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Paul Benjamin

1938-02-04 Pelion, South Carolina, USA

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Paul Benjamin (born 1938) is an American actor. Benjamin was born in Pelion, South Carolina. He made his film debut in 1969 as a bartender in Midnight Cowboy. After a small role in Sidney Lumet's The Anderson Tapes, he did extensive television work in the 1970s. A few notable exceptions were a major role in Barry Shear's Across 110th Street, and smaller parts in Gordon Parks' biopic Leadbelly, Arthur Marks' Friday Foster, and Don Siegel's prison film Escape from Alcatraz. He gave exceptional performances in the TV adaptations of I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings and Gideon's Trumpet. He later starred in the HBO movie The Man Who Broke 1,000 Chains, based on the novel by Robert E. Burns. On the big screen in the 1990s, Benjamin worked with some well known directors. He appeared in Spike Lee's Do The Right Thing, Robert Townsend's The Five Heartbeats, Bill Duke's Hoodlum, and John Singleton's Rosewood. On television, he appeared in the 1994 pilot episode of ER, which led to his recurring role of homeless man Al Ervin during the next few seasons. Benjamin also worked on the American Masters documentary of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ralph Ellison, which aired on PBS. After 2000, he appeared primarily in small independent films like Stanley's Gig, The Station Agent, Deacons For Defense, and James Hunter's 2004 drama Back in the Day. He recently made a special appearance in the independent film The Talk Man, directed by Gene Gallerano. Description above from the Wikipedia article Paul Benjamin, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.


Ascension Day Sam 2007-02-02
Back in the Day Cody 2005-05-24
Deacons for Defense Otis 2003-01-01
The Station Agent Henry Styles 2003-12-05
DMX: Angel Minister 2001-12-18
Stanley's Gig Teddy Branson 2000-06-19
The Breaks Clerk 1999-02-26
Rosewood James Carrier 1997-02-21
Hoodlum Whispers 1997-08-27
Back to the Streets of San Francisco Henry Brown 1992-01-27
The Meeting Rashad 1989-05-03
Do the Right Thing ML 1989-06-14
A Stranger Waits Cooper 1987-03-29
Nuts Harry Harrison 1987-11-20
The Man Who Broke 1,000 Chains Big Sam 1987-10-31
Deadly Force Lester 1983-07-08
Some Kind of Hero Leon 1982-04-02
Gideon's Trumpet Artis 1980-04-30
Escape from Alcatraz English 1979-06-22
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Freeman 1979-04-28
One in a Million: The Ron LeFlore Story John LeFlore 1978-09-26
Judge Horton and the Scottsboro Boys Ramsey 1976-04-22
Leadbelly Wes Ledbetter 1976-05-28
Friendly Persuasion Swan Stebeney 1975-05-18
Friday Foster Senator David Lee Hart 1975-12-25
Distance Sgt. Elwood Horne 1975-12-22
The Education of Sonny Carson Pops 1974-07-17
The Deadly Trackers Jacob 1973-12-21
Mr. Inside/Mr. Outside Lt. Valentine 1973-03-14
Across 110th Street Jim Harris 1972-12-19
Born to Win Fixer 1971-12-01
The Anderson Tapes Jimmy 1971-06-17
Midnight Cowboy Bartender 1969-05-25