3 items from 2008
Actor Paul Benedict, best know for his role as the English neighbor Harry Bentley on The Jeffersons, has died at age 70. Benedict, who was born in New Mexico, was found dead Monday on Martha's Vineyard, the Associated Press reports. His brother, Charles, says that authorities are investigating the cause of death.Benedict, who appeared in the comedic ensemble movies A Mighty Wind and Waiting for Guffman, began his acting career in the 1960s in the Theatre Company of Boston. Stars such as Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman and Al Pacino also started there. Benedict's role as the stuffy neighbor Bentley on The Jeffersons, »
- Marla Lehner
The actor - who was best known for playing English neighbour Harry Bentley on the long-running sitcom - was found dead on Monday on Martha's Vineyard, an island off the coast of Massachusetts.
The cause of death was not made public as WENN went to press.
Two businessmen have begun a legal battle over the royalties from Sherman Hemsley's acting career.
The 70-year-old star suffered financial difficulties in the 1990s and sold off his future residual payments from past TV roles - including his stint on hit sitcom The Jeffersons - to pay his debts.
William Little and David Pullman bought Hemsley's residual rights together, but following a dispute between the pair, Little reportedly paid his former partner $42,000 (GBP21,000) to release his claim on future payments.
Little has now filed a lawsuit against Pullman - claiming he contacted actors union the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) in April asking for bosses to withhold a $10,000 (GBP5,000) payment to Little.
Little is suing for $25,000 (GBP12,500), according to TMZ.com. »
3 items from 2008
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