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Richard Benedict (Joseph Sciurba)

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Biography

Palermo, Sicily, Italy
Actor/director Richard Benedict was born Joseph Sciurba in Sicily. He came to the US with his family when he was seven. He was a prizefighter before journeying to Hollywood to break into the movies. His stocky, somewhat menacing appearance got him tough-guy and henchman roles, although he did get the occasional second lead. His best-known role was as Leo Minosa, the man trapped in an abandoned mineshaft in Billy Wilder's tough look at unscrupulous journalism and how legitimate tragedies are turned into a media circus in Ace in the Hole (1951). Read more...

Actor

Character: Pvt. Tranella

A Walk in the Sun 1945

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Character: The Boy From Idaho

Till the End of Time 1946

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Character: Marine Desk Sergeant

Somewhere in the Night 1946

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Character: Leo Minosa

Ace in the Hole 1951

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Character: Tony Lango

Jalopy 1953

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Character: Big Dan's Hood

He Laughed Last 1956

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Character: Cpl. Mathias

Beginning of the End 1957

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Character: 'Curly' Steffans

Ocean's Eleven 1960

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Character: Gregory Douglas

Trapper John, M.D. 1979

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Character: 'Fur' Sammons

The Untouchables 1959

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Character: Baby Face Stevens

Adventures of Superman 1952

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Character: Cahane

Peter Gunn 1958

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Character: Construction Worker #1

Police Woman 1974

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Character: Police Officer Kogan

The Juggler 1953

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