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Robby Benson

Best known for starring in films such as ICE CASTLES, ODE TO BILLY JOE, THE CHOSEN, TRIBUTE, HARRY AND SON, in his own screenplay for the Warner Bros. basketball classic, ONE ON ONE, and to a new generation as the voice of Beast in Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, the only animated feature film ever to receive a Best Picture Academy Award nomination, Robby Benson is also a three time Golden Globe nominated actor who has co-starred with legends Paul Newman, Jack Lemmon, Burt Reynolds, Gene Hackman, George Burns, Maximillian Schell, and Rod Steiger. His four decades of show business versatility include producing and directing feature films and television series. He's directed over 100 sitcom episodes/pilots, (including episodes of Friends, and an entire season of Ellen); starred on Broadway in Zelda, The Rothschilds, and The Pirates of Penzance; composed film soundtracks, and has been the recipient of RIAA Gold Records for songwriting. For the theatre, Benson wrote the libretto and score of his off-Broadway musical Open Heart, which debuted in 2004 and is published and licensed by Samuel French.

Benson recently added author to his career accomplishments with the release of his first novel, Who Stole the Funny? His most valued professional accomplishment is that of College Professor, teaching for two decades at universities around the country. Most recently, Benson spent the 2006-2007 academic year as Professor of Film in NYU's famed Tisch School of the Arts in the Maurice Kanbar Institute of Film and Television, where he received the honor of being nominated for New York University's Distinguished Teaching Award for his service.

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Robby Benson Facts

Birth NameRobin David Segal
OccupationActor, Director
BirthdayJanuary 21, 1956 (68)
BirthplaceDallas, Texas, USA

Selected Filmography

Beauty and the Beast
Beauty and the Beast: 25th Anniversary Edition
Beauty And The Beast: The Enchanted Christmas
Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse
Beauty And The Beast: The Enchanted Christmas Special Edition
4 Family Favorites: Greatest Adventures of the Bible
Beauty And The Beast: Belle's Magical World
Dragonheart: 2 Legendary Tales
One On One
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