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Robert Benchley

1889 - 1945

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Robert Charles Benchley (September 15, 1889 – November 21, 1945) was an American humorist best known for his work as a newspaper columnist and film actor. From his beginnings at The Harvard Lampoon while attending Harvard University, through his many years writing essays and articles for Vanity Fair and The New Yorker and his acclaimed short films, Benchley's style of humor brought him respect and success during his life, from his peers at the Algonquin Round Table in New York City to contemporaries in the burgeoning film industry. Benchley is best remembered for his contributions to The New Yorker, where his essays, whether topical or absurdist, influenced many modern humorists. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Robert Benchley has received more than 490,175 page views. His biography is available in 20 different languages on Wikipedia. Robert Benchley is the 6,897th most popular actor (down from 6,133rd in 2019), the 10,216th most popular biography from United States (down from 9,526th in 2019) and the 3,318th most popular American Actor.

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  • 20

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Among actors, Robert Benchley ranks 6,897 out of 9,996Before him are Joseph Calleia, Sullivan Stapleton, Brian Hallisay, Khary Payton, Henry Lau, and Steven R. McQueen. After him are Dana Ashbrook, Sandy Lam, Hakeem Kae-Kazim, Leon Ames, Molly Picon, and Denis Ménochet.

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Among people born in 1889, Robert Benchley ranks 249Before him are Herbert Hübner, Vasily Struve, Hugo Wieslander, William Keighley, Jamnalal Bajaj, and Marjorie Rambeau. After him are Ray Collins, Frederico Paredes, Walter Catlett, Fanny Durack, James Stephenson, and Moroni Olsen. Among people deceased in 1945, Robert Benchley ranks 300Before him are Lucille La Verne, Søren Petersen, N. C. Wyeth, Cecil Griffiths, Pietro Speciale, and Jules Pappaert. After him are Ferdinand Kiefler, Mark Sandrich, Ellen Glasgow, Eoin MacNeill, and Alfred E. Goodey.

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Among people born in United States, Robert Benchley ranks 10,216 out of 18,182Before him are Jack Medica (1914), Chris Broderick (1970), Brian Hallisay (1978), Khary Payton (1972), Steven R. McQueen (1988), and Joanna Angel (1980). After him are Dana Ashbrook (1967), Juice Newton (1952), Leon Ames (1902), Yolanda King (1955), Molly Picon (1898), and Sandy West (1959).

Among ACTORS In United States

Among actors born in United States, Robert Benchley ranks 3,318Before him are Kevin S. Bright (1954), Mekhi Phifer (1974), Monte Blue (1887), Brian Hallisay (1978), Khary Payton (1972), and Steven R. McQueen (1988). After him are Dana Ashbrook (1967), Leon Ames (1902), Molly Picon (1898), Eric Szmanda (1975), Irving Pichel (1891), and Martha Plimpton (1970).

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