Archive of over 120 family photographs and personal ephemera belonging to William Bendix

N.p. N.p., Circa 1944-1962. Archive of over 120 family photographs and personal ephemera belonging to William Bendix, circa 1944-1962. The archive also includes material relating to his wife, Theresa Bendix, and his daughters, Lorraine and Stephanie.

Included in the archive is a photograph of Bendix, inscribed by Bendix to his daughter Stephanie: "To My Darling / Stephanie / with all / My Love / Daddy." Also included is an oversize portrait photograph of Bendix with his wife Theresa, circa 1950, housed in a matted photograph studio folder, and an early photograph, circa 1920, possibly of a young Bendix with his parents.

William Bendix was an American stage, film, radio, and television actor who is best remembered as one of television's archetypal patriarchs, the blundering Chester A. Riley in "The Life of Riley," first on the 1944-1951 ABC and NBC radio serial, then in the 1949 film, directed by Irving Brecher, then finally in the 1953-1958 NBC television series. Bendix was nominated for an Academy Award in 1942 for his supporting role in the WWII drama "Wake Island," directed by John Farrow.

Black vinyl binder, 11.5 x 11.5 inches, Very Good plus, housing approximately 80 8 x 10 inch photographs, 45 4 x 5 inch photographs, two contact sheets, and ephemera. Most photographs and ephemera in plastic sleeves, some mounted to board, a few with creasing or chipping, else Near Fine overall.

Five photographs housed in photographer mats, measuring 8 x 10 inches. Near Fine.

One photograph housed in photographer mat, measuring 11 x 14 inches. Near Fine.

One photograph mounted to board, measuring 8 x 10 inches. Very Good plus.


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