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Ben Wright

Ben Wright was a British actor in radio, film, and television. He worked extensively in American radio, supplying crisp, erudite diction as the radio incarnation of Sherlock Holmes (1949-1950) and Inspector Peter Black on Pursuit (1951-1952). However, he considered himself a dialectician, playing Indian servant Tulku on The Green Lama, Heyboy on the radio version of Have Gun Will Travel, and various dialect roles on the anthology Escape. His roles in the latter ranged from the from the Cockney protagonist of The Man Who Worked Miracles to the famed Arabian hero of The Voyages of Sinbad. Other radio credits included work on Gunsmoke, Crime Classics, and Suspense.

In film and TV, he was busy on and off-camera. He was seen as the Nazi Herr Zeller in The Sound of Music, and had small roles in Billy Wilder's The Fortune Cookie, Judgment at Nuremberg, and My Fair Lady, amongst others. On TV, he guested on such series Hogan's Heroes (as various Nazi officers), Combat Get Smart Bonanza, Gunsmoke, The Twilight Zone and The Rockford Files.

Wright also worked heavily as a voice actor, and was often heard on The Outer Limits, as various alien voices, and also appeared on-camera. Other voice work included playing the narrator in Cleopatra with Elizabeth Taylor, the BBC announcer in the film version of The Diary of Anne Frank, and featured animation roles in several Disney movies: One Hundred and One Dalmatians (as Roger Radcliff), The Jungle Book (as Mowgli's wolf father, Akela), and The Little Mermaid (as Grimsby). The latter was his final role.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2006.

Ben Wright Facts

BirthdayMay 5, 1915
BirthplaceLondon, England, United Kingdom
Date of deathJuly 9, 1989 (Burbank, California, USA, age 74)

Selected Filmography

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