Paul Benedict

Highest Rated: 100% Smile (1975)
Birthday: Sep 17, 1938
Birthplace: Silver City, New Mexico, USA
Though his melodiously accented speech pattern has led many to assume that actor Paul Benedict is British, the actor was actually born in New Mexico. Benedict's oversized jaw and angular features won him several character roles once he decided upon a theatrical career. One evening, a doctor who had seen Benedict on stage warned the actor that his elongated facial structure was due to a rare bone disease called acromegaly, which ultimately distorts the face into grotesqueness and can result in early death (filmdom's most famous victim of acromegaly was horror star Rondo Hatton). Undergoing medical treatment to prevent the spread of the disease, Benedict continued acting, utilizing his odd facial features for comic rather than tragic effect. While appearing in featured roles in such films as The Goodbye Girl (1977), Paul Benedict was cast as next-door neighbor Harley Bentley, an eccentric UN translator, on the long running TV series The Jeffersons. He played Harley steadily from 1975 to 1981, left for two years to pursue other projects (including the Steve Martin comedy The Man With Two Brains [1983]), but returned in 1983 to remain with The Jeffersons until its final episode two years later. He died in 2008 at age 70.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet The Double-barrelled Detective Story Actor 2011
87% A Mighty Wind Martin Berg $17.5M 2003
25% Isn't She Great Prof. Brainiac 2000
91% Waiting for Guffman Not Guffman 1996
22% Attack of the 50 Foot Woman Dr. Victor Loeb 1993
74% Addams Family Values Actor 1993
65% The Addams Family Judge Woamack 1991
22% Sibling Rivalry Dr. Plotner 1990
93% The Freshman Arthur Fleeber 1990
No Score Yet Babycakes Actor 1989
5% Cocktail Finance Teacher 1988
13% Arthur 2: On the Rocks Fairchild 1988
No Score Yet The Chair Warden Edward Dwyer 1988
No Score Yet Sesame Street: Learning About Letters Actor 1986
95% This Is Spinal Tap Tucker 'Smitty' Brown 1984
76% The Man with Two Brains Butler 1983
No Score Yet Electric Grandmother Actor 1982
No Score Yet Blue and the Gray Actor 1981
88% The Goodbye Girl Mark Morgenweiss 1977
31% Mandingo Brownlee 1975
100% Smile Orren Brooks 1975
No Score Yet Hustling Lester Traube 1975
68% The Front Page Plunkett 1974
95% Jeremiah Johnson Reverend 1972
60% Up the Sandbox Dr. Beineke 1972
No Score Yet Deadhead Miles Tramp 1972
0% The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight Shots O'Toole 1971
70% They Might Be Giants Chestnut Vendor 1971
100% Taking Off Ben Lockston 1971
50% Cold Turkey Zen Buddhist 1971

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Sesame Street
1969
The Number Painter
  • 2018
  • 1969
No Score Yet The Drew Carey Show
1995-2004
Jeremy
  • 2002
88% Seinfeld
1989-1998
Elinoff
  • 1998
No Score Yet A Different World
1987-1993
Mr. Ludlow
  • 1991
82% Tales from the Crypt
1989-1996
  • 1991
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
1984-1996
Frederich Hoffman
  • 1985
No Score Yet The Jeffersons
1975-1985
Director Harry Bentley
  • 1985
  • 1983
  • 1981
  • 1980
  • 1979
  • 1978
  • 1977
  • 1976
  • 1975
No Score Yet All in the Family
1971-1979
Harry Bentley
  • 1975
No Score Yet Kojak
1973-1978
Kauldor
  • 1974

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