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William Benedict

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Billy Benedict
William Benedict

(1917-04-16)April 16, 1917
DiedNovember 25, 1999(1999-11-25) (aged 82)
Years active1935–1992
Dolly Benedict
(m. 1969, divorced)

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.[1]

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Early years

William Franklin Sater Benedict was born in Haskell, Oklahoma,[2] After his father's death when Billy was three years old, his mother supported him and his two sisters.[3] He took part in school theatricals, and on leaving school he made his way to Hollywood.


Benedict's first film was $10 Raise (1935) starring Edward Everett Horton, which launched the blond-haired young man on a busy career. He 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,[4] and in television series, including The Andy Griffith Show, All in the Family, and The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.


Benedict died at age 82 on November 25, 1999, at Los Angeles' Cedars-Sinai Medical Center,[4] following heart surgery.[1]

Selected filmography

Year Film Role Director Notes
1935 $10 Raise Jimmy George Marshall
1935 College Scandal 'Penny' Parker Elliott Nugent
1935 Silk Hat Kid Uncle Sam H. Bruce Humberstone uncredited
1935 Doubting Thomas Caddie David Butler
1935 The Farmer Takes a Wife Boy Announcing Dan's Arrival Before Fight Victor Fleming uncredited
1935 Welcome Home Bit James Tinling uncredited
1935 Steamboat Round the Bend Breck John Ford uncredited
1935 Ladies Love Danger Newsboy H. Bruce Humberstone uncredited
1935 Way Down East Amos D. W. Griffith
1935 Three Kids and a Queen Flash Edward Ludwig
1935 Bad Boy Grocery Clerk John G. Blystone uncredited
1935 Show Them No Mercy Willie George Marshall uncredited
1935 Your Uncle Dudley Cyril Church Eugene Forde
1936 The Country Doctor The Gawker Henry King
1936 Captain January Telegram Delivery Boy David Butler uncredited
1936 The Witness Chair Benny Ryan George Nicholls, Jr.
1936 Meet Nero Wolfe Barstow's Caddy Herbert Biberman
1936 M'Liss Archer Morpher George Nicholls, Jr.
1936 A Son Comes Home Cabin Boy E.A. Dupont uncredited
1936 Ramona Joseph Hyar
1936 Adventure in Manhattan Office Boy Edward Ludwig uncredited
1936 Libeled Lady Johnny Jack Conway
1936 Theodora Goes Wild Henry Richard Boleslawski uncredited
1936 Can This Be Dixie? Shenandoah Peachtree uncredited
1936 Laughing at Trouble Wilbur Frank R. Strayer
1936 Crack-Up Office Boy Malcolm St. Clair uncredited
1936 After the Thin Man Blond Young Man Who Approaches Car W. S. Van Dyke uncredited
1937 They Wanted to Marry Freckles Lew Landers
1937 Jim Hanvey, Detective Copy Boy Phil Rosen uncredited
1937 That I May Live Kurt Plivens Allan Dwan
1937 The Road Back Boy Leader James Whale uncredited
1937 Rhythm in the Clouds Clyde John H. Auer uncredited
1937 Love in a Bungalow Telegraph boy Ray McCarey
1937 Flying Fists Monk, Tall Kid Robert F. Hill
1937 A Dangerous Adventure Blister D. Ross Lederman uncredited
1937 The Last Gangster the Office Boy Edward Ludwig uncredited
1937 Tim Tyler's Luck Spud Wyndham Gittens
1938 I Met My Love Again Boy at Party George Cukor (uncredited) uncredited
1938 No Time to Marry Farm Boy Harry Lachman uncredited
1938 Bringing Up Baby David's Caddy Howard Hawks uncredited
1938 Walking Down Broadway Eddie Norman Foster
1938 King of the Newsboys Squimpy Bernard Vorhaus
1938 There's Always a Woman Bellhop Alexander Hall uncredited
1938 Hold That Kiss Boy Delivering Suit Edwin L. Marin uncredited
1938 Young Fugitives Jud John Rawlins
1938 Hold That Co-ed Sylvester George Marshall
1938 Little Tough Guys in Society Trouble Erle C. Kenton
1938 Say It in French Red-Haired Boy Andrew L. Stone uncredited
1938 Newsboys' Home Trouble Harold Young
1939 Code of the Streets Trouble Harold Young
1939 Man of Conquest Tommy George Nicholls Jr. uncredited
1939 Timber Stampede Printer's Devil Kenneth Holmes (assistant) uncredited
1939 Pack Up Your Troubles Office Boy H. Bruce Humberstone uncredited
1939 Call a Messenger Trouble Arthur Lubin
1940 Legion of the Lawless Eddie David Howard
1940 My Little Chickadee Lem Edward F. Cline uncredited
1940 And One Was Beautiful Delivery Man Robert B. Sinclair uncredited
1940 Prairie Law Teenage Voter David Howard uncredited
1940 Grand Ole Opry Newsboy Frank McDonald uncredited
1940 Adventures of Red Ryder Dan Withers [Ch. 1] John English Serial; uncredited
1940 The Great McGinty Farm Boy Preston Sturges uncredited
1940 Stage to Chino Happy Kenneth Holmes (assistant) uncredited
1940 Lucky Partners Delivery Boy Lewis Milestone uncredited
1940 Young People Boy Allan Dwan uncredited
1940 Rhythm on the River Elevator Boy Victor Schertzinger uncredited
1940 The Mad Doctor Copy Boy Tim Whelan uncredited
1940 Melody Ranch Slim Joseph Santley
1940 Give Us Wings Link Charles Lamont
1940 Second Chorus Ticket Taker H. C. Potter uncredited
1940 Bowery Boy William Morgan
1941 The Great Mr. Nobody Jig Benjamin Stoloff
1941 Scattergood Baines Lafe Hopper John E. Burch (assistant) uncredited
1941 The Man Who Lost Himself Messenger Boy Edward Ludwig uncredited
1941 Mr. District Attorney Office Boy Ed Byron uncredited
1941 Adventures of Captain Marvel Whitey Murphy John English Serial
1941 In Old Cheyenne Train Vendor Joseph Kane uncredited
1941 She Knew All the Answers Singing Telegraph Boy Richard Wallace
1941 Time Out for Rhythm Messenger Sidney Salkow uncredited
1941 Citadel of Crime Wes Rankins George Sherman
1941 The Richest Man in Town Young Man uncredited
1941 Dressed to Kill Telegram Boy Eugene J. Forde uncredited
1941 Great Guns Recruit at Corral Monty Banks uncredited
1941 Jesse James at Bay Young Davis Joseph Kane uncredited
1941 Unholy Partners Copyboy Wanting Paper Mervyn LeRoy uncredited
1941 Tuxedo Junction Thomas 'Piecrust' Murphy
1941 Cadet Girl Soldier at Camp Show Ray McCarey uncredited
1941 Confessions of Boston Blackie Ice Cream Man Edward Dmytryk
1942 A Tragedy at Midnight Newsboy Joseph Santley uncredited
1942 On the Sunny Side Messenger Harold D. Schuster
1942 Rings on Her Fingers Newsboy Rouben Mamoulian
1942 Two Yanks in Trinidad Messenger Gregory Ratoff uncredited
1942 The Affairs of Jimmy Valentine Bellboy Bernard Vorhaus
1942 Junior G-Men of the Air Whitey [Ch. 11] Ray Taylor Serial; uncredited
1942 Home in Wyomin' Usher William Morgan uncredited
1942 I Live on Danger Nightclub Waiter Sam White uncredited
1942 Lady in a Jam Barker Gregory La Cava uncredited
1942 Perils of Nyoka Red Davis William Witney
1942 The Talk of the Town Western Union Boy George Stevens uncredited
1942 Wildcat Bud Smithers Frank McDonald
1942 The Glass Key Farr's Receptionist Stuart Heisler uncredited
1942 Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch Usher in Opera House Ralph Murphy uncredited
1942 Get Hep to Love Soda Jerk Charles Lamont uncredited
1942 Valley of Hunted Men Ranch Boy John English uncredited
1942 Heart of the Golden West Telegraph Messenger Joseph Kane uncredited
1942 A Night to Remember Messenger Boy Richard Wallace uncredited
1943 The Powers Girl Office Boy Norman Z. McLeod uncredited
1943 Aerial Gunner Pvt. Jackson 'Sleepy' Laswell William H. Pine
1943 Hangmen Also Die! Kylar Fritz Lang uncredited
1943 Clancy Street Boys Cherry Street Leader William Beaudine
1943 The Ox-Bow Incident Greene William A. Wellman
1943 All by Myself Telegraph Messenger uncredited
1943 Ghosts on the Loose Benny William Beaudine
1943 Nobody's Darling Sammy Anthony Mann uncredited
1943 Adventures of the Flying Cadets Cadet Zombie Parker Ray Taylor
1943 Thank Your Lucky Stars Busboy uncredited
1943 Mr. Muggs Steps Out Pinky William Beaudine
1943 Minesweeper Inoculations Corpsman William Berke uncredited
1943 Moonlight in Vermont Abel Edward C. Lilley
1943 Whispering Footsteps Jerry Murphy Howard Bretherton
1944 Million Dollar Kid Skinny Wallace Fox
1944 Cover Girl Florist Delivery Boy Charles Vidor uncredited
1944 The Whistler The Deafmute William Castle uncredited
1944 Follow the Boys Joe A. Edward Sutherland uncredited
1944 Follow the Leader Spider O'Brien William Beaudine
1944 Goodnight Sweetheart Bellboy Joseph Santley
1944 Block Busters Butch Wallace Fox
1944 Janie Soda Jerk Michael Curtiz uncredited
1944 That's My Baby! Office Boy William Berke
1944 The Merry Monahans Messenger Charles Lamont uncredited
1944 They Live in Fear Thomas 'Mack' Knight uncredited
1944 Bowery Champs Skinny William Beaudine
1944 My Gal Loves Music Bellboy uncredited
1945 Night Club Girl Winnebago boy uncredited
1945 Youth on Trial Soda Jerk uncredited
1945 Brenda Starr, Reporter Pesky [Ch 1,3,5-8,11,13] Wallace Fox Serial; uncredited
1945 Docks of New York Skinny Wallace Fox
1945 Patrick the Great Joey Frank Ryan uncredited
1945 Hollywood and Vine Newsboy uncredited
1945 The Story of G.I. Joe Pvt. Whitey William A. Wellman uncredited
1945 Mr. Muggs Rides Again Skinny Wallace Fox
1945 Come Out Fighting Skinny William Beaudine
1945 Road to Utopia Second Newsboy Hal Walker uncredited
1946 People Are Funny NBC Usher Sam White
1946 Live Wires Whitey Phil Karlson
1946 Gay Blades Newsboy George Blair uncredited
1946 The Gentleman Misbehaves Bellboy uncredited
1946 The Kid from Brooklyn Newsboy #2 Norman Z. McLeod uncredited
1946 Without Reservations Western Union Telegraph Boy Mervyn LeRoy uncredited
1946 Do You Love Me? Singing Western Union Boy Gregory Ratoff uncredited
1946 One More Tomorrow Bantam Office Boy Peter Godfrey uncredited
1946 In Fast Company Whitey Del Lord
1946 A Boy, a Girl and a Dog Messenger Boy uncredited
1946 Bowery Bombshell Whitey Phil Karlson
1946 Spook Busters Whitey William Beaudine
1946 No Leave, No Love Expectant Father on Hospital Phone Charles Martin uncredited
1946 Never Say Goodbye Messenger Boy James V. Kern uncredited
1946 Mr. Hex Whitey William Beaudine
1947 The Pilgrim Lady Bellboy Lesley Selander
1947 Hard Boiled Mahoney Whitey William Beaudine
1947 Fun on a Weekend Hotel Bellboy Andrew L. Stone uncredited
1947 The Hucksters Bellboy at Blue Penguin Inn Jack Conway uncredited
1947 News Hounds Whitey William Beaudine
1947 Bowery Buckaroos Whitey William Beaudine
1947 Merton of the Movies Von Strutt's Assistant Robert Alton uncredited
1948 Angels' Alley Whitey William Beaudine
1948 Secret Service Investigator Counterman R. G. Springsteen
1948 Jinx Money Whitey William Beaudine
1948 Night Wind Irv Bennett uncredited
1948 Smugglers' Cove Whitey William Beaudine
1948 Trouble Makers Whitey Reginald LeBorg
1949 Fighting Fools Whitey Reginald LeBorg
1949 Riders of the Pony Express Eddie Lund
1949 Hold That Baby! Whitey Reginald LeBorg
1949 Angels in Disguise Whitey Jean Yarbrough
1949 Master Minds Whitey Jean Yarbrough
1950 Blonde Dynamite Whitey William Beaudine
1950 Lucky Losers Whitey William Beaudine
1950 Triple Trouble Whitey Jean Yarbrough
1950 Blues Busters Whitey William Beaudine
1951 Bowery Battalion Whitey William Beaudine
1951 Ghost Chasers Whitey William Beaudine
1951 Let's Go Navy! Whitey William Beaudine
1951 Crazy Over Horses Whitey William Beaudine
1953 The Magnetic Monster Albert Herbert L. Strock (uncredited)
1955 Bride of the Monster Newsboy Ed Wood
1956 The Killing American Airlines Clerk Stanley Kubrick
1958 Rally Round the Flag, Boys! Bellhop Leo McCarey uncredited
1959 The Hanging Tree Trapper Delmer Daves uncredited
1959 Last Train from Gun Hill Small Man in Horseshoe John Sturges uncredited
1961 Lover Come Back Musician in Elevator Delbert Mann uncredited
1964 Dear Heart Stu Delbert Mann uncredited
1965 Zebra in the Kitchen Toy Shop Proprietor Ivan Tors uncredited
1965 The Hallelujah Trail Miner John Sturges
1965 Harlow Bespectacled Hero in Movie Gordon Douglas uncredited
1967 What Am I Bid? Clem
1968 Funny Girl Western Union Boy William Wyler uncredited
1968 Rogue's Gallery Jocko Leonard Horn
1969 The Lottery Joe Summers Larry Yust short
1969 Hello Dolly! News Vendor Gene Kelly uncredited
1972 The Dirt Gang Station Attendant Jerry Jameson
1973 The Sting Jimmy, Roulette dealer George Roy Hill
1974 Homebodies Watchman Larry Yust
1975 Farewell, My Lovely Dick Richards
1976 Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood Man on Bus Michael Winner
1976 Sherlock Holmes in New York Telegraph Office Manager Boris Sagal
1977 The Last Hurrah Willie Degman Vincent Sherman
1978 Born Again Leon Jaworski Irving Rapper


Year Title Role Notes
1967 The Monkees Skywriter S2:E4, "Monkee Mayor"


  1. ^ a b Lentz, Harris M. III (2000). Obituaries in the Performing Arts, 1999: Film, Television, Radio, Theatre, Dance, Music, Cartoons and Pop Culture. McFarland. p. 18. ISBN 9780786452040. Retrieved May 28, 2017.
  2. ^ Mayer, Geoff (2017). Encyclopedia of American Film Serials. McFarland. p. 49. ISBN 9780786477623. Retrieved May 29, 2017.
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