Richard Bennett (May 21, 1870 â€“ 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
(1904â€“1965); Barbara Bennett (1906â€“1958); and Joan Bennett (1910â€“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 rolesâ€”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 Biography / Wiki
|Place of Birth|
|Date of Birth||1870-05-21|
|Age(as in 2022)||74|
Richard Bennett Acting Movies
|Movie Name||Character||Release Date||Overview|
|Damaged Goods||1914-08-31||“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 Towners||Vic Arnold||1928-11-02||The 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 Road||Doctor||1919-02-16||Childhood 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 Youth||John Slocum||1917-01-01||Pinky 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 Decision||Arnold Gray||1916-12-04||Plot unknown….|
|Madame Racketeer||Elmer Hicks||1932-07-23||International 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 Age||Donald Ingals||1932-01-09||Donald 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 Executive||Commodore Richardson||1933-10-19||Big Executive…|
|Five and Ten||John Rarick||1931-06-13||John 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 Meyer||1931-08-22||Working-class girl dreams of living a better life and forsakes her friends when she has a chance to break into high society….|
|Strange Justice||Kearney||1932-10-07||Socialite banker Henry Judson maintains his extravagant lifestyle by embezzling from his bank, but is caught by sleazy assistant manager Waters and is…|
|Arrowsmith||Gustav Sondelius||1931-12-07||A medical researcher is sent to a plague outbreak, where he has to decide priorities for the use of a vaccine….|
|Nana||Gaston Greiner||1934-02-01||Young 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 Sale||Montgomery Breck||1924-04-01||Connie 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 City||Bruno||1923-12-17||War drama – Fitzmaurice was able to film King Victor Emmanuel III and Benito Mussolini reviewing Italian troops….|
|If I Had a Million||John Glidden||1932-12-02||An 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 Minutes||Korn||1935-04-07||A 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 Ambersons||Major Amberson||1942-07-10||The spoiled young heir to the decaying Amberson fortune comes between his widowed mother and the man she has always loved….|
|Journey into Fear||Ship’s Captain||1943-01-07||An 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 Name||Job||Release Date||Overview|
|Damaged Goods||Writer||1914-08-31||“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 Decision||Writer||1916-12-04||Plot unknown….|
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