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William Benedict

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. William Benedict (April 16, 1917 – November 25, 1999) was an American actor, perhaps best known for playing "Whitey" in Monogram Pictures' The Bowery Boys series. 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 My Little Chickadee (1940) starring W. C. Fields and Mae West, The Ox-Bow Incident (1943), Ed Wood's Bride of the Monster (1955), The Sting (1973) and Farewell, My Lovely (1975). 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.


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Born:
Apr 16, 1917 In Haskell, Oklahoma, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
151
First Appeared:
In the movie College Scandal 1935-06-21
Latest Project:
Series Highway to Heaven 1984-09-19
Known For
Poster of Riders of the Pony Express
Poster of I Won't Play
Poster of Whispering Footsteps
Poster of All By Myself
Filmography
Series Highway to Heaven Unknown 1984-09-19
Series Hill Street Blues Unknown 1981-01-15
Series Quincy, M.E. Unknown 1976-10-03
Movie Sherlock Holmes in New York Telegraph Office Manager 1976-10-18
Series Ellery Queen Unknown 1975-09-11
Series Little House on the Prairie Unknown 1974-09-11
Series Police Story Unknown 1973-09-25
Movie The Sting Roulette Dealer 1973-12-25
Series Emergency! Unknown 1972-01-22
Movie The Adventures of Nick Carter Newsboy (as William Benedict) 1972-02-20
Series The Streets of San Francisco Unknown 1972-09-16
Series Alias Smith and Jones Unknown 1971-01-05
Series All in the Family Unknown 1971-01-12
Series The Immortal Unknown 1970-09-24
Series The Brady Bunch Unknown 1969-09-26
Series Here's Lucy Unknown 1968-09-23
Series Land of the Giants Unknown 1968-09-22
Series Hondo Unknown 1967-09-08
Series Ironside Unknown 1967-03-28
Series The Guns of Will Sonnett Unknown 1967-09-08
Series Mannix Unknown 1967-09-16
Series Felony Squad Unknown 1966-09-12
Series The Monkees Unknown 1966-09-12
Series Branded Unknown 1965-01-24
Movie The Hallelujah Trail Simpson 1965-06-23
Series I Dream of Jeannie Unknown 1965-09-18
Series Honey West Unknown 1965-09-17
Series Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. Unknown 1964-09-25
Series Petticoat Junction Unknown 1963-09-24
Series Route 66 Unknown 1960-10-07
Series The Twilight Zone Unknown 1959-10-02
Series Dennis, The Menace Unknown 1959-10-04
Series The Rifleman Unknown 1958-09-30
Movie The Killing American Airlines Clerk 1956-05-08
Series The Adventures of Jim Bowie Unknown 1956-09-07
Movie Bride of the Monster Newsboy 1955-05-11
Series Gunsmoke Unknown 1955-09-10
Series Navy Log Unknown 1955-09-20
Series Lassie Unknown 1954-09-12
Movie The Magnetic Monster Albert 1953-02-18
Series I'm the Law Unknown 1953-02-13
Movie Ghost Chasers Whitey 1951-04-29
Series The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok Unknown 1951-04-15
Series Dragnet Unknown 1951-12-16
Series Hallmark Hall of Fame Unknown 1951-12-24
Movie Let's Go Navy! Whitey 1951-07-29
Movie Blonde Dynamite Whitey, aka Whitmore (as William Benedict) 1950-02-12
Movie Lucky Losers Whitey (as William Benedict) 1950-05-14
Movie Fighting Fools Whitey (as Billy Benedict) 1949-03-17
Movie Trouble Makers Whitey (as Billy Benedict) 1949-01-02
Movie Riders of the Pony Express Eddie Lund (as Billy Benedict) 1949-05-13
Movie Hold That Baby! Whitey (as Billy Benedict) 1949-06-06
Movie Master Minds Whitey (as Billy Benedict) 1949-11-27
Movie Angels in Disguise Whitey (as Billy Benedict) 1949-09-25
Movie Angels' Alley Whitey 1948-03-07
Movie Smuggler's Cove Whitey (as Billy Benedict) 1948-10-10
Movie Hard Boiled Mahoney Whitey 1947-05-10
Movie News Hounds Whitey (as Billy Benedict) 1947-08-13
Movie Merton of the Movies Von Strutt's Assistant (uncredited) 1947-10-11
Movie Bowery Buckaroos Whitey 1947-11-22
Movie Gay Blades Newsboy (uncredited) 1946-01-25
Movie Do You Love Me Singing Western Union Boy (uncredited) 1946-05-17
Movie Live Wires Whitey (as Billy Benedict) 1946-01-12
Movie People Are Funny NBC Usher 1946-01-11
Movie One More Tomorrow Stinky 1946-05-31
Movie Without Reservations Telegraph Delivery Boy 1946-05-13
Movie Never Say Goodbye Messenger Boy (uncredited) 1946-11-09
Movie In Fast Company Whitey (as Billy Benedict) 1946-06-22
Movie Mr. Hex Whitey (as Billy Benedict) 1946-11-09
Movie Spook Busters Whitey 1946-08-24
Movie Bowery Bombshell Whitey 1946-07-20
Movie Docks of New York Skinny 1945-02-24
Movie Come Out Fighting Skinny (as Billy Benedict) 1945-09-29
Movie Mr. Muggs Rides Again Skinny 1945-07-15
Movie Follow the Leader Spider O'Brien 1944-06-03
Movie The Whistler The Deafmute (uncredited) 1944-03-30
Movie Block Busters Butch (as Billy Benedict) 1944-07-22
Movie Million Dollar Kid Skinny 1944-02-28
Movie I Won't Play Florida (as William Benedict) 1944-11-11
Movie Janie Soda Jerk (uncredited) 1944-09-02
Movie They Live in Fear Thomas 'Mack' Knight (uncredited) 1944-10-06
Movie Bowery Champs Skinny (as Bill Benedict) 1944-11-25
Movie That's My Baby! Office boy 1944-09-14
Movie Aerial Gunner Pvt. Jackson 'Sleepy' Laswell (as William Benedict) 1943-03-20
Movie The Ox-Bow Incident Green (uncredited) 1943-03-11
Movie The Powers Girl Office Boy 1943-01-15
Movie All By Myself Telegraph Messenger 1943-06-11
Movie Ghosts on the Loose Benny 1943-07-30
Movie Mr. Muggs Steps Out Pinky (as Billy Benedict) 1943-10-29
Movie Whispering Footsteps Jerry Murphy (as Billy Benedict) 1943-12-30
Movie Adventures of the Flying Cadets Zombie Parker 1943-09-07
Movie Perils of Nyoka Red Davis 1942-06-27
Movie I Live on Danger Bellboy 1942-06-16
Movie Home in Wyomin' Usher (uncredited) 1942-04-29
Movie Junior G-Men of the Air Whitey 1942-06-30
Movie The Talk of the Town Western Union Boy (uncredited) 1942-08-20
Movie Heart of the Golden West Telegraph Messenger 1942-11-16
Movie Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch Theatre Usher 1942-10-01
Movie Get Hep to Love Soda Jerk 1942-10-02
Movie Wildcat Bud Smithers 1942-09-03
Movie Mr. District Attorney Office Boy 1941-03-27
Movie The Great Mr. Nobody Jig 1941-02-15
Movie She Knew All the Answers Singing Telegraph Boy 1941-05-13
Movie In Old Cheyenne Train Vendor 1941-04-04
Movie Confessions of Boston Blackie Ice Cream Man 1941-12-08
Movie Jesse James at Bay Young Davis 1941-10-17
Movie Dressed to Kill Singing Telegram Boy 1941-08-08
Movie Adventures of Red Ryder Dan Withers 1940-06-28
Movie Grand Ole Opry Newsboy (uncredited) 1940-06-25
Movie My Little Chickadee Lem 1940-02-09
Movie Legion of the Lawless Eddie 1940-01-22
Movie The Great McGinty Farm Boy (uncredited) 1940-08-23
Movie And One Was Beautiful Delivery Man 1940-04-05
Movie Lucky Partners Delivery Boy 1940-08-02
Movie Give Us Wings Link (as Billy Benedict) 1940-12-20
Movie Rhythm on the River Elevator Boy 1940-08-28
Movie Second Chorus Ticket Taker 1940-12-09
Movie The Mad Doctor Mickey Barnes - Copy Boy 1940-11-09
Movie Young People Boy (uncredited) 1940-08-30
Movie Melody Ranch Slim 1940-09-15
Movie Code of the Streets Trouble 1939-04-13
Movie Pack Up Your Troubles Office Boy 1939-10-24
Movie Hollywood Hobbies Tour Guide 1939-05-03
Movie King of the Newsboys Squimpy 1938-03-18
Movie Bringing Up Baby David's Caddy (uncredited) 1938-02-18
Movie I Met My Love Again Billy - Boy at Party 1938-01-14
Movie Hold That Kiss Delivery Boy 1938-05-13
Movie Say It in French Red-Haired Boy 1938-11-25
Movie Newsboys' Home Trouble 1938-12-24
Movie Young Fugitives Jud 1938-06-29
Movie Little Tough Guys in Society Trouble 1938-11-01
Movie Hold That Co-ed Sylvester 1938-09-16
Movie Rhythm in the Clouds Bellboy 1937-06-21
Movie Flying Fists Monk, Tall Kid 1937-07-01
Movie They Wanted to Marry Freckles 1937-02-05
Movie Tim Tyler's Luck Spud 1937-12-27
Movie Tramp Trouble 1937-08-07
Movie That I May Live Kurt Plivens 1937-09-13
Movie The Witness Chair Benny Ryan 1936-04-23
Movie The Country Doctor The Gawker 1936-03-12
Movie M'Liss Archer Morpher 1936-07-27
Movie Captain January Telegram Delivery Boy 1936-04-24
Movie Ramona Joseph Hyar 1936-09-25
Movie Laughing at Trouble Wilbur 1936-12-11
Movie Theodora Goes Wild Copyboy at Lynnfield Bugle 1936-11-12
Movie Libeled Lady Joe 1936-10-09
Movie College Scandal 'Penny' Parker 1935-06-21
Movie Doubting Thomas Caddie 1935-07-10
Movie Show Them No Mercy! Willie (uncredited) 1935-12-06
Movie Way Down East Amos 1935-10-25
Movie Steamboat Round the Bend Breck 1935-09-06