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      Larry Drake

      Larry Drake

      Highest Rated: 89% The Karate Kid (1984)

      Lowest Rated: Not Available

      Birthday: Feb 21, 1950

      Birthplace: Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA

      Tall and husky in a gangly way, Larry Drake was so convincing as the developmentally-challenged Benny Stulwicz on NBC's "L.A. Law" for seven seasons (1987-94) that many viewers assumed he was himself developmentally challenged. The role won him two Emmy awards for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series and turned an obscure stage career into that of a viable character player and occasional lead. Drake had migrated from Oklahoma to Dallas, TX to perform in regional theater after graduating from college. While he found regular work, he was unable to land a local TV commercial and decided to return to school. Auditioning for a university program towards a doctorate in theater, Drake was advised to abandon his plans for a teaching career and try his hand as a professional actor. Emboldened, he relocated to Southern California in 1980 and soon found employment at San Diego's Old Globe Theatre where he worked for four years. On occasion, Drake was able to snag small roles such as in the 1981 CBS movie "Dark Night of the Scarecrow," or in the feature "The Karate Kid" (1984). In 1987, Drake auditioned for a one-scene role on an episode of "L.A. Law"; the role was as a mentally-impaired adult male who had unwittingly committed a crime. Audience reaction to the character was so favorable that he was asked to join the regular cast of the series. His character, Benny Stulwicz, held a job at the law firm, learned to live on his own, found romance, tried to adopt a homeless teenaged boy, and provided an oddly common sense take on some of the more bizarre events at the firm. After winning his first Emmy, Drake landed strong supporting roles in TV-movies, including "Too Good to Be True" (NBC, 1988), a remake of the 1945 feature "Leave Her to Heaven," and "Murder in New Hampshire: The Pamela Smart Story" (CBS, 1991). By the late 90s, he had a pivotal role in the NBC miniseries "Peter Benchley's 'The Beast'" (1996) and returned to the series grind as co-star of the ABC drama "Prey" (1998). Trying to capitalize on his small screen fame, Drake segued to features as the deliciously sadistic crime boss Robert G Durant, the nemesis of Liam Neeson's "Darkman" (1990), a role he reprised in the Neeson-less sequel "Darkman II: The Return of Durant" (1995). He also portrayed a murderous heart surgeon in "Dr. Giggles" (1992) and a wealthy plantation owner searching for a runaway female slave in 'The Journey of August King" (1995). Drake continued working steadily in film and television, including roles in "American Pie 2" (2001) and "Firefly" (Fox 2002-03), while also ramping up his career as a voice actor, including recurring characters on the animated hit "Johnny Bravo" (Cartoon 1997-2004) and work on immersive video games. Larry Drake died on March 17, 2016 at his home in Los Angeles. He was 66 years old.

      Highest rated movies

      The Karate Kid Darkman
      The Journey of August King
      Dark Night of the Scarecrow
      Pathology
      Mrs. Harris
      Overnight Delivery
      Bean

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      DR. GIGGLES, (aka DR. RICTUS), Larry Drake, 1992, © Universal DR. GIGGLES, (aka DR. RICTUS), Larry Drake, 1992, © Universal DR. GIGGLES, Larry Drake, 1992. ©Universal DARKMAN, Liam Neeson, Larry Drake, 1990, (c) Universal DARKMAN, Larry Drake, 1990, (c)Universal AMERICAN PIE 2, Tara Reid, Jason Biggs, Molly Cheek, Eugene Levy, Larry Drake, 2001 DARKMAN II: THE RETURN OF DURANT, Larry Drake, 1994 DARKMAN, Larry Drake, 1990, (c)Universal DR. GIGGLES, Larry Drake, 1992, (c)Universal DR. GIGGLES, Larry Drake (back), 1992. ©Universal DARKMAN, Larry Drake, 1990, (c) Universal

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet 16% The Secrets of Emily Blair John Doe (Character) - 2016
      57% 70% Green Lantern: First Flight Ganthet (Voice) - 2009
      48% 39% Pathology Fat Bastard (Character) $108.7K 2008
      No Score Yet 9% Gryphon Armand (Character) - 2007
      No Score Yet 29% National Lampoon's Dorm Daze 2 Dean Dryer (Character) - 2006
      0% 52% Living the Dream Richard (Character) - 2006
      43% 39% Mrs. Harris Harris Defense Team Psychiatrist (Character) - 2005
      No Score Yet 8% Officer Down Capt. Raymond Taggart (Character) - 2005
      37% 75% Spun Dr. K (Character) $410.2K 2002
      No Score Yet No Score Yet L.A. Law: The Movie Benny Stulwicz (Character) - 2002
      No Score Yet 17% Dark Asylum The Trasher (Character) - 2001
      No Score Yet 40% Durango Kids Dudley (Character) - 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Runaway Virus Dr. Griggs (Character) - 2000
      No Score Yet 62% TimeQuest J. Edgar Hoover (Character) - 2000
      0% 35% Desert Heat Ramsey Hogan (Character) - 1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Coyote Moon Ramsey Hogan (Character) - 1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Paranoia Calvin Hawks (Character) - 1998
      43% 52% Overnight Delivery Hal Ipswich (Character) - 1998
      43% 53% Bean Elmer (Character) $45.3M 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Time of Her Time Dr. Joyce (Character) - 1997
      No Score Yet 57% The Beast Lucas Coven (Character) - 1996
      No Score Yet 42% Peter Benchley's The Beast Unknown (Character) - 1996
      57% 70% The Journey of August King Olaf Singletary (Character) $6.0K 1995
      33% 20% Darkman II: The Return of Durant Robert G. Durant (Character) - 1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet One More Mountain Patrick Breen (Character) - 1994
      23% 42% Dr. Giggles Doctor Evan Rendell (Character) $8.2M 1992
      No Score Yet 18% Murder in New Hampshire: The Pamela Smart Story Mark Sisti (Character) - 1991
      83% 59% Darkman Robert G. Durant (Character) $32.8M 1990
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Too Good to Be True Glen Robie (Character) - 1988
      89% 82% The Karate Kid Yahoo 1 (Character) - 1984
      57% 64% Dark Night of the Scarecrow Bubba Ritter (Character) - 1981
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Trucker's Woman Diesel Joe (Character) - 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet This Stuff'll Kill Ya! Bubba (Character) - 1971

      TV

      Credit
      86% 94% Boston Legal Bishop Luke Bernard (Guest Star) 2008
      77% 96% Firefly Sir Warwick Harrow (Guest Star) 2002
      No Score Yet 60% Johnny Bravo Unknown (Voice) 1999-2002
      81% 96% Six Feet Under Inspector Gerson (Guest Star) 2002
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Thieves Unknown (Guest Star) 2001
      76% 78% Star Trek: Voyager Chellick (Guest Star) 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Fantasy Island Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
      33% No Score Yet Prey Dr. Walter Attwood (Character) 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dead Man's Gun Unknown (Character) 1997
      64% No Score Yet The Naked Truth Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Outer Limits Robert Vitale (Character) 1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet L.A. Law Benny Stulwicz (Character) 1986-1994
      82% 99% Tales From the Crypt Unknown (Character) 1989-1990
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hunter Kirkland (Guest Star) 1987