REST IN PEACE!! Mr. Bentley From The Jefferson’s PASSES AWAY!!

: BOSTON (AP) — Paul Benedict, the actor who played the English neighbor Harry Bentley on the sitcom "The Jeffersons," has died. He was 70.

Benedict was found dead Monday on Martha's Vineyard and his brother, Charles, said authorities were still investigating the cause of death.

Benedict began his acting career in the 1960s in the Theatre Company of Boston, alongside such future stars as Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman and Al Pacino.

Benedict went on to appear in a number of movies, including a role as the oddball director in "The Goodbye Girl" with Richard Dreyfuss. But he was mainly known for his role as Bentley in "The Jeffersons," which ran on CBS from 1975 to '85.

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CMM-N-AJA
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That sucks... :-(


Chocol8Boo

Selector
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He moving on up


MissC85
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Rest in Peace


carraf
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WOW THAT'S SAD


chitownbaby
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WHO IS GONNA STEP ON GEORGE BACK NOW? RIP BENTLEY!


MISSCMD
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AH DAM NOT MR. BENTLEY RIP


Champion

renacamille
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rest in peace


LadeeLibra
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LOL @chitownbaby. But yeah that's sad. R.I.P.


NaeBoogie
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OH NO! HE WAS FUNNY RIP


VicSage
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"Hello Mr.J.." R.I.P. Thanks for the laughs that'll continue in re-runs


stefjay1972
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When I first looked at the topic and saw Mr. Bentley, I thought y'all were referring to Fansworth Bentley, that would have been a shocker. But for the original Bentley may he rest in peace.


HersheyDiva
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RIP...NOW IT'S JUST GEORGE, FLORENCE, 2 LIONEL'S AND JENNY LEFT


SynCity


uncled3000

THE_Black_Tie
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RIP...he was the coolest white dude I knew!


prettyboygene
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Correction HersheyDiva, only 1 Lionel is left now.


poetical
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Thanks 4 the laughs


HersheyDiva
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@Prettyboygene really which Lionel passaway?


Goose82084
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Really??? Awwww thats so sad.


whatwhatwhat

ivey
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AW MAN... R.I.P


cutenkinky
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Aww, R.I.P. 70 seems too young to die.


PleaseBelieve
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He was very funny! He was before Kramer minus all the N words.


2sexy4sho2
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rip man lol@selector


tima789
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DAMN DAMN DAMN..............


wakeupblkpeople
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That means George and Florence are the only adults on the show still alive...


MilkChocolate209
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NOT THE ENGLISHMAN THAT LIVED AT THE END OF THE HALL??????? SAY IT AIN'T SO


louisiana1-4life
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@HersheyDiva, What happend to Jenny? She and thelmea, from goodtimes, made me a "man"! LOL;)



JmarcNYC
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RIP Mr. Bentley


cali_chic09
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awww....R.I.P


HersheyDiva
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@louisiana1-4 life...Jenny is still alive I put down who's still alive but was told that 1 of the Lionel's is dead. Not sure which one.


DallasDyamond
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AWWWW MAN RIP MR. BENTLY!!! I LIKED WHEN HE WOULD MAKE GEORGE TAKE OFF HIS SHOES AND WALK ON HIS BACK!!!! LOL!


DallasDyamond
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@ HERSHEYDIVA- THE 2ND LIONEL DIED


disinquiringmind
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AWWW. PEACE UNTO HIM.


daniebonner
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He was ONLY 70? WTF?!?! I thought he was in his 80s! Geez!


SweetPea1000
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Oh no! R.I.P. Mr. Bentley. Thanks for the laughs.


umn2me2
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The 2nd Lionel died. ********GOOGLE Afro American Syndicate******** Mike Evans of TV's The Jefferson's Dead Mike Evans Dec 14, 2006 - Mike Evans, 57, an actor best known for his role as Lionel Jefferson in the TV sitcoms "All in the Family" and "The Jeffersons," died of throat cancer Dec. 14 at his mother's home in Twentynine Palms, his niece Dr. Chrystal Evans said.


lowerlevel82
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well he was pretty old


disconnexionsdotcom
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Actually the FIRST Lionel died. He was the one that was lighter and had an afro. Mike Evans played him for the first couple of seasons and then was replaced. I'm old enough to remember that Mr Bentley had a role on Sesame Street as the guy who walked around painting letters and numbers on the wall.


AurieLove
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Goodnight Mr. Bently! See ya later.


ashstew84
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WELL MY CONDOLENCES


LMARIE
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R.I.P, HOPEFULLY HE MOVED ON UP TO THE "EASTSIDE" AND NOT THE "DIRTY" SOUTH IF YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN ;)


umn2me2
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disconnexionsdotcom YOU ARE SO RIGHT HE WAS THE FIRST LIONEL.I DID GET HIS NAME RIGHT THOUGH.



JackieG81
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Awwwe that's sad =-(


maid4me
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Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww.....! R.I.P.


LilHairDreads
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WHAT YOU SAY? *talking like my grandmother* AIN'T NOBODY CALLED AND TOLD ME NOTHIN'! *screaming* AAAhhhhhhhhhhhhh...... WHEW LAWD... WHEN THE "FUNE?" OKAY BABY.


IMSONEGATIVE
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DAMN I DIDNT KNOW HE WAS STILL ALIVE! HE OUT LIVE WEEZY! WOW! OK NOW WHO IS LEFT IS THE MAID AND SHERMAN!MAN R.I.P


imalwaysright
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The first Lionel, Mike Evans, wasn't replaced. He quit his role on the Jeffersons to concentrate on his new show, Good Times. Then he eventually returned. But, yes, he's dead.


iCanMakeiTJuicy4Ya
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moving on up!!! RIP dude


yellowberry
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i always loved mr.bentley, so here is just a little bit of his work: Actor: In Production 2000s 1990s 1980s 1970s 1960s 'Side by Each' (2008) (completed) .... Chief Rod Rocks After the Sunset (2004) .... Night Shift Guard A Mighty Wind (2003) .... Martin Berg "The Drew Carey Show" .... Jeremy (1 episode, 2002) - Drew and the Life-Size Jim Thome Cut-Out (2002) TV episode .... Jeremy Isn't She Great (2000) .... Prof. Brainiac ... aka Ist sie nicht großartig? (Germany) "The Guiding Light" (1952) TV series .... Mr. Pratt (unknown episodes, 1999) ... aka Guiding Light (USA: new title) A Fish in the Bathtub (1999) .... Milo "Seinfeld" .... Mr. Elinoff (1 episode, 1998) - The Cartoon (1998) TV episode .... Mr. Elinoff Who Was That Man (1998) The Devil's Advocate (1997) (uncredited) .... Walter Krasna ... aka Devil's Advocate (USA: DVD box title) ... aka Im Auftrag des Teufels (Germany) Waiting for Guffman (1996) .... Not Guffman (Mr. Roy Loomis) "Pig Sty" .... Milt (1 episode, 1995) - Tess Makes the Man (1995) TV episode .... Milt Guns and Lipstick (1995) .... Mickey Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman (1993) (TV) .... Dr. Victor Loeb The Addams Family (1991) .... Judge Womack "Morton & Hayes" .... Mr. Nicolides (1 episode, 1991) - The Vase Shop (1991) TV episode .... Mr. Nicolides "Tales from the Crypt" .... Beaks (1 episode, 1991) ... aka HBO's Tales from the Crypt - Top Billing (1991) TV episode .... Beaks "A Different World" .... Mr. Ludlow (1 episode, 1991) - Risk Around the Dollar (1991) TV episode .... Mr. Ludlow Sibling Rivalry (1990) .... Dr. Plotner The Freshman (1990) .... Arthur Fleeber, NYU Professor/Clark's Faculty Advisor Babycakes (1989) (TV) Cocktail (1988) .... Finance Teacher Arthur 2: On the Rocks (1988) .... Fairchild The Chair (1988) .... Warden Edward Dwyer ... aka Hot Seat "The Twilight Zone" .... The Hoakie (1 episode, 1987) ... aka The New Twilight Zone (Australia) - Song of the Younger World (1987) TV episode .... The Hoakie "Murder, She Wrote" .... Friedrich Hoffman (1 episode, 1985) - Sticks and Stones (1985) TV episode .... Friedrich Hoffman "The Jeffersons" .... Harry Bentley (144 episodes, 1975-1985) - Red Robins (1985) TV episode .... Harry Bentley - Off-Off-Off-Off Broadway (1985) TV episode .... Harry Bentley - The Odd Couple (1985) TV episode .... Harry Bentley - The Truth Hurts (1985) TV episode .... Harry Bentley - And Up We Go (1985) TV episode .... Harry Bentley (139 more) This Is Spinal Tap (1984) .... Tucker 'Smitty' Brown ... aka This is Spinal Tap®: A Rockumentary by Martin Di Bergi (USA: complete title) The Lonely Guy (1984) (voice) (uncredited) .... Dr. Zook The Man with Two Brains (1983) .... Butler "The Blue and the Gray" (1982) TV mini-series .... Arbuthnot The Electric Grandmother (1982) (TV) .... Guido Fantoccini Desperate Moves (1981) .... Cosmo ... aka A Desperate Case ... aka Rollerboy ... aka Save the Last Dance for Me ... aka Steigler and Steigler (USA) ... aka Stiegler: A Desperate Case ... aka Stiegler: A Serious Case Billy in the Lowlands (1979) .... Billy's Father The Goodbye Girl (1977) .... Mark ... aka Neil Simon's The Goodbye Girl "Sesame Street" .... The Mad Painter (10 episodes, 1969-1976) ... aka Open Sesame (New Zealand: English title: new syndication title) ... aka Sesame Street Unpaved (USA: syndication title) ... aka The New Sesame Street (USA: new syndication title) - Episode #8.4 (1976) TV episode .... The Mad Painter - Episode #3.78 (1972) TV episode .... The Mad Painter - Episode #3.76 (1972) TV episode .... The Mad Painter - Episode #3.75 (1972) TV episode .... The Mad Painter - Episode #3.74 (1972) TV episode .... The Mad Painter (5 more) Smile (1975) .... Orren Brooks Mandingo (1975) .... Brownlee Hustling (1975) (TV) .... Lester Traube "All in the Family" .... Harry Bentley (1 episode, 1975) - The Jeffersons Move on Up (1975) TV episode .... Harry Bentley "Maude" .... Minister (1 episode, 1975) - All Psyched Out (1975) TV episode .... Minister The Front Page (1974) .... Plunkett "Harry O" .... Veneman (1 episode, 1974) - Forty Reasons to Kill: Part 1 (1974) TV episode .... Veneman "Kojak" .... Donald Kauldor (1 episode, 1974) - Slay Ride (1974) TV episode .... Donald Kauldor Up the Sandbox (1972) .... Dr. Beineke Jeremiah Johnson (1972) .... Reverend Lindquist Deadhead Miles (1972) .... Tramp The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight (1971) .... Shots O'Toole ... aka The Gang That Couldn't Shoot (UK: cable TV title) They Might Be Giants (1971) .... Chestnut Man Taking Off (1971) .... Ben Lockston Cold Turkey (1971) .... Zen Buddhist The Virgin President (1968) .... Rutherford Melon The Double-Barrelled Detective Story (1965) .... Wells Fargo Ferguson Director: "The Jeffersons" (1 episode, 1985) - The Truth Hurts (1985) TV episode Self: 2000s 1990s 1970s "Intimate Portrait" .... Himself (1 episode, 2004) - Stockard Channing (2004) TV episode .... Himself A Spinal Tap Reunion: The 25th Anniversary London Sell-Out (1992) (TV) (uncredited) .... Hotel Concierge ... aka The Return of Spinal Tap (video title) The Making of 'The Goodbye Girl' (1977) (TV) .... Himself Archive Footage: Sesame Street Unpaved (1999) (TV) .... The Mad Painter rest in peace friend.


wakeupblkpeople
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Oh yea...forgot that Mike Evans died. Damon Evans is the 2nd Lionel lives in Bmore. What's amazing is that George's mom was well in her 80's on the show and still acting. Wow George is only 70? Florence is now 77. Tom died in '06 at 78. Helen (Lenny Kravitz mom) died of breast cancer in 1995 at 66. And of course Louise died in '04 at 87 y/o which I still can't believe. She was 20 years older than George!!


AKeysWannabee
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I liked Mr. Bentley..


GuessJeans
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@ STEFJ1972- Girl I did too.. I was going to cry if it was Mr. Bentley Foxsworth.


critique101
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Wow! The person who posted Mr. Bentley's acting resume. What a great job with the research! I did not know he did all of that. I thought he was truly an English actor.


esotericdredz
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Rest in peace....


SooSurrus
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RIP...Mr. Jefferson use to always heat his @ss...lol



focus
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At 70, he was young. I didn't realize just how old the actors were on that show. They dying off and now there are about 2-3 originals left.


focus
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@wakeupblackpeople: Esther Rolle was 19-20 yrs older than John Amos too. Those black folks could play those age roles.


Foxy90210
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R.I.P. Bentley


RedDragon
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R.I.P. MR. BENTLEY....I JUST GOT THRU WATCHING THE JEFFERSONS..


Shogun360
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As a true fan of the Jefferson's, I was lucky to have met Mr. Benedict a little over ten years ago and he and I had a nice conversation. He asked me for one of my business card and told me he would cherish it. Man, He was COOL; and please, Rest In Peace.


goddie
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Wow! I loved Mr. Bentley! R.I.P


laeaglin

stefjay1972
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@ Guessjeans I like Farnsworth Bentley too. He's a cool dude. MTO better not scare me like that anymore.


Girlsluvgems
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RIP you will be missed.


carmel666
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I USED TO LOVE HIM ON SESAME STREET(OR WAS IT THE ELECTRIC COMPANY?) RIP


polkadotskin
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Aww, Mr. Bentley! Rest in peace.


fupeople
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SAW IT ON THE NEWS YESTERDAY..... R.I.P


AintNothingNew

Fabulous_1
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Say it aint soooooooooo


NoElleNo2
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Awww- I know George would say "Later Honky" but I can't even get with Mr. G today. Rest in peace Bentley. @carmel666- Yeah! It was the Electric Company I think.



hellokitty19131
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Sherman, Marla, Berlinda, Ned, Damon & Ebony are left.


LauriMeansLove
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LOL @SELECTORS comment


BlackGodess
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RIP mr. Benedict!


YESIDID
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LOL @ SELECTOR, AND CHITOWNBABY AND THE PERSON THAT SAID HOPE HE MOVING ON UP AND NOT DOWN IN THE DIRTY SOUTH..HILAROUS.


SouthernGul
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RIP Mr. Bentley.


uzadumazz
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DAMN BENT WAS STILL KICKING HEY? RIP MY DUDE.


amarefan
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Aww how sad. I love the Jeffersons.


Oscuro
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I liked Bentley on the Jefferson's. Rest in peace.


nitled
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R.I.P. ..... I'm sorry but i'm lmbao @Selector, that ish was funny!


fire4u
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Awwwh...I love the Jeffersons and Mr Bentley.. love it ! RIP.


theimmaculatecrown
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R.I.P. to Mr. Bentley. Hopefully he moving on up.(To the sky...)


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geneaux
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RIP Mr Bentley


jocknbeats
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@ Chitownbaby, George use to step on Mr. Bentley's back, not the other way around. Get it together!!! --------------------- We might as well put an ad in the paper,we gonna get everybody! (Dead Presidents, 95)


OneLifeo1
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R.I.P. Mr. Bentley.



stressnotic
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R I P Mr. Bentley thank you for so many laughs, over the years....this is sad news http://www.myspace.com/stressnotic