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Abraham Rubin Hercules Benrubi (born October 4, 1969) is an American character actor known for his appearances as Jerry Markovic on the long-running U.S. TV drama ER, for his first role as Larry Kubiac on the series Parker Lewis Can't Lose, Dennis in Without a Paddle, and for his voice acting on the Adult Swim claymation series Robot Chicken as well as numerous video games including many in the World of Warcraft series.

Abraham Benrubi
Abraham Benrubi at NASA Social.jpg
Abraham Benrubi at a 2012 NASA Social to preview the landing of the Curiosity rover.
Born
Abraham Rubin Hercules Benrubi

(1969-10-04) October 4, 1969 (age 49)
Other namesAbraham Ben Rubi, Abe Benrubi
OccupationActor, voice actor
Years active1990–present
Websitewww.abrahambenrubi.net

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Early life and educationEdit

Benrubi was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, the eldest son of Patricia and Asher Benrubi, who was a rock singer and is currently a radio personality[1] known as "Smash" to St. Louis radio audiences. His paternal grandfather was from a Greek Jewish family. His paternal grandmother, who was born to a Greek Orthodox Christian family, helped shelter Jews in Greece during World War II and later converted to Judaism.[2][3]

Benrubi graduated from Broad Ripple High School in Indianapolis, the same high school alma mater of David Letterman and former New England Patriots star Rosevelt Colvin.

CareerEdit

Benrubi's first major role was on the show Wings, as Roy "R.J." Biggins, Jr., Roy's gay son. He would appear as R.J. twice: once during the show's first season, and again during the seventh season, shortly after he began working on NBC's ER.

Between the first and second seasons of Parker Lewis Can't Lose, Benrubi and co-star Taj Johnson worked as roadies for No Doubt's first tour.[dubious ]

Benrubi starred as one of the main characters in ABC's show Men in Trees, playing bartender/millionaire Ben Tomasson. This was a role where he got noticeably more main dialog and depth than with his previous longtime characters on ER and Parker Lewis Can't Lose, which primarily consisted of supporting dialog. Ben Tomasson was described as "the cuddliest TV character since Jorge Garcia's Hurley on Lost" by TV-critic David Bianculli.[4] Other previous work includes playing Mose in the 2003 western Open Range, a role the actor won because he had been cut out of director Kevin Costner's previous film, The Postman. He frequently voices characters on Adult Swim's stop-motion animation show Robot Chicken, and has also contributed to a second show from Chicken's creators, Titan Maximum.

Following the cancellation of Men In Trees in early 2007, Benrubi returned to the cast of ER in late 2008 for the show's final season.

Benrubi played a young Dan Conner, the character portrayed by John Goodman, in a flashback episode of Roseanne.

Benrubi starred in the short lived (April 2010 to June 2010) ABC show, Happy Town where he played the part of Big Dave Duncan. Almost right after the series's cancellation was announced he appeared in a new show Memphis Beat, where he plays the part of police Sgt. Jody "JC" Lightfoot, a desk sergeant that is 1/16 Chickasaw by a distant relative, but chooses to embrace Native American culture all the same.[5]

In May 2011, it was announced that he would star in Glutton, a "3D psychological thriller" directed by David Arquette. Benrubi will play Jethro, a 1,200-pound man, forced to save his sister's life. Jethro's sister is played by Patricia Arquette, while Kacey Barnfield also stars as his blind neighbour and only friend.

Benrubi is a member of Los Angeles' Sacred Fools Theater Company.

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Film
Year Title Role Notes
1990 Diving In Rick
1992 Crossing the Bridge Rinny
1993 The Program Bud-Lite Kaminski
1994 The Shadow Marine Guard
Wagons East Abe Ferguson Credited as Abe Benrubi
1995 Magic Island Duckbone Direct-to-video
1996 Twister Bubba
1997 Talking Dessert
George of the Jungle Thor
U Turn Biker #1
Under Oath Geoff Carmichael
1998 Border to Border Geddy Paretti
I Woke Up Early the Day I Died Bouncer
The Rugrats Movie Serge Voice
Credited as Abe Benrubi
1999 Out in Fifty Spike
2001 War Story Eric Short film
The Man Who Wasn't There The Man at the Dance
2002 Zig Zag Hector
2004 Open Range Mose
2004 Without a Paddle Dennis
2005 Miss Congeniality 2: Armed & Fabulous Lou Steele
2006 Wristcutters: A Love Story Erik
Charlotte's Web Uncle the Pig Voice
National Lampoon's TV: The Movie Max Gottlieb
2009 Calvin Marshall Coach Dewey
2010 Venus & Vegas Bruno
2012 Shoot'er Punisher Short film
Deep Dark Canyon Michael Spencer
Ambush at Dark Canyon Garrett Kain
2013 Bounty Killer Jimbo
A Country Christmas Santa Claus
A Night in Old Mexico Big Roscoe Hammil
String Theory Patsy Glen Short film
Noël Tim Short film
My Mother Is Not a Fish Walter Short film
2014 Ghost Light Harvey
#Stuck Bartender
Big Hero 6 General Voice
Ava & Lala Mr. Bear Voice
The Blackout Billy
2015 Little Boy Teacup
2016 The Finest Hours George "Tiny" Myers
Jessica Darling's It List Mr. Pudel
The Belko Experiment Chet Valincourt
2017 Heart, Baby Tree
Olaf's Frozen Adventure Additional Voices Voice
Short film
Like.Share.Follow. Detective Yarden
Aileron Trevor Short film
2019 Bliss Abe

TelevisionEdit

Television
Year Title Role Notes
1990 Growing Pains Really Big Kid Season 5 episode 19: "Mike, the Teacher"
1990-1996 Wings Roy "R.J." Biggins Jr. Season 1 episode: "There's Always Room for Cello" and season 7 episode 13: "Sons and Lovers"
1990-1993 Parker Lewis Can't Lose Larry Kubiac 66 episodes
1991-1993 Married... with Children Jimmy/Baby Season 6 episode 1: "She's Having a Baby: Part 1 (uncredited) and season 7 episode 25: "The Wedding Repercussions"
1992 Blossom Francis Season 2 episode 22: "Whines and Misdemeanors"
Angel Street Pilot episode
Roseanne Teenage Dan Season 5 episode 7: "Halloween IV"
1993 Grace Under Fire Mark Season 1 episode 3: "Grace Undergraduate"
1994-2009 ER Jerry Markovic 137 episodes
1995 Out There Roy TV movie
1998 Sleepwalkers Vincent Konefke Main role
Cold Feet Man on the Bus TV movie
Tempting Fate John Bolladine TV movie
1999 The X-Files Big Mike Raskin
A Touch of Hope Dr. Neil Bachman TV movie
2000 Dark Angel Break Season 1 episode 4: "Flushed"
2001-2002 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Olaf Season 5 episode 11: "Triangle" and season 7 episode 5: "Selfless"
2002 Going to California Harvey Episode 17: "Mixed Doubles"
Benrubi was also cast in the unaired pilot shopped around to The WB, but was not cast when the show was green-lighted by Showtime.
2005 Unscripted Himself Episode 1 pilot
Criminal Minds Frank Fielding Season 1 episode 7: "The Fox"
2005-2017 American Dad! Todd and Employee Voice
Season 1 episode 6: "Homeland Insecurity" and season 12 episode 18: "The Long Bomb"
2005-2018 Robot Chicken Darth Vader, Optimus Prime, The Great Pumpkin, Ving Rhames, Fidel Castro, Dominic Toretto, Cyborg, Bowser, and other various characters 27 episodes
Somtimes credited as Abe Benrubi
One episode uncredited
2006 Pizza Time Bruno TV movie
Dr. Vegas Star Wars Thug Episode 8: "Heal Thyself
2006-2008 Men in Trees Ben Thomasson Main role
2007 Robot Chicken: Star Wars Darth Vader Voice
2008 Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II Darth Vader and Owen Lars Voice
1% Citizen Dave Unaired pilot for an HBO series
2009 Titan Maximum Drill Instructor Episode 6: "Dirty Lansbury"
2010 Happy Town Big Dave Duncan 6 episodes
Memphis Beat Sgt. JC Lightfoot/Jody 10 episodes (season 1)
Robot Chicken: Star Wars III Darth Vader and Owen Lars Voice
2011 Team Unicorn The Professor Season 1 episode 4: "Alien Beach Crashers"
2012 Community Orderly Season 3 episode 9: "Curriculum Unavailable"
Robot Chicken DC Comics Special Cyborg, Kilowog, Appa Ali Apsa, and Solomon Grundy Voice
Bones Willis McCullum Season 8 episode 5: "The Method in the Madness"
Pair of Kings Silver Fox Season 3 episode 18: "Yeti, Set, Snow"
Star Wars Detours Additional Voices Voice
Series unaired, hiatus
2013 Once Upon a Time Arlo Season 2 episode 13: "Tiny"
The Garcias Have Landed Admiral Lomax TV movie
Chance at Romance Jackson TV movie
2014-2015 Bosch Rodney Belk 4 episodes (season 1)
2014 Beware the Batman Street Thug Season 13: "Fall"
The Bridge DEA Agent Joe McKenzie 10 episodes
2016 TripTank Chief Voice
Season 2 episode 11: "Crime Steve Investigation"
Outcast Caleb 3 episodes
2017 APB Pete McCann 11 episodes
Still the King Leslie Season 2 episode 13: "Who's Your Daddy?"
2019 Chicago Fire Russ LaPointe Season 7 episode 21: "The White Whale"

Video gamesEdit

Video games
Year Title Role Notes
2001 Mystery Island II Voice
Myth III: The Wolf Age Voice
2004 World of Warcraft Additional Voices Voice
2005 ER Jerry Markovic Voice
2012 Skylanders: Giants Additional Voices Voice
2013 Skylanders: Swap Force Additional Voices Voice
2014 Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Urzael the Harbinger of Death Voice
Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition Urzael the Harbinger of Death Voice
World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Additional Voices and Monster Vocal Effects Voice
2015 Heroes of the Storm Diablo Voice
StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void Additional Voices Voice
2016 World of Warcraft: Legion Additional Voices Voice
2018 World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth Additional Voices Voice

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Abraham Benrubi Biography (1969–)". FilmReference.com. Retrieved July 21, 2019.
  2. ^ Rachel Benrubi, 86; family hid Jews in Greece during WWII – St. Louis Jewish Light: Obituaries – Rachel Benrubi, 86; family hid Jews in Greece during WWII: Obituaries. Stljewishlight.com. Retrieved on 2012-05-05.
  3. ^ Kelly, Robert. (2009-04-20) Those who aided Jews honored Many put their lives at stake to conceal Jews from Nazis during Holocaust. COMMMERATION. Stltoday.com. Retrieved on 2012-05-05.
  4. ^ 'TREES': HECHE BRANCHES OUT. Alas, she's left out on a limb Archived September 30, 2007, at the Wayback Machine, NY Daily News, Tuesday, September 12th 2006
  5. ^ TNT – We Know Drama[permanent dead link]. Tnt.tv. Retrieved on 2012-05-05.

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