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Robert Benchley

Robert Benchley
Robert Benchley
Benchley photographed for Vanity Fair
Personal information
Birth nameRobert Charles Benchley
Birth dateSeptember 15, 1889
Place of birthWorcester, Massachusetts,
United States
Date of deathNovember 21, 1945(age 56)
Death placeNew York, New York,
United States
OccupationWriter, critic, film actor
InfluencedWoody Allen, Dave Barry, Steve Martin, Groucho Marx, S. J. Perelman, David Sedaris, James Thurber, Bob Newhart, Bill Hicks

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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 New York City and his peers at the Algonquin Round Table 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. He also made a name for himself in Hollywood, when his short film How to Sleep was a popular success and won Best Short Subject at the 1935 Academy Awards, and his many memorable appearances in films such as Alfred Hitchcock's Foreign Correspondent and a dramatic turn in Nice Girl?. His legacy includes written work and numerous short film appearances.

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