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Paul Benedict (17 September 1938 – 1 December 2008) was an American actor. He made numerous appearances in television and movies beginning in 1965. He was known for his roles as The Number Painter in the PBS children's show Sesame Street and as the English neighbor Harry Bentley in the CBS sitcom The Jeffersons.

n addition to his varied film and television roles, Benedict was an accomplished theater actor, having appeared on Broadway multiple times, notably in Eugene O'Neill's two-character play Hughie in 1996 (performing with Al Pacino) at the Circle in the Square Theater, and more recently in The Music Man in 2000–2001. He appeared Off-Broadway in 1986 in Terrence McNally's It's Only a Play.


Benedict plays Judge Womack in the 1991 film.