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Paul Benedict

Highest Rated:   100% Smile (1975)
Lowest Rated:   5% Cocktail (1988)
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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

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet The Double-barrelled Detective Story
  • Actor
2011
88% A Mighty Wind
  • Martin Berg
$17.5M 2003
25% Isn't She Great
  • Prof. Brainiac
2000
91% Waiting for Guffman
  • Not Guffman
1996
No Score Yet Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman
  • Dr. Victor Loeb
1994
78% Addams Family Values
  • Actor
1993
60% 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
73% The Front Page
  • Plunkett
1974
93% Jeremiah Johnson
  • Reverend
1972
No Score Yet Up the Sandbox
  • Dr. Beineke
1972
No Score Yet Deadhead Miles
  • Tramp
1972
No Score Yet The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight
  • Shots O'Toole
1971
78% They Might Be Giants
  • Chestnut Vendor
1971
100% Taking Off
  • Ben Lockston
1971
40% Cold Turkey
  • Zen Buddhist
1971

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Seinfeld
1989-1998
  • Elinoff
  • 1998
No Score Yet Sesame Street
1969
  • The Number Painter
  • 1969

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