Robert Bendall Obituary (1948 – 2022) – Santa Monica, CA

Robert Paschal Bendall III

Robert Paschal Bendall III, 73, took his last breath on February 21, 2022, at his home in Santa Monica, California, surrounded by his close family.

Born on October 1, 1948, in Danville, Virginia, “Bobby” was predeceased by his mother and father, Lucy Charles Bendall and Robert Paschal Bendall Jr.

Robert was a remarkable man who had a profound impact on those around him. His charisma, sense of humor and genuine kindness leave his family and friends at a profound loss.

Growing up in Danville, Robert played basketball for George Washington High School, then attended Hampden-Sydney College for a year before joining the Vietnam War as a US Marine, Private First Class. After the war, he graduated from William and Mary College where his interest in art history led to working in New York City in art galleries, artistic jewelry sales and as a high fashion model and actor. Signing with an agent, Robert performed in plays in New York City then ventured to Hollywood, where he landed a role in the TV show, Night Court. At the top of his acting career, he secured his Masters in Educational Administration and began his teaching career where he shared his remarkable talents in the Los Angeles elementary schools.

In retirement, he shared his love of art by painting in acrylics, oil and interactive wall art. A favorite subject of many of his paintings was his love of the beach and surfing.

Robert leaves a legacy framed in the joy of sharing with others; on stage, in the classroom and with his paintings.

He is survived by his biological son, Samuel Wren Bendall; two brothers, Gordon Pannill Bendall and Charles Hunter Bendall; two cousins, William Alexander Bendall and Richard Augustus Bendall; his wife of 23 years, Susan P Landon; stepchildren and adoptive children, Clay Landon, Thomas Landon, and Charlotte Landon; and grandchildren, Andrew Landon, Olivia Landon, Bradley Landon, and Anand Landon.

A reception to honor his life will be held at a later date in California.

Townes Funeral Home is assisting the Bendall family. Online condolences may be made at

Published by Danville and Rockingham County on Mar. 6, 2022.

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