Was a direct descendant of composer Felix Mendelssohn.
Before getting into acting, Bendix once worked as a singing waiter.
Co-starred with Robert Mitchum in 1948's The Big Steal. Production on this film was held up while Mitchum did jail time for marijuana possession.
One of his most popular roles was as a doomed sailor in Hitchcock's Lifeboat.
Lucille Ball, in a rare dramatic role, was menaced by Bendix in 1946's The Dark Corner.
Bendix's return to series television, in 1960's The Overland Trail, lasted only half of a season.
Bendix's catchphrase on Life of Riley was "What a revoltin' development!"
Bendix had played the role of Chester A. Riley on radio before the show moved to television. In its first incarnation Riley was played by Jackie Gleason but that version was short-lived. Bendix took over his radio role in 1953 and that version of the series was a hit.
Bendix is buried in the San Fernando Mission Cemetary.
Bendix occasionally appeared as a guest panelist on What's My Line?
Bendix co-starred with Groucho Marx in 1952's A Girl in Every Port.
Bendix's final TV appearance was on an episode of Burke's Law.
In 1955 Bendix's life was the subject of an episode of This is Your Life.
Bendix played Babe Ruth in 1948's The Babe Ruth Story.
Bendix was married to the former Theresa Stefanotti from 1927 until his death. The couple had two daughters.
Bendix was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1942 for his performance in Wake Island.
William Bendix has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame--one for movies and another for television.
Bendix was born in midtown Manhattan not Brooklyn as studio publicists would later claim.
Bendix had a small role in a 1911 silent film the title of which has been lost to time. He got cast because his father was a handyman at Vitagraph Studios.
Bendix was a batboy for the New York Yankees and New York Giants baseball teams during his younger days.
In the first TV adaptation of The Life of Riley, the role of Chester A. Riley was played by Jackie Gleason not William Bendix.
Bendix: Save a buck or two and keep on acting. That's all there is to it.