Benchley, Robert (Charles)


Benchley, Robert (Charles)
born Sept. 15, 1889, Worcester, Mass., U.S.
died Nov. 21, 1945, New York, N.Y., U.S.

U.S. drama critic, actor, and humorist.

Benchley graduated from Harvard University and joined the staff of Life magazine in 1920. A regular member of the Algonquin Round Table, he was drama critic for The New Yorker 1929–40, for which he also wrote "The Wayward Press" column under the pseudonym Guy Fawkes. He had bit parts in many feature films, but he is best known for more than 40 short subjects, including How to Sleep (1934, Academy Award). His writing was warmly humorous, his satire sharp but not cruel.

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