Paul Benedict

Actor, Director, Set builder
An accomplished actor of both stage and screen, Paul Benedict is best remembered as Harry Bentley, the long-winded British neighbor on "The Jeffersons. " Born in New Mexico and raised in Massachusetts, Benedict first ... Read more »
Born: 09/17/1938 in Silver City, New Mexico, USA

Filmography

Actor (35)

After the Sunset 2004 (Movie)

Night Shift Guard (Actor)

A Mighty Wind 2003 (Movie)

Martin Berg (Actor)

Isn't She Great 2000 (Movie)

Professor Brainiac (Actor)

A Fish in the Bathtub 1999 (Movie)

(Actor)

Waiting for Guffman 1997 (Movie)

Not Guffman (Actor)

Pig Sty 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Sex, Shock and Censorship in the 90's 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

A Different World 1985 - 1986, 1990 - 1991 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Addams Family 1991 (Movie)

Judge Womack (Actor)

Top Billing 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Sibling Rivalry 1990 (Movie)

Dr Plotner (Actor)

The Freshman 1990 (Movie)

Arthur Fleeber (Actor)

Arthur 2 On The Rocks 1988 (Movie)

Fairchild (Actor)

Cocktail 1988 (Movie)

Finance Teacher (Actor)

The Chair 1987 (Movie)

Warden Eddie Dwyer (Actor)

Murder, She Wrote 1985 - 1986 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Jeffersons 1975 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Mama Malone 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

This Is Spinal Tap 1984 (Movie)

Tucker "Smitty" Brown (Actor)

The Blue and the Gray 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

The Man With Two Brains 1983 (Movie)

Butler (Actor)

Deadhead Miles 1982 (Movie)

Tramp (Actor)

Billy in the Lowlands 1979 (Movie)

Father (Actor)

Desperate Moves 1979 (Movie)

Cosmo (Actor)

The Goodbye Girl 1977 (Movie)

Mark (Actor)

Mandingo 1975 (Movie)

Brownlee (Actor)

The Front Page 1974 (Movie)

Plunkett (Actor)

Jeremiah Johnson 1972 (Movie)

Farmer (Actor)

Up the Sandbox 1972 (Movie)

(Actor)

Cold Turkey 1971 (Movie)

(Actor)

Taking Off 1971 (Movie)

Ben Lockston (Actor)

Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman (TV Show)

Actor

Babycakes (TV Show)

Actor

Hustling (TV Show)

Actor
Editor (1)

Vampire in Brooklyn 1995 (Movie)

(Dialogue Editor)

Biography

An accomplished actor of both stage and screen, Paul Benedict is best remembered as Harry Bentley, the long-winded British neighbor on "The Jeffersons. " Born in New Mexico and raised in Massachusetts, Benedict first acted regularly with the Theatre Company of Boston before moving to New York and finding his first supporting roles in film. While already playing his distinctly elongated facial features to comic effect, a doctor from the audience of one of his plays diagnosed him with acromegaly, a pituitary disorder that might have led to premature death if he hadn't sought treatment. After a notable early appearance as a reverend in "Jeremiah Johnson," the Western directed by Sydney Pollack featuring Robert Redford in the title role, he found some small screen attention as The Mad Painter on "Sesame Street." He achieved his greatest recognition, however, for his part on the hit sitcom "The Jeffersons," playing Bentley so convincingly that many presume him to be a British actor. While finding further quirky parts in shows and features, Benedict continued to perform (and occasionally direct) for the stage, including a Broadway run of Eugene O'Neill's "Hughie" opposite Al Pacino. Other memorable big screen turns included spots in several of Christopher Guest's films including "Waiting for Guffman," and an overly critical film school professor opposite Matthew Broderick in "The Freshman."

Milestones

2000

Cast as Mayor Shinn in a Broadway revival of "The Music Man"

1996

Acted opposite Al Pacino in "Hughie"

1984

Played a featured role in "This Is Spinal Tap"

1977

Cast as the stage director who has Richard Dreyfuss play Richard III as the "queen who would be king" in "The Goodbye Girl"

1975

Played British neighbor Mr. Bentley on "The Jeffersons" (CBS)

1972

Appeared as an itinerant preacher in the Western "Jeremiah Johnson"

1960

Hired as the janitor at the Charles Playhouse in Boston, Massachusetts

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