Ben Carruthers

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Ben Carruthers
Ben Carruthers en Françoise Brion.jpg
Ben Carruthers and Françoise Brion in 1967
Born(1936-08-14)August 14, 1936
DiedSeptember 27, 1983(1983-09-27) (aged 47)
Years active1957–1971

Benito F. Carruthers (August 14, 1936 in Illinois, USA – September 27, 1983 in Los Angeles, California) was an American film actor, most notable for his role in John Cassavetes' debut feature film Shadows (1959). His other films included A High Wind in Jamaica (1965), Robert Aldrich's The Dirty Dozen (1967) as Glenn Gilpin, Fearless Frank (1967), To Grab the Ring (1968), The Lost Continent (1968), Riot (1969) as the unpredictable and psychotic Joe Surefoot,[1] Man in the Wilderness (1971), and Universal Soldier (1971).[2]

Personal life[edit]

He stood 6' 1".[3]

His first son, Caine Carruthers, was a bass player and was in various successful bands, including Katmandu and The Untouchables. Dijon Carruthers, his second son, had a very brief stint as Megadeth's first drummer in 1983.

Carruthers died of liver failure in 1983 at the age of 47.

Musical career[edit]

As lead singer of Ben Carruthers and the Deep, he recorded the track Jack O' Diamonds in 1965, a song he co-wrote using lyrics given to him by Bob Dylan[4]


Feature films
Year Title Role Notes
1958 The Beast of Budapest Sentry Uncredited
1959 Shadows Ben
1961 Guns of the Trees Ben
1964 Goldstein Jay
1964 Lilith Benito Uncredited
1965 Love 65 Benito
1965 A High Wind in Jamaica Alberto
1965 Scruggs Ben
1967 Fearless Frank The Cat
1967 The Unknown Man of Shandigor Manual / Manuel
1967 The Dirty Dozen Glenn Gilpin
1968 To Grab the Ring Alfred Lowell, Acteur
1968 The Lost Continent Ricaldi
1969 Riot Surefoot
1971 Man in the Wilderness Longbow
1971 Universal Soldier Jesse


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