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Wilson Benge Biography

  • Profession: Actor
  • Born: Jan 1, 1875
  • Died: Jul 1, 1955

British stage actor and producer Wilson Benge inaugurated his Hollywood career in 1922. From 1925's [[Feature~V28079~Lady Windemere's Fan~ladywindermeresfan]] onward, the slight, balding Benge was typecast in butler and valet roles. He played Ronald Colman's faithful retainer Denny in 1929's [[Feature~V7510~Bulldog Drummond~bulldogdrummond]], performed virtually the same function for Colman as Barraclough the valet in [[Feature~V107129~Raffles~raffles]] (1930), and portrayed Brassett in the 1931 version of [[Feature~V86988~Charley's Aunt~charleysaunt]], among many others. His "domestic" career extended to such two-reelers as Laurel and Hardy's [[Feature~V139401~Scram~scram]] (1932). One of Benge's few non-servant roles was supposed murder victim Guy Davies in the 1945 Sherlock Holmes entry [[Feature~V23348~The House of Fear~thehouseoffear]]. He remained active in films until 1951, essaying still another manservant role in [[Feature~V42227~Royal Wedding~royalwedding]] (1951). Wilson Benge was married to actress Sarah L. Benge, who preceded him in death by one year. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi