Brian Benben

1956

Charming, compactly built, extremely affable American actor Brian Edward Benben was born on June 18, 1956 in Winchester, Virginia, to Gloria Patricia (Coffman) and Peter Michael Benben, Sr., a produce buyer. His paternal grandparents were Polish.Deciding on an acting career while quite young, he started things out at age 17 performing in off-off-Broadway shows in New York. Such late 1970s theater works included "Wild Oats," "The Tooth of Crime," "The Overcoat," "Gossip" "A Moon for the Misbegotten" and the role of Bottom in "A Midsummer Night's Dream".During his early 20s he began to pursue TV work and made an auspicious debut on the very serious side with the infamous The Gangster Chronicles (1981) in which his Michael Lasker character barely disguised that of real-life mobster Meyer Lansky. He also played a gay lover in the TV-movie drama American Playhouse: Family Business (1983) starring a straight-acting Milton Berle, and then portrayed Tom Hayden, the California senator who was o

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