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Robby Benson

Robby Benson (born January 21, 1956) is an American film and television actor, television director, educator and singer. Benson was born Robin David Segal in Dallas, Texas, the son of Freda Ann (née Benson), a singer, actress, and business promotions manager, and Jerry Segal, a writer. His family is Jewish. Benson was raised in New York City and took his mother's maiden name as his stage name when he was 10. Benson made his film debut with an uncredited role in Wait Until Dark (1967) as the "Boy Tossing Ball" and his Broadway debut in The Rothschilds (1970). Benson had an early role on the daytime soap Search for Tomorrow (1971–72). As a film actor, Benson was well-known for teenage roles in coming-of-age films, such as 1972's Jory, 1973's Jeremy, and as Billy Joe McAllister in 1976's Ode to Billy Joe. He was listed as one of 12 "Promising New Actors of 1976" in John Willis' Screen World, Vol. 28. (1976) and auditioned for the role of Luke Skywalker in Star Wars (1977) but lost the role to Mark Hamill. He received critical acclaim for his role as hockey player Nick Peterson in Ice Castles (1978). In Walk Proud (1979), he played a Chicano gang member. In 1975, Benson appeared in

Actor Robby Benson: 'Memba Him?

Actor Robby Benson: 'Memba Him?

In the '70s, teen actor Robby Benson became famous for starring in a bunch of TV movies and the 1978 theatrical film "Ice Castles." Guess what he looks like now! READ MORE >



The 54-year-old resurfaced at an event in Hollywood this weekend, looking hairy.Robby has directed episodes of TV shows like "Friends" and "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch."Benson also teaches at NYU. READ MORE >

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