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Name: Robert Benchley                                                                 
Born: September 15, 1889 Worcester, Massachusetts, U.S.                               
Died: November 21, 1945 New York, New York, U.S.                                     
Robert Charles Benchley (September 15, 1889 – November 21, 1945) was an American   
humorist best known for his work as a newspaper columnist and film actor. From       
his beginnings at the Harvard Lampoon while attending Harvard University,             
through his many years writing essays and articles for Vanity Fair and The New       
Yorker, and his acclaimed short films, Benchley's style of humor brought him         
respect and success during his life, from New York City and his peers at the         
Algonquin Round Table to contemporaries in the burgeoning film industry.             
Benchley is best remembered for his contributions to The New Yorker, where his       
unique essays, whether topical or absurdist, influenced many modern humorists.       
He also made a name for himself in Hollywood, when his short film How to Sleep       
was a popular success and won Best Short Subject at the 1935 Academy Awards, and     
his many memorable appearances in films such as Alfred Hitchcock's Foreign           
Correspondent and a dramatic turn in Nice Girl?. His legacy includes written         
work and numerous short film appearances.