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Julie Benz

Highest Rated:   86% As Good as It Gets (1997)
Lowest Rated:   0% Life on the Line (2016)
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Birthplace:   Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
While her roots in Italian horror (Two Evil Eyes) and penchant for small-screen fantasy (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Taken) may not make actress Julie Benz the most likely candidate for mainstream stardom, the prolific ice skater-turned-onscreen talent has come quite a long way since her early days in community theater and has since become one of the most promising emerging talents in film and television. A native of Pittsburgh and professional ice skater from the age of three, Benz made a name for herself in both singles and ice dancing and was at one point ranked 13th in the United States for her remarkable grace. While professional skating afforded Benz the extraordinary opportunity to travel the U.S. and visit foreign lands, the training needed to maintain one's footing on the ice is rigorous to say the least, and she ceased competitive skating at the age of 16. The daughter of a vascular surgeon, Benz hailed from a long line of doctors and was determined to become the first female medico in her family. Of course, some folks just aren't cut out for a career in medicine, though, and shortly after witnessing her first surgery, Benz realized that she was a bit too squeamish to become a doctor. With her days as a professional skater over and a life behind the scalpel out of the question, the talented teen auditioned for a role in a local community theater production and later connected with New York-based agent Vincent Cirrincione during a local acting seminar. After honing her craft in New York City, Benz set her sights on Los Angeles and never looked back. She also appeared in the horror sequel Saw V, the action film Punisher: War Zone, and the long-anticipated sequel The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day.In 1990, Benz made her screen debut under the direction of legendary Italian horror specialist Dario Argento in the "Black Cat" segment of Two Evil Eyes, though it was walk-on roles in such popular television shows as Married With Children, Boy Meets World, and Diagnosis Murder that served to introduce her to stateside viewers. Of course, big-screen appearances in As Good As It Gets and Jawbreaker only helped to increase her profile, but to many fantasy fans, Benz will always be known for her role as malevolent vampire Darla on the hit shows Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. With additional appearances in the miniseries Taken and and the TV show Roswell (not to mention vocal contributions to the hit video game Halo 2), it seemed that Benz had become something of a sci-fi mainstay, yet the rising star wasn't willing to be pigeonholed just yet and soon began to branch out with appearances on such popular shows as Navy NCIS, CSI, and CSI: Miami, as well. In 2006, Benz settled into her most stable small-screen role to date, playing Rita Bennett -- the emotionally damaged love interest of a Miami Police Department blood-spatter expert...who also happens to be a part-time serial killer -- on the the Golden Globe-nominated Showtime series Dexter. In 2008, she appeared opposite action icon Sylvester Stallone in the belated, bullet-strewn sequel Rambo.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
30% Havenhurst
  • Jackie
2017
No Score Yet Christmas Homecoming
  • Amanda
2017
0% Life on the Line
  • Carline
2016
No Score Yet Charming Christmas
  • Meredith Rossman
2015
20% Supremacy
  • Kristen
2015
No Score Yet Circle
  • The Wife
2015
No Score Yet Sole Custody
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet Taken: The Search for Sophie Parker
  • Actor
2013
9% Answers to Nothing
  • Frankie
$22.5k 2011
No Score Yet Ricochet
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Dallas
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet Uncorked
  • Actor
2010
23% The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day
  • Special Agent Eunice Bloom
$10.2M 2009
No Score Yet Held Hostage
  • Michelle Estey
2009
No Score Yet Bedrooms
  • Anna
2009
13% Saw V
  • Brit
$56.8M 2008
37% Rambo (Rambo IV)
  • Sarah
$42.8M 2008
No Score Yet Tattoos: A Scarred History
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Circle of Friends
  • Maggie
2006
No Score Yet Kill Your Darlings
  • Katherine
2006
No Score Yet 8MM 2
  • Lynn
2005
No Score Yet The Bad Girls From Valley High
  • Danielle
2005
71% Lackawanna Blues
  • Laura
2005
No Score Yet Locusts: The 8th Plague
  • Vicky Snow
2005
No Score Yet The Long Shot: Believe in Courage
  • Annie Garrett
2004
17% George Of The Jungle 2
  • Ursula Stanhope
2003
63% The Brothers
  • Jesse Caldwell
$26.6M 2001
No Score Yet Satan's School for Girls
  • Allison
2000
14% Shriek If You Know What I Did Last Friday the 13th
  • Barbara
2000
7% Jawbreaker
  • Marcie Fox
1999
No Score Yet Dirt Merchant
  • Angie
1999
No Score Yet Darkdrive
  • Actor
1998
86% As Good as It Gets
  • Receptionist
1997
31% Inventing the Abbotts
  • Co-ed
1997
55% Two Evil Eyes
  • Betty
1990

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
22% Training Day
2017
  • Holly Butler
  • 2017
No Score Yet Hawaii Five-0
2010
  • Anny Dunn Inspector Abby Dunn Abby Dunn
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
76% Defiance
2013-2015
  • Amanda Rosewater
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
73% A Gifted Man
2011-2012
  • Christina Holt
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet Royal Pains
2009-2016
  • Elyse
  • 2011
68% No Ordinary Family
2010-2011
  • Stephanie Powell
  • 2011
  • 2010
No Score Yet Desperate Housewives
2004-2012
  • Robin
  • 2010
78% Dexter
2006-2013
  • Rita Bennett
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
No Score Yet CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
2000-2015
  • Heidi Wolff
  • 2006
No Score Yet CSI: Miami
2002-2012
  • Hayley Gordon
  • 2006
92% Supernatural
2005
  • Layla Roarke
  • 2006
No Score Yet Angel
1999-2004
  • Darla
  • 2004
  • 2003
  • 2001
  • 2000
No Score Yet Roswell
1999-2002
  • Topolsky
  • 2000
  • 1999
80% Buffy the Vampire Slayer
1997-2003
  • Darla
  • 2000
  • 1998
  • 1997

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