Paul Benedict Of "The Jeffersons" Dead At 70

BOSTON - Paul Benedict, the actor who played the English neighbor Harry Bentley on the sitcom ``The Jeffersons,'' has died. He was 70.

Benedict was found dead Monday on Martha's Vineyard. His brother, Charles, says authorities are still investigating the cause of death.
Benedict began his acting career in the 1960s in the Theatre Company of Boston, alongside such future stars as Robert De Niro,
Dustin Hoffman and Al Pacino.

Children may know him as the Number Painter on "Sesame Street."
Benedict went on to appear in a number of movies, including a role as the oddball director in ``The Goodbye Girl'' with Richard Dreyfuss. But he was mainly known for his role as Bentley in ``The Jeffersons,'' which ran on CBS from 1975 to 1985.

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  • by me Location: here on Dec 7, 2008 at 07:19 AM
    I grew up watching The Jefferson's. Mr. Bentley was one of my favorite characters. Rest in Peace, Mr. Bentley.
  • by Tim Location: LaGrange on Dec 6, 2008 at 11:27 AM
    He will missed. Farewell, old friend.

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