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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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Apr 16, 1917 In Haskell, Oklahoma, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie College Scandal 1935-06-21
Latest Project:
Series Highway to Heaven 1984-09-19
Known For
Poster of The Twilight Zone
Poster of I'm the Law
Poster of Perils of Nyoka
Poster of Rhythm in the Clouds
Series Highway to Heaven Unknown 1984-09-19
Series Hill Street Blues Unknown 1981-01-15
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 1973-03-20
Movie The Sting Roulette Dealer 1973-12-25
Series Emergency! Unknown 1972-01-22
Movie The Adventures of Nick Carter Newsboy 1972-02-20
Series The Streets of San Francisco Unknown 1972-09-23
Series Alias Smith and Jones Unknown 1971-01-05
Series Land of the Giants Unknown 1968-09-22
Series Ironside Unknown 1967-03-28
Series Hondo Unknown 1967-09-08
Series Mannix Unknown 1967-09-16
Series The Monkees Unknown 1966-09-12
Movie The Hallelujah Trail Simpson 1965-06-23
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
Movie The Hanging Tree 1959-03-13
Series The Twilight Zone Unknown 1959-10-02
Series The Rifleman Unknown 1958-09-30
Series The Adventures of Jim Bowie Unknown 1956-09-07
Movie The Killing American Airlines Clerk 1956-06-06
Movie Bride of the Monster Newsboy 1955-05-11
Series Gunsmoke Unknown 1955-09-10
Series Lassie Unknown 1954-09-12
Movie The Magnetic Monster Albert 1953-02-18
Series I'm the Law Unknown 1953-02-13
Series The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok Unknown 1951-04-15
Movie Bowery Battalion Whitey (as William Benedict) 1951-01-24
Movie Ghost Chasers Whitey 1951-04-29
Movie Let's Go Navy! Whitey 1951-07-29
Series Dragnet Unknown 1951-12-16
Series Hallmark Hall of Fame Unknown 1951-12-24
Movie Blonde Dynamite Whitey 1950-02-12
Movie Lucky Losers Whitey (as William Benedict) 1950-05-14
Movie Fighting Fools Whitey 1949-03-17
Movie Master Minds Whitey 1949-11-27
Movie Riders of the Pony Express Eddie Lund 1949-05-13
Movie Trouble Makers Whitey (as Billy Benedict) 1949-01-02
Movie Hold That Baby! Whitey 1949-06-06
Movie Angels in Disguise Whitey 1949-09-25
Movie Angels' Alley Whitey 1948-03-07
Movie Jinx Money Whitey (as Billy Benedict) 1948-06-27
Movie Smuggler's Cove Whitey (as Billy Benedict) 1948-10-10
Movie Hard Boiled Mahoney Whitey 1947-05-10
Movie Fun on a Weekend Hotel Bellboy (Uncredited) 1947-05-15
Movie Bowery Buckaroos Whitey 1947-11-22
Movie News Hounds Whitey (as Billy Benedict) 1947-08-13
Movie Merton of the Movies Von Strutt's Assistant (uncredited) 1947-10-11
Movie Road to Utopia Second Newsboy (uncredited) 1946-02-27
Movie Without Reservations Telegraph Delivery Boy (uncredited) 1946-05-13
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 Gay Blades Newsboy (uncredited) 1946-01-25
Movie Bowery Bombshell Whitey 1946-07-20
Movie One More Tomorrow Stinky 1946-05-24
Movie Never Say Goodbye Messenger Boy (uncredited) 1946-11-09
Movie Mr. Hex Whitey (as Billy Benedict) 1946-11-09
Movie In Fast Company Whitey (as Billy Benedict) 1946-06-22
Movie Spook Busters Whitey (as Billy Benedict) 1946-08-24
Movie Hollywood and Vine Joe the Newsboy 1945-04-25
Movie Docks of New York Skinny 1945-02-24
Movie Mr. Muggs Rides Again Skinny 1945-07-15
Movie Ernie Pyle's Story of G.I. Joe Private Whitey 1945-07-13
Movie Come Out Fighting Skinny (as Billy Benedict) 1945-09-29
Movie Block Busters Butch 1944-07-22
Movie Janie Soda Jerk (uncredited) 1944-09-02
Movie Million Dollar Kid Skinny 1944-02-28
Movie The Whistler The Deafmute (uncredited) 1944-03-30
Movie Follow the Leader Spider O'Brien 1944-06-03
Movie That's My Baby! Office boy 1944-09-14
Movie I Won't Play Florida 1944-11-11
Movie Bowery Champs Skinny 1944-11-25
Movie They Live in Fear Thomas 'Mack' Knight (uncredited) 1944-10-06
Movie Aerial Gunner Pvt. Jackson 'Sleepy' Laswell (as William Benedict) 1943-03-20
Movie The Powers Girl Office Boy 1943-01-15
Movie Ghosts on the Loose Benny 1943-07-30
Movie All by Myself Telegraph Messenger 1943-06-11
Movie Whispering Footsteps Jerry Murphy 1943-12-30
Movie Mr. Muggs Steps Out Pinky (as Billy Benedict) 1943-10-29
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 Rings on Her Fingers 1942-03-20
Movie On the Sunny Side Messenger 1942-02-13
Movie The Talk of the Town Western Union Boy (uncredited) 1942-08-20
Movie Home in Wyomin' Usher (uncredited) 1942-04-29
Movie Junior G-Men of the Air Whitey 1942-06-30
Movie A Night to Remember Messenger Boy 1942-12-10
Movie Wildcat Bud Smithers 1942-09-03
Movie Get Hep to Love Soda Jerk 1942-10-02
Movie Heart of the Golden West Telegraph Messenger 1942-11-16
Movie The Glass Key Farr's Office Boy 1942-09-08
Movie Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch Theatre Usher 1942-10-01
Movie Mr. District Attorney Office Boy 1941-03-27
Movie Second Chorus Ticket Taker (uncredited) 1941-01-03
Movie Adventures of Captain Marvel Whitey Murphy 1941-03-28
Movie The Great Mr. Nobody Jig 1941-02-15
Movie In Old Cheyenne Train Vendor 1941-04-04
Movie She Knew All the Answers Singing Telegraph Boy 1941-05-13
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 Legion of the Lawless Eddie 1940-01-22
Movie My Little Chickadee Lem 1940-02-09
Movie And One Was Beautiful Delivery Man 1940-04-05
Movie The Great McGinty Farm Boy (uncredited) 1940-08-01
Movie Give Us Wings Link (as Billy Benedict) 1940-12-20
Movie Lucky Partners Delivery Boy 1940-08-02
Movie The Mad Doctor Mickey Barnes - Copy Boy 1940-11-09
Movie Melody Ranch Slim 1940-09-15
Movie Rhythm on the River Elevator Boy 1940-08-28
Movie Young People Boy (uncredited) 1940-08-30
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 There's Always a Woman Bellboy 1938-04-20
Movie King of the Newsboys Squimpy 1938-03-18
Movie I Met My Love Again Billy 1938-01-14
Movie Hold That Kiss Delivery Boy 1938-05-13
Movie Walking Down Broadway Eddie 1938-03-11
Movie Say It in French Midget Car Driver 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 Captain January Telegram Delivery Boy 1936-04-17
Movie The Country Doctor The Gawker 1936-03-12
Movie M'Liss Archer Morpher 1936-07-27
Movie The Witness Chair Benny Ryan 1936-04-23
Movie Ramona Joseph Hyar 1936-09-25
Movie Theodora Goes Wild Copyboy at Lynnfield Bugle 1936-11-12
Movie Laughing at Trouble Wilbur 1936-12-11
Movie Libeled Lady Joe 1936-10-09
Movie Doubting Thomas Caddie 1935-07-10
Movie College Scandal 'Penny' Parker 1935-06-21
Movie Steamboat Round the Bend Breck 1935-09-06
Movie Your Uncle Dudley Cyril Church 1935-12-13
Movie Show Them No Mercy! Willie (uncredited) 1935-12-06
Movie Way Down East Amos 1935-10-25
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