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Hollywood Veteran and IU Professor Robby Benson

Adam Schwartz interviews actor, director, producer, composer, and professor on the faculty of IU’s Department of Telecommunications Robby Benson.

Robby Benson in red V-neck T-shirt, with shoulder-length graying hair, sort of smiling

Photo: Adam Schwartz/WFIU

Robby Benson

Instead of students going to places like USC, NYU, AFI, I would love them to start thinking about coming to IU—to learn how to tell their stories.

Robby Benson recently joined the IU faculty as a professor of practice. Now in his fifth decade in show business, on Broadway he starred in Zelda, The Rothschilds, and Joseph Papp’s production of The Pirates of Penzance. His more than 30 films include Ice Castles, Ode to Billy Joe, and The Chosen, and he was the voice of the Beast in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Over the years he has co-starred with Paul Newman, Jack Lemmon, Burt Reynolds, Gene Hackman, George Burns, Maximillan Schell, and Rod Steiger.

Benson also has directed feature films and television, including episodes of Friends and Ellen. He’s the author of the novel Who Stole the Funny? and the memoir I’m Not Dead . . . Yet!

  • lisa

    what a wonderful interview Robby!! It is a treat to hear about how you work and actually enjoy working with college students to follow their dreams in filmaking. I will never forget being in Modern Love and what a great job you did at Univ. Of South Carolina… Keep up the great work…Hello to Karla!!

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