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Richard Bennett (May 21, 1870 – October 22, 1944) was an

American actor who became a stage and silent screen matinee idol over the early

decades of the twentieth century.

He was born in Deacon’s Mills, Indiana in 1870 (some sources

state 1872), the son of George Washington Bennett and Eliza Huffman. His

younger sister was Ina Blanche Bennett. For a time, he was a sailor on Great

Lakes steamer, a professional boxer, medicine showman, troubadour and night

clerk in a hotel in Chicago.

His silent movie debut was a reprisal of his stage role in

Damaged Goods (1914), which co-starred his wife, Adrienne Morrison. He helped

adapt the screenplay and direct the drama. In the drama The Valley of Decision

(1916), which he wrote, Bennett appeared on the screen with his wife, Morrison,

and his three daughters.

In 1922, Bennett starred in Broadway’s English-language

version of Leonid Andreyev’s melodrama He Who Gets Slapped, playing the title

role as He. The success of the play led to its being filmed by

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, with the production starring Lon Chaney in Bennett’s role.

With the advent of the talkies the middleaged actor found a niche as a

character actor. In 1931 he appeared with Constance Bennett in Bought!

On November 8, 1903, Bennett and actress Adrienne Morrison

were married in Jersey City. They had three daughters, Constance Bennett

(1904–1965); Barbara Bennett (1906–1958); and Joan Bennett (1910–1990). He and

Morrison were divorced in April 1925. Their first and third daughters,

Constance and Joan, became successful movie stars. Their second daughter,

Barbara, was also briefly an actress, but with less success. The two appeared

together on stage in the 1923 play The Dancers Barbara married the popular

singer Morton Downey. The controversial television talk-show host Morton

Downey, Jr., was Richard Bennett’s grandson.

In 1925, he became acquainted with Aimee Raisch in San

Francisco, during the production of Creoles, in which she played a minor role.

She was a young socialite and aspiring actress who was divorcing her

millionaire clubman and polo player husband, Harry G. Hastings.

Bennett and Raisch were married July 11, 1927, in Chicago.

He and Aimee, who later went by Angela, separated April 3, 1934, and were

divorced in 1937. His daughter Joan made her stage debut acting with him in

Jarnegan (1928). This play, in which he played Jack Jarnegan, provided one of

his favourite roles—that of a belligerent, drunken movie director given to

acidulous and profane comments on Hollywood.

Richard Bennett died at age 74 from a heart attack at Good

Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles. Episcopal funeral services were conducted on

October 24, 1944, in Beverly Hills. He is interred in Pleasant View Cemetery,

Lyme, Connecticut, beside his second wife and mother of his daughters.

Bennett was fond of saying that the movie industry was not a

business, but a madhouse.

Richard Bennett

Richard Bennett Biography / Wiki

NameRichard Bennett
Also Know
Known ForActing
Place of Birth
Date of Birth1870-05-21
Age(as in 2022)74

Richard Bennett Acting Movies

Movie NameCharacterRelease DateOverview
Damaged Goods1914-08-31“Damaged Goods” pictures the terrible consequences of vice and the physical ruin that follows the abuse of moral law. It is a stirring plea for a pure…
The Home TownersVic Arnold1928-11-02The Home Towners is a 1928 American comedy film directed by Bryan Foy and starring Richard Bennett, Doris Kenyon and Robert McWade….
The End of the RoadDoctor1919-02-16Childhood friends Mary Lee and Vera receive two different versions of the ‘birds and the bees’ from their mothers. Mary Lee gets the facts, while Vera…
The Gilded YouthJohn Slocum1917-01-01Pinky Cochrane is one of a trio of starving artists: the other two are Sam Wellbridge and Mac MacTavish. When one of their favorite models dies, the t…
The Valley of DecisionArnold Gray1916-12-04Plot unknown….
Madame RacketeerElmer Hicks1932-07-23International con artist Martha Hicks a.k.a. Countess von Claudwig is released from another stay in prison and decides to treat her rheumatism with a …
This Reckless AgeDonald Ingals1932-01-09Donald Ingals and his wife Eunice are conventional and loving parents who are shocked when their son Bradley comes home from college with ideas that t…
Big ExecutiveCommodore Richardson1933-10-19Big Executive…
Lying Wives1925-06-13
Five and TenJohn Rarick1931-06-13John owns the largest chain of five and ten cent stores in the country. He moves his family to New York from Kansas City and their life, though grand,…
Bought!David Meyer1931-08-22Working-class girl dreams of living a better life and forsakes her friends when she has a chance to break into high society….
Strange JusticeKearney1932-10-07Socialite banker Henry Judson maintains his extravagant lifestyle by embezzling from his bank, but is caught by sleazy assistant manager Waters and is…
ArrowsmithGustav Sondelius1931-12-07A medical researcher is sent to a plague outbreak, where he has to decide priorities for the use of a vaccine….
NanaGaston Greiner1934-02-01Young Parisian Nana wards off of a boozed-up military officer at a local restaurant, and fellow diner Gaston Greiner is so impressed with her pluck th…
Youth for SaleMontgomery Breck1924-04-01Connie urges her friend Molly and Molly’s boyfriend Tom to attend a party with her. Molly, who has never tried alcohol before, is temporarily blinded …
The Eternal CityBruno1923-12-17War drama – Fitzmaurice was able to film King Victor Emmanuel III and Benito Mussolini reviewing Italian troops….
If I Had a MillionJohn Glidden1932-12-02An elderly business tycoon, believed to be dying, decides to give a million dollars each to eight strangers chosen at random from the phone directory….
18 MinutesKorn1935-04-07A lion-tamer’s partly innate and partly acquired attitude to other living beings – that they shall submit without question to his will – is applied wi…
The Magnificent AmbersonsMajor Amberson1942-07-10The spoiled young heir to the decaying Amberson fortune comes between his widowed mother and the man she has always loved….
Journey into FearShip’s Captain1943-01-07An American ballistics expert in Turkey finds himself targeted by Nazi agents. Safe passage home by ship is arranged for him, but he soon discovers th…


Movie NameJobRelease DateOverview
Damaged GoodsWriter1914-08-31“Damaged Goods” pictures the terrible consequences of vice and the physical ruin that follows the abuse of moral law. It is a stirring plea for a pure…
The Valley of DecisionWriter1916-12-04Plot unknown….

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