As an actor, Robby Benson endeared himself to a generation in the 1970s through feature films like Jeremy, Ode to Billy Joe and the classic Ice Castles, along with a host of television films. It’s a trend that Benson, also an accomplished musician, continued well into the ‘80s and ‘90s before turning his talent to voice-over work, most notably in 1991as the voice of the Beast in the Walt Disney classic Beauty and the Beast, for which he received a Grammy Award nomination for Album of the Year. In addition to his onscreen work, Benson’s name is a fixture in the credits of television shows like Evening Shade, Ellen, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, The Naked Truth, Jesse and of course Friends, as a successful multi-camera director. And while he never appeared on-screen in a Friends episode, the six episodes he directed between 1995 and 1997 forever make him a friend of Friends.
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