Paul Ben-Victor

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Paul Ben-Victor
Born Paul Friedman
(1965-07-24) July 24, 1965 (age 49)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1987–present

Paul Ben-Victor (born Paul Friedman; July 24, 1965) is an American actor. He is best known for playing Greek mobster Spiros "Vondas" Vondopoulos on the HBO drama series The Wire.

Early life[edit]

Ben-Victor was born in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Leah Kornfeld, a playwright, and Victor Friedman.

Career[edit]

Ben-Victor debuted on the small screen in 1987 in the television film Blood Vows: The Story of a Mafia Wife and on an episode of Cagney & Lacey.[1] 15 years after beginning his television career with bit parts, he was cast in important roles on HBO dramas The Wire (as mobster Spiros "Vondas" Vondopoulos) and Entourage, as well as making a 2006 appearance as Coach Lou on My Name Is Earl. He portrayed Moe Howard in the 2000 television film The Three Stooges.

Ben-Victor has been featured on many television cop dramas like Monk and CSI, and also had a recurring role as two-bit con man Steve Richards on three episodes of NYPD Blue from 1994 to 1997. He has co-written stage plays with his mother, including Club Soda and The Good Steno.[2]

Ben-Victor had a starring role in the Sci-Fi channel television show The Invisible Man, alongside Vincent Ventresca. The two later guest starred together on the hit TV show Las Vegas. They were reunited again on an episode of the new USA Network series In Plain Sight ("Hoosier Daddy"), on which Ben-Victor has a supporting role.

In 2008, Ben-Victor had a supporting role in the film Clear Lake, WI.[3] In August 2008, he co-starred in Coma, a web series on Crackle.[4]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1990 The Rookie Little Felix
1991 Body Parts Ray Kolberg
1992 Cool World Valet
1993 Tombstone Florentino Cruz
1993 True Romance Luca
1994 Red Scorpion 2 Vince D'Angelo
1995 Houseguest Pauly Gasperini
1995 Bushwhacked Dana's Father
1996 Maximum Risk Agent Pellman
1997 Metro Clarence Tea
1998 Point Blank Howard
1998 A Civil Action Bobby Pasqueriella
1999 The Corruptor Schabacker
2000 Drowning Mona Deputy Tony Carlucci
2000 The Three Stooges Moe Howard Television film
2000 Gun Shy Howard
2003 Daredevil Jose Quesada
2006 Randy and The Mob Franco
2009 Clear Lake, WI Sheriff Joe Dietzer
2010 Should've Been Romeo Joey
2012 Mighty Fine Bobby
2013 God Only Knows Vincent Tortano
2013 Don Jon Priest
2013 Grudge Match Lou Camare

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1994 The X-Files Dr. Aaron Monte
1994–1997 NYPD Blue Steve Richards 2 episodes
1998 Brooklyn South Episode: "Skel in a Cell"
1999 Early Edition Elliot Rosenfield Episode: "Funny Valentine"
2000 The Invisible Man Bobby Hobbes
2003–2008 The Wire Spiros Vondas 14 episodes
2005 Monk Al Nicoletto
2005–2008 Entourage Alan Gray 7 episodes
2006 The Shield Detective Paul Reyes
2006 My Name Is Earl Coach Lou
2007 John from Cincinnati Palaka 8 episodes
2008–2012 In Plain Sight Stan McQueen
2009 Everybody Hates Chris Thurman 7 episodes
2010 The Mentalist Noah Landau
2011 Childrens Hospital Spiros
2013 Vegas Barry Silver 4 episodes
2013 Mob City Jack Dragna 3 episodes
2013 Person of Interest Detective Cameron 1 episode
2014 True Detective Major Leroy Salter 1 episode
2013 Castle Dino Scarpella 1 episode
2015 Allegiance Special Agent Faber 5 episodes

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