Quick facts
Birth date 22 May, 1938
Age 81 yrs
Occupations Film director
Television actor
Film actor
Citizenship United States of America
Birth place New York City
Education Northwestern University
Northwestern University School of Communication
Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School
Gender Male
Description Actor, film director
Spouse Paula Prentiss[ M. 1961]

Richard Samuel Benjamin, popularly known as Richard Benjamin, came to life on May 22nd 1938 and is 77 years of age. He is a Native American and was born in New York City, New York, United States. He was born to his parents Chelsea Angelina, who was a homemaker by profession and Samuel Roger Benjamin, who used to work in garment industry to earn his living. Richard did his high school from High School of Performing Arts and later on did his graduation from Northwestern University.

Richard had passion towards acting and movies since a very young age and while he was studying he started participating in many dramas and stage shows and started earning recognition from there. He also later on did a course in acting from Northwestern theater school. Richard has been known to be a one woman man and he married his present wife Paula Prentis, who is also an actress by profession, in the year 1961 and has been staying with her since their marriage. The couple has two children as well. Richard because of having a very common name is often confused on internet with many people from Jamaica with the same name. He is also confused with a sports personality with the same name and a UCF graduate.

According to his biography, Richard while he was pursuing studies started acting in many theatre and drama shows and gained some popularity there. He however made his acting debut in the movie named ‘He & She’ wherein he appeared with his wife. He rose to fame with the movie named ‘Goodbye Columbus’ which was released in 1969 and was based on a novel. The movie was an instant hit at the box office and Richard’s role was much appreciated in the movie. He also became popular in the movie named ‘Catch-22’ which was also based on a novel and was a success at box office. He later on did a movie named ‘The Last of Sheila’ released in 1973.

Richard appeared in the role of Tom and his co-star appeared in the role of Clinton Green and the characters were much appreciated by the audiences. Later on Richard acted in many movies including ‘The Sunshine Boys ‘, ‘The Last Married Couple in America ‘, ‘Deconstructing Harry ‘, ‘Keeping Up with the Steins’ and others. Richard is also a director and he started his direction career with a movie named ‘My Favorite Year’ which won many awards. He later on directed many other movies like ‘My Stepmother is an Alien’, ‘Racing with the Moon’, ‘Mrs. Winterbourne’ and many others. Throughout his professional career he has acted in over 30 movies and directed close to around 15 movies and has been much appreciated for his work.

Richard is one of the wealthy actors and directors of his time because of his prolonged career and extensive work he has done for the industry. His net worth is estimated to be around $5 million which he earned while acting in the movies and directing various movies.

Last Modified: Feb 13, 2020

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