Oh God - not him again!

Postby Jack Bennest » Mon May 08, 2006 12:42 pm

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William Bendix, who started his acting career after his grocery business fell victim to the Great Depression, will always be best remembered for his portrayal of Chester A. Riley - a role he played on radio, television and the silver screen.

Blue collar workers had a champion in Chester A. Riley, the central character on THe Life Of Riley (1944 - 1951). Riley was a factory worker who came home to a loyal , long-suffering loving wife named peg (played over time by Grace Coppin, Georgia Backus, and Paula Winslow), and two teenaged children, Babs (variously played by Peggy Conklin, Sharon Doughlas, and Barbara Eiler) and Junior(Jack Grimes, Scotty Beckett, Conrad Binyon, and Tommy Cook). Riley's unsophisticated innocence, his tendency to screw up, then observing the mess with, "What A Revoltin' Develpment This Is!" kept the laugh meter high.

Does his face ring a bell?
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Postby Glen Livingstone » Mon May 08, 2006 1:10 pm

Is that really William Bendix?

He's a dead ringer for David Meyer.
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