Paul Ben-Victor

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Paul Ben-Victor
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Ben-Victor in 2016
Paul Friedman

(1965-07-24) July 24, 1965 (age 57)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Years active1987–present
Cali Senkpiel
(m. 2020)

Paul Ben-Victor (born July 24, 1965) is an American character actor. He is best known for playing Greek mobster Spiros "Vondas" Vondopoulos on the HBO drama series The Wire, Alan Gray in Entourage (2005–2008), and Ray in Body Parts (1991).

Early life[edit]

Ben-Victor was born in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Leah Kornfeld, a playwright, and Victor Friedman. He attended Midwood High School, graduating in 1986.[1]


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. 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.[2]

Ben-Victor has been featured on many television cop dramas like FBI, 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 also appeared as Steve Richards on a 1998 episode of the short-lived police drama Brooklyn South.[3]

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.

Paul has roles in the films The Irishman (2019), The Banker (2020), and Last Looks (2022).[3]

He has co-written stage plays with his mother, including Club Soda and The Good Steno.[4]



Year Title Role Notes
1987 Pass the Ammo Eddie DePaul
1988 Assault of the Killer Bimbos Customer
1989 Wired Tom Perino
1990 Streets Officer #2
The Rookie Felix 'Little Felix'
1991 Body Parts Ray Kolberg
Alone Al Short
1992 Cool World Valet
1993 Tombstone Florentino 'Indian Charlie' Cruz
True Romance Luca
1994 Red Scorpion 2 Vince D'Angelo
1995 Houseguest Pauly Gasperini
Bushwhacked Dana's Father
1996 Maximum Risk FBI Agent Pellman
1997 The 6th Man Bernie
Metro Clarence Teal
1998 Point Blank Howard
A Civil Action Bobby Pasqueriella
1999 The Corruptor FBI Agent Pete Schabacker
2000 Drowning Mona Deputy Tony Carlucci
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 FDR: American Badass! Mussolini
Mighty Fine Bobby
2013 Don Jon Priest
Empire State Tommy
Once Upon a Time in Queens Vinnie Nero
Grudge Match Lou Camare
2014 By the Gun Vincent Tortano
Friends and Romans Dennis Socio
2015 Get Hard Gayle
2016 Love Is All You Need? Principal Birdsell
2017 The Super Mr. Johnson
2018 Monster Anthony Petrocelli
Feast of the Seven Fishes Johnny
The Amityville Murders Ronnie DeFeo, Sr.
2019 The Irishman Jake Gottlieb
2020 The Banker Donald Silverthorne
2022 Last Looks Lieutenant Pete Conady
Emancipation Major G. Halstead
2023 Plane Hampton Post-production
TBA The Legitimate Wise Guy[citation needed] Pre-production


Year Title Role Notes
1988 Ohara Billy Episode: "They Shoot Witnesses, Don't They?"
China Beach Lazaro Episode: "Chao Ong"
Freddy's Nightmares Paul Episode: "Mother's Day"
1990 1st & Ten Rocko Episode: "Who Stole Johnny Gunn?"
Dragnet Jack Middleton Episode: "Parachute to Death"
After the Shock Dr. Steven Brattesani Television film
Hunter Loan Shark Episode: "This Is My Gun"
Doogie Howser, M.D. Karl Episode: "TV or Not TV"
The New Adam-12 Gregory Smith Episode: "Escapees"
1991 Father Dowling Mysteries Security Guard Episode: "The Fugitive Priest Mystery
The 100 Lives of Black Jack Savage Charlie Dilwig Episode: "For Whom the Wedding Bells Toll"
The Trials of Rosie O'Neill Vinnie Episode: "Knock, Knock"
1992 The Commish Benny Gorzo Episode: "Sex, Lies and Kerosene"
Jumpin' Joe Patsy Lazerri Television film
Sibs Lance Episode: "If I Only Had a Dad"
1994 State of Emergency Trevor Jacobs Television film
The X-Files Dr. Aaron Monte Episode: "Tooms"
1996 Aaahh!!! Real Monsters Carney / Man On Stilts Episodes: "Baby It's You" & "Monsters Are Fun"
1994–1997 NYPD Blue Steve Richards 2 episodes
1998 Brooklyn South Unknown Episode: "Skel in a Cell"
1999 Early Edition Elliot Rosenfield Episode: "Funny Valentine"
2000 The Invisible Man Bobby Hobbes 46 episodes
The Three Stooges Moe Howard Television film
2003 Fastlane Marty Episode: "Strap On"
2003–2008 The Wire Spiros Vondas 14 episodes
2005 Curb Your Enthusiasm Ticket Scalper Episode: "The Larry David Sandwich"
Monk Al Nicoletto Episode: "Mr. Monk Gets Drunk"
2005–2008 Entourage Alan Gray 7 episodes
2006 The Shield Detective Paul Reyes Episode: "Man Inside"
My Name Is Earl Coach Lou
2007 John from Cincinnati Palaka 8 episodes
2008–2012 In Plain Sight Chief Inspector US Marshal Stan McQueen later Chief Deputy Director of WITSEC Main role; 53 episodes
2009 Everybody Hates Chris Thurman 7 episodes
2010 The Mentalist Noah Landau
2011 Childrens Hospital Spiros
2013 Vegas Barry Silver 4 episodes
Mob City Jack Dragna 3 episodes
Person of Interest Detective Cameron Episode: "Reasonable Doubts"
2014 True Detective Major Leroy Salter Episode: "Haunted Houses"
Castle Dino Scarpella Episode: "Bad Santa"
2015 Allegiance Special Agent Faber 5 episodes
2016 Vinyl Maury Gold
2017 The Mick Jerry Berlin 2 episodes
Preacher Viktor Kruglov 2 episodes
2018 The Resident Edmund Carver Episode: "No Matter the Cost"
Santa Clarita Diet Mark 2 episodes
The Neighborhood Matty 'Cigars' 2 episodes
Goliath Cleft Chin 3 episodes
2019 Bull Ryan Vance Episode: "Split Hairs"
The Village Angelo Napolitano 3 episodes
FBI Mark Krawley Episode: "Appearances"
Will & Grace Mario Episode: "Pappa Mia"
2019–2020 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Counselor Peter Abrams 2 episodes
2022 Pam & Tommy Richard Alden 4 episodes
2023 Paul T. Goldman Mob Boss 2 episodes


  1. ^ midwoodargus (April 20, 2016). "Ex-Sing Commissioner, Actor Shares Insight With Hornets". Retrieved December 28, 2019.
  2. ^ "Profile: An actor with Island roots | Shelter Island Reporter". May 30, 2014. Retrieved December 28, 2019.
  3. ^ a b "In Character: The Cast of The Irishman | And So It Begins". December 20, 2019. Retrieved December 28, 2019.
  4. ^ "Paul Ben-Victor". Biography. Retrieved June 27, 2013.

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