William Bendix was perhaps best known for his role as the beleaguered Chester A. Riley in radio and television's "The Life of Riley."
Though never cast as a true leading man, Bendix starred in "The Hairy Ape" in 1944 and memorably portrayed the preeminent New York Yankee in 1948's "The Babe Ruth Story." Some critics have assailed the Ruth film for whitewashing the slugger's life, but it always had special meaning for Bendix.
In 1922, at the age of 15, Bendix was a batboy for the New York Giants, who shared the Polo Grounds with the Yankees. He soon became a favorite of Ruth's, shining his shoes and running his errands.
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