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Ben Alexander

Ben Alexander

Show Count: 106
Series Count: 5
Role: Old Time Radio Star
Born: May 26, 1911
Old Time Radio, Goldfield, Nevada, USA
Died: July 5, 1969, Hollywood, California, USA
An Emmy-nominated American motion picture actor, who started out as a child actor in 1916.

Ben Alexander was born in Goldfield, Nevada and raised in California, Alexander made his screen debut at age of five in Every Pearl a Tear. He went on to portray Lillian Gish's young brother in D.W. Griffith's Hearts of the World. After a number of silent films, he retired from screen work but came back for the World War I classic, All Quiet on the Western Front (1930), in which Alexander received good notices as an adult actor as "Kemmerick", the tragic amputation victim.

Alexander played leads and second leads in many low-budget films throughout the 1930s. He found a new career as a successful radio announcer in the late 1940s, including a stint on the Martin and Lewis program.

In 1952, Jack Webb, actor-producer-director of Dragnet, needed a replacement for Barton Yarborough, who had played Detective Romero opposite Webb's Sgt. Friday. Webb selected Alexander but had to wait until he was available. A few actors filled in as Friday's partners until Alexander appeared in the newly created role of Officer Frank Smith, first in the radio series and then on television. The popular series ran until 1959. When Webb revived it in 1966, he wanted Alexander to rejoin him, but Alexander had just signed to star as Sgt. Dan Briggs on the weekly ABC series Felony Squad.

Owned and operated the Ben Alexander Ford car dealership in Highland Park, California (northeast of Los Angeles), from c. 1953 until his death in 1969. The actor was found dead in his home of natural causes when his wife and children returned home from a camping trip.

For his contribution to the entertainment industry Ben Alexander has three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for television, radio, and movies.


Source: Wikipedia

Baby Snooks ShowBaby Snooks Show
Show Count: 151
Broadcast History: 29 February 1936 to 6 June 1936, 23 December 1937 to 25 July 1940, 5 September 1940 to 15 June 1944, 17 September 1944 to 28 May 1948, and 8 November 1949 to 22 May 1951
Cast: Lois Corbett, Fanny Brice, Hanley Stafford, Lalive Brownell, Arlene Harris, Leone Ledoux, Alan Reed, Danny Thomas, Charlie Cantor, Ken Christy, Irene Tedrow, Frank Nelson, Ben Alexander, Lillian Randolph, Elvia Allman, Earl Lee, Sara Berner
Director: Mann Holiner, Al Kaye, Ted Bliss, Walter Bunker, Arthur Stander
Producer: Mann Holiner, Al Kaye, Ted Bliss, Walter Bunker, Arthur Stander
I Love a MysteryI Love a Mystery
Show Count: 113
Broadcast History: 16 January 1939 to 26 December 1952
Cast: Elliott Lewis, Luis Van Rooten, Russell Thorson, Michael Raffetto, Tony Randall, Robert Dryden, Jack Edwards, John McIntire, Cathy Lewis, Barton Yarborough, Jay Novello, Ben Alexander, Gloria Blondell, Cliff Arquette, Naomi Stevens, Edgar Norton, Barbara Jean Wong, Richard Legrand, Walter Paterson, Lal Chand Mehra, Jim Boles, Mercedes McCambridge
Director: Carlton E Morse
Producer: Al Span, Carlton E Morse, Buddy Twiss, Ralph Amati, George Cooney, Barney Beck
I Love A Mystery weaves a spell over its fans. It is a tale of three partners, Jack Packard, Doc Long and Reggie Yorke who formed the A-1 detective agency. They are adventurers who travel the world in search of action, thrills and mystery, battling the evils of natural and supernatural and rescuing women in distress.
Red RyderRed Ryder
Show Count: 39
Broadcast History: 1942 to 1951
Sponsor: Langendorf Bread
Cast: Brooke Temple, Carlton KaDell, Reed Hadley, Tommy Cook, Henry Blair, Reed Hanley
Director: Paul Franklin
Producer: Paul Franklin
Broadcast: 23rd August 1949
Added: Feb 27 2010
Broadcast: 9th August 1949
Added: Feb 25 2010
Broadcast: 11th October 1947
Added: Oct 06 2013
Broadcast: 2nd August 1949
Added: Feb 23 2010
Broadcast: 6th February 1949
Starring: Ben Alexander
Added: Jan 14 2012
Broadcast: 30th August 1949
Added: Feb 28 2010
Broadcast: 1946
Added: Sep 27 2005
Broadcast: 5th July 1943
Added: Jul 04 2011
Broadcast: 16th August 1949
Added: Feb 26 2010