Richard Benjamin

Richard Benjamin

  • Highest Rated: 100% Goodbye, Columbus (1969)
  • Lowest Rated: 7% Mrs. Winterbourne (1996)
  • Birthday: May 22, 1938
  • Birthplace: New York, New York, USA
  • Throughout his film career, Richard Benjamin trafficked in neurotic, high-strung, self-involved upper-middle-class characterizations. While attending the New York High School of Performing Arts, Benjamin made his first professional stage appearances, and reportedly showed up in a handful of movie bit roles. He continued his theatrical training at Northwestern University, where he met actress Paula Prentiss, whom he married in 1961. At first, Hollywood was more interested in Paula than in Dick; thus, while Paula was co-starring with Jim Hutton at MGM, her husband was still performing on stage. In 1965, Benjamin directed the London production of Neil Simon's Barefoot in the Park; the following year, he made his Broadway acting bow in Simon's The Star Spangled Girl, earning a Theatre World Award in the bargain. Co-starring with wife Paula, Benjamin appeared in the 1967 TV situation comedy He and She, which gained a loyal cult following but was considered too New Yawk-ish for the hinterlands. Even so, He and She made Benjamin a name-above-the-title star, and it was in this capacity that he made his film adult screen appearance as angst-driven collegiate Neil Klugman in Goodbye Columbus (1969). He went on to play Major Danby in the all-star Catch-22 (1969), monumentally insensitive husband Jonathan Balser in Diary of a Mad Housewife (1970), the self-abusive (in every sense of the phrase) title character in Portnoy's Complaint (1972), the hero-by-default in Westworld (1973), ulcerated agent Ben Clark in The Sunshine Boys (1976) and erstwhile vampire hunter Dr. Jeff Rosenberg in Love at First Bite (1980). Benjamin participated in another cult-TV item in 1978, when he starred in the 6-episode sci-fi lampoon Quark. In 1982, he made his film directorial bow with My Favorite Year (1982), a rollicking nostalgiafest inspired by TV's Golden Age. Since that time, Benjamin has favored directing over performing.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

73% Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles Actor $9.3K 2014
39% Henry Poole Is Here Dr. Fancher $1.8M 2008
71% Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby Reporter $148.3M 2006
36% Keeping Up With The Steins Rabbi Schulberg $4.3M 2006
No Score Yet A Little Thing Called Murder Director 2006
No Score Yet The Goodbye Girl Screenwriter Oliver Frey Director Producer 2004
8% Marci X Director Ben Feld $1.6M 2003
No Score Yet The Sports Pages Director 2001
No Score Yet The Shrink Is In (uncredited) Director 2001
No Score Yet Neil Simon's 'Laughter on the 23rd Floor' Director 2001
No Score Yet Tourist Trap Director 1998
No Score Yet The Pentagon Wars Director Caspar Weinberger 1998
73% Deconstructing Harry Ken 1997
7% Mrs. Winterbourne Director 1996
8% Milk Money Director 1994
31% Made in America Director 1993
73% Mermaids Director 1990
No Score Yet Downtown Director 1990
No Score Yet First Works Actor 1989
19% My Stepmother Is an Alien Director 1988
58% Little Nikita Director 1988
47% The Money Pit Director 1986
19% City Heat Director 1984
60% Racing With the Moon Director 1984
No Score Yet Packin' It In Actor 1983
96% My Favorite Year Director 1982
10% Saturday the 14th John 1981
No Score Yet How to Beat the High Cost of Living Albert 1980
20% First Family Press Secretary Bunthome 1980
No Score Yet The Last Married Couple in America Marv Cooper 1980
No Score Yet Scavenger Hunt Stuart Selsome 1979
68% Love at First Bite Dr. Jeff Rosenberg 1979
29% House Calls Dr. Norman Solomon 1978
No Score Yet No Room to Run Nick Loomis 1978
78% The Sunshine Boys Ben Clark 1975
86% Westworld Peter Martin 1973
85% The Last of Sheila Tom 1973
No Score Yet Portnoy's Complaint Alexander Portnoy 1972
No Score Yet The Steagle Harold Weiss, B.A., M.A., Ph.D. 1971
No Score Yet The Marriage of a Young Stockbroker William Alren 1971
77% Diary of a Mad Housewife Jonathan Balser 1970
79% Catch-22 Maj. Danby 1970
100% Goodbye, Columbus Neil Klugman 1969
No Score Yet Riding Shotgun Blackie 1954
67% Crime Wave Mark 1954
No Score Yet Thunder Over the Plains Sgt. Shaw 1953
95% House of Wax Detective 1953
No Score Yet The Stranger Wore a Gun Actor 1953

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

96% Pushing Daisies
2007-2009
Jerry
  • 2009
No Score Yet Mad About You
1992-1999
  • 1999
38% Ink
1996-1997
  • 1997
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
Guest Host
  • 1980
  • 1979

QUOTES FROM Richard Benjamin CHARACTERS

Brenda Patimkin
Why are you being so nasty?
Neil Klugman
Nasty? I'm being suave and sophisticated! Do I sound nasty?
Major Major
Is something wrong?
Chaplain Tappman
No, no. I...just thought I saw something.
Major Major
A naked man in a tree?
Chaplain Tappman
Yes, that's it.
Maj. Danby
That's just Yossarian.
Maj. Danby
Weather conditions have improved tremendously over the mainland, so you won't have any trouble at all seeing the target. Of course, we mustn't forget, that means that they won't have any trouble at all seeing you.