Richard Benedict

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Richard "Pepe" Benedict (Palermo, January 8, 1920 – Studio City, April 25, 1984) was an Italian-born television and film actor and director.

He appeared in dozens of television programs and movies from the 1940s to the 1960s, most notably Ace in the Hole (1951), directed by Billy Wilder. Benedict appeared with Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack in the 1960 movie Ocean's 11 as one of the 11 men who rob five Las Vegas casinos on the same night. He also played the commander of the Mars rescue ship in the 1958 B sci-fi movie It! The Terror from Beyond Space.

Benedict's television appearances included Adventures of Superman, The Lone Ranger, Perry Mason, Zorro, Dragnet, Peter Gunn and Hawaii Five-O. His directing credits included Impasse, an adventure film starring Burt Reynolds.

His interment was in Forest Lawn – Hollywood Hills Cemetery. He is the father of actor Nick Benedict.

Selected filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1951 Ace in the Hole Leo Minosa
1952 Woman in the Dark Gino Morello
1953 Murder Without Tears 'Candy Markwell' Martola
1957 The Walter Winchell File Keeger Episode: The Decision
1957 It! The Terror from Beyond Space Bob Finelli
1960 Ocean's 11 "Curly" Steffans

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