Paul Benedict

Paul Benedict

Director

Paul Benedict, who gained fame as the quirky English neighbor of the family in the TV sitcom "The Jeffersons," but remained faithful to the stage throughout his long career, died Dec. 1, 2008, on Martha's Vineyard. He was 70. The cause of death was not known at press time. Mr. Benedict was not English; he was born Sept. 17, 1938, in Silver City, NM. But with his long jaw, toothy smile and tweedy accent, he convinced millions of viewers of the "The Jeffersons" that he was more British than Jeeves. His character, Harry Bentley, was one of several oddball neighbors who frequently shattered the peace of the sitcom's upwardly mobile African-American family, led by the irascible George Jefferson. Bentley would sometimes ask the diminutive George to walk on his back to relieve muscle tension.

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  • Born: Sep 17, 1938 in Silver City, New Mexico
  • Death: Dec 1, 2008 in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts

Roles (8)

Music Man Playbill - Opening Night The Music Man (2000)
Opened Apr 27, 2000
  • as Mayor Shinn (Original)
The Music Man - Opening Night
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Hughie Playbill - Opening Night, Aug 1996 Hughie (1996)
Opened Aug 22, 1996
  • as A Night Clerk (Original)
Hughie - Opening Night
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The Play's the Thing Playbill - July 1995 The Play's the Thing (1995)
Opened Jul 9, 1995
  • as Johann Dwornitschek (Original)
The Play's the Thing - July 1995
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Any Given Day Playbill - Opening Night, Nov 1993 Any Given Day (1993)
Opened Nov 16, 1993
  • Director
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Bad Habits Playbill - May 1974 Dunelawn (1974)
Opened May 5, 1974
  • as Hugh Gumbs (Original)
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Bad Habits Playbill - May 1974 Ravenswood (1974)
Opened May 5, 1974
  • as Jason Pepper, M.D. (Original)
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