Charles Bennett (actor)

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Charles Bennett
Charles Bennett (with straw hat and striped suit) leading the chorus girls in Orson Welles's Citizen Kane (1941)
Born(1889-03-11)March 11, 1889
Dunedin, New Zealand
DiedFebruary 15, 1943(1943-02-15) (aged 53)
Years active1912–1943
Spouse(s)Boots Mallory[1]

Charles Bennett (11 March 1889 – 15 February 1943) was a New Zealand-born American actor who was successful in silent films.


Bennett was born in Dunedin, New Zealand, and died in Hollywood, California. He started his film career in Keystone comedies like Tillie's Punctured Romance and The Property Man. He also appeared in the Broadway musical Of Thee I Sing between 1931 and 1933. The sound film damaged his career and he got reduced to bit parts during his later film appearances. Perhaps the most recognizable role of his later film career was the entertainer in the Inquirer party sequence in Citizen Kane (1941), who performs the song "Oh, Mr. Kane!". He appeared in over 100 films between 1912 until his death in 1943. Bennett was married to actress Boots Mallory.

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  1. ^ "Overview for Boots Mallory". Turner Classic Movies.
  2. ^ Naremore, James (1989). The Magic World of Orson Welles (2nd ed.). Dallas: Southern Methodist University Press. pp. 40–41. ISBN 087074299X.

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