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 George Frederick “Wilson” Benge

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George Frederick “Wilson” Benge

Birth
Greenwich, Royal Borough of Greenwich, Greater London, England
Death 1 Jul 1955 (aged 80)
Hollywood, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial North Hollywood, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Plot Lot 1, Section 9334, Block J
Memorial ID 83626160 View Source
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Actor. He is best remembered for his numerous portrayals of faithful butlers and valets in several cinematic features of the 1930s and 1940s. After immigrating to the United States in 1921, he began his career appearing in "Robin Hood" (1922). For the next 33 years, he became a familiar face to film audiences appearing in over 200 feature films free-lancing between all of the major studios. In addition to his trademark servant roles, the venerable, balding character actor played a number of other servile parts such as ushers, waiters, footmen, benevolent types, clergyman, monks, and professors, in such motion pictures as "The Ten Commandments" (1923), "Alias Mary Flynn" (1925), "The Road to Yesterday" (1925), "A Trip to Chinatown" (1926), "The Midnight Message" (1926), "The Fourth Commandment" (1927), "Alias the Deacon" (1927), "That's My Daddy" (1927), "Anybody Here Seen Kelly?" (1928), "A Gentleman Preferred" (1928), "The Charlatan" (1929), "Bulldrog Drummond" (1929), "A Most Immortal Lady" (1929), "Untamed" (1929), "This Thing Called Love" (1929), "Peacock Alley" (1930), "Spring is Here" (1930), "Son of the Gods" (1930), "Raffles" (1930), "Charley's Aunt" (1930), "The She-Wolf" (1931), "Five and Ten" (1931), "Their Mad Moment" (1931), "Platinum Blonde" (1931), "Consolation Marriage" (1931), "Men in Her Life" (1931), "Forbidden" (1932), "Emma" (1932), "The Greeks Had a Word for Them" (1932), "So Big!" (1932), "State's Attorney" (1932), "Unholy Love" (1932), "Oliver Twist" (1933), "By Appointment Only" (1933), "Arizona to Broadway" (1933), "Big Executive" (1933), "The Song of Songs" (1933), "Nana" (1934), "Long Lost Father" (1934), "City Park" (1934), "Bulldog Drummond Strikes Back" (1934), "The Ghost Walks" (1934), "Treasure Island" (1934), "False Pretenses" (1935), "A Feather in Her Hat" (1935), "Dancing Feet" (1936), "The Criminal Within" (1936), "The King Steps Out" (1936), "Two-Fisted Gentleman" (1936), "Dodsworth" (1936), "Camille" (1936), "Maid of Salem" (1937), "The Last of Mrs. Cheyney" (1937), "I Promise to Pay" (1937), "Oh, Doctor" (1937), "Easy Living" (1937), "Souls at Sea" (1937), "Murder in Greenwich Village" (1937), "Rosalie" (1937), "Air Devils" (1938), "Sweethearts" (1938), "Trade Winds" (1938), "Lord Jeff" (1938), "Man About Town" (1939), "Only Angels Have Wings" (1939), "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" (1939), "Call a Messenger" (1939), "Rulers of the Sea" (1939), "The Green Hornet" (1940), "Half a Sinner" (1940), "Women in War" (1940), "Pride and Prejudice" (1940), "The Lady Eve" (1941), "Virginia" (1941), "Adventures of Captain Marvel" (1941), "Northing But The Truth" (1941), "Moonlight Masquerade" (1942), "Miss Annie Rooney" (1942), "The Palm Beach Story" (1942), "Immortal Sargent" (1943), "Reveille with Beverly" (1943), "Murder in Times Square" (1943), "The Lodger" (1944), "The White Cliffs of Dover" (1944), "Gaslight" (1944), "Ministry of Fear" (1944), "Mrs. Parkington" (1944), "Tonight and Every Night" (1945), "The Picture of Dorian Gray" (1945), "Guest Wife" (1945), "To Each His Own" (1946), "The Razors Edge" (1946), "Dressed to Kill" (1946), "Queen of the Amazons" (1947), "Lured" (1947), "My Own True Love" (1948), "The Three Musketeers" (1948), "Please Believe Me" (1950), "Royal Wedding" (1951), "Million Dollar Mermaid" (1952), "Scaramouche" (1952), "Sword of Venus" (1953), and "Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" (1953). During his career, he became a naturalized United States citizen in 1927, was a member of the Screen Actors Guild, was active on the council for the California State Republican Committee, was an active member of the Episcopal Actors Guild, and was highly supportive within his local chapter of the American Red Cross. After appearing in his last film role in "The Scarlet Coat" (1955), he died from undisclosed causes.

Bio by: Lowell Thurgood


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