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Richard Benjamin is a Actor, Director, Scriptwriter and Producer American born on 22 may 1938 at New York City (USA)

Richard Benjamin

Richard Benjamin
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Nationality USA
Birth 22 may 1938 (86 years) at New York City (USA)

Richard Samuel Benjamin (born May 22, 1938) is an American actor and film director.

He has starred in a number of well-known film productions, including Goodbye, Columbus (1969), based on the novella by Philip Roth; Catch-22 (1970), from the Joseph Heller best-seller; Westworld (1973), a science-fiction thriller by Michael Crichton, and The Sunshine Boys (1975), written by Neil Simon.

After directing for television, Benjamin's first feature as director was 1982 comedy My Favorite Year, for which star Peter O'Toole was Oscar-nominated. His other films as director include City Heat (1984), starring Burt Reynolds and Clint Eastwood, Made in America and The Money Pit (1986) with Tom Hanks .

Best films

Made in America (1993)
Deconstructing Harry (1997)
The Sunshine Boys (1975)

Usually with

Neil Simon
Neil Simon
(2 films)
Jerry Jost
Jerry Jost
(5 films)
Buck Henry
Buck Henry
(3 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Richard Benjamin (39 films)

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Henry Poole Is Here, 1h39
Directed by Mark Pellington
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama
Actors Luke Wilson, Adriana Barraza, Radha Mitchell, Morgan Lily, Cheryl Hines, George Lopez
Roles Dr. Fancher
Rating63% 3.196693.196693.196693.196693.19669
Having been diagnosed as terminally ill, Henry Poole purchases a tract house in his hometown, a working class suburb of Los Angeles, and awaits the inevitable, fortified with whiskey and frozen pizza. His peaceful solitude and self-imposed exile are disrupted by his meddling neighbor Esperanza Martinez, who insists she sees the face of Christ imbedded in the stucco wall of his home and is convinced the image has miraculous powers when it begins to exude drops of blood. Before long, she is leading pilgrimages to his backyard and inviting Father Salazar from the local parish to bless the supposedly sacrosanct blemish.
Keeping Up with the Steins, 1h39
Directed by Scott Marshall
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Films about religion, Films about Jews and Judaism
Actors Daryl Sabara, Jami Gertz, Jeremy Piven, Larry Miller, Sandra Taylor, Carter Jenkins
Roles Ken
Rating54% 2.7008352.7008352.7008352.7008352.700835
Benjamin Fiedler (Daryl Sabara) is the 13-year-old son of Jewish couple Adam and Joanne Fiedler (Jeremy Piven and Jami Gertz). After attending the elaborate bar mitzvah party for the son of Arnie Stein (Larry Miller) - which was done on a cruise ship, with a Titanic theme - Benjamin's parents decide to go all out for his bar mitzvah. The plan is to rent Dodger Stadium for the bar mitzvah party, complete with movie stars and everything. Adam even books Neil Diamond to sing the National Anthem. However, Benjamin does not want to go through with it, as he does not even understand the words of the haftorah he has to read as part of his bar mitzvah rite. To try to stall the planning, he secretly invites his grandfather Irwin (Garry Marshall), who is now living on an Indian reservation with a New Age woman named Sacred Feather (Daryl Hannah). When Benjamin's grandfather arrives, it puts a kink in the planning - as Irwin had a falling out with his son Adam, both for having left Adam when he was a teenager, and for Adam's own humiliating bar mitzvah. Irwin must then pull off somehow reconciling with his son while helping his grandson deal with the question of what it means to be a "man.
Marci X
Marci X (2003)
, 1h24
Directed by Richard Benjamin
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy
Themes Dance films, Films about music and musicians, Films about religion, Hip hop films, Musical films, Films about Jews and Judaism
Actors Lisa Kudrow, Damon Wayans, Andrew Keenan-Bolger, Charles Kimbrough, Jane Krakowski, Richard Benjamin
Roles Ben Feld
Rating30% 1.5073651.5073651.5073651.5073651.507365
Marci Feld, juive américaine, doit prendre la direction du label rap hardcore Felony Assault de son père Ben, celui-ci ayant subi une crise cardiaque en raison de la controverse entourant le titre Shoot Ya' Teacha de Dr. S. Pour sauver son père de la faillite, Marci tente de ramener le rappeur à plus de raison et d'adoucir son image de mauvais garçon. Au fil du temps, une relation amoureuse s'installe entre les deux protagonistes. Mais la sénatrice conservatrice Mary Ellen Spinkle promet de bannir des ondes le Dr S et ses paroles outrageuses pour toujours.
The Shrink Is In, 1h27
Directed by Richard Benjamin
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Actors Courteney Cox, David Arquette, David James Elliott, Carol Kane, Kimberley Davies, Viola Davis
Roles Samantha's Editor (uncredited)
Rating51% 2.553452.553452.553452.553452.55345
Samantha (Courteney Cox Arquette) is a travel journalist who is still recovering from the break-up with her last boyfriend, when her psychiatrist (Carol Kane) ironically suffers a nervous breakdown. While Samantha is canceling her appointments, her new neighbor (David James Elliott) comes for a session. Having never met the real Dr. Rosenberg, she poses as her shrink in an attempt to steer him away from his girlfriend and towards her. Because of her new situation, Samantha ends up seeing a few of Dr. Rosenberg's other patients, including eccentric magazine salesman Henry (David Arquette). Thus leading her to question her life, including whether her 'perfect man' is actually what she truly desires after all.
The Pentagon Wars, 1h43
Directed by Richard Benjamin
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War, Comedy
Actors Kelsey Grammer, Cary Elwes, John C. McGinley, Viola Davis, Olympia Dukakis, Richard Benjamin
Roles Casper Weinberger
Rating71% 3.596383.596383.596383.596383.59638
U.S. Army Major General Partridge (Grammer) appears before the House Armed Services Committee to defend his recent actions; the story is told mostly as a series of flashbacks:
Deconstructing Harry, 1h36
Directed by Woody Allen
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy
Themes Films about writers, Films about religion, Films about sexuality, Transport films, Erotic films, Films about prostitution, Films about automobiles, Demons in film, Films about Jews and Judaism, Road movies, Erotic thriller films
Actors Caroline Aaron, Kirstie Alley, Bob Balaban, Richard Benjamin, Eric Bogosian, Billy Crystal
Roles Ken
Rating72% 3.649593.649593.649593.649593.64959
One night, Lucy (Judy Davis) gets a taxi to the home of author Harry Block (Woody Allen). She has just read Harry's latest novel. In the novel, the character Leslie (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) is having an affair with her sister's husband Ken (Richard Benjamin). Lucy is angry because the novel is patently based on her and Harry's own affair; as a result, everyone knows about it. Lucy pulls a gun out of her purse, saying she will kill herself. She then turns the gun on Harry and begins firing. She chases him out onto the roof. Harry insists that he has already been punished: his latest girlfriend Fay (Elisabeth Shue) has left him for his best friend Larry (Billy Crystal). To distract Lucy, Harry tells her a story he is currently writing: a semi-autobiographical story of a sex-obsessed young man named Harvey (Tobey Maguire) who is mistakenly claimed by Death.
Saturday the 14th, 1h15
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Horror comedy, Fantasy, Horror
Themes Ghost films, Comedy horror films
Actors Richard Benjamin, Paula Prentiss, Severn Darden, Jeffrey Tambor, Kari Michaelson, Rosemary DeCamp
Roles John
Rating46% 2.305852.305852.305852.305852.30585
An all-American family inherits a deceased uncle's house. John (Richard Benjamin) and Mary (Paula Prentiss), together with daughter Debbie (Kari Michaelsen) and son Billy (Kevin Brando), move in, but Waldemar (Jeffrey Tambor), a vampire, and Yolanda (Nancy Lee Andrews), his wife, want desperately to get into the rundown house because it contains a book of evil.
First Family, 1h40
Directed by Buck Henry
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Political films
Actors Gilda Radner, Bob Newhart, Madeline Kahn, Richard Benjamin, Rip Torn, Fred Willard
Roles Press Secretary Bunthorne
Rating43% 2.1645252.1645252.1645252.1645252.164525
Manfred Link is the President of the United States. He and the usually tipsy First Lady have a 28-year-old, sex-starved daughter named Gloria.
How to Beat the High Cost of Living, 1h45
Directed by Robert Scheerer
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Heist films
Actors Jane Curtin, Susan Saint James, Jessica Lange, Richard Benjamin, Eddie Albert, Fred Willard
Roles Albert
Rating59% 2.99612.99612.99612.99612.9961
Dans l'Oregon en 1980, Jane, Elaine et Louise, trois femmes au foyer coquettes et amies depuis l'enfance, sont confrontées à la récession et ont beaucoup de mal à arriver à la fin du mois. Le centre commercial local organise un concours dont le prix est une boule géante remplie d'argent... Les trois jeunes femmes y voient le parfait remède contre la crise et élaborent le plan parfait pour subtiliser l'argent !
Witches' Brew, 1h38
Directed by Herbert L. Strock
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Horror comedy, Horror
Themes Comedy horror films
Actors Teri Garr, Richard Benjamin, Lana Turner, Kathryn Leigh Scott, Jordan Charney, Angus Scrimm
Roles Joshua Lightman
Rating43% 2.1990152.1990152.1990152.1990152.199015
As in earlier film versions of Leiber's story such as Weird Woman (1944) and Night of the Eagle (1962), the story is set around a college campus where rivalries for various chairmanships of faculties take place. While the script's touch is notably lighter than in earlier film versions, verging on comedic in places, the story is basically the same.
Scavenger Hunt, 1h56
Directed by Michael Schultz
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Transport films, Road movies, Chase films
Actors Richard Benjamin, James Coco, Scatman Crothers, Cloris Leachman, Cleavon Little, Arnold Schwarzenegger
Roles Stuart Selsome
Rating58% 2.9004052.9004052.9004052.9004052.900405
Milton Parker (Vincent Price), an elderly and eccentric game inventor, dies after losing a video game with his seductive nurse (Carol Wayne). Following his funeral, Parker's greedy and estranged relatives show up at his mansion for the reading of his will. They learn from lawyer Charles Bernstein (Robert Morley) that the winner of an elaborate scavenger hunt will inherit his $200 million estate. The (potential) beneficiaries form five teams and get involved in various misadventures.
Love at First Bite, 1h36
Directed by Stan Dragoti
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Horror comedy, Romantic comedy, Horror, Romance
Themes Films about magic and magicians, Films about music and musicians, Dracula films, Vampires in film, Musical films, Comedy horror films
Actors George Hamilton, Susan Saint James, Richard Benjamin, Arte Johnson, Dick Shawn, Sherman Hemsley
Roles Dr. Jeffery Rosenberg / Van Helsing
Rating60% 3.049043.049043.049043.049043.04904
The infamous vampire Count Dracula is expelled from his castle by the Communist government of Romania, which plans to convert the structure into a training facility for gymnasts (the head trainer declares that it will include Nadia Comăneci). The world-weary Count travels to New York City with his bug-eating manservant, Renfield, and establishes himself in a hotel, but only after a mix-up at the airport causes his coffin to be accidentally sent to be the centerpiece in a funeral at a black church in Harlem. While Dracula learns that America contains such wonders as blood banks, he also proceeds to suffer the general ego-crushing that comes from modern life in the Big Apple as he romantically pursues flaky fashion model Cindy Sondheim, whom he has admired from afar and believes to be the current reincarnation of his true love (an earlier being named Mina Harker).