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Robby Benson

Robby Benson

  • Chosen, The (1981) September 30 (ET) - Reminder REMINDER
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Also Known As: Died:
Born: January 21, 1956 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Dallas, Texas, USA Profession: Cast ...
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Raised in Manhattan
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Appeared in TV commercials and summer stock beginning at age five
1968:
Broadway debut in "Zelda" aged 12
1970:
Had bar mitzvah on stage of "The Rothschilds," in which he was appearing (date approximate)
1971:
Was regular on the CBS daytime drama "Search for Tomorrow"
1972:
Film acting debut in "Jory"; first lead
1974:
Had role in the NBC TV-movie "Remember When"
1975:
First collaboration with Burt Reynolds, "Lucky Lady"; also co-starred Liza Minnelli
1975:
Co-starred as the dying Johnny Gunther in the ABC TV-movie "Death Be Not Proud"
1977:
With his father, co-wrote the script to the basketball drama "One On One"; also starred
1977:
Played George Gibbs in an NBC TV adaptation of "Our Town"
1978:
Played a novice priest in Burt Reynolds' "The End"
1979:
With his father, composed music score for "Walk Proud"; also starred
1980:
Debut as a producer, "Die Laughing"; also co-wrote and co-starred
1981:
Returned to Broadway to play Frederic in the revival of "The Pirates of Penzance"; met future wife Karla DeVito
1984:
Underwent heart surgery to replace a congenitally malfunctioning heart valve in October
1986:
Starred in short-lived CBS TV series, "Tough Cookies"
1988:
Feature directing debut (also actor, songwriter and song performer), "White Hot/Crack in the Mirror"
1988:
Reteamed with Burt Reynolds and Liza Minnelli for "Rent-A-Cop"
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Taught drama at the University of South Carolina under whose auspices he made "Modern Love" (1989)
1991:
Provided the voice of The Beast in the Disney animated film, "Beauty and the Beast"
1993:
Directed episodes of popular CBS sitcom, "Evening Shade", starring Burt Reynolds
1993:
Began teaching at the University of Utah at Salt Lake City
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Was primary director of the ABC sitcom "Ellen" for one season
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Directed episodes of the ABC sitcom "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch"; also played Sabrina's father
1997:
Reprised voice of The Beast in the direct-to-video release "Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas"

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