Paul Benjamin

Paul Benjamin

  • Highest Rated: 96% Escape From Alcatraz (1979)
  • Lowest Rated: 0% The Super (1991)
  • Birthday: Not Available
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Originally from South Carolina, actor Paul Benjamin made his film debut in 1969 as a bartender in Midnight Cowboy. After a small role in Sidney Lumet's The Anderson Tapes, he did television work throughout the '70s. A few notable exceptions involved small parts in Gordon Parks' biopic Leadbelly and Don Siegel's prison film Escape From Alcatraz. He fared better on CBS in the TV adaptations I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and Gideon's Trumpet. He got his first major starring role in the HBO movie The Man Who Broke 1,000 Chains, based on the novel by Robert E. Burns. On the big screen during the '90s, Benjamin worked with some well-known directors. He appeared in Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing, Robert Townsend's The Five Heartbeats, Bill Duke's Hoodlum, and John Singleton's Rosewood. On television, he appeared in the 1994 pilot episode of ER, which led to his recurring role of homeless man Al Ervin during the next few seasons. Benjamin also worked on the American Masters documentary of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ralph Ellison, which aired on PBS. After 2000, he appeared primarily in small independent films like Stanley's Gig, The Station Agent, Deacons for Defense, and James Hunter's 2004 drama Back in the Day.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet Occupy, Texas Actor 2016
No Score Yet Straight Outta Tompkins Perc Daddy $8.5K 2015
No Score Yet Back in the Day Cody 2004
94% The Station Agent Henry Styles 2003
No Score Yet Deacons for Defense Otis 2003
No Score Yet Ralph Ellison: An American Journey Actor 2002
No Score Yet Stanley's Gig Teddy 2000
No Score Yet Last Rites Fez 1998
43% Hoodlum Whispers 1997
86% Rosewood James Carrier 1997
No Score Yet The Fence Del 1994
0% The Super Gilliam 1991
35% The Five Heartbeats Mr. King 1991
93% Do the Right Thing ML 1989
21% Pink Cadillac Judge 1989
36% Nuts Harry Harrison 1987
No Score Yet The Atlanta Child Murders Homer Williams 1985
No Score Yet Deadly Force Lester 1983
No Score Yet Some Kind of Hero Leon 1982
No Score Yet Gideon's Trumpet Artis 1980
96% Escape From Alcatraz English 1979
No Score Yet I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Freeman 1979
No Score Yet One in a Million: The Ron LeFlore Story John LeFlore 1978
No Score Yet Judge Horton and the Scottsboro Boys Ramsey 1976
No Score Yet Friday Foster Sen. David Lee Hart 1975
No Score Yet The Education of Sonny Carson Pops 1974
No Score Yet The Deadly Trackers Jacob 1973
No Score Yet Mr. Inside/Mr. Outside Actor 1973
80% Across 110th Street Jim Harris 1972
70% The Anderson Tapes Jimmy 1971
91% Midnight Cowboy Bartender 1969

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

88% The Shield
2002-2008
Perry
  • 2004
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
Lonnie Jackson
  • 2003
No Score Yet American Masters
2001
Grandfather
  • 2002
No Score Yet ER
1994-2009
Mr. Ervin Al Ervin Al Ervin
  • 2002
  • 1994
88% Angel
1999-2004
Jackson
  • 2001
No Score Yet New York Undercover
1994-1998
Professor
  • 1995
No Score Yet American Playhouse
1982-1996
Rashad
  • 1989
No Score Yet Kojak
1973-1978
Willy
  • 1977
No Score Yet Starsky & Hutch
1975-1979
Burke
  • 1975

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