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Paul Benjamin

Highest Rated: 96% Escape From Alcatraz (1979)

Lowest Rated: Not Available

Birthday: Not Available

Birthplace: Pelion, South Carolina, USA

From his debut performance in "Midnight Cowboy" through his work in "Do The Right Thing," Paul Benjamin has appeared in some landmark films in his screen career. After studying at the Herbert Berghof Studio, Benjamin began to appear on New York stages, and made his screen debut as a bartender in Joel Schlesinger's 1969 drama, "Midnight Cowboy." A series of smaller roles throughout the '70s were punctuated by larger supporting parts, memorably in the New York cops-and-mobsters thriller "Across 110th Street." This led to more work, notably opposite the iconic Pam Grier in "Friday Foster," and in a memorable role as English in Clint Eastwood's prison thriller, "Escape from Alcatraz." Benjamin's career slowed in the '80s until 1989, when he won the part of ML in Spike Lee's heated day-in-the-life-of-Brooklyn drama, "Do The Right Thing." This role helped him get plenty of work throughout the '90s, in everything from Robert Townsend's "The Five Heartbeats" to a small part in John Singleton's "Rosewood," a historical look at a racist lynch mob. TV and film work kept rolling in for Benjamin into the 2000s, and he received high marks as part of the ensemble in the 2003 indie hit "The Station Agent." Benjamin's work slowed considerably following that film; his final film appearance came in the indie "Occupy Texas" (2016). Paul Benjamin died in Los Angeles on June 28, 2019

Highest rated movies

Escape From Alcatraz
The Station Agent
Do the Right Thing Midnight Cowboy
Across 110th Street
The Anderson Tapes




No Score Yet No Score Yet Occupy, Texas Mr. Goodman (Character) - 2016
No Score Yet 58% Back in the Day Cody (Character) - 2004
94% 89% The Station Agent Henry Styles (Character) $5.7M 2003
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ralph Ellison: An American Journey Unknown (Character) - 2002
No Score Yet 83% Stanley's Gig Teddy Branson (Character) - 2000
87% 83% Rosewood James Carrier (Character) $13.1M 1997
43% 65% Hoodlum Whispers (Character) $23.5M 1997
No Score Yet 50% The Fence Del Reston (Character) - 1994
0% 43% The Super Gilliam (Character) $10.6M 1991
93% 89% Do the Right Thing ML (Character) $26.0M 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Stranger Waits Cooper (Character) - 1987
40% 31% Some Kind of Hero Leon (Character) - 1982
96% 85% Escape From Alcatraz English (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet 72% I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Freeman (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet One in a Million: The Ron LeFlore Story John LeFlore (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Judge Horton and the Scottsboro Boys Ramsey (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet 40% Leadbelly Wes Ledbetter (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet 41% Friday Foster Sen. David Lee Hart (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Distance Elwood (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Friendly Persuasion Swan Stebeney (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Cut Man Caper Jesse (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet 81% The Education of Sonny Carson Pops (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet 32% The Deadly Trackers Jacob (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mr. Inside/Mr. Outside Lt. Valentine (Character) - 1973
82% 79% Across 110th Street Jim Harris (Character) - 1972
74% 54% The Anderson Tapes Jimmy (Character) - 1971
89% 88% Midnight Cowboy Bartender (Character) $201.0K 1969


No Score Yet 96% Law & Order Unknown (Guest Star) 2003
No Score Yet 84% ER Al Ervin (Guest Star) 1994 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kojak Unknown (Guest Star) 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Police Woman Roman Washington (Guest Star) 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Starsky and Hutch Unknown (Guest Star) 1975