Ben Wright Biography

Birthday: 1915-05-05
Place of Birth: London, England
Wiki Biography: Ben Wright was born May 15, 1915, to an English mother and an American father in London, England, UK. At 16, he entered the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts where classmates included such future stars as Ida Lupino. Upon graduating, he acted in several West End stage productions. When WWII broke out, he enlisted and served in the Kings Royal Rifle Corps. He came to America in 1946 to attend a cousin's wedding and settled in Hollywood. He began his American acting career in radio, establishing himself as a master of dialects with such roles as Hey Boy, the Chinese servant, on "Have Gun, Will Travel" with John Dehner. His talent for dialects also kept him busy in the many WWII-related films and TV shows of the 1950s and '60s wherein he played countless Germans and Frenchmen as well as a variety of Englishmen for which he ensured the dialects were accurate depending on which part of England they were from. After years of radio, TV, stage and film work, he entered semi-retirement in the late 1970s, accepting occasional voice work and small guest appearances on TV. On June 16, 1989, after completing his last role, providing the voice of Grimsby in Disney's The Little Mermaid (1989), he entered St. Joseph's Hospital in Burbank for quadruple bypass surgery from which he never recovered. He died of heart failure July 2, 1989.

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Kraft Suspense Theatre 1963 Crime
The Outer Limits (1963) Elder of Luminos / ... 1963 - 1965
McNamara's Band Gen. Grosshtecker 1977 Comedy
Probe 1988 - 1988
The Little Mermaid Grimsby 1992 Animation
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
The Exile 1947 Adventure, Romance
The Desert Rats 1953 Romance, 0
The Sound of Music Herr Zeller 1965 0, 0, 0
Wake Me When The War Is Over 1969 Comedy
The Little Mermaid Grimsby 1989 Drama, 0, 0
Renaissance Man Private Oswald 1994 Comedy, Drama
Jungle Book 1995 0, Drama
The Jungle Book 2016 0, 0, 0, 0