (uncredited)
Legion of the Lawless1940Eddie (as William Benedict)
Call a Messenger1939Trouble
Pack Up Your Troubles1939Office Boy (uncredited)
Timber Stampede1939Tiny Tim - Printer's Devil (uncredited)
Hollywood Hobbies1939Documentary shortTour Guide (as William Benedict)
Man of Conquest1939Tommy (uncredited)
Code of the Streets1939Trouble (as William Benedict)
Newsboys' Home1938Trouble
Say It in French1938Red-Haired Boy (uncredited)
Little Tough Guys in Society1938Trouble
Hold That Co-ed1938Sylvester (as Bill Benedict)
Young Fugitives1938Jud (as William Benedict)
Bonanza: The Next Generation1988TV MovieGus Morton (as William Benedict)
Hold That Kiss1938Boy Delivering Suit (uncredited)
Highway to Heaven1985TV SeriesBobby Joe
There's Always a Woman1938Bellhop (uncredited)
Hill Street Blues1983TV SeriesOld Man
King of the Newsboys1938Squimpy (as Willam Benedict)
Father Murphy1982TV SeriesDesk Clerk
Walking Down Broadway1938Eddie (as William Benedict)
Computercide1982TV MovieElderly Man (as William Benedict)
Bringing Up Baby1938David's Caddy (uncredited)
The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo1981TV SeriesJunior
No Time to Marry1938Farm Boy (uncredited)
Little House on the Prairie1981TV SeriesReverend Lyman
I Met My Love Again1938Billy - Boy at Party (uncredited)
Goldie and the Boxer1979TV MovieOld man
Tim Tyler's Luck1937Spud (as William Benedict)
The Dukes of Hazzard1979TV SeriesStation Owner
The Last Gangster1937Freddy - the Office Boy (uncredited)
Born Again1978Leon Jaworski (as William Benedict)
Tramp Trouble1937Short
The Incredible Hulk1978TV SeriesVic
A Dangerous Adventure1937Blister (uncredited)
Man from Atlantis1978TV SeriesGuard
Flying Fists1937Monk, Tall Kid (as Billy Benedict)
Quincy M.E.1978TV SeriesGas Station Attendent
Love in a Bungalow1937Telegraph boy
The Last Hurrah1977TV MovieWillie Degman
Rhythm in the Clouds1937Clyde (uncredited)
The Streets of San Francisco1977TV SeriesDorsey Chandler
The Road Back1937Boy Leader (uncredited)
Barnaby Jones1975-1977TV SeriesMike Brown / Vincent Wage
That I May Live1937Kurt Plivens
Charlie's Angels1976TV SeriesEmmett Winston, Esq.
Jim Hanvey, Detective1937Copy Boy (uncredited)
Ark II1976TV SeriesMalcolm
They Wanted to Marry1937Freckles (as William Benedict)
Arthur Hailey's the Moneychangers1976TV Mini-SeriesBank Guard (1976) (uncredited)
After the Thin Man1936Blond Young Man Who Approaches Car (uncredited)
Police Story1974-1976TV SeriesWylie / Prescott / Bellman
Crack-Up1936Office Boy (uncredited)
Sherlock Holmes in New York1976TV MovieTelegraph Office Manager (as William Benedict)
Laughing at Trouble1936Wilbur (as William Benedict)
Won Ton Ton: The Dog Who Saved Hollywood1976Man on Bus (as William Benedict)
Can This Be Dixie?1936Shenandoah Peachtree (uncredited)
Ellery Queen1975TV SeriesCabbie
Theodora Goes Wild1936Henry (uncredited)
Farewell, My Lovely1975uncredited
Libeled Lady1936Johnny (as William Benedict)
The Blue Knight1975TV SeriesToby (uncredited)
Adventure in Manhattan1936Office Boy (uncredited)
Cop on the Beat1975TV MovieLennie
Ramona1936Joseph Hyar (as William Benedict)
Lucas Tanner1975TV SeriesGuard
A Son Comes Home1936Cabin Boy (uncredited)
The Big Rip-Off1975TV Movie
M'Liss1936Archer Morpher (as William Benedict)
The Dead Don't Die1975TV MovieHotel Desk Clerk (uncredited)
Meet Nero Wolfe1936Johnny - Barstow's Caddy
Homebodies1974Watchman (as William Benedict)
Captain January1936Bud - Telegram Delivery Boy (uncredited)
The Girl on the Late, Late Show1974TV MoviePage in Hotel (uncredited)
The Witness Chair1936Benny Ryan (as William Benedict)
The F.B.I.1973-1974TV Series
The Country Doctor1936The Gawker (as William Benedict)
The Sting1973Roulette Dealer (as William Benedict)
Show Them No Mercy!1935Willie (uncredited)
Mannix1970-1973TV SeriesProjectionist / Popcorn Vendor
Your Uncle Dudley1935Cyril Church
Emergency!1973TV SeriesHyperventilating Victim
Bad Boy1935Grocery Clerk (uncredited)
Mission: Impossible1971-1973TV SeriesDenver / Gate Guard
Three Kids and a Queen1935Flash
The Dirt Gang1972Station Attendant
Way Down East1935Amos
Adventures of Nick Carter1972TV MovieNewsboy (as William Benedict)
Ladies Love Danger1935Newsboy (uncredited)
Call Her Mom1972TV MovieMr. Feigelbaum
Steamboat Round the Bend1935Breck (uncredited)
Alias Smith and Jones1971TV SeriesJanitor
Welcome Home1935Bit (uncredited)
Ironside1971TV SeriesSpecial Delivery Man
The Farmer Takes a Wife1935Boy Announcing Dan's Arrival Before Fight (uncredited)
All in the Family1971TV SeriesJimmy McNab / Jimmy McNabb
Doubting Thomas1935Caddie
Adam-121971TV SeriesBill White
Silk Hat Kid1935Uncle Sam (uncredited)
The Immortal1970TV SeriesPlayer
College Scandal1935'Penny' Parker (as William Benedict)
Here's Lucy1970TV SeriesDelivery Man
$10 Raise1935Jimmy (as William Benedict)
The Name of the Game1970TV SeriesDelivery Boy
Nancy1970TV SeriesTelephone Man
The Brady Bunch1970TV SeriesNews Vendor
Mayberry R.F.D.1970TV SeriesPet Shop Owner / Uncle Whitmore
Land of the Giants1969TV SeriesVillager Peabody
Hello, Dolly!1969News Vendor (uncredited)
Bracken's World1969TV SeriesActor
Then Came Bronson1969TV SeriesCard Player No. 3
The Over-the-Hill Gang1969TV MovieJoe (Telegrapher) (as Bill Benedict)
Big Daddy1969as Billy Benedict
The Lottery1969ShortJoe Summers (as William Benedict)
Rogue's Gallery1968Jocko (as William Benedict)
The Guns of Will Sonnett1968TV SeriesTelegrapher
Funny Girl1968Western Union Boy (uncredited)
The Monkees1967-1968TV SeriesOld Man / Skywriter
The Big Valley1968TV SeriesPerkins
Hondo1967TV SeriesWillie
Felony Squad1967TV SeriesClerk
Gunsmoke1967TV SeriesGus
Gomer Pyle: USMC1967TV Series1st Player
The Red Skelton Hour1967TV Series
What Am I Bid?1967Clem (as Bill Benedict)
The Phyllis Diller Show1966TV Series
The Girl from U.N.C.L.E.1966TV SeriesCounterman
I Dream of Jeannie1966TV SeriesCleaning Man
Branded1966TV SeriesHogan
Frankie and Johnny1966Bum Sleeping on Bench (uncredited)
The Loner1966TV SeriesLiveryman
Camp Runamuck1965TV SeriesVendor
Honey West1965TV SeriesFarley
Harlow1965/IBespectacled Hero in Movie (uncredited)
The Hallelujah Trail1965Simpson - Miner (as Billy Benedict)
Zebra in the Kitchen1965Toy Shop Proprietor (uncredited)
Dear Heart1964Stu, Drunk from White Springs, Indiana (uncredited)
Twilight Zone1964TV SeriesConklin
Petticoat Junction1963TV SeriesWillie Trankis
Perry Mason1963TV SeriesOld Man
Our Man Higgins1962-1963TV SeriesCommodore
Lassie1960-1962TV SeriesMr. Pike / Truck Driver / Skeeter
Dennis the Menace1962TV SeriesCrook
Ripcord1962TV Series
Lover Come Back1961Musician in Elevator (uncredited)
Outlaws1961TV SeriesTicket Agent
Route 661960TV SeriesMarvin
Riverboat1960TV SeriesCrewman
The Rifleman1960TV SeriesDave Prentice
The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp1959TV SeriesBenny
Maverick1958-1959TV SeriesHotel Desk Clerk / Porter in Denver
Last Train from Gun Hill1959Small Man in Horseshoe (uncredited)
The D.A.'s Man1959TV SeriesJoe Dominicus
The Hanging Tree1959Trapper (uncredited)
Rescue 81959TV SeriesHappy
Rally 'Round the Flag, Boys!1958Bellhop (uncredited)
Tales of Wells Fargo1958TV SeriesPringle
Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok1958TV SeriesClarence
The Adventures of Jim Bowie1958TV SeriesPreacher Luke
Walt Disney Presents: Annette1958TV SeriesDelivery Man
Hey, Jeannie!1958TV SeriesHarry
Circus Boy1957TV SeriesPunk
Dragnet1956-1957TV Series
Navy Log1956TV SeriesChadwick
The Killing1956American Airlines Clerk (as William Benedict)
Ford Star Jubilee1956TV Series
Bride of the Monster1955Newsboy (as William Benedict)
The Whistler1955TV Series
Waterfront1954TV SeriesTom
I Married Joan1953TV SeriesFlower Delivery Boy
I'm the Law1953TV SeriesSkinny
The Magnetic Monster1953Albert (as Bill Benedict)
Dick Tracy1951TV SeriesHeels Beals
Crazy Over Horses1951Whitey (as William Benedict)
Racket Squad1951TV SeriesMessenger
Let's Go Navy!1951Whitey (as William Benedict)
Ghost Chasers1951Whitey (as Billy Benedict)
Bowery Battalion1951Whitey (as William Benedict)
Blues Busters1950Whitey (as William Benedict)
Triple Trouble1950Whitey (as William Benedict)
Lucky Losers1950Whitey (as William Benedict)
Blonde Dynamite1950Whitey, aka Whitmore (as William Benedict)
Master Minds1949Whitey (as Billy Benedict)
Angels in Disguise1949Whitey (as Billy Benedict)
Hold That Baby!1949Whitey (as Billy Benedict)
Riders of the Pony Express1949Eddie Lund (as Billy Benedict)
Fighting Fools1949Whitey (as Billy Benedict)
Trouble Makers1948Whitey (as Billy Benedict)
Smugglers' Cove1948Whitey (as Billy Benedict)
Night Wind1948Irv Bennett (uncredited)
Jinx Money1948Whitey (as Billy Benedict)
Secret Service Investigator1948Counterman
Angels' Alley1948Whitey (as Billy Benedict)
Merton of the Movies1947Von Strutt's Assistant (uncredited)
Bowery Buckaroos1947Whitey (as Billy Benedict)
News Hounds1947Whitey (as Billy Benedict)
The Hucksters1947Bellboy at Blue Penguin Inn (uncredited)
'Fun on a Week-End'1947Hotel Bellboy (uncredited)
Hard Boiled Mahoney1947Whitey (as Billy Benedict)
The Pilgrim Lady1947Bellboy (as William Benedict)
Mr. Hex1946Whitey (as Billy Benedict)
Never Say Goodbye1946Messenger Boy (uncredited)
No Leave, No Love1946Expectant Father on Hospital Phone (uncredited)
Spook Busters1946Whitey (as Billy Benedict)
Bowery Bombshell1946Whitey (as Billy Benedict)
A Boy, a Girl and a Dog1946Messenger Boy (uncredited)
In Fast Company1946Whitey (as Billy Benedict)
One More Tomorrow1946Stakey - Bantam Office Boy (uncredited)
Do You Love Me1946Singing Western Union Boy (uncredited)
Without Reservations1946Western Union Telegraph Boy (uncredited)
The Kid from Brooklyn1946Newsboy #2 (uncredited)
The Gentleman Misbehaves1946Bellboy (uncredited)
Gay Blades1946Newsboy (uncredited)
Live Wires1946Whitey (as Billy Benedict)

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Blues Busters1950performer: "Swanee River" - uncredited
People Are Funny1946performer: "Alouetta"
I Won't Play1944Short performer: "Cuddle Up a Little Closer" 1908, "In the Evening by the Moonlight" 1880 - uncredited
The Witness Chair1936performer: "Tramp! Tramp! Tramp! The Boys Are Marching", "Give Me My Boots and My Saddle"

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Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Our Gang Story1994Video documentaryBenny
Fonda on Fonda1992TV Movie documentaryActor in 'The Ox-Bow Incident' (uncredited)
Nyoka and the Lost Secrets of Hippocrates1966TV MovieRed Davis (as William Benedict)
Mobs, Inc.1956Telegraph Boy

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#Fact
1Interviewed in Tom Weaver's book, "They Fought in the Creature Features" (McFarland & Co., 1994).
2After leaving the Bowery Boys series, Benedict worked predominantly as an assistant in making miniature sets.
3Married for the first time in 1969, while working on "Hello, Dolly" - to a girl named Dolly.

#Quote
1[on the "Bowery Boys" and other quickies he made for Monogram Pictures] We had a lot of fun, but we really worked hard. They were almost like shooting miniature serials. We did a lot of them in three days and three nights.


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