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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:
Movie Man Rots from the Head 2016-08-10
Known For
Poster of Gay Blades
Poster of Home in Wyomin'
Poster of Give Us Wings
Poster of Steamboat Round the Bend
Movie Man Rots from the Head NBC Usher 2016-08-10
Movie A Place in Hell Newsboy (as William Benedict) 2016-02-16
Movie The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic Office Boy 2014-09-15
Movie The Wonders Telegraph Messenger 2014-05-22
Movie El Ott Whitey (as Billy Benedict) 2014-10-27
Movie The Internship Jerry Murphy (as Billy Benedict) 2013-06-07
Movie First Period Benny Ryan 2013-07-27
Movie Heart of the Country Newsboy (as William Benedict) 2013-08-19
Movie A Hijacking Amos 2012-02-26
Movie The Greatest Event in Television History The Deafmute (uncredited) 2012-10-11
Movie Hiding in Plain Sight Delivery Boy 2012-09-28
Movie Meat Loaf: Guilty Pleasure Tour Live from Sydney Bud Smithers 2012-11-06
Movie Waiting for Lightning Newsboy (uncredited) 2012-12-07
Movie Paul Singing Western Union Boy (uncredited) 2011-02-14
Movie Hugo Red-Haired Boy 2011-11-22
Movie The Penguins of Madagascar: New to the Zoo Billy - Boy at Party 2010-08-10
Movie Comme les 5 doigts de la main Joseph Hyar 2010-04-28
Movie iPsycho Newsboy 2010-08-13
Movie Ready or Not Lem 2009-01-01
Movie Armored Trooper Votoms: Pailsen Files The Movie Eddie Lund (as Billy Benedict) 2009-01-17
Movie The Pink Conspiracy Bellboy 2008-11-11
Movie Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II Whitey 2008-11-16
Movie Sands of Oblivion Bud Smithers 2007-07-28
Movie The Comedians of Comedy: Live at The Troubadour Wilbur 2007-09-18
Movie As You Like It Newsboy (uncredited) 2006-01-01
Movie Telling the Truth About Lies: The Making of "All the President's Men" Whitey (as Billy Benedict) 2006-02-28
Movie Just Like Heaven Mickey Barnes - Copy Boy 2005-09-16
Movie ROH Reborn: Stage Two Whitey 2004-04-24
Movie Without a Paddle Von Strutt's Assistant (uncredited) 2004-08-20
Movie Devil's Harvest Joe 2003-01-01
Movie Bang Bang You're Dead Dan Withers 2002-06-07
Movie Do You Wanna Know a Secret? Trouble 2001-03-04
Movie Storytelling Von Strutt's Assistant (uncredited) 2001-11-08
Movie Blue Streak Telegram Delivery Boy 1999-09-17
Movie Shadow Warriors II: Hunt for the Death Merchant Trouble 1999-04-04
Movie Frogs for Snakes Ticket Taker 1998-08-14
Movie One Tough Cop Bellboy 1998-10-09
Movie Beat American Airlines Clerk 1997-05-10
Movie WCW Starrcade '97 Benny 1997-12-28
Movie Enfants de salaud Whitey (as Billy Benedict) 1996-04-03
Movie Three Colors: Red Squimpy 1994-05-27
Movie Nunsense Whitey (as Billy Benedict) 1993-01-01
Movie Crazy Love Link (as Billy Benedict) 1993-06-15
Movie Untamed Heart NBC Usher 1993-02-12
Movie Terminal Bliss Von Strutt's Assistant (uncredited) 1992-03-06
Movie La Belle Noiseuse Young Davis 1991-09-04
Movie Fatal Charm Trouble 1990-09-19
Movie The Amityville Curse Bellboy 1989-12-01
Movie Picasso Trigger Whitey (as Billy Benedict) 1988-02-01
Movie Catch the Heat Trouble 1987-10-01
Movie Straight to Hell Slim 1986-01-01
Series Highway to Heaven Unknown 1984-09-19
Movie Rock & Rule The Deafmute (uncredited) 1983-04-15
Movie Go for It Wilbur 1983-01-01
Series Hill Street Blues Unknown 1981-01-15
Movie Pepi, Luci, Bom Slim 1980-10-27
Movie The Fog Pvt. Jackson 'Sleepy' Laswell (as William Benedict) 1980-02-08
Movie The Secret War of Jackie's Girls Kurt Plivens 1980-11-29
Movie Peppermint Soda Link (as Billy Benedict) 1977-12-14
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
Movie The Ruling Class Farm Boy (uncredited) 1972-09-13
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 Ironside Unknown 1967-03-28
Series Hondo Unknown 1967-09-08
Series The Guns of Will Sonnett Unknown 1967-09-08
Series Mannix Unknown 1967-09-16
Movie The Knight of Knights Telegraph Office Manager 1966-05-17
Series The Monkees Unknown 1966-09-12
Series Felony Squad 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
Movie The Magnificent Concubine Whitey 1962-09-01
Movie Two Loves Pinky (as Billy Benedict) 1961-06-21
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 Naked Gun Singing Telegram Boy 1956-11-01
Movie The Killing American Airlines Clerk 1956-05-08
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
Movie Mr. Denning Drives North Jud 1952-09-02
Movie Let's Go Navy! Whitey 1951-07-29
Movie Ghost Chasers Whitey 1951-04-29
Movie The Blue Veil Sylvester 1951-10-26
Series Hallmark Hall of Fame Unknown 1951-12-24
Series Dragnet Unknown 1951-12-16
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 Angels in Disguise Whitey (as Billy Benedict) 1949-09-25
Movie Hold That Baby! Whitey (as Billy Benedict) 1949-06-06
Movie Master Minds Whitey (as Billy Benedict) 1949-11-27
Movie Angels' Alley Whitey 1948-03-07
Movie Smugglers' Cove Whitey (as Billy Benedict) 1948-10-10
Movie Bowery Buckaroos Whitey 1947-11-22
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 Do You Love Me Singing Western Union Boy (uncredited) 1946-05-17
Movie Without Reservations Telegraph Delivery Boy 1946-05-13
Movie One More Tomorrow Stinky 1946-05-31
Movie People Are Funny NBC Usher 1946-01-11
Movie Live Wires Whitey (as Billy Benedict) 1946-01-12
Movie Gay Blades Newsboy (uncredited) 1946-01-25
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 1946-08-24
Movie Never Say Goodbye Messenger Boy (uncredited) 1946-11-09
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 Million Dollar Kid Skinny 1944-02-28
Movie Block Busters Butch (as Billy Benedict) 1944-07-22
Movie The Whistler The Deafmute (uncredited) 1944-03-30
Movie That's My Baby! Office boy 1944-09-14
Movie Bowery Champs Skinny (as Bill Benedict) 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 The Ox-Bow Incident Green (uncredited) 1943-03-11
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 Junior G-Men of the Air Whitey 1942-06-30
Movie Home in Wyomin' Usher (uncredited) 1942-04-29
Movie Shut My Big Mouth Wilbur 1942-02-19
Movie I Live on Danger Bellboy 1942-06-16
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 Wildcat Bud Smithers 1942-09-03
Movie The Mad Doctor Mickey Barnes - Copy Boy 1941-02-14
Movie Dressed to Kill Singing Telegram Boy 1941-08-08
Movie In Old Cheyenne Train Vendor 1941-04-04
Movie Jesse James at Bay Young Davis 1941-10-17
Movie Confessions of Boston Blackie Ice Cream Man 1941-12-08
Movie Grand Ole Opry Newsboy (uncredited) 1940-06-25
Movie Adventures of Red Ryder Dan Withers 1940-06-28
Movie And One Was Beautiful Delivery Man 1940-04-05
Movie Legion of the Lawless Eddie 1940-01-22
Movie Lucky Partners Delivery Boy 1940-08-02
Movie My Little Chickadee Lem 1940-02-09
Movie Rhythm on the River Elevator Boy 1940-08-28
Movie Second Chorus Ticket Taker 1940-12-09
Movie The Great McGinty Farm Boy (uncredited) 1940-08-23
Movie Prehistoric Porky Whitey (as Billy Benedict) 1940-10-11
Movie Melody Ranch Slim 1940-09-15
Movie Give Us Wings Link (as Billy Benedict) 1940-12-20
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 King of the Newsboys Squimpy 1938-03-18
Movie Bringing Up Baby David's Caddy (uncredited) 1938-02-18
Movie Hold That Kiss Delivery Boy 1938-05-13
Movie I Met My Love Again Billy - Boy at Party 1938-01-14
Movie Say It in French Red-Haired Boy 1938-11-25
Movie Young Fugitives Jud 1938-06-29
Movie Little Tough Guys in Society Trouble 1938-11-01
Movie Newsboys' Home Trouble 1938-12-24
Movie Hold That Co-ed Sylvester 1938-09-16
Movie Flying Fists Monk, Tall Kid 1937-07-01
Movie Rhythm in the Clouds Bellboy 1937-06-21
Movie Tramp Trouble 1937-08-07
Movie They Wanted to Marry Freckles 1937-02-05
Movie The Prisoner of Zenda NBC Usher 1937-09-03
Movie Daughter of Shanghai Singing Telegram Boy 1937-12-17
Movie Tim Tyler's Luck Spud 1937-12-27
Movie That I May Live Kurt Plivens 1937-09-13
Movie Captain January Telegram Delivery Boy 1936-04-24
Movie The Country Doctor The Gawker 1936-03-12
Movie The Witness Chair Benny Ryan 1936-04-23
Movie M'Liss Archer Morpher 1936-07-27
Movie Ramona Joseph Hyar 1936-09-25
Movie Laughing at Trouble Wilbur 1936-12-11
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