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Richard Benedict (I) (1920–1984)

Actor/director Richard Benedict was born Joseph Sciurba in Sicily. He came to the US with his family when he was seven. He was a prizefighter before journeying to Hollywood to break into the movies. His stocky, somewhat menacing appearance got him tough-guy and henchman roles, although he did get the occasional second lead. His best-known role was ... See full bio »

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 1983 Disconnected
Store Customer
 1980 Trapper John, M.D. (TV Series)
Gregory Douglas
- Call Me Irresponsible (1980) ... Gregory Douglas (uncredited)
 1980 Mark, I Love You (TV Movie)
Mr. Powell
 1976 The Rookies (TV Series)
Jeffers
- Blue Movie, Blue Death (1976) ... Jeffers
 1976 Flannery and Quilt (TV Movie)
Milt Lesser
 1975 Police Story (TV Series)
D'Amicos
- The Man in the Shadows (1975) ... D'Amicos
 1974 Police Woman (TV Series)
Construction Worker #1
- The Cradle Robbers (1974) ... Construction Worker #1
 1972 Bloody Trail
 1972 Circle of Fear (TV Series)
Mr. Parker
- Cry of the Cat (1972) ... Mr. Parker
 1970 Move
Prescott
 1969 Ironside (TV Series)
Sock
- A Bullet for Mark (1969) ... Sock
 1969/I Impasse
Owner / Bartender of Ugly American (uncredited)
 1969 The Outsider (TV Series)
Case
- Periwinkle Blue (1969) ... Case
 1968 Hawaii Five-O (TV Series)
Sol the Bartender
- By the Numbers (1968) ... Sol the Bartender
 1965 A Swingin' Summer
Tom
 1963 Arrest and Trial (TV Series)
The Bartender
- A Shield Is for Hiding Behind (1963) ... The Bartender (as Dick Benedict)
 1963 G.E. True (TV Series)
- Black Market (1963)
 1961-1963 Hawaiian Eye (TV Series)
Linc Hanley / Doctor Kellogg / Mike Armin / ...
- The Long Way Home (1963) ... Linc Hanley
- Rx Cricket (1962) ... Doctor Kellogg
- The Meeting on Molokai (1962) ... Mike Armin
- Pill in the Box (1961) ... Eddie Coyle
 1961-1962 Surfside 6 (TV Series)
Harry Noonan / MSgt. Steve Belka / Sam Norton / ...
- Midnight for Prince Charming (1962) ... Harry Noonan
- The Green Beret (1962) ... MSgt. Steve Belka
- Little Mister Kelly (1961) ... Sam Norton
- Double Image (1961) ... Mingo (as Dick Benedict)
 1961 Lawman (TV Series)
Lou Silk
- By the Book (1961) ... Lou Silk
 1961 Bronco (TV Series)
Logan
- The Cousin from Atlanta (1961) ... Logan (as Dick Benedict)
 1961 Ada
Alabama Man (uncredited)
 1961 Miami Undercover (TV Series)
Clyde / Danner
- Room 9 (1961) ... Clyde
- The Swami (1961) ... Danner
 1961 Tallahassee 7000 (TV Series)
Purdy
- Hostage (1961) ... Purdy (as Dick Benedict)
 1961 The Roaring 20's (TV Series)
Bert
- Royal Tour (1961) ... Bert (as Dick Benedict)
 1961 The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp (TV Series)
Briscoe
- Loyalty (1961) ... Briscoe
 1959-1960 Peter Gunn (TV Series)
Cahane / Shaw
- The Judgement (1960) ... Cahane
- The Portrait (1959) ... Shaw
 1960 Sugarfoot (TV Series)
Corporal Jeff Williams
- The Shadow Catcher (1960) ... Corporal Jeff Williams (as Dick Benedict)
 1960 Ocean's 11
'Curly' Steffans
 1960 The Betty Hutton Show (TV Series)
Alvin
- Goldie on 'Face to Face' (1960) ... Alvin
 1960 Man with a Camera (TV Series)
Crane
- Kangaroo Court (1960) ... Crane
 1960 I'll Give My Life
Cpl. Burr
 1959 The Untouchables (TV Series)
'Fur' Sammons / Fur Sammons
- The Empty Chair (1959) ... 'Fur' Sammons
- Pilot (1959) ... Fur Sammons
 1959 Lock Up (TV Series)
Joe Torrance
- The Harry Connors Story (1959) ... Joe Torrance
 1959 Rescue 8 (TV Series)
Gander
- Suitcase Fireman (1959) ... Gander
 1959 The Lawless Years (TV Series)
Link
- The Lion and the Mouse (1959) ... Link
 1959 Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse (TV Series)
Fur Sammons
- The Untouchables: Part 2 (1959) ... Fur Sammons
- The Untouchables: Part 1 (1959) ... Fur Sammons
 1956-1959 Dragnet (TV Series)
Harry Wilmer
- The Big Picture (1959)
- The Big Jade (1958) ... Harry Wilmer
- The Big Setup (1956)
 1959 The David Niven Show (TV Series)
Ferris
- Backtrack (1959) ... Ferris
 1959 M Squad (TV Series)
Al Stemple
- The Third Shadow (1959) ... Al Stemple
 1958-1959 Mike Hammer (TV Series)
'Buckets' Marberg / Pete Martin
- Requiem for a Sucker (1959) ... 'Buckets' Marberg
- Death Gets a Diploma (1958) ... Pete Martin
 1958 Highway Patrol (TV Series)
Paul Gayle / Mike Parker
- Confidence Game (1958) ... Paul Gayle
- Hit and Run (1958) ... Mike Parker
 1958 Steve Canyon (TV Series)
Bartender
- Fear of Flying (1958) ... Bartender
 1958 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
Mike
- The Jokester (1958) ... Mike
 1957-1958 Tales of the Texas Rangers (TV Series)
Dave Brock
- Midway Kewpie (1958)
- Gypsy Boy (1957) ... Dave Brock
 1958 The Silent Service (TV Series)
Capt. Wilkes
- The Swordfish Story (1958) ... Capt. Wilkes
 1958 Target (TV Series)
 1958 Zorro (TV Series)
Blacksmith
- Bernardo Faces Death (1958) ... Blacksmith (uncredited)
 1958 Harbor Command (TV Series)
Arnold Freeman
- Hostage (1958) ... Arnold Freeman
 1958 Perry Mason (TV Series)
Steve Daniels
- The Case of the One-Eyed Witness (1958) ... Steve Daniels
 1958 Mackenzie's Raiders (TV Series)
Trout
- Cholera (1958) ... Trout
 1957 The Walter Winchell File (TV Series)
Keeger
- The Decision (1957) ... Keeger
 1957 The Midnight Story
Pool Player (uncredited)
 1957 The George Sanders Mystery Theater (TV Series)
Eddie Leggett
- And the Birds Still Sing (1957) ... Eddie Leggett
 1957 Beginning of the End
Cpl. Mathias
 1957 Monkey on My Back
Art Winch
 1957 Circus Boy (TV Series)
Dozetti
- Death Defying Dozetti (1957) ... Dozetti
 1952-1957 Adventures of Superman (TV Series)
Tony Gambini / Cappy Leonard / Baby Face Stevens
- Close Shave (1957) ... Tony Gambini
- Semi-Private Eye (1954) ... Cappy Leonard
- Night of Terror (1952) ... Baby Face Stevens
 1957 The Lone Ranger (TV Series)
Henchman Ronson
- Canuck (1957) ... Henchman Ronson
 1957 Spring Reunion
Jim (uncredited)
 1957 Official Detective (TV Series)
Bob Adams
- Panhandle Manhunt (1957) ... Bob Adams
 1956 The Adventures of Jim Bowie (TV Series)
Policeman
- Jim Bowie and His Slave (1956) ... Policeman (uncredited)
 1956 Ethel Barrymore Theater (TV Series)
- The Duke (1956)
 1956 The Man Is Armed
Lew 'Mitch' Mitchell
 1956 He Laughed Last
Big Dan's Hood (uncredited)
 1955-1956 Navy Log (TV Series)
Angie Seralgo / Jake
- The Gimmick (1956) ... Angie Seralgo
- Operation Three-In-One (1955) ... Jake
 1955 Celebrity Playhouse (TV Series)
- Day of the Trial (1955)
 1952-1955 Gang Busters (TV Series)
Al Rocco
- The Rocco Case (1952) ... Al Rocco
 1955 Wiretapper
Romato
 1955 Spy Chasers
Boris
 1955 The Shrike
Gregory, Male Nurse
 1955 The Eddie Cantor Comedy Theater (TV Series)
Morgan
- How Much for Van Such (1955) ... Morgan
 1955 The Whistler (TV Series)
Hoffman
- An Actor's Life (1955) ... Hoffman
 1955 The Big Tip Off
Hood #1 (as Dick Benedict)
 1954 Adventures of the Falcon (TV Series)
Pete Ruby / Angelo Corelli
- Invisible Destroyer (1954) ... Pete Ruby
- Out of All Evil (1954) ... Angelo Corelli
 1954 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
Ace
- Midnight Haul (1954) ... Ace
 1954 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Libero / Al
- Waiting for Onorio (1954) ... Libero
- Final Round (1954) ... Al
 1954 Cavalcade of America (TV Series)
 1954 The Lone Wolf (TV Series)
Babe Janno
 1954 Waterfront (TV Series)
Cal Evans
- Harbor Piracy ... Cal Evans (as Rich Benedict)
 1954 I Led 3 Lives (TV Series)
Comrade Jordan
- Convicts (1954) ... Comrade Jordan
 1953 Big Town (TV Series)
- Taxi Dancer (1953)
 1953 Act of Love
Pete
 1953 Murder Without Tears
Joe 'Candy Markwell' Martola
 1953 Run for the Hills
Horace 'Happy' Day
 1953 The Juggler
Police Officer Kogan
 1951-1953 Racket Squad (TV Series)
- The Big Touch (1953)
- Sick Old Man (1951)
 1953 Your Favorite Story (TV Series)
 1953 Jalopy
Tony Lango
 1952 Woman in the Dark
Gino Morello
 1952 Breakdown
Harry 'Punchy' Adams
 1952 Hoodlum Empire
Silky Tanner
 1952 Okinawa
Delgado
 1951 Stars Over Hollywood (TV Series)
- Conqueror's Isle (1951)
- Pretty Boy (1951)
 1951 Let's Go Navy!
Red
 1951 Ace in the Hole
Leo Minosa
 1951 Inside the Walls of Folsom Prison
Tom McCain (uncredited)
 1950 Rookie Fireman
Al Greco
 1950 Triple Trouble
Skeets O'Neil
 1950 State Penitentiary
Mike Gavin
 1950 Destination Big House
Joe Bruno
 1949 Post Office Investigator
Louis Reese
 1949 Scene of the Crime
Turk Kingby
 1949 The Window
Drunken Seaman (uncredited)
 1949 Omoo-Omoo the Shark God
Mate Richards
 1949 Streets of San Francisco
Henry Walker
 1949 City Across the River
Gaggsy Steens
 1949 Homicide
Nick Foster
 1949 Shockproof
'Kid' - Knife Wielder (uncredited)
 1948 Smart Girls Don't Talk
Cliff Saunders
 1948 Race Street
Sam
 1948 The Arizona Ranger
Ranger Gills
 1947 Crossfire
Bill
 1947 Seven Were Saved
Sergeant (uncredited)
 1947 The Guilt of Janet Ames
Joe Burton
 1947 Backlash
Det. Sgt. Tom Carey
 1946 Till the End of Time
The Boy From Idaho
 1946 Somewhere in the Night
Marine Desk Sergeant (uncredited)
 1946 O.S.S.
Bernay
 1944 Winged Victory
Drunken Seaman (uncredited)
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Show Show Soundtrack (1 credit)
Show Show Self (4 credits)
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Personal Details

Alternate Names:

Riccardo Benedetto | Dick Benedict | Rich Benedict | Gerry Edwards

Height:

5' 7" (1.7 m)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:

Richard and Paula raised three children: Nick Benedict, Joy Benedict, and Paula's daughter Barbara.

Nickname:

Pepe

Star Sign:

Capricorn

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