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Overview (3)

Born in Silver City, New Mexico, USA
Died in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, USA  (brain hemorrhage)
Height 6' 4" (1.93 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Paul Benedict was born on September 17, 1938 in Silver City, New Mexico, USA. He was an actor and director, known for Jeremiah Johnson (1972), The Addams Family (1991) and The Goodbye Girl (1977). He died on December 1, 2008 in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, USA.

Trivia (11)

Suffered from acromeglia as a young man, which accounted for his slightly over-sized nose and lower jaw.
In an interview, he said he was constantly mistaken for being British because of his work on The Jeffersons (1975) as Harry Bentley.
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.
He grew up in Boston and attended Suffolk University.
His acromeglia was diagnosed by an endocrinologist who saw Benedict in a play. He underwent treatment to stop the disease from advancing. He used his facial features to comic effect.
He was the youngest of six children. His father was a doctor, his mother a journalist.
He played opposite Al Pacino in the 2-man Broadway play "Hughie" (by Eugene O'Neill). [August 1996]
Lived on Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts. [June 2008]
Appeared as Mayor Shinn in "The Music Man" on Broadway. Previews began on April 5, 2000 with the official opening on April 27 (Neil Simon Theatre). [April 2000]
Appeared on Maude, All In The Family, and The Jeffersons all within a two week span.
He was awarded the 1988 Drama Logue Award for Outstanding Direction for "Frankie and Johnny in the Clair De Lune" at the Mark Taper Forum Theatre in Los Angeles, California.

Personal Quotes (1)

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.

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