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Richard Benjamin

Highest Rated:   100% My Favorite Year (1982)
Lowest Rated:   7% Mrs. Winterbourne (1996)
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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
72% 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
37% 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
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Oliver Frey
2004
9% 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
72% Deconstructing Harry
  • Ken
1997
7% Mrs. Winterbourne
  • Director
1996
8% Milk Money
  • Director
1994
29% 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
55% Little Nikita
  • Director
1988
47% The Money Pit
  • Director
1986
21% City Heat
  • Director
1984
60% Racing With the Moon
  • Director
1984
No Score Yet Packin' It In
  • Actor
1983
100% My Favorite Year
  • Director
1982
10% Saturday the 14th
  • John
1981
No Score Yet How to Beat the High Cost of Living
  • Actor
1980
17% First Family
  • Press Secretary Bunthome
1980
No Score Yet The Last Married Couple in America
  • Marv Cooper
1980
No Score Yet How to Beat the High Cost of Living
  • Albert
1980
No Score Yet Scavenger Hunt
  • Stuart Selsome
1979
67% 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
81% The Sunshine Boys
  • Ben Clark
1975
86% Westworld
  • Peter Martin
1973
92% 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
77% Diary of a Mad Housewife
  • Jonathan Balser
1970
85% 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
No Score Yet The Marriage Of A Young Stockbroker
  • Actor

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Pushing Daisies
2007-2009
  • Jerry
  • 2009
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Guest
  • Host
  • 1980
  • 1979

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