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Date of Birth 8 January 1920Palermo, Sicily, Italy
Date of Death 25 April 1984Studio City, California, USA  (heart attack)
Birth NameJoseph Sciurba
Nickname Pepe
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.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: frankfob2@yahoo.com

Spouse (1)

Paula Lindenbaum (? - 25 April 1984) (his death) (2 children)

Trivia (1)

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

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