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Larry Drake

Larry Drake Mostly Credited As: Larry Drake
Sometimes Credited As: Levvy Drake

Date Of Birth: February 21, 1950 (Age 64)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Tulsa, Oklahoma
Height: 6' 3" (1.9 m)


Character actor Larry Drake has worked steadily on television and in feature films since making his feature-film debut in This Stuff'll Kill You (1971). Though the burly actor has played roles ranging from rednecks to murderous doctors (Dr. Giggles) to detectives (Power 98), Drake is best remembered for his convincing portrait of gentle, mentally retarded Benny on the NBC television series L.A. Law (1986-1994). The role won him two Emmy awards for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series and turned an obscure stage career into that of a viable character player and occasional lead. Drake had migrated from Oklahoma to Dallas to perform in regional theater after graduating from college (at the University of Oklahoma). While he found regular work, he was unable to land a local TV commercial and decided to return to school. Auditioning for a university program towards a doctorate in theater, Drake was advised to abandon his plans for a teaching career and try his hand as a professional actor. Emboldened, he relocated to Southern California in 1980 and soon found employment at San Diego's Old Globe Theatre where he worked for four years. On occasion, Drake was able to snag small roles like his part in The Karate Kid (1984). Trying to capitalize on his small screen fame, Drake segued to features as the deliciously sadistic crime boss Robert G Durant, the nemesis of Liam Neeson's Darkman (1990), a role he reprised in the Neeson-less sequel Darkman II: The Return of Durant (1995). He also portrayed a murderous heart surgeon in Dr. Giggles (1992) and a wealthy plantation owner searching for a runaway female slave in The Journey of August King (1995).


TV Appearances

Main cast 
Prey (1998)As: Dr. Walter Attwood
Johnny Bravo (1997)As: Pops (1999-2001) -- [Voice]
L.A. Law (1986)As: Benny Stulwicz (S03-S08; recurring previously)
Episode Cast Credits 

Boston Legal (2004) 
  The Gods Must Be Crazy 04x19: (May/14/2008) As Bishop Luke Bernard 

What's New Scooby-Doo? (2002) 
  Recipe for Disaster 02x09: (Mar/23/2004) Voiced  Moss T. Meister, Burglar #2 

Justice League Unlimited (2001) 
  Maid of Honor (2) 02x08: (Oct/18/2003) Voiced  Vox 
  Maid of Honor (1) 02x07: (Oct/18/2003) Voiced  Vox 

Crossing Jordan (2001) 
  Wild Card 02x14: (Feb/10/2003) As Tom 

Firefly (2002) 
  Shindig 01x06: (Nov/01/2002) As Sir Warrick Harrow 

Six Feet Under (2001) 
  The Last Time 02x13: (Jun/02/2002) As Inspector Grayson 

E! True Hollywood Story (1996) 
  L.A. Law 06x04: (Oct/28/2001) As Himself 

Stargate SG-1 (1997) 
  Beast of Burden 05x07: (Aug/10/2001) As Burrock 

Star Trek: Voyager (1995) 
  Critical Care 07x05: (Nov/01/2000) As Chellick 

Batman Beyond (1999) 
  The Winning Edge 01x09: (Apr/10/1999) Voiced  Jackson Chappell 

Superman (1996) (1996) 
  My Girl 01x11: (Nov/23/1996) Voiced  Mr. Eelan 

The Outer Limits (1995) (1995) 
  The Message 01x18: (Jul/16/1995) As Robert Vitale (credited by character name) 

Tales from the Crypt (1989) 
  The Secret 02x18: (Jul/31/1990) As Tobias 
  And All Through the House 01x02: (Jun/10/1989) As Santa 

The Emmy Awards (1949) 
  The 41st Annual Emmy Awards 41x01: (Sep/17/1989) As Winner: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (for 'L.A. Law') 
  The 40th Annual Emmy Awards 40x01: (Aug/28/1988) As Winner: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (for 'L.A. Law') 

L.A. Law (1986) 
  Chariots of Meyer 02x20: (May/05/1988) As Benny Stulwicz 
  Leapin' Lizards! 02x19: (Apr/28/1988) As Benny Stulwicz 
  Belle of the Bald 02x17: (Apr/14/1988) As Benny Stulwicz 
  The Bald Ones 02x15: (Feb/25/1988) As Benny Stulwicz 

Hunter (1984) (1984) 
  Hot Pursuit (2) 03x21: (May/09/1987) As Kirkland 

Hardcastle & McCormick (1983) 
  Just Another Round of That Old Song 01x13: (Dec/11/1983) As Jesse Roberts 
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Trivia

In addition to acting, Larry has a passion for classic cinema, and also enjoys big band music and reading.

Larry is approximately 6'3" tall.

In 1981, Larry made his first TV-movie, Dark Night of the Scarecrow for CBS.

In 1980, Larry moved to Los Angeles to join Old Globe Theatre Company.

In 1976, Larry appeared in regional theater in Dallas, TX.

Before becoming a professional actor, Larry worked as a car inspector, and loaded trucks for a living.

Larry had originally studied to become a teacher.

Larry frequently lends his vocal talents to many animated series and films.

Larry is an avid Baseball fan.

In 1988, Larry won a Q Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Quality Drama Series for: L.A. Law (1986).

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