Actor Richard Benedict

Richard “Pepe” Benedict (born Riccardo Benedetto, January 8, 1920 – April 25, 1984) was an Italian-American television and film actor and director. He was born in Palermo, Italy.

He appeared in dozens of television programs and movies from the 1940s to the 1960s, most notably Ace in the Hole (1951), directed by Billy Wilder. Benedict appeared with Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack in the 1960 movie Ocean’s 11 as one of the 11 men who rob five Las Vegas casinos on the same night. He also played the commander of the Mars rescue ship in the 1958 B sci-fi movie It! The Terror from Beyond Space.

Benedict’s television appearances included Adventures of Superman, The Lone Ranger, Perry Mason, Zorro, Dragnet, Peter Gunn and Hawaii Five-O. His directing credits included Impasse, an adventure film starring Burt Reynolds.

He died of a heart attack at Studio City, Los Angeles, on April 25, 1984, and was interred in Forest Lawn – Hollywood Hills Cemetery. He was the father of actor Nick Benedict.


Year Title Role Notes
1944 Winged Victory Drunken Seaman Uncredited
1945 See My Lawyer Joe Wilson
1945 A Walk in the Sun Pvt. Tranella
1946 O.S.S. Bernay
1946 Somewhere in the Night Marine Desk Sergeant Uncredited
1946 Till the End of Time The Boy From Idaho
1946 Blue Skies Shirtless Soldier at White Christmas Camp Show Uncredited
1947 Backlash Det. Sgt. Tom Carey
1947 The Guilt of Janet Ames Joe Burton
1947 Seven Were Saved Sergeant Uncredited
1947 Crossfire Bill
1948 The Arizona Ranger Ranger Gills
1948 Race Street Sam
1948 Smart Girls Don’t Talk Cliff Saunders
1949 Shockproof “Kid” – Knife Wielder Uncredited
1949 Homicide Nick Foster
1949 City Across the River Gaggsy Steens
1949 Streets of San Francisco Henry Walker
1949 The Window Drunken Seaman Uncredited
1949 Omoo-Omoo, the Shark God Mate Richards
1949 Scene of the Crime Turk Kingby
1949 Post Office Investigator Louis Reese
1949 Angels in Disguise Miami
1950 Destination Big House Joe Bruno
1950 State Penitentiary Mike Gavin
1950 Triple Trouble Skeets O’Neil
1950 Rookie Fireman Al Greco
1951 Inside the Walls of Folsom Prison Tom McCain Uncredited
1951 Ace in the Hole Leo Minosa
1952 Okinawa Delgado
1952 Hoodlum Empire Silky Tanner
1952 Breakdown Harry “Punchy” Adams
1952 Woman in the Dark Gino Morello
1953 Jalopy Tony Lango
1953 The Juggler Police Officer Kogan
1953 Run for the Hills “Happy” Day
1953 Murder Without Tears “Candy Markwell” Martola
1953 Act of Love Pete
1955 The Big Tip Off Hood #1
1955 The Shrike Gregory, Male Nurse
1955 Spy Chasers Boris
1955 Wiretapper Romato
1956 He Laughed Last Big Dan’s Hood Uncredited
1956 The Man Is Armed Lew ‘Mitch’ Mitchell
1956 The Great Man Cab Driver Uncredited
1957 Spring Reunion Jim Uncredited
1957 Monkey on My Back Art Winch
1957 Beginning of the End Cpl. Mathias
1957 The Midnight Story Pool Player Uncredited
1957 The Walter Winchell File Keeger Episode: The Decision
1958 It! The Terror from Beyond Space Bob Finelli
1960 I’ll Give My Life Cpl. Burr
1960 Ocean’s 11 “Curly” Steffans
1961 Ada Alabama Man Uncredited
1964 Mike and the Mermaid
1965 A Swingin’ Summer Tom
1969 Impasse Owner / Bartender of Ugly American Uncredited
1972 Bloody Trail
1983 Disconnected Store Customer (final film role)

External Links

Actor Richard Benedict – Wikipedia

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