58 (passed away Jul. 5th, 1969)
May. 26th, 1911
Goldfield, Nevada, USA
Ben Alexander's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles1954 - Dragnet
1937 - Shall We Dance
1930 - All Quiet on the Western Front
Guest TV Roles
Detective Beside Trash Can
Desk Sgt. Dan Briggs
Sgt. Frank Smith from Dragnet
Starting out as a child actor in 1915, Ben Alexander's first roles were played in the films of such directors as Cecil B. DeMille and D.W. Griffith. He later graduated to juvenile leads and supporting parts in sound films, most notably in All Quiet on the Western Front (1930). When his acting career slowed down in the mid-'30s, he found a new career as a successful radio announcer. Alexander was more or less retired when producer Jack Webb (I) picked him for the part of his detective partner in the TV series "Dragnet" (1951). Alexander later played another detective on Howard Duff (I)'s TV series "Felony Squad" (1966) .
- Owned and operated the Ben Alexander Ford dealership in Highland Park, California (Northeast Los Angeles) from circa 1953 until his death in 1969.
- Cast member on NBC Radio's "The Martin and Lewis Show" (1949-1953).
- Grandfather of Amelia Nelson.
- Played Officer Frank Smith on NBC Radio's "Dragnet" (1952-1957).
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