Daniel Benzali

Daniel Benzali

Highest Rated: 69% The Grey Zone (2001)

Lowest Rated: 10% Screwed (2000)

Birthday: Jan 20, 1950

Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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."

Highest rated movies

The Grey Zone
All the Little Animals
Murder at 1600
The End of Violence




No Score Yet 24% Believers The Teacher (Character) - 2007
No Score Yet 27% Dead Heat Frank Finnegan (Character) - 2002
69% 74% The Grey Zone Schlermer (Character) $507.4K 2001
No Score Yet 63% Boss of Bosses Bruce Mouw (Character) - 2001
10% 48% Screwed Detective Tom Dewey (Character) $7.0M 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Clean Kill Detective Joe Lansing (Character) - 1999
No Score Yet 71% Suckers Reggie (Character) - 1999
65% 77% All the Little Animals De Winter (Character) $23.3K 1998
33% 42% Murder at 1600 Spikings (Character) $25.8M 1997
29% 43% The End of Violence Benzali (Character) $283.0K 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Heist Unknown (Character) - 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Child's Cry for Help Dr. Everett Morris (Character) - 1994
No Score Yet 85% The Last of His Tribe Mr. Whitney (Character) - 1992
No Score Yet 29% A Day in October Solomon Kublitz (Character) $4.0K 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet Vietnam War Story: The Last Days Adams (Character) - 1989
No Score Yet 23% Messenger of Death Chief Barney Doyle (Character) $2.2M 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet Pack of Lies Peter Schaefer (Character) - 1987


57% 77% Californication Unknown (Guest Star) 2012
75% 79% Nip/Tuck Dr. Griffin (Guest Star) 2010
60% No Score Yet Eli Stone Judge Emmet Bortz (Guest Star) 2009
No Score Yet 88% Lie to Me Joseph Hollin (Guest Star) 2009
54% 85% Jericho Unknown (Guest Star) 2007-2008
No Score Yet 96% Law & Order Unknown (Guest Star) 2006
83% 83% NYPD Blue James Sinclair Esq. (Guest Star) 1993-1994 1999 2003
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Agency Robert Quinn (Character),
Unknown (Guest Star)
No Score Yet No Score Yet The District Unknown (Guest Star) 2002
20% 100% UC: Undercover Unknown (Guest Star) 2002
No Score Yet 100% The Outer Limits Unknown (Character) 1997
91% No Score Yet Murder One Ted Hoffman (Character) 1995-1996
74% 86% The X-Files Colonel Wharton (Guest Star) 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Matlock Unknown (Guest Star) 1991
91% 89% Star Trek: The Next Generation Surgeon (Guest Star) 1989
No Score Yet 100% Beauty and the Beast Edward (Guest Star) 1989