Friday, December 05, 2008

RIP Paul Benedict

In an acting troupe that included Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman, and Al Pacino, the person who stood out more than any other in the Theatre Company of Boston during the 1960s was Paul Benedict. The long-jawed actor who found a touch of menace in the most comic parts and a touch of the absurd in the most serious roles, was found dead Monday at 70 of unknown causes on Martha's Vineyard.

Mr. Benedict, who also acted locally with the American Repertory Theatre, would have his own share of success on television and in the movies, playing the English neighbor Harry Bentley on the CBS series "The Jeffersons" from 1975 to 1985. He also appeared in the Christopher Guest comedies "This Is Spinal Tap," "Waiting for Guffman," and "A Mighty Wind."

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I best remember Paul Benedict as Mr. Bentley on The Jeffersons, but he was also "The Mad Painter" on Sesame Street.

My personal favorites, numbers 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11 (note in numbers 3, 4, and 7 has actress Stockard Channing as the girl in 3, with the umbrella in 4, and the woman with the red purse in 7, and the nurse in 11:













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