View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the Vinyl release of "When Radio Was King! The Life Of Riley With William Bendix" on Discogs. Play When Radio Was King - The Life Of Riley by William Bendix - which includes "The Life Of Riley, Pt. 1", "The Life Of Riley, Pt. 2". Listen to When Radio Was King - The Life Of Riley on Spotify. William Bendix · Single · · 2 songs. The Life of Riley w/ William Bendix - When Radio Was King, Original Radio Programs, LP Vinyl Record Album · Description · Related Products. Riley in both the radio and television versions of The Life of Riley. He received an Academy Award nomination as Best Supporting Actor for Wake Island (). Classic Radio Collection The Life of Riley, Volume 1 (Audiobook) Average Rating stars out of 5 stars Write a review. William Bendix A Full Cast. The craggy and blustery William Bendix is best known for his role as the lovable lug Chester A. Riley in The Life of Riley. - The Life of Riley, with William Bendix in the title role, is a popular American radio situation comedy series of the s that was adapted. William Bendix (Janu – Decem) was an American film, plant worker Chester A. Riley in radio and television's The Life of Riley. Riley in radio and television's The Life of Riley. He received an Academy Award nomination as Best Supporting Actor for Wake Island (). Early life. Bendix.