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Ben Deeley

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Ben Deeley
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J. Bernard Z. Deeley

(1878-01-22)22 January 1878
Died23 September 1924(1924-09-23) (aged 46)
Years active1915-1924
Spouse(s)Marie Wayne
Barbara La Marr

Ben Deeley (January 22, 1878 - September 23, 1924) born J. Bernard Deeley[1] also credited as Ben Deely, was an American actor and composer.


Born in 1878, Deeley appeared in silent films, never having lived to the talkie era. He composed a popular ragtime song called The Kleptomaniac Rag in 1913. His best known performance in films is the strange powdered character Mr. Jones in Maurice Tourneur's Victory alongside Lon Chaney, Jack Holt, and Wallace Beery. He was at one time married to Marie Wayne, who costarred with him in The Patchwork Girl of Oz (1914), and to actress Barbara La Marr.

Deeley died of double pneumonia.[2]

Selected filmography


  1. ^ Who Was Who on Screen, p. 117 2nd Edition c.1977 by Evelyn Mack Truitt
  2. ^ Vazzana, Eugene Michael (2001). Silent Film Necrology (2nd ed.). McFarland. p. 127. ISBN 9780786410590. Retrieved March 12, 2020 – via Google Books.
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