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The Life of Riley (1953)

The Life of Riley (1953)

Second television version of a successful radio sitcom. The first version, starring Jackie Gleason in the title role of airplane factory worker Chester A. Riley, flopped when it premiered. When the show was brought back to television, William Bendix, who had originated the role of Riley on radio, agreed to reprise his role and the series became a hit.
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Final: 6x35 -- Here Comes Constance (May/23/1958)

William BendixWilliam Bendix
As Chester A. Riley
Marjorie ReynoldsMarjorie Reynolds
As Peg Riley
Lugene SandersLugene Sanders
As Babs Riley/Marshall
Wesley MorganWesley Morgan
As Junior Riley
Tom DTom D'Andrea
As Jim Gillis
Gloria BlondellGloria Blondell
As Honeybee Gillis
Martin MilnerMartin Milner
As Don Marshall (1956-58)

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Recurring Guests

Henry Kulky as Otto Schmidlapp (8 eps)
George O'Hanlon as Calvin Dudley (8 eps)
Sterling Holloway as Waldo Binnie (5 eps)
Emory Parnell as Hank Hawkins (4 eps)
Lorraine Bendix as Annie (4 eps)
Florence Sundstrom as Belle Dudley (3 eps)
Charlie Ruggles as Parker (2 eps)
James Gleason (2) as Pa Riley (2 eps)
Sarah Padden as Ma Riley (2 eps)

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Warning: The Life of Riley (1953) guide may contain spoilers
Classification: Scripted
Genre: Comedy
Status: Canceled/Ended
Network: NBC ( USA)
Airs: Fridays
Runtime: 30 Minutes
Premiere: January 02, 1953
Ended: August 01, 1958
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