Robby Benson

Birthday: Jan 21, 1956
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

CREDIT
No Score Yet A Feeling of Home Actor 2019
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 Beauty and the Beast: DVD Read-Along Actor 2002
No Score Yet The Last of Mrs. Lincoln Actor 2002
No Score Yet MXP: Most Xtreme Primate 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
94% 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 Screenwriter Greg Director Producer 1990
15% Rent-A-Cop Pitts 1988
No Score Yet White Hot Director Scott Screenwriter 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
75% The Chosen Danny Saunders 1981
No Score Yet Tribute Jud Templeton 1980
No Score Yet Die Laughing Screenwriter Pinsky Producer 1980
No Score Yet Walk Proud Emilio Mendez 1979
62% The End The Priest 1978
44% Ice Castles Nick Peterson 1978
86% One on One Screenwriter Henry Steele 1977
No Score Yet Richie Richie Werner 1977
No Score Yet Our Town George Gibbs 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

CREDIT
No Score Yet The View
1997
Guest
  • 2015
  • 2012
No Score Yet 8 Simple Rules
2002-2005
Director
  • 2003
No Score Yet American Dreams
2002-2005
Professor Witt
  • 2003
No Score Yet Two Guys and a Girl
1998-2001
Director
  • 2001
  • 2000
No Score Yet Miami Vice
1984-1990
Director
  • 1999
78% Friends
1994-2004
Director
  • 1997
No Score Yet Sabrina, the Teenage Witch
1996-2003
Director
  • 1997
  • 1996
No Score Yet Dream On
1990-1996
Director
  • 1995
No Score Yet Evening Shade
1990-1994
Director
  • 1994
  • 1993

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