Richard Benedict

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Richard Benedict
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Benedict in the 1940s
Riccardo Benedetto

(1920-01-08)January 8, 1920
DiedApril 25, 1984(1984-04-25) (aged 64)
Resting place Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Hollywood Hills, California, U.S.
  • Actor
  • director
  • writer
Years active1944–1984
Spouse(s)Hanna Landy
Paula Lindenbaum
Children3, including Nick Benedict

Richard "Pepe" Benedict (born Riccardo Benedetto, [1] January 8, 1920 – April 25, 1984) was an Italian-American television and film actor and director. He was born in Palermo, Italy.


He appeared in dozens of television programs and movies from the 1940s to the 1960s, most notably Ace in the Hole (1951), directed by Billy Wilder. Benedict appeared with Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack in the 1960 movie Ocean's 11 as one of the 11 men who rob five Las Vegas casinos on the same night. He also played the commander of the Mars rescue ship in the 1958 B sci-fi movie It! The Terror from Beyond Space .

Benedict's television appearances included Adventures of Superman , The Lone Ranger , Perry Mason , Zorro , Dragnet , Peter Gunn and Hawaii Five-O . His directing credits included Impasse , an adventure film starring Burt Reynolds.

He died of a heart attack at Studio City, Los Angeles, on April 25, 1984, and was interred in Forest Lawn – Hollywood Hills Cemetery. He was the father of three children, including actor Nick Benedict.


1944 Winged Victory Drunken SeamanUncredited
1945 See My Lawyer Joe Wilson
1945 A Walk in the Sun Pvt. Tranella
1946 O.S.S. Bernay
1946 Somewhere in the Night Marine Desk SergeantUncredited
1946 Till the End of Time The Boy From Idaho
1946 Blue Skies Shirtless Soldier at White Christmas Camp ShowUncredited
1947 Backlash Det. Sgt. Tom Carey
1947 The Guilt of Janet Ames Joe Burton
1947 Seven Were Saved SergeantUncredited
1947 Crossfire Bill
1948 The Arizona Ranger Ranger Gills
1948 Race Street Sam
1948 Smart Girls Don't Talk Cliff Saunders
1949 Shockproof "Kid" - Knife WielderUncredited
1949 Homicide Nick Foster
1949 City Across the River Gaggsy Steens
1949 Streets of San Francisco Henry Walker
1949 The Window Drunken SeamanUncredited
1949 Omoo-Omoo, the Shark God Mate Richards
1949 Scene of the Crime Turk Kingby
1949 Post Office Investigator Louis Reese
1949 Angels in Disguise Miami
1950 Destination Big House Joe Bruno
1950 State Penitentiary Mike Gavin
1950 Triple Trouble Skeets O'Neil
1950 Rookie Fireman Al Greco
1951 Inside the Walls of Folsom Prison Tom McCainUncredited
1951 Ace in the Hole Leo Minosa
1952 Okinawa Delgado
1952 Hoodlum Empire Silky Tanner
1952 Breakdown Harry "Punchy" Adams
1952 Woman in the Dark Gino Morello
1953 Jalopy Tony Lango
1953 The Juggler Police Officer Kogan
1953 Run for the Hills "Happy" Day
1953 Murder Without Tears "Candy Markwell" Martola
1953 Act of Love Pete
1955 The Big Tip Off Hood #1
1955 The Shrike Gregory, Male Nurse
1955 Spy Chasers Boris
1955 Wiretapper Romato
1956 He Laughed Last Big Dan's HoodUncredited
1956 The Man Is Armed Lew 'Mitch' Mitchell
1956 The Great Man Cab DriverUncredited
1957 Spring Reunion JimUncredited
1957 Monkey on My Back Art Winch
1957 Beginning of the End Cpl. Mathias
1957 The Midnight Story Pool PlayerUncredited
1957 The Walter Winchell File KeegerEpisode: The Decision
1958 It! The Terror from Beyond Space Bob Finelli
1960 I'll Give My Life Cpl. Burr
1960 Ocean's 11 "Curly" Steffans
1961 Ada Alabama ManUncredited
1964Mike and the Mermaid
1965 A Swingin' Summer Tom
1969 Impasse Owner / Bartender of Ugly AmericanUncredited
1972Bloody Trail
1983 Disconnected Store Customer(final film role)

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