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Also Known As: Died:
Born: May 1, 1972 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA Profession: actor, professional ice skater

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An adventurous supporting actress who specialized in deeply complex and often flawed characters, Julie Benz captured audiences' attention with roles in "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (The WB, 1997-2003), "Angel" (The WB, 1999-2004) and "Dexter" (Showtime, 2006- ). A former competitive ice skater, she abandoned sports after an injury to pursue acting. Bit parts on television series led to her breakthrough role as the malevolent vampiress Darla on "Buffy" and "Angel." Benz's physical beauty was an occasional obstacle in finding projects of substance, but she eventually landed another standout character in Rita, the reluctant lover and spouse of Michael C. Hall's Dexter. These and other projects, which included stints in comedy, science fiction, horror and sudsy dramas, proved that Benz was one of the most versatile performers on the small screen.

An adventurous supporting actress who specialized in deeply complex and often flawed characters, Julie Benz captured audiences' attention with roles in "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (The WB, 1997-2003), "Angel" (The WB, 1999-2004) and "Dexter" (Showtime, 2006- ). A former competitive ice skater, she abandoned sports after an injury to pursue acting. Bit parts on television series led to her breakthrough role as the malevolent vampiress Darla on "Buffy" and "Angel." Benz's physical beauty was an occasional obstacle in finding projects of substance, but she eventually landed another standout character in Rita, the reluctant lover and spouse of Michael C. Hall's Dexter. These and other projects, which included stints in comedy, science fiction, horror and sudsy dramas, proved that Benz was one of the most versatile performers on the small screen.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Arsonist, The (2014)
2.
 Havenhurst (2014)
3.
 Sole Custody (2014)
5.
6.
 Ricochet (2011)
7.
 Bedrooms (2010)
9.
 Uncorked (2009)
10.
 Held Hostage (2009)
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Began skating at age three; competed professionally until age sixteen in singles and ice dancing
1988:
With parter David Schilling, ranked thirteenth at the 1988 U.S. National Junior Dance Championships in Denver
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Landed first acting role in a local stage production of "Breaking the Code"
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Moved to New York City; attended New York University
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Relocated to Los Angeles to pursue acting career
1990:
Featured in Dario Argento's episodic horror feature "Two Evil Eyes"
1991:
Played the daughter of a 1950s sitcom family relocated to the 1990s suburbs, on "Hi Honey, I'm Home" (ABC, Nickelodeon)
1995:
Had a cameo in the Disney Family Films presentation of "The Barefoot Executive" (ABC)
1997:
Originated the role of vampire Darla on "Buffy, the Vampire Slayer" (The WB)
1997:
Had a memorable cameo as a receptionist in "As Good As It Gets"
1998:
Was a regular on the short-lived Fox sitcom "Ask Harriet"
1998:
Featured in the parody short "Eating Las Vegas"
1999:
Co-starred in the high school-set black comedy "Jawbreaker"
1999:
Was a regular on "Payne" (NBC), a short-lived remake of the popular British comedy "Fawlty Towers"
1999:
Had a recurring role on "Roswell" (The WB) as Miss Topolsky, a school guidance counselor
2000:
Had a recurring guest role on the "Buffy" spin-off "Angel", reprising the role of Darla
2000:
Featured in the USA Network spoof, "Shriek If You Know What I Did Last Friday the 13th"
2000:
Had a supporting role in the ABC TV-movie remake "Satan's School For Girls"
2001:
Played comedian Bill Bellamy's girlfriend in "The Brothers"
2001:
Became a series regular as Darla on "Angel" (The WB)
2002:
Featured in the alien abduction-themed Sci-Fi Channel miniseries "Taken"
2005:
Co-starred in The Bubble Factory's black comedy "A Fate Totally Worse Than Death" (lensed 1999)
2005:
Co-starred in the HBO's award winning film, "Lackawanna Blues"
2006:
Appeared in the Lifetime movie "Circle of Friends"
2006:
Cast as Rita Bennett on Showtime's crime thriller "Dexter"
2008:
Played an idealistic young missionary, opposite Sylvester Stallone, in "Rambo"; Stallone also produced, wrote and directed
2010:
Cast as the family matriarch in ABC's "No Ordinary Family"
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Education

New York University: New York , New York -

Notes

"I was having lunch one day, and this 10-year-old heard me talking and went, 'Oh my God! You're Darla from Buffy! I think you are the third most prettiest girl in the world.' And I said, 'Really? The third?' And she said, 'Sarah Michelle is first. Then Jennifer Love Hewitt, then you, then Katie Holmes.' That blew me away. I beat out Katie Holmes! I was really happy to come in third." -- Benz quoted in the E! Online feature "Who the Hell Is This?", April 15, 1999.

"In the last couple of years my whole career has been kind of an odd experience. I've been playing quite a few evil characters and that's just so funny to my family because I'm so not evil. I'm actually really nice. So I play all of these evil divas and it's just not who I am or what I even thought I'd play when I got into this business. I never thought I'd play the bad girl, yet that's all I play." -- Julie Benz to the online entertainment magazine The Green Room, July 9, 2001.

Companions close complete companion listing

husband:
John Kassir. Actor, voice actor. Married in the summer of 1998; best known as the voice of the Cryptkeeper in the HBO series "Tales From the Crypt".

Family close complete family listing

brother:
Jeffrey Benz. Lawyer. Born c. 1968; junior skating champion.
sister:
Jennifer Benz. Older; junior skating champion.

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