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Paul Benjamin

Highest Rated:   96% Escape From Alcatraz (1979)
Lowest Rated:   0% The Super (1991)
Birthday:   Not Available
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Originally from South Carolina, actor Paul Benjamin 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 television work throughout the '70s. A few notable exceptions involved small parts in Gordon Parks' biopic Leadbelly and Don Siegel's prison film Escape From Alcatraz. He fared better on CBS in the TV adaptations I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and Gideon's Trumpet. He got his first major starring role in the HBO movie The Man Who Broke 1,000 Chains, based on the novel by Robert E. Burns. On the big screen during the '90s, 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.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Occupy, Texas
  • Actor
2016
No Score Yet Straight Outta Tompkins
  • Perc Daddy
$8.5k 2015
No Score Yet Back in the Day
  • Cody
2004
94% The Station Agent
  • Henry Styles
2003
No Score Yet Deacons for Defense
  • Otis
2003
No Score Yet Ralph Ellison: An American Journey
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet Stanley's Gig
  • Teddy
2000
No Score Yet Last Rites
  • Fez
1998
43% Hoodlum
  • Whispers
1997
87% Rosewood
  • James Carrier
1997
No Score Yet The Fence
  • Del
1994
0% The Super
  • Gilliam
1991
39% The Five Heartbeats
  • Mr. King
1991
93% Do the Right Thing
  • ML
1989
20% Pink Cadillac
  • Judge
1989
36% Nuts
  • Harry Harrison
1987
No Score Yet The Atlanta Child Murders
  • Homer Williams
1985
No Score Yet Deadly Force
  • Lester
1983
40% Some Kind of Hero
  • Leon
1982
No Score Yet Gideon's Trumpet
  • Artis
1980
96% Escape From Alcatraz
  • English
1979
No Score Yet I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • Freeman
1979
No Score Yet One in a Million: The Ron LeFlore Story
  • John LeFlore
1978
No Score Yet Leadbelly
  • Wes Ledbetter
1976
No Score Yet Judge Horton and the Scottsboro Boys
  • Ramsey
1976
No Score Yet Friday Foster
  • Sen. David Lee Hart
1975
No Score Yet The Education of Sonny Carson
  • Pops
1974
No Score Yet The Deadly Trackers
  • Jacob
1973
No Score Yet Mr. Inside/Mr. Outside
  • Actor
1973
81% Across 110th Street
  • Jim Harris
1972
74% The Anderson Tapes
  • Jimmy
1971
87% Midnight Cowboy
  • Bartender
1969

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
90% The Shield
2002-2008
  • Perry
  • 2004
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
  • Lonnie Jackson
  • 2003
No Score Yet American Masters
1986
  • Grandfather
  • 2002
No Score Yet ER
1994-2009
  • Mr. Ervin Al Ervin Al Ervin
  • 2002
  • 1994
88% Angel
1999-2004
  • Jackson
  • 2001
No Score Yet New York Undercover
1994-1998
  • Professor
  • 1995
No Score Yet In the Heat of the Night
1988-1995
  • George Brownlow
  • 1989
No Score Yet American Playhouse
1982-1996
  • Rashad
  • 1989
  • 1982
No Score Yet Kojak
1973-1978
  • Willy
  • 1977
No Score Yet Starsky & Hutch
1975-1979
  • Burke
  • 1975

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