Ben Wright

Biography

Date of Birth 5 May 1915, London, England, UK Date of Death 2 July 1989, Burbank, California, USA (heart failure) Mini 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. Trivia Portrayed Hey Boy on CBS Radio's "Have Gun, Will Travel" (1958-1960). When he voiced Grimsby in The Little Mermaid (1989), no one working on the film realized that he also voiced Roger Ratcliff in One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961). He had to tell them this. Starred in D-Day 6th of june

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My Blood Runs Cold

Lansbury

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Hombres Temerarios

Dr. Seger (uncredited)

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Stopping Traffic

Self

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Botany Bay

Deck Officer Green

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La Petite Sirène

Grimsby (voice)

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Jump Into Hell

Capt. Pluen (uncredited)

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Terror in the Wax Museum

First Constable

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Hiroshima: Out of the Ashes

Tom Reese

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Prince of Players

Horatio in 'Hamlet' (uncredited)

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Wake Me When the War Is Over

Police Officer

Starring In
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The Little Mermaid Live!

Grimsby (voice) (archive footage)

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Stopping Traffic

Self

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The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

The Unit (uncredited)

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Offender

Inmate

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Your Highness

Dastardly

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Dog Soldiers

Werewolf

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One Step Beyond

Captain George Davis / ... (2 episodes, 1959-1960)

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Tin Cup

CBS Announcer

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Renaissance Man

Private Oswald

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Into the Woods

Jack

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Hiroshima: Out of the Ashes

Tom Reese

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Born on the Fourth of July

Platoon - Vietnam

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The Little Mermaid

Grimsby (voice)

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La Petite Sirène

Grimsby (voice)

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L'Homme qui valait 3 milliards : Saison 1 - L'intégrale - 6 DVD

Benno Reichert / ... (2 episodes, 1974-1975)

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Arnold

Jonesy

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Terror in the Wax Museum

First Constable

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Raid On Rommel

Admiral

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Topaz

French Officer (uncredited)

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Wake Me When the War Is Over

Police Officer

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The Jungle Book

Wolf (voice)

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The Fortune Cookie

Specialist #4

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Munster, Go Home!

Hennesy

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The Sound of Music

Herr Zeller

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My Blood Runs Cold

Lansbury

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The Prize

British Reporter (uncredited)

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Cleopatra

Narrator (voice) (uncredited)

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A Gathering of Eagles

Leighton. S.A.C. Observer

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Mutiny on the Bounty

Graves (uncredited)

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L'Ora Di Alfred Hitchcock - Stagione 1 - Vol. 2

Dr. Jerry Norton / ... (3 episodes, 1963-1965)

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Judgment at Nuremberg

Halbestadt

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101 Dalmatians

Roger (voice)

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The Lost World

BBC Field Reporter Ted Bottomley (uncredited)

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Journey to the Center of the Earth

Paisley (uncredited)

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Pork Chop Hill

Senior British Officer (uncredited)

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These Thousand Hills

Frenchy (uncredited)

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The Wreck of the Mary Deare

Mike

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Witness for the Prosecution

Barrister Reading Charges (uncredited)

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Until They Sail

Defense Attorney (uncredited)

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D-Day the Sixth of June

Gen. Millensbeck (uncredited)

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23 Paces To Baker Street

Simmons - Hotel Porter (uncredited)

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Moonfleet

Officer (uncredited)

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A Man Called Peter

Mr. Findlay (uncredited)

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Prince of Players

Horatio in 'Hamlet' (uncredited)

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Jump Into Hell

Capt. Pluen (uncredited)

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Hombres Temerarios

Dr. Seger (uncredited)

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Prince Valiant

Seneschal (uncredited)

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Hell and High Water

BBC Announcer (uncredited)

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Botany Bay

Deck Officer Green

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The Desert Rats

Mick

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Man in the Attic

Detective in Theatre Box (uncredited)

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Kiss the Blood Off My Hands

Cockney Tout (uncredited)

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