Robby Benson

Actor, Director, Screenwriter
A professional child actor, Robby Benson became an internationally recognized teen idol in the era of David Cassidy and Donny Osmond with lead roles in such youth-market films as "Jory" (1973) and "Jeremy" (1973) ... Read more »
Born: 01/21/1956 in Dallas, Texas, USA

Filmography

Actor (61)

MXP: Most Xtreme Primate 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

American Dreams 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Joely Fisher 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Disney's House of Mouse 2000 - 2002 (TV Show)

Voice

Evening Shade 1991 - 1998, 2000 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Family Album 1991 - 1998, 2000 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Huntress 1991 - 1997, 2000 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Thunder Alley 1991 - 1998, 2000 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Voice

Burt Reynolds: The E! True Hollywood Story 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Dragonheart 2: A New Beginning 1999 (Movie)

of Drake (Voice)

The Magic School Bus 1994 - 1998 (TV Show)

Voice

Avonlea 1989 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Beauty and the Beast: the Enchanted Christmas 1997 (Movie)

of Beast (Voice)

Sabrina, the Teenage Witch 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Caroline in the City 1995 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

P.T. Barnum: America's Greatest Showman 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Voice

Exosquad 1993 - 1995 (TV Show)

Voice

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

Voice

Deadly Exposure 1994 (Movie)

(Actor)

Wild West C.O.W Boys of Moo Mesa 1992 - 1994 (TV Show)

Voice

At Home With the Webbers 1993 (Movie)

Roger Swade (Actor)

Homewrecker 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Invasion of Privacy 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Lincoln 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Voice

Pinocchio: The Making of a Masterpiece 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

49th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Star-athon '92: A Weekend With the Stars 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Walt Disney World Happy Easter Parade 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Beauty and the Beast 1991 (Movie)

of Beast (Voice)

Modern Love 1990 (Movie)

Greg (Actor)

White Hot 1989 (Movie)

Scott (Actor)

Rent-A-Cop 1988 (Movie)

Pitts (Actor)

The Second Annual CBS Easter Parade 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Tough Cookies 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

California Girls 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

City Limits 1985 (Movie)

Carver (Actor)

Harry & Son 1984 (Movie)

Howard Keach (Actor)

Running Brave 1983 (Movie)

Billy Mills (Actor)

Two of a Kind 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

National Lampoon Goes to the Movies 1981 (Movie)

Brent Falcone (Actor)

Die Laughing 1980 (Movie)

Pinsky (Actor)

The Chosen 1980 (Movie)

Danny Saunders (Actor)

Tribute 1980 (Movie)

Jud Templeton (Actor)

Walk Proud 1979 (Movie)

Emilio (Actor)

Ice Castles 1978 (Movie)

Nick Peterson (Actor)

The End 1978 (Movie)

Priest (Actor)

One on One 1977 (Movie)

Henry Steele (Actor)

Our Town 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Ode to Billy Joe 1976 (Movie)

Billy Joe McAllister (Actor)

Lucky Lady 1975 (Movie)

Billy Weber (Actor)

Jeremy 1973 (Movie)

Jeremy (Actor)

Jory 1972 (Movie)

Jory (Actor)

All the Kind Strangers (TV Show)

Actor

Death Be Not Proud (TV Show)

Actor

Just a Dream (TV Show)

Actor

Precious Victims (TV Show)

Actor

Remember When (TV Show)

Actor

The Death of Richie (TV Show)

Actor

The Virginia Hill Story (TV Show)

Actor
Director (20)

Billy: The Early Years 2008 (Movie)

(Director)

Complete Savages 2004 (Tv Show)

Director

8 Simple Rules 2003 (Tv Show)

Director

I'm With Her 2003 (Tv Show)

Director

Bob Patterson 1991 - 1998, 2000 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Director

Bringing Up Jack 1991 - 1998, 2000 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Director

Brother's Keeper 1991 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Director

Common Law 1991 - 1997, 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Director

Dharma & Greg 1991 - 1998, 2000 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Director

Ellen 1991 - 1998, 2000 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Director

Good Advice 1991 - 1998, 2000 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Director

House Rules 1991 - 1998, 2000 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Director

Life With Roger 1991 - 1998, 2000 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Director

Muddling Through 1991 - 1998, 2000 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Director

The George Wendt Show 1991 - 1998, 2000 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Director

The Naked Truth 1991 - 1998, 2000 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Director

Two Guys and a Girl 1991 - 1998, 2000 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Director

Friends 1995, 1997 (Tv Show)

Director

Modern Love 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

White Hot 1989 (Movie)

(Director)
Music (5)

Modern Love 1990 (Movie)

songs("Evelyn's Theme" "Falling in Love With You" "Brahma Beach Cop") (Song)

White Hot 1989 (Movie)

songs("Bang My Drum...Slowly" "What Planet Are You From" "The Hard Way" "Love I Can Taste") (Song)

The Breakfast Club 1985 (Movie)

Words & Music("We Are Not Alone") (Music)

Die Laughing 1980 (Movie)

(Music)

Walk Proud 1979 (Movie)

(Music)
Writer (4)

Betrayal of the Dove 1993 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Modern Love 1990 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Die Laughing 1980 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

One on One 1977 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (2)

Modern Love 1990 (Movie)

(Producer)

Die Laughing 1980 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

A professional child actor, Robby Benson became an internationally recognized teen idol in the era of David Cassidy and Donny Osmond with lead roles in such youth-market films as "Jory" (1973) and "Jeremy" (1973). Savvier and seemingly more grounded than many of his Tiger Beat contemporaries, the actor branched out from his popular cute guy turns in "Ode to Billy Joe" (1976) and "Ice Castles" (1978) to embrace edgier, more mature roles in the grim made-for-TV movie "The Death of Richie" (1977), the LA gang saga "Walk Proud" (1978) and the well-regarded period piece "The Chosen" (1981). Denied a lead role in "Star Wars" (1977) and opting out of "Apocalypse Now" (1979), Benson began actualizing his own film projects by 1977, beginning with the college basketball drama "One on One" (1977), which he co-wrote, and "Die Laughing" (1980), an Alfred Hitchcock pastiche that he produced in partnership with Jon Peters. Born with a congenital heart defect, Benson underwent open heart surgery for the first time in 1984 and dropped out of the high pressure life of a Hollywood leading man to focus on playing character parts and on directing his own films. A much in-demand TV director, a professor of filmmaking at New York University, and a busy voiceover artist - including that of the Beast in Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" (1992) - Benson weathered an almost 50-year career in the industry, his endurance and positive attitude turning on its head the accepted wisdom that nice guys always finish last.

Relationships

Ann Benson

Mother

Lyric Benson

Daughter
born c. 1983 mother Karla DeVito

Zephyr Benson

Son
born March 23, 1992 mother Karla DeVito

Karla DeVito

Wife
met while co-starring on Broadway in "The Pirates of Penzance" in 1981 married c. 1983 co-wrote song for "The Breakfast Club" (1985) born c. 1954

Glynnis O'Connor Actor

Companion
no longer together co-starred together in "Jeremy" (1973) and "Ode to Billy Joe" (1975)

Annette O'Toole Actor

Companion
linked romantically after they worked together in "One on One" (1977)

Jerry Segal

Father

Shelli Segal

Sister
older, born c. 1953

EDUCATION

American Academy of Dramatic Arts

New York , New York

Milestones

1997

Reprised voice of The Beast in the direct-to-video release "Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas"

1993

Directed episodes of popular CBS sitcom, "Evening Shade", starring Burt Reynolds

1993

Began teaching at the University of Utah at Salt Lake City

1991

Provided the voice of The Beast in the Disney animated film, "Beauty and the Beast"

1988

Reteamed with Burt Reynolds and Liza Minnelli for "Rent-A-Cop"

1988

Feature directing debut (also actor, songwriter and song performer), "White Hot/Crack in the Mirror"

1986

Starred in short-lived CBS TV series, "Tough Cookies"

1984

Underwent heart surgery to replace a congenitally malfunctioning heart valve in October

1981

Returned to Broadway to play Frederic in the revival of "The Pirates of Penzance"; met future wife Karla DeVito

1980

Debut as a producer, "Die Laughing"; also co-wrote and co-starred

1979

With his father, composed music score for "Walk Proud"; also starred

1978

Played a novice priest in Burt Reynolds' "The End"

1977

With his father, co-wrote the script to the basketball drama "One On One"; also starred

1977

Played George Gibbs in an NBC TV adaptation of "Our Town"

1975

Co-starred as the dying Johnny Gunther in the ABC TV-movie "Death Be Not Proud"

1975

First collaboration with Burt Reynolds, "Lucky Lady"; also co-starred Liza Minnelli

1974

Had role in the NBC TV-movie "Remember When"

1972

Film acting debut in "Jory"; first lead

1970

Was regular on the CBS daytime drama "Search for Tomorrow"

1969

Had bar mitzvah on stage of "The Rothschilds," in which he was appearing (date approximate)

1968

Broadway debut in "Zelda" aged 12

Appeared in TV commercials and summer stock beginning at age five

Was primary director of the ABC sitcom "Ellen" for one season

Raised in Manhattan

Directed episodes of the ABC sitcom "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch"; also played Sabrina's father

Taught drama at the University of South Carolina under whose auspices he made "Modern Love" (1989)

Bonus Trivia

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Benson was teaching the The University of South Carolina when he made the film "Modern Love". His association with the college ended in dispute. He later taught at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.

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Benson on working in doing voice work rather than performing in front of the cameras: "It's great. I don't have to shave. I just have to show up for work."

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