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Larry Drake

Benny Stulwicz in L. A. Law

Photos Larry Drake Birth name: Larry Drake
Birth date: 1950/02/21 (72 years old)
Birth place : Tulsa, Oklahoma (USA)
Height: 1.91 m

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Biography for Larry Drake

Larry Drake began his career in this stuff'll kill ya! (1971), an unknown work of the inventor of the Gore H.G Lewis (Blood Feast, 2000 Maniacs), then continues on some college-movies and a Jackie Chan for the American market (Le Chinese in 1980). Then comes the night of the scarecrow in 1981, a telefilm-cult spent on the 5th at the end of the 80s and little rebroadcast since. We saw Larry Drake interpreting Bubba, a mental attractive retarded accused of having murdered a young girl. He hides in a field inside a scarecrow to flee a militia of angry citizens led by Charles Durning. Spotted, he ends up riddled with bullets. His ghost will come back to take revenge on scarecrow outfit and eliminate one by one that caused his death. This is called a strong and memorable performance in the trade: Larry Drake plays the mental retardé so well that one looks like a real one! (This same "compliment" will often be made to him a few years later at the time of the Los Angeles law). Credible and terribly moving, his performance will not immediately open the doors of the major film studios, if not a little appearance in Karate Kid.

It was not until 1987 and the success of the Los Angeles law series that Drake's talent was truly acclaimed. Still for an engaging mental retarded character! Completely in a cup with the cynical and ultra-frozen universe of the law firm where he works, Drake brings a touch of authenticity which will be for many in the success of the series. For those who have never seen the law of Los Angeles and wonder what a mental retardé named Benny comes in a law firm, let's answer: fill out the hiring quotas of "invisible" minorities, make some photocopies, Serve coffees, serve as an occasional confidant for Yuppies, cry when he felt like he was stupid (while there is nothing to do with it). Sacred Larry! When he cries, we really have trouble for him! Result of the races: 2 Emmy Awards (American TV Oscars) consecutive in 1988 and 1989 for the role of Benny. Does the question we ask ourselves: does Larry Drake know how to play something other than mental retarded? (Question that we ask ourselves today about Pruitt Taylor Vince).

The answer is called Darkman in 1990, the year when all hopes are allowed. Larry Drake plays here the infamous Robert G. During, baron of drugs and contemptuous villain which destroys the life and the face of scientist Liam Neeson, the latter returning to take revenge in Darkman. Sam Raimi did not yet have the magic formula (nor the budget) of his Spiderman and delivers here a semi-framed work, shared between the artificiality of a very bd staging, and the hypertrophy of feelings of suffering expressed by Liam Neeson. This is also the problem of Tim Burton's Batman. The bad guys (Larry Drake or Jack Nicholson) are having a great time in the delirium comics while the tortured hero takes himself very seriously and breaks the atmosphere a little. In short, Larry Drake does not really explode the box office, but is invited to play the bad guys in horrifying B series like this doctor Rictus signed Manny Coto (director of Special Envoy with Dolph Lundgren, you never watch RTL9?) .

He also re -stacks for a Darkman 2: The Return of Durant Tourn for the video by Bradford May with Arnold La Mumie Vosloo taking over the role of the Darkman in defiance of a scriptwriting inconsistency: Robert G. Durant survived his terrible helicopter accident From the end of the first opus, the face is redone identically and created a laser which will allow it to reign supreme on the drug market. I have matured for 15 minutes of this thing on TV6 before dropping out so much it was naze. Sorry Larry! In short, apart from this moment of glory between 1988 and 1991, Drake's career did not really take off. Inferno, a Van Damme Direct-to-Video in 1999, gives Larry Drake the opportunity to rework with the director John G. Avildsen (Karate Kid) in a rotten film (yes, well, I know that Karate Kid has his fans Among the editorial staff, then I would not go down too much, on the other hand Inferno is well rotten, him). That's all we have to say about it. Not much good to point out either of his performance as American Pie 2 (which I have not seen but I do style).

Latest moving film perhaps, the unpublished in France Spun, a dive into the world of speed-freaks visibly quite unhealthy and realistic (a kind of American trainspotting that would make Requiem for a Dream for a Gap pub according to some Echoes, but Requiem for a Dream is already filmed as a GAP ad!). We want to see. Otherwise Larry Drake's news is always fueled with direct-to-dvd with Sherilyn Fenn and Casper Van Dien. Too bad for this extraordinary actor who could not find the right roles only of very rare occasions.

Larry Drake was an American actor known for his role as Benny Stulwicz in the television series "L.A. Law" and for his role as Dr. Giggles in the eponymous film. He was born on February 21, 1950 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and died on March 17, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.

Drake began his acting career in the 1980s and played in many television and films series during his life. In addition to his role in "L.A. Law", he also played in series such as "Dark Shadows", "Quantum Leap" and "The Young and the Restless". He was also nominated for an Emmy for his role in "L.A. Law" in 1988 and 1989.

In addition to his acting career, Drake was also a talented musician and played piano, guitar and harmonica. He was also very involved in charitable causes and worked with many organizations to support people with mental disorders.

Drake was a very talented actor appreciated by his colleagues and his fans. His death in 2016 was a shock for many admirers in his career. His contribution to the world of Entertainment will never be forgotten and he will remain forever in memories as one of the most gifted actors of his generation.


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Title Role
Dorm Daze 2 (2006) (filming) Dean Dryer
Officer Down (2005) (post-production) Captain Taggert
Love Hollywood Style (2005) Walter
I Will Avenge You, Iago! (2005) The Warden
Living the Dream (2005) Richard
Spun (2002) Dr. K
L.A. Law: The Movie (2002) (TV) Benny Stulwicz
Timequest (2002) J. Edgar Hoover
Dark Asylum (2001) The Trasher
American Pie 2 (2001) Natalie's Dad
Runaway Virus (2000) (TV) Dr. Griggs
Johnny Bravo (1997) TV Series (voice) Pops (1999-2001)
Batman Beyond: The Movie (1999) (TV) (voice) Jackson Chappell
Coyote Moon (1999) (V) Ramsey Hogan
Durango Kids (1999) Dudley
Time of Her Time (1999) Dr. Joyce
The Treat (1998) (as Levvy Drake) Ray
Overnight Delivery (1998) Hal Ipswich
Prey (1998) TV Series Dr. Walter Attwood
Paranoia (1998) Calvin Hawks
Bean (1997) Elmer Kong: English title)
Prey (1997) (TV) Dr. Walter Attwood
Road Rovers (1996) TV Series (voice) Captain Zachary Storm
The Beast (1996) (TV) Lucas Coven
The Journey of August King (1995) Olaf Singletary
One More Mountain (1994) (TV) Patrick Breen
Darkman II: The Return of Durant (1994) (V) Robert G. Durant
Blind Geronimo and His Brother (1992)
Dr. Giggles (1992) Doctor Evan Rendell
Murder in New Hampshire: The Pamela Wojas Smart Story (1991) (TV) Mark Sisti
Darkman (1990) Robert G. Durant
Too Good to Be True (1988) (TV) Glen Robie
For Keeps? (1988) Night Clerk
L.A. Law (1986) TV Series Benny Stulwicz (1987-1994)
Code of Vengeance (1986) TV Series Jack Ferguson
The Ladies Club (1986) Cop No. 2
The Karate Kid (1984) Yahoo #1
The Skin of Our Teeth (1983) (TV) Homer/Conveener
The Taming of the Shrew (1983) (V) Baptista
Dark Night of the Scarecrow (1981) (TV) Bubba Ritter
The White Lions (1981) Fiske
The Big Brawl (1980) Judge #1
The Seniors (1978) (uncredited) Bus-sign installer
Date with a Kidnapper (1976) Age Home Attendant
Trucker's Woman (1975)
This Stuff'll Kill Ya! (1971) Bubba


Graduate of the University of Oklahoma.

Won two consecutive Emmy awards (1988, 1989) for his touching portrayal of Benny, the mentally-impaired office worker on "L.A. Law" (1986).


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