Paul Benedict Biography (1938-)

Born September 17, 1938, in Silver City, NM; son of Mitchell M. (a doctor) and Alma Marie (a journalist; maiden name, Loring) Benedict. Addresses:Agent: The Gage Group, 14724 Ventura Blvd., Suite 505, Los Angeles, CA 91403.

Actor, director
Birth Details
September 17, 1938
Silver City, New Mexico, United States

Famous Works

  • Stage Appearances
  • (Stage debut) Chaplain, The Lady's Not for Burning, Image Theatre,Boston, MA, 1962
  • Sailor Shawnee, Live Like Pigs, Actor's Playhouse, New York City,1965
  • Mother, The Infantry, Eight-first Street Theatre, New York City, 1966
  • Reverend Dupas, Little Murders, Circle in the Square Theatre, NewYork City, 1969
  • Interviewer, news seller, man, Wills, and a man, The Local Stigmatic, Actor's Playhouse, 1969
  • Stiles, The White House Murder Case, Circle in the Square Theatre,1970
  • Dr. Jason Pepper, "Ravenswood" and Hugh Gumbs, "Dunelawn," Bad Habits, Astor Place Theatre, New York City, 1974
  • Lieutenant Drew, The Unvarnished Truth, Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles, 1985
  • Ira Drew, It's Only a Play, Manhattan Theatre Club, New York City,1986
  • Ira Drew, It's Only a Play, James A. Doolittle Theatre, UCLA, 1992
  • Scrooge, A Christmas Carol, Huntington Theatre Company, Boston, MA, 1992-93
  • Arsenic and Old Lace, Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven, CT, 1994-95
  • Johann Dwornitschek, The Play's the Thing, Criterion Center StageRight, New York City, 1995
  • Desk clerk, Hughie, Circle in the Square Theatre, 1996
  • Mayor Shinn, The Music Man, Neil Simon Theatre, New York City, 2000-2001
  • The Unexpected Man, Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater, Wellfleet, MA, 2003
  • Also appeared as Freddy, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, American Repertory Theatre, Cambridge, MA; in Ah, Wilderness!, Huntington, Boston,MA; Light Up the Sky, Hartford Stage, Hartford, CT; Hughie, Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles.
  • Stage Director
  • Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, Manhattan Theatre Club Stage I, New York City, 1987, then Westside Theatre/Upstairs, New York City
  • Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, Center Theatre Group, Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles, 1988-89
  • Prelude and Liebestod, One-Act Play Festival, Nat Horne Theatre, New York City, 1989
  • The Kathy & Mo Show: Parallel Lives, Westside Arts Theatre/Downstairs, New York City, 1989
  • Bad Habits, Manhattan Theatre Club Stage 1, New York City, 1990
  • The Old Boy, 1991-92
  • Any Given Day, Longacre Theatre, New York City, 1993
  • Strictly Academic, Primary Stages, New York City, 2003
  • Also directed Beyond Therapy and Geniuses, both Los AngelesPublic Theatre; It's Only a Play, Artists and Directors Theatre; Crimes of the Heart, Trinity Square Playhouse, Rhode Island; Any GivenDay, Longacre Theatre, New York City.
  • Film Appearances
  • Wells Fargo Ferguson, The Double-Barreled Detective Story, Saloon,1965
  • Rutherford Melon, The Virgin President, New Line, 1968
  • Zen Buddhist, Cold Turkey, Tandem Productions, 1969
  • Ben Lockston, Taking Off, Universal, 1970
  • Chestnut man, They Might Be Giants, Universal, 1971
  • Shots O'Toole, The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight (also known as The Gang That Couldn't Shoot), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1971
  • Dr. Beineke, Up the Sandbox, National General, 1972
  • Reverend Lindquist, Jeremiah Johnson, Warner Bros., 1972
  • Tramp, Deadhead Miles, 1972
  • Plunkett, The Front Page, Universal, 1974
  • Brownlee, Mandingo, Paramount, 1975
  • Orren Brooks, Smile, United Artists, 1975
  • Mark Morgenweiss, The Goodbye Girl (also known as Neil Simon's"The Goodbye Girl"), Warner Bros., 1977
  • Billy's father, Billy in the Lowlands, FIF, 1979
  • Cosmo, Desperate Moves (also known as A Desperate Case, Rollerboy, Save the Last Dance for Me, Steigler and Steigler, Stiegler: A Desperate Case, and Stiegler: A Serious Case), 1981
  • Butler, The Man with Two Brains, Warner Bros., 1983
  • Tucker "Smitty" Brown, This Is Spinal Tap, Embassy, 1984
  • (Uncredited) Voice of Dr. Zook, The Lonely Guy, 1984
  • Warden Eddie Dwyer, The Chair (also known as Hot Seat), Imperial Entertainment, 1988
  • Finance teacher, Cocktail, Buena Vista, 1988
  • Fairchild, Arthur 2: On the Rocks, Warner Bros., 1988
  • Dr. Plotner, Sibling Rivalry, Columbia, 1990
  • Arthur Fleeber, The Freshman, TriStar, 1990
  • Judge Womack, The Addams Family, Paramount, 1991
  • Mickey, Guns and Lipstick, 1995
  • Not Guffman (Mr. Roy Loomis), Waiting for Guffman, Sony Pictures Classics, 1996
  • (Uncredited) Walter Krasna, The Devil's Advocate (also known as Devil's Advocate and Im auftrag des teufels), 1997
  • Who Was That Man, 1998
  • Milo, A Fish in a Bathtub, 1998
  • Professor Brainiac, Isn't She Great (also known as Ist sie nicht groBartig?), Universal, 2000
  • Martin Berg, A Mighty Wind, Warner Bros., 2003
  • Night shift guard, After the Sunset, New Line Cinema, 2004
  • Chief Rod Rocks, A Second Wind, 2006
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • (Television debut) The mad painter, Sesame Street (also known as Les Amis de Sesame, Canadian Sesame Street, Open Sesame,Sesame Park, and The New Sesame Street), PBS, 1969-74
  • Harry Bentley, The Jeffersons, CBS, 1974-81, 1983-85
  • Mr. Pratt, The Guiding Light (also known as Guiding Light),CBS, 1999
  • Miniseries
  • Arbuthnot, The Blue and the Gray, CBS, 1982
  • Movies
  • Lester Traube, Hustling, ABC, 1975
  • Guido Fantoccini, The Electric Grandmother, 1981
  • Mr. Magleby, Babycakes, CBS, 1989
  • Dr. Loeb, Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman, HBO, 1993
  • Specials
  • Himself, The Making of "The Goodbye Girl" (documentary), 1977
  • Malcolm Maltved, Sex, Shock and Censorship in the '90s, Showtime,1993
  • Himself, Intimate Portrait: Stockard Channing (documentary), Lifetime, 2004
  • Episodic
  • Donald Kauldor, "Slay Ride," Kojak, 1974
  • Harry Bentley, "The Jeffersons Move On Up," All in the Family (also known as Those Were the Days), 1975
  • Minister, "All Psyched Out," Maude, 1975
  • Calvin Klinger, Mama Malone, CBS, 1984
  • Frederich Hoffman, "Sticks and Stones," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1985
  • Okie, "Song of the Younger World," The Twilight Zone, CBS, 1985
  • "Top Billing," Tales from the Crypt (also known as HBO's "Talesfrom the Crypt"), HBO, 1991
  • Mr. Ludlow, "Risk Around the Dollar," A Different World, NBC, 1991
  • Mr. Nicolides, "The Vase Shop," Morton & Hayes, 1991
  • Milt, "Tess Makes the Man," Pig Sty, UPN, 1995
  • Lester, One Life to Live, ABC, 1996
  • Mr. Elinoff, the cartoon editor at New Yorker, "The Cartoon," Seinfeld, NBC, 1998
  • Jeremy, "Drew and the Life-Size Jim Thome Cut-Out," The Drew Carey Show, ABC, 2002
  • Also appeared in Harry-O.
  • Television Work
  • Director, "The Truth Hurts," The Jeffersons, CBS, 1985

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