Larry Drake

Actor, Loaded trucks, Car inspector
Tall and husky in a gangly way, Larry Drake was so convincing as the developmentally-challenged Benny Stulwicz on NBC's "L. A. Law" for seven seasons (1987-94) that he was undoubtedly asked by people on the street if he ... Read more »
Born: 02/21/1950 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA

Filmography

Actor (52)

Nobody Knows 2015 (Movie)

(Actor)

Pathology 2008 (Movie)

Fat Bastard (Actor)

7th Heaven 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Living the Dream 2006 (Movie)

Richard (Actor)

Officer Down 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Spun 2003 (Movie)

Dr. K (Actor)

Batman Beyond 1998 - 2002 (TV Show)

Voice

L.A. Law: The E! True Hollywood Story 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

L.A. Law: The Movie 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Six Feet Under 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Thieves 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

American Pie 2 2001 (Movie)

Natalie's Dad (Actor)

Dark Asylum 2001 (Movie)

The Trasher (Actor)

Dead Man's Gun 1997 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Johnny Bravo 1997 - 2001 (TV Show)

Voice

L.A. Law 1986 - 1996, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Outer Limits Farewell Tribute 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Star Trek: Voyager 1987 - 1996, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Stargate SG-1 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Fantasy Island 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Overnight Delivery 1999 (Movie)

Hal Ipswich (Actor)

Desert Heat 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

Durango Kids 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

Prey 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Bean 1997 (Movie)

Elmer (Actor)

Paranoia 1997 (Movie)

(Actor)

Peter Benchley's The Beast 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Naked Truth 1987 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Time of Her Time 1996 (Movie)

(Actor)

Darkman II: The Return of Durant 1995 (Movie)

Robert G Durant (Actor)

The Journey of August King 1995 (Movie)

Olaf Singletary (Actor)

The Legend of Prince Valiant 1991 - 1995 (TV Show)

Voice

Dr. Giggles 1992 (Movie)

Dr Evan Rendell (Actor)

The "L.A. Law" 100th Episode Special 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Darkman 1990 (Movie)

Robert G Durant (Actor)

The 41st Annual Emmy Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Performer

The Hollywood Christmas Parade 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The Secret 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

And All Through the House 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Too Good to Be True 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

For Keeps 1988 (Movie)

Night Clerk (Actor)

The Karate Kid 1984 (Movie)

1st Yahoo (Actor)

The Big Brawl 1979 (Movie)

1st Judge (Actor)

Truckin' Man 1974 (Movie)

(Actor)

This Stuff'll Kill Ya! 1970 (Movie)

Bubba (Actor)

Dark Night of the Scarecrow (TV Show)

Actor

Gryphon (TV Show)

Actor

Mrs. Harris (TV Show)

Actor

One More Mountain (TV Show)

Actor

Power 98 (TV Show)

Actor

Runaway Virus (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Tall and husky in a gangly way, Larry Drake was so convincing as the developmentally-challenged Benny Stulwicz on NBC's "L. A. Law" for seven seasons (1987-94) that he was undoubtedly asked by people on the street if he were, indeed, retarded. The role won him two Emmy awards for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series and turned an obscure stage career into that of a viable character player and occasional lead.

Drake had migrated from Oklahoma to Dallas, TX to perform in regional theater after graduating from college. While he found regular work, he was unable to land a local TV commercial and decided to return to school. Auditioning for a university program towards a doctorate in theater, Drake was advised to abandon his plans for a teaching career and try his hand as a professional actor. Emboldened, he relocated to Southern California in 1980 and soon found employment at San Diego's Old Globe Theatre where he worked for four years. On occasion, Drake was able to snag small roles such as in the 1981 CBS movie "Dark Night of the Scarecrow", or in the feature "The Karate Kid" (1984).

In 1987, Drake auditioned for a one-scene role on an episode of "L.A. Law"; the role was as a mentally-impaired adult male who had unwittingly committed a crime. Audience reaction to the character was so favorable that he was asked to join the regular cast of the series. His character, Benny Stulwicz, held a job at the law firm, learned to live on his own, found romance, tried to adopt a homeless teenaged boy, and provided an oddly common sense take on some of the more bizarre events at the firm. After winning his first Emmy, Drake landed strong supporting roles in TV-movies, including "Too Good to Be True" (NBC, 1988), a remake of the 1945 feature "Leave Her to Heaven", and "Murder in New Hampshire: The Pamela Smart Story" (CBS, 1991). By the late 90s, he had a pivotal role in the NBC miniseries "Peter Benchley's 'The Beast'" (1996) and returned to the series grind as co-star of the ABC drama "Prey" (1998).

Trying to capitalize on his small screen fame, Drake segued to features as the deliciously sadistic crime boss Robert G Durant, the nemesis of Liam Neeson's "Darkman" (1990), a role he reprised in the Neeson-less sequel "Darkman II: The Return of Durant" (1995). He also portrayed a murderous heart surgeon in "Dr. Giggles" (1992) and a wealthy plantation owner searching for a runaway female slave in 'The Journey of August King" (1995).

Relationships

Raymond Drake

Father

Lorraine Drake

Mother

EDUCATION

University of Oklahoma

Norman , Oklahoma

Milestones

1996

Co-starred in the NBC miniseries "Peter Benchley's 'The Beast'"

1995

Reprised villainous role in "Darkman II: The Return of Durant"

1992

Had title role in the horror film "Dr. Giggles"

1990

Played the evil Robert G Durant in "Darkman"

1981

Made first TV-movie, "Dark Night of the Scarecrow" (CBS)

1980

Moved to Los Angeles to join Old Globe Theatre Co.

1976

Appeared in regional theater in Dallas, TX

1970

Played first feature role, ""This Stuff'll Kill Ya!"

Had regular role as the mentally-challenged Benny on the NBC legal drama "L.A. Law"; won two Emmy Awards for the role

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