Paul Benedict (I) (1938–2008)


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Genial, pleasant-voiced character actor Paul Benedict was born in New Mexico on September 17, 1938, and made hosts of stage, film and TV appearances in a career lasting five decades. The son of a doctor, he was diagnosed with acromegaly by an endocrinologist who happened to catch the nascent actor in a stage play. He underwent medical treatment ... See full bio »

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This Is Spinal Tap Tucker 'Smitty' Brown
(1984)
The Addams Family Judge Womack
(1991)
(1977)

Filmography

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 2008 Side by Each
Chief Rodrocks
 2004 After the Sunset
Night Shift Guard
 2003 A Mighty Wind
Martin Berg
 2002 The Drew Carey Show (TV Series)
Jeremy
 2002 Between the Lions (TV Series)
Fay's Father
- Hay Day (2002) ... Fay's Father
 2000 Isn't She Great
Prof. Brainiac
 1999 Who Was That Man (Short)
 1998 A Fish in the Bathtub
Milo
 1998 Seinfeld (TV Series)
Mr. Elinoff
- The Cartoon (1998) ... Mr. Elinoff
 1997 The Devil's Advocate
Walter Krasna (uncredited)
 1996 Waiting for Guffman
Not Guffman
 1995 Guns and Lipstick
Mickey
 1995 Pig Sty (TV Series)
Milt
- Tess Makes the Man (1995) ... Milt
 1993 Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman (TV Movie)
Dr. Victor Loeb
 1992 A Spinal Tap Reunion: The 25th Anniversary London Sell-Out (TV Movie)
Hotel Concierge (uncredited)
 1991 The Addams Family
Judge Womack
 1991 Morton & Hayes (TV Series)
Mr. Nicolides
- The Vase Shop (1991) ... Mr. Nicolides
 1991 Tales from the Crypt (TV Series)
Beaks
- Top Billing (1991) ... Beaks
 1991 A Different World (TV Series)
Mr. Ludlow
- Risk Around the Dollar (1991) ... Mr. Ludlow
 1990 Sibling Rivalry
Dr. Plotner
 1990 The Freshman
Arthur Fleeber
 1989 Babycakes (TV Movie)
Magleby
 1988 The Chair
Warden Edward Dwyer
 1988 Cocktail
Finance Teacher
 1988 Arthur 2: On the Rocks
Fairchild
 1972-1988 Sesame Street (TV Series)
The Mad Painter / Mad Painter
- Episode #19.128 (1988) ... The Mad Painter
- Episode #19.59 (1988) ... The Mad Painter
- Episode #19.35 (1988) ... The Mad Painter
- Episode #19.30 (1987) ... The Mad Painter
- Episode #18.116 (1987) ... The Mad Painter
 1987 The Twilight Zone (TV Series)
Hoakie (segment "Song of the Younger World")
- Song of the Younger World/The Girl I Married (1987) ... Hoakie (segment "Song of the Younger World")
 1985 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
Friedrich Hoffman
- Sticks and Stones (1985) ... Friedrich Hoffman
 1985 George Burns Comedy Week (TV Series)
Jacob Marley
- Christmas Carol II: The Sequel (1985) ... Jacob Marley
 1975-1985 The Jeffersons (TV Series)
Harry Bentley
- Red Robins (1985) ... Harry Bentley
- Off-Off-Off-Off Broadway (1985) ... Harry Bentley
- The Odd Couple (1985) ... Harry Bentley
- The Truth Hurts (1985) ... Harry Bentley
- And Up We Go (1985) ... Harry Bentley
 1984 Mama Malone (TV Series)
Calvin Klinger
- Shall We Dance? (1984) ... Calvin Klinger
- A New Neighbor (1984) ... Calvin Klinger
 1984 This Is Spinal Tap
Tucker 'Smitty' Brown
 1984 The Lonely Guy
Dr. Zook (voice, uncredited)
 1983 The Man with Two Brains
Butler
 1982 The Blue and the Gray (TV Mini Series)
Arbuthnot
- Part 3 (1982) ... Arbuthnot (credit only)
- Part 2 (1982) ... Arbuthnot (credit only)
- Part 1 (1982) ... Arbuthnot
 1982 The Electric Grandmother (TV Movie)
Guido Fantoccini
 1980 Steigler and Steigler
Cosmo
 1979 Billy in the Lowlands
Billy's Father
 1979 Sweepstakes (TV Series)
 1977 The Goodbye Girl
Mark
 1976 NBC Special Treat (TV Series)
Telegraph Man
- Big Henry and the Polka Dot Kid (1976) ... Telegraph Man
 1976 McMillan & Wife (TV Series)
Ernest - Tall Goon
- Greed (1976) ... Ernest - Tall Goon (uncredited)
 1976 Bad Dog (Short)
 1975 Mandingo
Brownlee
 1975 Smile
Orren Brooks
 1975 Hustling (TV Movie)
Lester Traube
 1975 All in the Family (TV Series)
Harry Bentley
- The Jeffersons Move on Up (1975) ... Harry Bentley
 1975 Maude (TV Series)
Minister
- All Psyched Out (1975) ... Minister
 1974 The Front Page
Plunkett
 1974 Harry O (TV Series)
Bud Veneman
- Forty Reasons to Kill: Part 1 (1974) ... Bud Veneman
 1974 Kojak (TV Series)
Kauldor
- Slay Ride (1974) ... Kauldor
 1972 Up the Sandbox
Dr. Beineke
 1972 Jeremiah Johnson
Reverend Lindquist
 1972 Deadhead Miles
Hitchhiker
 1971 They Might Be Giants
Chestnut Man
 1971 Taking Off
Ben Lockston
 1971 Cold Turkey
Zen Buddhist
 1968 The Virgin President
Rutherford Melon
 1967 NET Playhouse (TV Series)
Henri
- Yes Is for a Very Young Man (1967) ... Henri
 1965 The Double-Barrelled Detective Story
Wells Fargo Ferguson
 1952 Guiding Light (TV Series)
Mr. Pratt (1999)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

He directed Terrence McNally's play, "Frankie and Johnny in the Claire De Lune", at the Stage II of the Manhattan Theatre Club in New York City with Kathy Bates and F. Murray Abraham in the cast. See more »

Publicity Listings:

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Height:

6' 4" (1.93 m)

Parents:

Benedict, Mitchell M. | Benedict, Alma Marie
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Personal Quote:

I try to make each of the characters different. I think the trick is to cement in the reality, to make it logical and real to yourself. Once there's a reality, I think you can make it as crazy as you want it to be.

Trivia:

He began his acting career in the Theater Company of Boston, where his colleagues included then-unknowns Dustin Hoffman, Robert De Niro and Al Pacino. See more »

Trademark:

Towering height and muscular stature See more »

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