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Julie Benz is an American actress who is known for her role of Darla on the TV series ‘Angel.’

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BirthdayMay 1, 1972
NationalityAmerican
FamousFilm & Theater Personalities, Actresses
City/StatePennsylvania
SpousesRich Orosco (m. 2012), John Kassir (m. 1998–2007)
SiblingsJeffrey Benz, Jennifer Benz
Birth PlacePittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Height163cm
GenderFemale
FatherGeorge Benz Jr.
MotherJoanne Marie (née Seemiller)
Sun SignTaurus
Born inPittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Famous asActress
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Who is Julie Benz?

Julie Benz is an American actress who is recognised across the world for her outstanding roles as Darla in the TV series ‘Angel’ and ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer,’ and Rita on ‘Dexter’. Previously Benz had a career in figure skating which she quit and turned to acting. She began with local theatre and moved to movies where she played small roles. She then got into TV as well with the show ‘Hi Honey, I’m Home’. She went on to act in many TV series before she got a part in ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’. In 1996, Benz had auditioned for the lead part in ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ but ended up taking a smaller role. Seeing her good acting skills, her role was extended to a few more episodes. This was the beginning of her successful career which helped her get noticed. She has also guest-starred on some popular shows like ‘Supernatural’, ‘CSI: Miami’, ‘Law & Order’. In 2006, she earned herself the role of Rita Bennett in the award winning show ‘Dexter’. Benz has received praise from the critics and has won numerous awards for her exemplary acting.

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Childhood & Early Life

Julie Benz was born on May 1, 1972, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and grew up in Murrysville. Her father George Benz Jr. is a surgeon in Pittsburgh, while her mother Joanne Marie (nee Seemiller) used to be a figure skater.

When Benz was two years old her family settled in Murrysville. At the age of three, she started to learn ice skating. In the 1988 U.S. Championships in junior ice dancing, she finished at 13th place with her skating partner David Schilling.

At the age of 14, she suffered a stress fracture in her right leg which forced her to take a break from skating. By 1989, Julie Benz’s figure skating career was over, so she got involved in local theatre. She was cast in the play ‘Street Law’. Her first movie role was a small part in ‘The Black Cat’ segment of the Dario Argento/George A. Romero horror movie ‘Two Evil Eyes’ (1990).

Benz graduated from Franklin Regional High School in 1990 following which she studied acting at New York University.

Career

In 1991, Julie Benz was seen in the TV show ‘Hi Honey, I’m Home!’ but the show got cancelled after running for two seasons.

In 1993, she graduated from New York University and moved to Los Angeles. Two weeks after her move, she earned herself a small part in an episode of the series ‘Married ....with Children’.

She was also seen in many other TV shows like ‘Hang Time’, ‘High Tide’, ‘Step by Step’, and ‘Boy Meets World’. In addition to this, she had a small role in the TV movie ‘The Barefoot Executive’.

In 1996, she got the opportunity to audition for the role of Buffy Summers for the TV series ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’. But unfortunately the part went to Sarah Michelle Gellar and Benz was offered a small role of a vampire, Darla. Initially her role was limited to the pilot episode, but on seeing her good performance, her part was extended to a few more episodes.

This helped her gain visibility in her career and earned her many TV shows and movies. She was then seen in TV shows like ‘The Big Easy’, ‘Fame L.A.’, ‘Ask Harriet’, and ‘Payne’. In addition to these, she also did many TV movies like ‘A Walton Easter’, ‘Jawbreaker’, ‘Dirt Merchant’, and ‘Satan’s School for Girls’.

In 2000, Benz reprised her role of Darla in the Buffy spin-off series ‘Angel’. She appeared in every season of the show. Also, she was the only white actor in the romantic comedy movie ‘The Brothers’ (2001).

Benz was then seen in the TV series ‘Peacemakers’, ‘Coupling’, ‘NCIS’ and ‘Oliver Beene’. She got the lead role in the Hallmark TV movie ‘The Long Shot’, and provided voice of Miranda Keyes in the video game ‘Halo 2’. She was also featured in the critically acclaimed TV movie ‘Lackawanna Blues’.

She landed the lead female role of Vicky in the Sci-Fi Channel original film ‘Locusts: The 8th Plague’. Along with this, she appeared in some famous TV series like ‘Supernatural’, ‘CSI: Miami’, ‘Law & Order’, and ‘CSI: Crime Scene Investigation’.

She played the lead role in the movie ‘Circle of Friends’, and also played the lead role in the fifth film of the popular ‘Saw’ horror franchise, ‘Saw 5’, as Brit. Benz was also one of the leading actors in the famous TV series ‘Dexter’. She had a supporting role in ‘Punisher: War Zone’ and ‘Rambo’ in 2008.

In the short film, ‘Kidnapping Caitlynn,’ Benz played the lead role. It was a movie written by her close friend and was premiered at the Vail Film Festival in 2009. She had a recurring role in the series ‘Desperate Housewives’ as Robin Gallagher.

In 2010, she landed a lead role in ‘No Ordinary Family’. The show premiered on September 28, 2010 and was cancelled on May 13, 2011 only after one season. In the same year, she was cast in another TV show ‘A Gifted Man’ but even that show was cancelled in May 2012.

In 2015, she got a recurring role in CBS series ‘Hawaii Five-O’ and also starred in TV movie ‘Charming Christmas.’

Major Works

Julie Benz has appeared in a number of TV series, TV movies, and feature films. She is primarily known to play roles of women who have suffered great losses in life. Even though she didn’t get the lead part in ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ her role as Darla was well-appreciated and got her noticed. Initially, she was supposed to feature only in the pilot episode, but her good performance earned her a few more episodes.

Another unforgettable role Benz played was in the thriller show ‘Dexter’. Her role as Rita Bennett, a troubled divorced woman, was highly commendable. She was nominated for many awards and also won a few for her great performance.

Awards & Achievements

In 2006, Julie Benz won the Satellite Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series for ‘Dexter’.

In 2010, she won the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress on Television for ‘Dexter’.

Personal Life

Julie Benz married actor John Kassir on May 30, 1998. But they filed for divorce in December 2007.

After her divorce she started dating Rich Orosco who was once the Vice President of Marketing for Warner Bros. Television. The couple got married on May 5, 2012.

Trivia

For the film ‘Punisher: War Zone’ (2008), Julie Benz had to dye her natural blonde hair brown.

She is very often mistaken for Julie Bowen, another TV actress, and when asked for her autograph, she sometimes signs Bowen’s name!

Tim Benz, who is a sports radio/TV personality, is her cousin.

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Julie Benz biography timelines

  • // 1st May 1972
    Julie Benz was born on May 1, 1972, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and grew up in Murrysville. Her father George Benz Jr. is a surgeon in Pittsburgh, while her mother Joanne Marie (nee Seemiller) used to be a figure skater.
  • // 1988
    When Benz was two years old her family settled in Murrysville. At the age of three, she started to learn ice skating. In the 1988 U.S. Championships in junior ice dancing, she finished at 13th place with her skating partner David Schilling.
  • // 1989 To 1990
    At the age of 14, she suffered a stress fracture in her right leg which forced her to take a break from skating. By 1989, Julie Benz’s figure skating career was over, so she got involved in local theatre. She was cast in the play ‘Street Law’. Her first movie role was a small part in ‘The Black Cat’ segment of the Dario Argento/George A. Romero horror movie ‘Two Evil Eyes’ (1990).
  • // 1990
    Benz graduated from Franklin Regional High School in 1990 following which she studied acting at New York University.
  • // 1991
    In 1991, Julie Benz was seen in the TV show ‘Hi Honey, I’m Home!’ but the show got cancelled after running for two seasons.
  • // 1993
    In 1993, she graduated from New York University and moved to Los Angeles. Two weeks after her move, she earned herself a small part in an episode of the series ‘Married ....with Children’.
  • // 1996
    In 1996, she got the opportunity to audition for the role of Buffy Summers for the TV series ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’. But unfortunately the part went to Sarah Michelle Gellar and Benz was offered a small role of a vampire, Darla. Initially her role was limited to the pilot episode, but on seeing her good performance, her part was extended to a few more episodes.
  • // 30th May 1998 To Dec 2007
    Julie Benz married actor John Kassir on May 30, 1998. But they filed for divorce in December 2007.
  • // 2000 To 2001
    In 2000, Benz reprised her role of Darla in the Buffy spin-off series ‘Angel’. She appeared in every season of the show. Also, she was the only white actor in the romantic comedy movie ‘The Brothers’ (2001).
  • // 2006
    In 2006, Julie Benz won the Satellite Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series for ‘Dexter’.
  • // 2008
    She played the lead role in the movie ‘Circle of Friends’, and also played the lead role in the fifth film of the popular ‘Saw’ horror franchise, ‘Saw 5’, as Brit. Benz was also one of the leading actors in the famous TV series ‘Dexter’. She had a supporting role in ‘Punisher: War Zone’ and ‘Rambo’ in 2008.
  • // 2008
    For the film ‘Punisher: War Zone’ (2008), Julie Benz had to dye her natural blonde hair brown.
  • // 2009
    In the short film, ‘Kidnapping Caitlynn,’ Benz played the lead role. It was a movie written by her close friend and was premiered at the Vail Film Festival in 2009. She had a recurring role in the series ‘Desperate Housewives’ as Robin Gallagher.
  • // 2010
    In 2010, she won the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress on Television for ‘Dexter’.
  • // 5th May 2012
    After her divorce she started dating Rich Orosco who was once the Vice President of Marketing for Warner Bros. Television. The couple got married on May 5, 2012.
  • // 2015
    In 2015, she got a recurring role in CBS series ‘Hawaii Five-O’ and also starred in TV movie ‘Charming Christmas.’

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Julie Benz's FAQ

  • What is Julie Benz birthday?

    Julie Benz was born at 1972-05-01

  • Where is Julie Benz's birth place?

    Julie Benz was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

  • What is Julie Benz nationalities?

    Julie Benz's nationalities is American

  • Who is Julie Benz spouses?

    Julie Benz's spouses is Rich Orosco (m. 2012), John Kassir (m. 1998–2007)

  • Who is Julie Benz siblings?

    Julie Benz's siblings is Jeffrey Benz, Jennifer Benz

  • How tall is Julie Benz?

    Julie Benz's height is 163

  • Who is Julie Benz's father?

    Julie Benz's father is George Benz Jr.

  • Who is Julie Benz's mother?

    Julie Benz's mother is Joanne Marie (née Seemiller)

  • What is Julie Benz's sun sign?

    Julie Benz is Taurus

  • How famous is Julie Benz?

    Julie Benz is famouse as Actress

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    Julie Benz's facebook is https://www.facebook.com/OfficialJulieBenz

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