Paul Benedict

Paul Benedict

Highest Rated: 100% Taking Off (1971)

Lowest Rated: 13% Arthur 2: On the Rocks (1988)

Birthday: Sep 17, 1938

Birthplace: Silver City, New Mexico, USA

An accomplished actor of both stage and screen, Paul Benedict is best remembered as Harry Bentley, the long-winded British neighbor on "The Jeffersons." Born in New Mexico and raised in Massachusetts, Benedict first acted regularly with the Theatre Company of Boston before moving to New York and finding his first supporting roles in film. While already playing his distinctly elongated facial features to comic effect, a doctor from the audience of one of his plays diagnosed him with acromegaly, a pituitary disorder that might have led to premature death if he hadn't sought treatment. After a notable early appearance as a reverend in "Jeremiah Johnson," the Western directed by Sydney Pollack featuring Robert Redford in the title role, he found some small screen attention as The Mad Painter on "Sesame Street." He achieved his greatest recognition, however, for his part on the hit sitcom "The Jeffersons," playing Bentley so convincingly that many presume him to be a British actor. While finding further quirky parts in shows and features, Benedict continued to perform (and occasionally direct) for the stage, including a Broadway run of Eugene O'Neill's "Hughie" opposite Al Pacino. Other memorable big screen turns included spots in several of Christopher Guest's films including "Waiting for Guffman," and an overly critical film school professor opposite Matthew Broderick in "The Freshman."

Highest rated movies

Taking Off
This Is Spinal Tap
Jeremiah Johnson
The Freshman
Waiting for Guffman
The Goodbye Girl
The Man With Two Brains




No Score Yet No Score Yet Side by Each Chief Rod Rocks (Character) - 2008
91% 91% Waiting for Guffman Not Guffman (Mr. Roy Loomis) (Character) $2.9M 1996
30% 75% Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman Dr. Victor Loeb (Character) - 1993
65% 66% The Addams Family Judge Womack (Character) $111.3M 1991
94% 61% The Freshman Arthur Fleeber, NYU Professor/Clark's Faculty Advisor (Character) $20.7M 1990
20% 29% Sibling Rivalry Dr. Plotner (Character) $16.8M 1990
No Score Yet 79% Babycakes Unknown (Character) - 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Chair Warden Edward Dwyer (Character) - 1988
13% 30% Arthur 2: On the Rocks Fairchild (Character) $14.1M 1988
95% 92% This Is Spinal Tap Tucker 'Smitty' Brown (Character) $188.8K 1984
77% 64% The Man With Two Brains Butler (Character) - 1983
No Score Yet No Score Yet Billy in the Lowlands Billy's Father (Character) - 1979
79% 84% The Goodbye Girl Mark (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet 71% Hustling Lester Traube (Character) - 1975
100% 69% Smile Orren Brooks (Character) - 1975
60% 48% Up the Sandbox Dr. Beineke (Character) - 1972
95% 89% Jeremiah Johnson Reverend Lindquist (Character) - 1972
100% 84% Taking Off Ben Lockston (Character) - 1971
No Score Yet 75% Deadhead Miles Hitchhiker (Character) - 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Double-Barreled Detective Story Wells Fargo Ferguson (Character) - 1965


No Score Yet 0% The Drew Carey Show Unknown (Guest Star) 2002
89% 92% Seinfeld Mr. Elinoff (Guest Star) 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Pig Sty Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
82% 98% Tales From the Crypt Unknown (Character) 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Jeffersons Harry Bentley (Character),
1975-1981 1983-1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mama Malone Unknown (Guest Star) 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet Maude Unknown (Guest Star) 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Harry O Unknown (Guest Star) 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kojak Unknown (Guest Star) 1974