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Julie Benz

Facts about Julie Benz

Date of Birth:01 May 1972
Birthplace:Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
First Name:Julie
Last Name:Benz
Height:5' 4" (163 cm)
Eye Color:Blue
Hair Color:Blonde
Star Sign:Taurus
Claim to Fame:Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Dexter, Rambo (2008)
Occupation Category:Actress
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Biography for Julie Benz

Julie M. Benz (born May 1, 1972 (49 years ago)) is an American actress. For her role as Rita Bennett on Dexter, Benz won the 2006 (15 years ago) Satellite Award for Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion picture (wallpaper) Made for TV. She is also well known for her role of Darla on Angel and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Early years

Benz was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her father is a Pittsburgh surgeon and, contrary to rumor, her mother was never an ice figure skater. The family settled in nearby Murrysville when Benz was two, and she started ice skating when she was three. She competed in the 1988 (33 years ago) U.S. Championships in junior ice dancing with her partner David Schilling, coming in 13th. Her older brother and sister, Jeffrey and Jennifer, were the 1987 (34 years ago) U.S. Junior Champions in ice dancing and competed internationally. When Benz was 14, she had a bad stress fracture and had to take time off. She grew up in Murrysville, Pennsylvania, graduating from Franklin Regional High School. She later graduated from New York University.


By 1989 (32 years ago), with her figure skating career over, Benz got involved in local theater, where she got a role in the play Street Law. Her first movie role was a small speaking part in "The Black Cat" segment of the Dario Argento/George A. Romero co-directed horror movie Two Evil Eyes (1990, 31 years ago). A year later, she got a role on a TV show called Hi Honey, I'm Home (1991, 30 years ago). The show was canceled after two seasons.

After graduating from high school, Benz entered New York University to study acting. After graduation from NYU, she moved to Los Angeles and landed small roles in movies and TV shows, including a guest appearance on an episode of Married with Children in 1994 (27 years ago) in the (unaired) Aaron Spelling TV pilot Cross Town Traffic. She starred in another unaired TV pilot called Empire in 1995 (26 years ago). Her other TV shows included Hang Time, High Tide, Step by Step and Boy Meets World, plus a small role in the TV movie The Barefoot Executive. She had an uncredited role in Black Sheep and appearances in Diagnosis Murder, Sliders and The Single Guy. She played Christy in the TV movie Hearts Adrift and a lead role as Julie Falcon in Darkdrive.

In 1996 (25 years ago), Benz auditioned for the role of Buffy in the series Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997, 24 years ago), but lost out to Sarah Michelle Gellar. However, she was offered a small role as a vampire girl in the pilot episode. She did such a good job that her part was expanded to a few more episodes in playing the vampire Darla. The role helped launch her career.

She appeared in more TV shows like The Big Easy and Fame L.A. along with a small role as a receptionist in the movie As Good as It Gets (1997, 24 years ago). She starred in the short spoof movie Eating Las Vegas and the unaired TV pilot Veronica's Video, had a small uncredited role in the TV movie A Walton Easter and a small role in Inventing the Abbotts.

In 1998 (23 years ago), she had a recurring role as the ditzy Joplin Russell in the TV show Ask Harriet (though the show was canceled and only two of her appearances aired), then guest-starred on Conrad Bloom and The King of Queens. She made two movies, the dark comedy Jawbreaker and Dirt Merchant, before landing a lead role in another TV show called Payne. She was undercover FBI Special Unit agent Kathleen Topolsky on Roswell during its first season, starred in the TV movie Satan's School for Girls, the unaired TV pilot Good Guys/Bad Guys and had a lead role in the horror movie parody Shriek If You Know What I Did Last Friday the Thirteenth.

She reprised her role as Darla in 2000 (21 years ago) for the Buffy spin-off series Angel appearing in every season for at least one episode. In the romantic comedy movie The Brothers she was the only white person featured in the principal cast. She was a guest host for the TV show Rendez-View. She was cast as Ellie Sparks in Glory Days and appeared in the unaired pilot; however, she left the show. She guest starred on She Spies and was in the featured cast for the mini-series Taken. She did various voices for the video game Hot Shots Golf Fore!, appeared in the short movie The Midget Stays in the picture (wallpaper) and took over the role of Ursula for George of the Jungle 2.

Benz appeared in Peacemakers, Coupling, NCIS: Navy Criminal Investigative Service and Oliver Beene. She landed the lead role of Annie Garrett in the Hallmark TV movie The Long Shot. Benz also provided the voice of Miranda Keyes for the video game Halo 2 (22 walls), though she did not return to the role in the sequel Halo 3 (14 walls) as Bungie wanted to try a new direction with the Miranda Keyes voice by giving the character an accent, replaced by Justis Bolding. She played the lead role of Danielle in Bad Girls From Valley High (a movie shot in 2000 (21 years ago) under the title A Fate Totally Worse Than Death) which was released on DVD (Digital Versatile Disc) in 2005 (16 years ago). She had a small role in the critically acclaimed TV movie Lackawanna Blues. In the Scifi Original Locusts: The 8th Plague she played the lead female role Vicky and she also appeared in the straight-to-DVD movie 8mm 2 as Lynn. The movie was originally called The Velvet Side of Hell and was not supposed to be a sequel to 8MM.

Benz guest-starred on popular shows like Supernatural, CSI: Miami, Law & Order and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. She had a supporting role in a Swedish independent movie called Kill Your Darlings, a lead role in the Lifetime movie Circle of Friends and joined the main cast of TV show Dexter as Rita Bennett. Benz played a lead role in the fifth movie of the popular horror franchise, Saw V, as Brit, a real-estate developer who is one of five victims of Jigsaw's games. She had a supporting role in Punisher: War Zone as Angela, who struggles to come to terms with her husband's death at the hands of the Punisher.

Benz co-starred with Sylvester Stallone in 2008's Rambo (4 walls), the fourth movie of that series.

She plays the title role in the short movie Kidnapping Caitlynn, written by her close friend Jenny Mollen, premiered at the Vail movie Festival 2009 (12 years ago) and was released online Apr. 6, 2009 (12 years ago). She starred in the Lifetime movie called Held Hostage based on Michelle Renee's true story in July. She also starred in the Hallmark Channel movie called Uncorked as Johnny which premiered in the UK in Jul. 2009 (12 years ago). She will be the lead female character Eunice in The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day which will be released in 2009 (12 years ago) and has been cast in another indie movie called Bedrooms as Anna.

Personal life

Benz was married to actor and voice actor John Kassir. They were wed on May 30, 1998 (23 years ago). She filed for divorce in dec. 2007 (14 years ago).


  • Two Evil Eyes (1990, 31 years ago) (segment: "The Black Cat") as Betty
  • Hi Honey, I'm Home (TV series) (1991–1992) as Babs Nielson
  • Married... with Children (TV series) (episode "Field of Screams") (1994, 27 years ago) as Sascha
  • Cross Town Traffic (1995, 26 years ago) (TV) as ? (unaired TV series pilot)
  • Empire (1995, 26 years ago) as Christine Lambert
  • Hang Time (TV series) (episode "Earl Makes the Grade") (1995, 26 years ago) as Linda Cantrell
  • The Barefoot Executive (1995, 26 years ago) (TV) as Sexy Woman
  • High Tide (TV series) (episode "Sea No Evil") (1995, 26 years ago) as Joanna Craig
  • Step by Step (TV series) (episode "The Wall") (1995, 26 years ago) as Tawny
  • Boy Meets World (TV series) (episode "City Slackers") (1996, 25 years ago) as Bianca
  • Black Sheep (1996, 25 years ago) as Woman (uncredited)
  • Hearts Adrift (1996, 25 years ago) (TV) as Christy
  • Diagnosis Murder (TV series) (episode "Murder on Thin Ice") (1996, 25 years ago) as Julie Miller
  • Sliders (TV series) (episode "The Electric Twister Acid Test") (1996, 25 years ago) as Jenny Michener
  • The Single Guy (TV series) (episode "Love Train") (1996, 25 years ago) as Cranberries Girl
  • Darkdrive (1996, 25 years ago) as Julie Falcon
  • Veronica's Video (1997, 24 years ago) (TV) as Heidi (unaired TV series pilot)
  • Eating Las Vegas (1997, 24 years ago) as Liz Shoe
  • A Walton Easter (1997, 24 years ago) as Jeannie (uncredited)
  • Inventing the Abbotts (1997, 24 years ago) as Co-ed
  • The Big Easy (TV series) (episode "BeGirled") (1997, 24 years ago) as Roxanne
  • Fame L.A. (TV series) (episode "The Beat Goes On") (1997, 24 years ago) as Vanessa
  • As Good as It Gets (1997, 24 years ago) as Receptionist
  • Ask Harriet (TV series) (1998, 23 years ago) as Joplin Russell (recurring; 1998 (23 years ago))
  • Conrad Bloom (TV series) (episode "The Rebound Guy") (1998, 23 years ago) as Julie
  • Jawbreaker (1999, 22 years ago) as Marcie Fox
  • Dirt Merchant (1999, 22 years ago) as Angie
  • Payne (TV series) (1999, 22 years ago) as Breeze O'Rourke
  • The King of Queens (TV series) (episode "Train Wreck") (1999, 22 years ago) as Julie Patterson
  • Satan's School for Girls (2000, 21 years ago) as Alison Kingsley
  • Roswell (TV series) (1999, 22 years ago) as Kathleen Topolsky (recurring; 1999–2000)
  • Good Guys/Bad Guys (2000, 21 years ago) (TV) as ? (unaired NBC TV series pilot)
  • Shriek If You Know What I Did Last Friday the Thirteenth (2000, 21 years ago) as Barbara
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer (TV series) (1997, 24 years ago) as Darla (recurring; 1997–2000)
  • Bad Girls From Valley High (aka "A Fate Totally Worse Than Death") (2000, 21 years ago) as Danielle
  • The Brothers (2001, 20 years ago) as Jesse Caldwell
  • Glory Days (TV series) (episode Unaired Pilot) (2002, 19 years ago) as Ellie Sparks
  • Taken (2002, 19 years ago) (TV series) as Kate Keyes
  • She Spies (TV series) (episode "Spies vs. Spy") (2002, 19 years ago) as Elaine
  • Hot Shots Golf Fore! (VG) (2003, 18 years ago) as Various Voices (voice)
  • George of the Jungle 2 (2003, 18 years ago) as Ursula
  • The Midget Stays in the picture (wallpaper) (2003, 18 years ago) as A-List Actress
  • Peacemakers (TV series) (episode The Witness) (2003, 18 years ago) as Miranda Blanchard
  • Coupling (TV series) (episode "Decatur Guy") (2003, 18 years ago) as Amanda
  • The Long Shot: Believe in Courage (2004, 17 years ago) as Annie Garrett
  • Angel (TV series) (1999, 22 years ago) as Darla (recurring; 2000–2004)
  • Navy NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service (TV series) (episode "A Weak Link") (2004, 17 years ago) as Denise Johnson
  • Oliver Beene (TV series) (episode "Idol Chatter") (2004, 17 years ago) as Cigarette Girl
  • Halo 2 (22 walls) (VG) (2004, 17 years ago) as Miranda Keyes
  • Lackawanna Blues (2005, 16 years ago) as Laura
  • 8mm 2 (2005, 16 years ago) as Lynn
  • Locusts: The 8th Plague (2005, 16 years ago) as Vicky
  • Supernatural (TV series) (episode "Faith") (2006, 15 years ago) as Layla Rourke
  • CSI: Miami (TV series) (episode "Deviant") (2006, 15 years ago) as Hayley Gordon
  • Kill Your Darlings (2006, 15 years ago) as Katherine
  • CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (TV series) (episode "Time of Your Death") (2006, 15 years ago) as Heidi Wolff
  • Circle of Friends (2006, 15 years ago) as Maggie
  • Law & Order (TV series) (episode "Church") (2007, 14 years ago) as Dawn Sterling
  • Rambo (4 walls) (2008, 13 years ago) as Sarah
  • Saw V (2008, 13 years ago) as Brit
  • Punisher: War Zone (2008, 13 years ago) as Angela
  • Kidnapping Caitlynn (2009, 12 years ago) as Caitlynn
  • Held Hostage (2009, 12 years ago) as Michelle Estey
  • Uncorked (2009, 12 years ago) as Johnny
  • The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day (2009, 12 years ago) as Eunice Bloom
  • Dexter (TV series) (since 2006 (15 years ago)) as Rita Bennett
  • Bedrooms (2009, 12 years ago) as Anna

Awards and nominations

  • 2006 Satellite Awards: Supporting Actress in a Series (Dexter) - Won
  • 2008 Eyegore Awards - Won
  • 2008 Scream Awards: Best Actress in a Horror Movie or TV Show (Dexter) - won


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