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Ben Welden Biography

  • Profession: Actor
  • Born: Jun 12, 1901
  • Died: Oct 17, 1997
  • Birth Name: Benjamin Weinblatt

As a youth, Ben Welden was trained to be a concert violinist. He chose instead a stage career, heading to London rather than New York to realize his goal. During the early '30s, the bald, barracuda-faced Welden was a valuable British movie commodity, playing American gangster types in such films as [[Feature~V51036~The Triumph of Sherlock Holmes~thetriumphofsherlockholmes]] (1937). He returned to the U.S. in 1937, where he appeared in picture after picture at Warner Bros., playing vicious thugs and "torpedoes" in several gritty urban efforts, among them [[Feature~V31508~Marked Woman~markedwoman]] (1937), [[Feature~V9758~City for Conquest~cityforconquest]] (1940), and The Big Sleep (1946). Welden's work in such two-reelers as Columbia's The Awful Sleuth (1951) and [[Feature~V146765~Three Dark Horses~threedarkhorses]] (1952), and such sitcoms as [[Feature~V24598~The Abbott and Costello Show~insociety]], revealed a flair for broad comedy that the actor would carry over into his many Runyon-esque bad-guy assignments on the Superman TV series. Gradually retiring from acting in the mid-'60s, Ben Welden (in real life a gentle, likeable man) maintained his comfortable living standard by operating a successful California candy popcorn business. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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