Burr DeBenning

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Burr DeBenning
Born Burris F. DeBenning
September 21, 1936
Seminole, Oklahoma, U.S.
Died May 26, 2003 (aged 66)
San Luis Obispo, California, U.S.
Other names Burr De Benning
Burris DeBenning
Alma mater

Oklahoma State University
New York University

Veteran - United States Air Force
Years active 1965 — 1992
Spouse(s) Susan Silo

Burr DeBenning (September 21, 1936 – May 26, 2003) was an American character actor who worked in both film and television.[1]

Early years[edit]

The son of M.J. DeBenning, he was born Burris DeBenning in Seminole, Oklahoma and grew up in Stillwater, Oklahoma. He enrolled at Oklahoma State University as a business major, but he switched to drama midway through his second year there and went on to have major roles in several plays at OSU. After serving in the Air Force, he went to New York University and earned a master's degree in drama.[2]


DeBenning first acted professionally in an off-Broadway play that lasted four days. He next joined a professional troupe in Boston.[2]

DeBenning appeared in nearly 100 films and TV shows including the television films The House on Greenapple Road (1970), Brinks: The Great Robbery (1976) and Hanging by a Thread (1979). He appeared in such television programs as Custer, Nakia, Matlock, Matt Houston, Mike Hammer, Magnum, P.I., The Virginian, Rockford Files, Matt Helm, Medical Center, McCloud, Ironside, Columbo and Medical Story. He also co-starred with Robert Wagner in City Beneath the Sea (1971). His character was called "Aquila" and had gills. His film appearances included Beach Red (1967), Sweet November (1968), St. Ives (1976), The Incredible Melting Man (1977), Armed Response (1986), A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989), and Love Field (1992). In 1977 he guest starred in the second pilot film titled The Death Scouts for the TV series called Man from Atlantis. He played Lt. Jim Porter, a Navy Intelligence agent, in the 1978 science fiction TV miniseries, The Return of Captain Nemo,[3]:888 originally shown on U.S. TV as a three part miniseries (50-minutes each episode) and later released theatrically outside the U.S. in a 102-minute widescreen version renamed The Amazing Captain Nemo.

From 1981 to 1982 he played the evil town boss Paul Garrett (and later his equally evil twin brother Richard Garrett) in the TV series Father Murphy.[3]

Personal life[edit]

DeBenning was married to actress Susan Silo.[2]


DeBenning died in California at age 66 from undisclosed causes.[4]

Partial filmography[edit]


  1. ^ Burr DeBenning, findagrave.com Retrieved May 12, 2015
  2. ^ a b c Crawford, Bill (July 11, 1971). "Burr DeBenning: A Sooner In Hollywood". The Lawton Constitution And Morning Press. Oklahoma, Lawton. p. 57. Retrieved June 1, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  3. ^ a b Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010 (2nd ed.). Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. p. 336. ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7. 
  4. ^ Burr DeBenning(Aveleyman) Retrieved May 12, 2015

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