Richard Benjamin

Actor, Director
Best known for his characterizations of two Philip Roth characters, in "Goodbye Columbus" (1969) and "Portnoy's Complaint" (1972), Benjamin had walk-on juvenile parts in some 1950s films and first earned adult ... Read more »
Born: 05/21/1938 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (46)

Childrens Hospital 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ellen 1994 - 1995, 1997 - 1998, 2000 - 2001, 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Life on Mars 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Love & War 1994 - 1995, 2000 - 2001, 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Pushing Daisies 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Titus 2000 - 2001, 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Henry Poole Is Here 2008 (Movie)

Dr. Fancher (Actor)

Keeping Up With The Steins 2006 (Movie)

Rabbi Schulberg (Actor)

Marci X 2003 (Movie)

Ben Feld--Marci's Father (Actor)

Mad About You 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Canned Ham: Deconstructing Harry 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Deconstructing Harry 1997 (Movie)

Ken (Actor)

The Ray Bradbury Theater 1987 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Lift 1991 (Movie)

(Actor)

Saturday the 14th 1981 (Movie)

John (Actor)

First Family 1980 (Movie)

Press Secretary Bunthorne (Actor)

How to Beat the High Cost of Living 1980 (Movie)

Albert Travis (Actor)

Fame 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Love At First Bite 1979 (Movie)

Dr Jeff Rosenberg (Actor)

Scavenger Hunt 1979 (Movie)

Stuart Selsome (Actor)

Battle of the Network Stars IV 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

House Calls 1978 (Movie)

Dr Norman Solomon (Actor)

Quark 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

The Last Married Couple in America 1978 (Movie)

Marv Cooper (Actor)

Witches' Brew 1977 (Movie)

Joshua Lightman (Actor)

The Sunshine Boys 1975 (Movie)

Ben Clark (Actor)

Westworld 1973 (Movie)

Martin (Actor)

Portnoy's Complaint 1972 (Movie)

Alexander Portnoy (Actor)

The Last of Sheila 1972 (Movie)

Tom (Actor)

The Marriage of a Young Stockbroker 1971 (Movie)

William Alren (Actor)

A Last Laugh at the 60's 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

Actor

Catch-22 1970 (Movie)

Major Danby (Actor)

Diary of a Mad Housewife 1970 (Movie)

Jonathan Balser (Actor)

The Steagle 1970 (Movie)

Harold Weiss (Actor)

Goodbye, Columbus 1969 (Movie)

Neil (Actor)

He and She 1966 - 1968 (TV Show)

Actor

Crime Wave 1954 (Movie)

Mark (Actor)

Riding Shotgun 1954 (Movie)

Blackie (Actor)

House of Wax 1953 (Movie)

Detective (Actor)

Ink (TV Show)

Actor

Packin' It In (TV Show)

Actor

The Goodbye Girl (TV Show)

Actor

The Pentagon Wars (TV Show)

Actor

The Stranger Wore a Gun (Movie)

(Actor)

The Way They Were (TV Show)

Actor
Director (19)

Semi-Tough 1979 - 1980, 1994 - 1995, 1997 - 1998, 2000 - 2001, 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Director

Marci X 2003 (Movie)

(Director)

The Sports Pages 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Director

Tourist Trap 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Director

Mrs. Winterbourne 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

Milk Money 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

Made in America 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

Downtown 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

Mermaids 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

Little Nikita 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

My Stepmother Is An Alien 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

The Money Pit 1986 (Movie)

(Director)

City Heat 1984 (Movie)

(Director)

Racing With the Moon 1984 (Movie)

(Director)

My Favorite Year 1982 (Movie)

(Director)

Where's Poppa? 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Director

A Little Thing Called Murder (TV Show)

Director

Laughter on the 23rd Floor (TV Show)

Director

The Shrink Is In (TV Show)

Director

Biography

Best known for his characterizations of two Philip Roth characters, in "Goodbye Columbus" (1969) and "Portnoy's Complaint" (1972), Benjamin had walk-on juvenile parts in some 1950s films and first earned adult recognition on Broadway, starring in Neil Simon's "Star-Spangled Girl" (1966). He had directed "Barefoot in the Park" in London the previous year. Other off-beat acting highlights include "Catch-22" (1970) and "The Sunshine Boys" (1975).

Relationships

Prentiss Benjamin

Daughter
mother Paula Prentiss born c. 1978

Ross Benjamin

Son
born 1974 mother Paula Prentiss

Paula Prentiss

Wife
Italian-American Texan co-star of TV series, "He and She" married on October 26, 1961 in NYC

EDUCATION

Northwestern University

Evanston , Illinois 1960

studied acting with Alvina Krause

The School of Performing Arts

New York , New York 1956

Milestones

2006

Cast a the Rabbi opposite Jeremy Piven and Garry Marshall in the indie comedy "Keeping Up with the Steins" directed by Marshall's son Scott

2004

Directed the TV remake of Neil Simon's "The Goodbye Girl" starring Jeff Daniels and Patricia Heaton

2003

Directed and starred in "Marci X" with Lisa Kudrow

1998

With wife Paula Prentiss, returned to stage acting in the off-Broadway comedy "Power Plays"

1997

Returned to film acting in a small role in Woody Allen's "Deconstructing Harry"

1993

Paired Whoppi Goldberg and Ted Danson in the mildly comedic "Made in America"

1990

Helmed "Mermaids", starring Cher

1988

Directed the intriguing spy thriller "Little Nikita"

1986

Had a directorial misfire with "The Money Pit"

1984

Helmed the coming of age tale "Racing with the Moon"

1982

Feature directing debut, "My Favorite Year"

1981

Had last feature acting role for over 15 years in; the horror spoof "Saturday the 14th"; also featured Prentiss

1978

Co-starred in "House Calls"

1975

Played the agent-nephew of a vaudevillian (Walter Matthau) in "The Sunshine Boys"

1972

Played leading role in second Philip Roth film adaptation "Portnoy's Complaint"

1970

Starred in "The Marriage of a a Young Stockbroker", opposite Prentiss

1969

First screen pairing with wife Paula Prentiss, "Catch-22"

1968

Adult screen acting debut, "Goodbye, Columbus", adapted from the novel by Philip Roth; had starring role

1967

First regular role in TV series, as Dick Hollister in "He and She" (CBS), with wife Paula Prentiss

1966

Broadway debut as star of Neil Simon's "Star-Spangled Girl"

1965

Directed first major stage production, "Barefoot in the Park" (London)

1964

Starred in national tour of "Barefoot in the Park"

Played juvenile roles in "Thunder Over the Plains" (1953) and "Crime Wave" (1954)

Bonus Trivia

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"Said critic Andrew Sarris, 'Mr. Benjamin is so ideally cast as Philip Roth [in "Goodbye, Columbus"] that it is almost frightening to think of his ever playing anything else. ... Whereas Dustin Hoffman is what clumsy intellectuals would like to be on a blind date, Richard Benjamin [alas!] is what they actually are.'" --From Premiere, November 1990.

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