Biography

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.

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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.

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Known Credits 31

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Place of Birth Pelion, South Carolina, USA

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

2007 Ascension Day as Sam
2005 Back in the Day as Cody
2003 The Station Agent as Henry Styles
2002 The Shield (2 episodes)
1999 Angel (1 episode) as Fellow Resident
1999 The Breaks as Clerk
1997 Hoodlum as Whispers
1997 Rosewood as James Carrier
1994 ER (3 episodes)
1992 Back to the Streets of San Francisco as Henry Brown
1990 Law & Order (1 episode)
1989 Do the Right Thing as ML
1983 Deadly Force as Lester
1982 Some Kind of Hero as Leon
1979 Knots Landing (2 episodes)
1979 Escape from Alcatraz as English
1979 I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings as Freeman
1978 One in a Million: The Ron LeFlore Story as John LeFlore
1976 Leadbelly as Wes Ledbetter
1975 Distance as Sgt. Elwood Horne
1975 Starsky & Hutch (1 episode)
1974 Police Woman (1 episode)
1974 The Education of Sonny Carson as Pops
1973 The Deadly Trackers as Jacob
1973 Kojak (1 episode)
1973 Police Story (1 episode)
1973 Mr. Inside/Mr. Outside as Lt. Valentine
1972 Across 110th Street as Jim Harris
1971 The Anderson Tapes as Jimmy
1969 Midnight Cowboy as Bartender
1951 Hallmark Hall of Fame (1 episode)

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