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Robby Benson

Highest Rated:   93% Beauty and the Beast (1991)
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Birthplace:   Dallas, Texas, USA
When 13-year-old Robby Benson appeared with "Josephine the Plumber" (Jane Withers) in a well-circulated TV commercial of the late 1960s, he was already a ten-year veteran of show business. The son of a writer and a stage actress, Benson went from the straw-hat theater circuit to the leading role of Oliver in a 1964 Japanese touring production. At fourteen he made his Broadway debut, and at that same time became the first of five actors to play the role of Bruce Carson on the TV daytime drama Search for Tomorrow. In films from 1972, Benson specialized in playing sensitive teenagers with severe emotional and/or physical problems. He also was frequently co-starred in romantic roles with young actress Glynnis O'Connor, notably in the 1973 film Jeremy and the 1977 TV production of Our Town. While his early theatrical films were generally okay, Benson was better served in made-for-TV movies: he was excellent as the dying son of author John Gunther in Death Be Not Proud (1975) and as George Burns' mentally retarded grandson in Two of a Kind (83). Benson endured an awkward period in the 1980s when, except for such career highlights as The Chosen (1981), he seemed to be pulling out the same bag of acting tricks in role after role. An effort to establish himself as a producer resulted in the unsuccessful Die Laughing (1979). He backed away from show business in 1984 when he underwent delicate open-heart surgery; the ordeal seemed to strengthen his resolve to broaden his performing skills. He starred as a tough Chicago cop in a brief TV series Tough Cookies (1986), and in 1988 directed his first film, Crack in the Mirror. Benson's most successful film project of recent years was one in which his face was never seen: as the growling, deep-voiced Beast in the Disney cartoon feature Beauty and the Beast (though touted in some articles as his voiceover debut, Benson had actually been dubbing TV cartoons for several years, notably the 1991 series Pirates of Dark Water).

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Straight Outta Tompkins
  • Executive Producer
$8.5k 2015
No Score Yet Billy
  • Director
2010
No Score Yet Billy: The Early Years
  • Director
$0.4M 2008
No Score Yet Max Lucado: Children's Treasury
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet MXP: Most Xtreme Primate
  • Edward
2004
No Score Yet MXP: Most Extreme Primate
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Just a Dream
  • Dr. Sturbuck
2002
No Score Yet MXP: Most Xtreme Primate
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet Beauty and the Beast: DVD Read-Along
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet The Last of Mrs. Lincoln
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet Mickey's Magical Christmas - Snowed in at the House of Mouse
  • Beast
2001
40% Dragonheart - A New Beginning
  • Drake
2000
No Score Yet The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus
  • Young Saint Nick
2000
No Score Yet Crippled Lamb
  • Actor
2000
17% Belle's Magical World
  • Beast
1998
13% Beauty and the Beast - The Enchanted Christmas
  • Beast
1997
No Score Yet At Home with the Webbers
  • Swade
1994
No Score Yet Precious Victims
  • Robert Sims
1993
No Score Yet Deadly Exposure
  • Max Pierce
1993
No Score Yet Greatest Adventure: Stories from the Bible
  • Actor
1993
No Score Yet Invasion of Privacy
  • Alex Pruitt
1992
No Score Yet Betrayal of the Dove
  • Screenwriter
1992
No Score Yet Lincoln: Now He Belongs to the Ages, 1865
  • William Stoddard
1992
No Score Yet Lincoln: I Want to Finish This Job, 1864
  • William Stoddard
1992
No Score Yet Homewrecker
  • David Whitson
1992
No Score Yet Lincoln: The Pivotal Year, 1863
  • William Stoddard
1992
No Score Yet Lincoln: The Making of a President, 1860-1862
  • William Stoddard
1992
93% Beauty and the Beast
  • Beast
$47.7M 1991
No Score Yet Beauty And The Beast Sing-a-long
  • Actor
1991
No Score Yet Modern Love
  • Greg
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
  • Producer
1990
18% Rent-A-Cop
  • Pitts
1988
No Score Yet White Hot
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
  • Scott
1988
No Score Yet Great Bible Stories: David & Goliath
  • Actor
1986
No Score Yet City Limits
  • Carver
1985
22% Harry & Son
  • Howard
1984
No Score Yet California Girls
  • Nathan Bowzer
1984
20% Two of a Kind
  • Actor
1983
No Score Yet Running Brave
  • Billy Mills
1983
No Score Yet Two of a Kind
  • Noel 'Nolie' Minor
1982
0% National Lampoon's Movie Madness
  • Brent Falcone
1982
80% The Chosen
  • Danny Saunders
1981
No Score Yet Tribute
  • Jud Templeton
1980
No Score Yet Die Laughing
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Pinsky
1980
No Score Yet Walk Proud
  • Emilio Mendez
1979
44% Ice Castles
  • Nick Peterson
1978
83% One on One
  • Henry Steele
  • Screenwriter
1977
No Score Yet Our Town
  • George Gibbs
1977
No Score Yet Richie
  • Richie Werner
1977
No Score Yet Ode to Billy Joe
  • Billy Joe McAllister
1976
No Score Yet The Last of Mrs. Lincoln
  • Actor
1976
No Score Yet The Virginia Hill Story
  • Actor
1976
No Score Yet Lucky Lady
  • Billy Webber
1975
No Score Yet Death Be Not Proud
  • Johnny Gunther
1975
No Score Yet All the Kind Strangers
  • John
1974
No Score Yet Jeremy
  • Jeremy Jones
1973
No Score Yet Jory
  • Jory Walden
1972

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
  • 2015
  • 2012
No Score Yet Friends
2004
  • Director

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