Daniel Benzali

Actor
The son of a former actor, the Brazilian-born Benzali began his career appearing throughout the US on stage in everything from musicals to Shakespeare. He moved to England in the 1970s and continued his stage career ... Read more »
Born: 01/20/1950 in Rio de Janeiro, BR

Filmography

Actor (53)

General Hospital 1962 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Californication 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Nip/Tuck 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Eli Stone 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Lie to Me 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jericho 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order 1990 - 1991, 1995 - 1996, 2002 - 2003, 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

L.A. Law 1990 - 1996, 1998 - 1999, 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

NYPD Blue 1990 - 1991, 1993 - 1996, 1998 - 1999, 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Agency 1995 - 1996, 2001 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

The X-Files 1990 - 1991, 1994 - 1996, 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

The District 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Grey Zone 2002 (Movie)

Schlermer (Actor)

The Outer Limits 1994 - 2002 (TV Show)

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UC: Undercover 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Dead Heat 2001 (Movie)

Frank Finnegan (Actor)

Her Married Lover 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Screwed 2000 (Movie)

Detective Tom Dewey (Actor)

Vegas City of Dreams 2000 (Movie)

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All the Little Animals 1999 (Movie)

De Winter (Actor)

Remember WENN 1995 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Suckers 1998 (Movie)

Reggie (Actor)

Heist 1997 (Movie)

Big Fats (Actor)

Murder At 1600 1997 (Movie)

Spikings (Actor)

Star Trek: 30 Years and Beyond 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The End of Violence 1997 (Movie)

Phelps (Actor)

Comic Relief VII 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Murder One 1995 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

Television's Greatest Performances II 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The 22nd Annual People's Choice Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Rockford Files: I Still Love L.A. 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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One West Waikiki 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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A Day in October 1992 (Movie)

Solomon Kublitz (Actor)

The Distinguished Gentleman 1992 (Movie)

"Skeeter" Warburton (Actor)

Messenger of Death 1988 (Movie)

Chief Barney Doyle (Actor)

Whoops Apocalypse 1988 (Movie)

William Kubert--US Defense Secretary (Actor)

Arthur Hailey's "Strong Medicine" 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

A View to a Kill 1985 (Movie)

Howe (Actor)

Insignificance 1985 (Movie)

1st Theatrical Agent (Actor)

White Nights 1985 (Movie)

Dr Asher (Actor)

A Child's Cry For Help (TV Show)

Actor

Afterburn (TV Show)

Actor

Boss of Bosses (TV Show)

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By Dawn's Early Light (TV Show)

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Citizen Cohn (TV Show)

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Pack of Lies (TV Show)

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Roe vs. Wade (TV Show)

Actor

The Last Days of Patton (TV Show)

Actor

The Last of His Tribe (TV Show)

Actor

The Murder of Mary Phagan (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

The son of a former actor, the Brazilian-born Benzali began his career appearing throughout the US on stage in everything from musicals to Shakespeare. He moved to England in the 1970s and continued his stage career, first in fringe theater, later as a member of the respected Royal Shakespeare Company and also in musicals (Juan Peron in "Evita"). Benzali has appeared primarily in small supporting roles in features including "A View to a Kill", "White Knights" (both 1985) and "The Distinguished Gentleman" (1992). His notable TV appearances include "Pack of Lies" (CBS, 1987) as Terri Garr's husband and "Citizen Cohn" (HBO, 1992) as Cardinal Spellman. He began his affiliation with producer Steven Bochco with a recurring role on "L.A. Law" in 1991 and later reteamed with the producer in the groundbreaking "NYPD Blue" (ABC, 1993-94) as a mob lawyer. The third time was the charm when Bochco tapped the shaven-headed actor for the ABC drama series "Murder One" (ABC, 1995-96). As the enigmatic defense attorney Theodore 'Teddy' Hoffman, Benzali riveted viewers with his commanding presence and understated performance. Due to creative differences, however, Benzali chose not to remain with the series during its second season. Instead, he moved to the big screen as a White House security chief in the thriller "Murder at 1600" and was in the ensemble of Wim Wenders' "The End of Violence" (both 1997). In 2000, Benzali appeared on stage in ""Glengarry Glen Ross." He also co-starred with Mira Sorvino in the Off-Broadway play "Naked." He returned back to television and landed the part of Robert Quinn in the CBS series "The Agency" (2001). In 2002, he reunited with Sorvino, this time on the big screen, for the holocaust feature drama "Grey Zone."

Relationships

Carlo Benzali

Father
acted in productions in Brazil

Lee Benzali

Mother

Kim Cattrall Actor

Companion
Briefly engaged August 1996 Separated, but reconciled 1997 No longer together as of 1998

Lynda Medwell

Wife
divorced married for eight years from late 1970s to early 1980s

Milestones

2002

Cast as Schlermer in the drama "Grey Zone"

2002

Joined the cast of the CBS series "The Agency"

2000

Appeared on stage alongside Charles Durning in a production of "Glengarry Glen Ross" at the McCarter Theater in Princeton, New Jersey

2000

Starred opposite Mira Sorvino in an Off-Broadway staging of Pirandello's "Naked"

1999

Co-starred with John Hurt and Christian Bale in "All the Little Animals"

1995

TV series debut as regular in Bochco's "Murder One" (ABC)

1993

Played Max in London world premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Sunset Boulevard" opposite Patti LuPone

1993

Had recurring role of mob lawyer James Sinclair in Bochco's "NYPD Blue" (ABC)

1991

Appeared in a recurring role in Steven Bochco's "L.A. Law" (NBC)

1989

Played recurring role of a judge in CBS sudser "Falcon Crest"

1986

American TV debut in syndicated miniseries "Arthur Hailey's 'Strong Medicine'"

1985

Film debut, "A View to a Kill"

1953

Moved with family from Brazil to Brooklyn (date approximate)

Moved to England

Made stage appearances in England; invited to join the Royal Shakespeare Company

Appeared as Juan Peron in Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Evita" on the London stage

Appeared in theatrical productions throughout the US

Bonus Trivia

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"I'm very comfortable with the character. He's very natural to me. He's an ordinary man with some extraordinary traits and a bit of a rough edge that makes him a little mysterious." -- Benzali on his "Murder One" character, defense lawyer Theodore Hoffman, quoted in Newsweek, October 2, 1995

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"It's the best part I've ever had to play. He's a warrior. He is tough minded and idealistic at the same time. Hoffman is the leader. Hoffman is the man. It's great. . . . Hoffman is me and little bits of a bunch of other people. He's not a big stretch for me." -- Benzali quoted in TV Guide, September 30, 1995

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