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      Paul Benedict

      Paul Benedict

      Highest Rated: 100% Taking Off (1971)

      Lowest Rated: 13% Arthur 2: On the Rocks (1988)

      Birthday: Sep 17, 1938

      Birthplace: Silver City, New Mexico, USA

      An accomplished actor of both stage and screen, Paul Benedict is best remembered as Harry Bentley, the long-winded British neighbor on "The Jeffersons." Born in New Mexico and raised in Massachusetts, Benedict first acted regularly with the Theatre Company of Boston before moving to New York and finding his first supporting roles in film. While already playing his distinctly elongated facial features to comic effect, a doctor from the audience of one of his plays diagnosed him with acromegaly, a pituitary disorder that might have led to premature death if he hadn't sought treatment. After a notable early appearance as a reverend in "Jeremiah Johnson," the Western directed by Sydney Pollack featuring Robert Redford in the title role, he found some small screen attention as The Mad Painter on "Sesame Street." He achieved his greatest recognition, however, for his part on the hit sitcom "The Jeffersons," playing Bentley so convincingly that many presume him to be a British actor. While finding further quirky parts in shows and features, Benedict continued to perform (and occasionally direct) for the stage, including a Broadway run of Eugene O'Neill's "Hughie" opposite Al Pacino. Other memorable big screen turns included spots in several of Christopher Guest's films including "Waiting for Guffman," and an overly critical film school professor opposite Matthew Broderick in "The Freshman."

      Highest rated movies

      Smile
      Taking Off
      This Is Spinal Tap
      The Freshman
      Waiting for Guffman
      Jeremiah Johnson
      The Goodbye Girl
      The Man With Two Brains

      Photos

      MANDINGO, James Mason, Paul Benedict, 1975 TAKING OFF, Buck Henry, Audra Lindley, Paul Benedict, 1971 ARTHUR 2: ON THE ROCKS, Dudley Moore, Liza Minnelli, Paul Benedict, 1988, (c)Warner Bros THE MAN WITH TWO BRAINS, Paul Benedict, 1983, (c) Warner Brothers

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Side by Each Chief Rod Rocks (Character) - 2008
      91% 91% Waiting for Guffman Not Guffman (Mr. Roy Loomis) (Character) $2.9M 1996
      30% 43% Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman Dr. Victor Loeb (Character) - 1993
      67% 66% The Addams Family Judge Womack (Character) $111.3M 1991
      94% 61% The Freshman Arthur Fleeber, NYU Professor/Clark's Faculty Advisor (Character) $20.7M 1990
      25% 32% Sibling Rivalry Dr. Plotner (Character) $16.8M 1990
      No Score Yet 79% Babycakes Unknown (Character) - 1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Chair Warden Edward Dwyer (Character) - 1988
      13% 30% Arthur 2: On the Rocks Fairchild (Character) $14.1M 1988
      96% 92% This Is Spinal Tap Tucker 'Smitty' Brown (Character) $188.8K 1984
      79% 64% The Man With Two Brains Butler (Character) - 1983
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Billy in the Lowlands Billy's Father (Character) - 1979
      80% 85% The Goodbye Girl Mark (Character) - 1977
      No Score Yet 71% Hustling Lester Traube (Character) - 1975
      100% 70% Smile Orren Brooks (Character) - 1975
      91% 89% Jeremiah Johnson Reverend Lindquist (Character) - 1972
      71% 49% Up the Sandbox Dr. Beineke (Character) - 1972
      100% 84% Taking Off Ben Lockston (Character) - 1971
      No Score Yet 78% Deadhead Miles Hitchhiker (Character) - 1971
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Double-Barreled Detective Story Wells Fargo Ferguson (Character) - 1965

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Drew Carey Show Unknown (Guest Star) 2002
      89% 92% Seinfeld Mr. Elinoff (Guest Star) 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Pig Sty Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
      82% 99% Tales From the Crypt Unknown (Character) 1991
      No Score Yet 89% Murder, She Wrote Friedrich Hoffman (Guest Star) 1985
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Jeffersons Harry Bentley (Character),
      Director
      1975-1981 1983-1985
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mama Malone Unknown (Guest Star) 1984
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Maude Unknown (Guest Star) 1975
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Harry O Unknown (Guest Star) 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Kojak Kauldor (Guest Star) 1974