|Date of Birth||8 January 1920, Palermo, Sicily, Italy|
|Date of Death||25 April 1984, Studio City, California, USA (heart attack)|
|Birth Name||Joseph Sciurba|
|Height||5' 7" (1.7 m)|
Mini Bio (1)
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 as Leo Minosa, the man trapped in an abandoned mineshaft in Billy Wilder's tough look at unscrupulous journalism and how legitimate tragedies are turned into a media circus in Ace in the Hole (1951). In 1962 he began directing, and though he turned out a few features, the majority of his directing work was in series television.
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|Paula Lindenbaum||(? - 25 April 1984) (his death) (2 children)|