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Benchley, Robert Charles (Robert)

Born: 1889 AD
Died: 1945 AD, at 56 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Actors, Authors, Humorist


1889 - Born on the 15th of September in Worcester, Massachusetts.

         - Attended Harvard University and was a leading contributor to the Harvard Lampoon.

         - Benchley formed the Algonquin Round Table.

         - Member of the Algonquin Wits.

1913 - Owing to an academic failure in his senior year due to an illness, Benchley would not receive his Bachelor of Arts from Harvard until the completion of his credits and took a position with Curtis shortly after he received his diploma.

         - In September, he was hired by Curtis as a full-time staff member, preparing copy for its new house publication, Obiter Dicta.

1920 - In April, Benchley landed a position with Life writing theatre reviews.

1925 - Benchley had continued to receive positive responses from his performing, and he accepted a standing invitation from film producer Jesse L. Lasky for a six-week term writing screenplays at $500.

1928 - Benchley's first film was The Treasurer's Report, released on the 12th of March.

         - Sex Life of the Polyp, released on the 25th of July.

1940 - Appeared in Alfred Hitchcock's Foreign Correspondent.

1942 - Starred in Rene Clair's I Married a Witch.

1941-1943 - With Fred Astaire in You'll Never Get Rich and The Sky's the Limit.

         - Appeared in the feature film The Reluctant Dragon.

1945 - Died on the 21st of November in New York, New York, USA.

1955 - Nathaniel became a writer himself, and penned a biography of his father as well as becoming a well-respected children's book author.

         - Benchley was awarded a star on the Walk of Fame in Hollywood.


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