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Born: January 20, 1950 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Rio de Janeiro, BR Profession: actor

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The son of a former actor, the Brazilian-born Benzali began his career appearing throughout the US on stage in everything from musicals to Shakespeare. He moved to England in the 1970s and continued his stage career, first in fringe theater, later as a member of the respected Royal Shakespeare Company and also in musicals (Juan Peron in "Evita"). Benzali has appeared primarily in small supporting roles in features including "A View to a Kill", "White Knights" (both 1985) and "The Distinguished Gentleman" (1992). His notable TV appearances include "Pack of Lies" (CBS, 1987) as Terri Garr's husband and "Citizen Cohn" (HBO, 1992) as Cardinal Spellman. He began his affiliation with producer Steven Bochco with a recurring role on "L.A. Law" in 1991 and later reteamed with the producer in the groundbreaking "NYPD Blue" (ABC, 1993-94) as a mob lawyer. The third time was the charm when Bochco tapped the shaven-headed actor for the ABC drama series "Murder One" (ABC, 1995-96). As the enigmatic defense attorney Theodore 'Teddy' Hoffman, Benzali riveted viewers with his commanding presence and understated performance. Due to creative differences, however, Benzali chose not to remain with the series during its...

The son of a former actor, the Brazilian-born Benzali began his career appearing throughout the US on stage in everything from musicals to Shakespeare. He moved to England in the 1970s and continued his stage career, first in fringe theater, later as a member of the respected Royal Shakespeare Company and also in musicals (Juan Peron in "Evita"). Benzali has appeared primarily in small supporting roles in features including "A View to a Kill", "White Knights" (both 1985) and "The Distinguished Gentleman" (1992). His notable TV appearances include "Pack of Lies" (CBS, 1987) as Terri Garr's husband and "Citizen Cohn" (HBO, 1992) as Cardinal Spellman. He began his affiliation with producer Steven Bochco with a recurring role on "L.A. Law" in 1991 and later reteamed with the producer in the groundbreaking "NYPD Blue" (ABC, 1993-94) as a mob lawyer. The third time was the charm when Bochco tapped the shaven-headed actor for the ABC drama series "Murder One" (ABC, 1995-96). As the enigmatic defense attorney Theodore 'Teddy' Hoffman, Benzali riveted viewers with his commanding presence and understated performance. Due to creative differences, however, Benzali chose not to remain with the series during its second season. Instead, he moved to the big screen as a White House security chief in the thriller "Murder at 1600" and was in the ensemble of Wim Wenders' "The End of Violence" (both 1997). In 2000, Benzali appeared on stage in ""Glengarry Glen Ross." He also co-starred with Mira Sorvino in the Off-Broadway play "Naked." He returned back to television and landed the part of Robert Quinn in the CBS series "The Agency" (2001). In 2002, he reunited with Sorvino, this time on the big screen, for the holocaust feature drama "Grey Zone."

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Believers (2007)
2.
3.
 Grey Zone, The (2001) Schlermer
4.
 Boss of Bosses (2001) Bruce Mouw
5.
 Screwed (2000) Detective Tom Dewey
6.
 Her Married Lover (2000) Detective Joe Lansing
7.
 Heist (1998)
8.
 Suckers (1998) Reggie
9.
 All the Little Animals (1998) De Winter
10.
 End of Violence, The (1997) Phelps
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1953:
Moved with family from Brazil to Brooklyn (date approximate)
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Appeared in theatrical productions throughout the US
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Moved to England
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Made stage appearances in England; invited to join the Royal Shakespeare Company
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Appeared as Juan Peron in Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Evita" on the London stage
1985:
Film debut, "A View to a Kill"
1986:
American TV debut in syndicated miniseries "Arthur Hailey's 'Strong Medicine'"
1989:
Played recurring role of a judge in CBS sudser "Falcon Crest"
1991:
Appeared in a recurring role in Steven Bochco's "L.A. Law" (NBC)
1993:
Had recurring role of mob lawyer James Sinclair in Bochco's "NYPD Blue" (ABC)
1993:
Played Max in London world premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Sunset Boulevard" opposite Patti LuPone
1995:
TV series debut as regular in Bochco's "Murder One" (ABC)
1999:
Co-starred with John Hurt and Christian Bale in "All the Little Animals"
2000:
Appeared on stage alongside Charles Durning in a production of "Glengarry Glen Ross" at the McCarter Theater in Princeton, New Jersey
2000:
Starred opposite Mira Sorvino in an Off-Broadway staging of Pirandello's "Naked"
2002:
Joined the cast of the CBS series "The Agency"
2002:
Cast as Schlermer in the drama "Grey Zone"
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Notes

"I'm very comfortable with the character. He's very natural to me. He's an ordinary man with some extraordinary traits and a bit of a rough edge that makes him a little mysterious." -- Benzali on his "Murder One" character, defense lawyer Theodore Hoffman, quoted in Newsweek, October 2, 1995

"It's the best part I've ever had to play. He's a warrior. He is tough minded and idealistic at the same time. Hoffman is the leader. Hoffman is the man. It's great. . . . Hoffman is me and little bits of a bunch of other people. He's not a big stretch for me." -- Benzali quoted in TV Guide, September 30, 1995

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wife:
Lynda Medwell. Potter. Divorced; married for eight years from late 1970s to early 1980s.
companion:
Kim Cattrall. Actor. Engaged in August 1996; separated; reconciled in 1997; no longer together 1998.

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father:
Carlo Benzali. Salesman. Acted in productions in Brazil.
mother:
Lee Benzali. Cook.

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