R.I.P. Paul Benedict



Lest I post another obit like the one for Rudy Ray Moore and get accused of plagiarizing some other asshead who grew up with the guy, I’ll cut this one short: Mr. Bentley is dead.

Those who know me know my affinity for ’70s sitcoms, especially the good stuff that I grew up on, like THE BOB NEWHART SHOW or SANFORD & SON. As any fan of THE JEFFERSONS will remember, Mr. Bentley was the British neighbor to George & Weezy, personified by the great character actor Paul Benedict.

In recent years, Benedict had become a staple of Christopher Guest’s mockumentary flicks like WAITING FOR GUFFMAN
or A MIGHTY WIND, but the guy has a long list of credits dating back to the 1960’s and even directed an episode of THE JEFFERSONS during its last season in 1985.

The rest I’ll give you courtesy of Associated Press:

BOSTON – Paul Benedict, the actor who played the English neighbor Harry Bentley on the sitcom “The Jeffersons,” has died. He was 70.
Benedict was found dead Monday on Martha’s Vineyard and his brother, Charles, said authorities were still investigating the cause of death.
Benedict began his acting career in the 1960s in the Theatre Company of Boston, alongside such future stars as Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman and Al Pacino.
Benedict went on to appear in a number of movies, including a role as the oddball director in “The Goodbye Girl” with Richard Dreyfuss. But he was mainly known for his role as Bentley in “The Jeffersons,” which ran on CBS from 1975 to ’85.

Mr. Bentley, I salute thee… thanks for the laughs!



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