Julie Benz

Julie M. Benz (born May 1, 1972) is an American actress, best known for her role as Rita Bennett on Dexter, for which she won the 2006 Satellite Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television. She starred on the series No Ordinary Family until it was cancelled on May 13, 2011. Among her previous well-known roles was Darla on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. She will star in the upcoming CBS show A Gifted Man.

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As Good as It Gets (1997)

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New York City. Melvin Udall, a cranky, bigoted, obsessive-compulsive writer, finds his life turned upside down when neighboring gay artist Simon is hospitalized and his dog is entrusted to Melvin. In addition, Carol, the only waitress who will tolerate him, must ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  James L. Brooks
CAST:  Jack Nicholson  •  Helen Hunt  •  Greg Kinnear  •  Cuba Gooding Jr.

New York City. Melvin Udall, a cranky, bigoted, obsessive-compulsive writer, finds his life turned upside down when neighboring gay artist Simon is hospitalized and his dog is entrusted to Melvin. In addition, Carol, the only waitress who will tolerate him, must ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  James L. Brooks
CAST:  Jack Nicholson  •  Helen Hunt  •  Greg Kinnear  •  Cuba Gooding Jr.

Black Sheep (1996)

When dignified Albert Donnelly runs for Governor, his team moves to keep his slow-witted and klutzy younger brother, Mike, out of the eye of the media. To baby-sit Mike, the campaign assigns sarcastic Steve, who gets the experience of a lifetime when he tries to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Penelope Spheeris
CAST:  Chris Farley  •  David Spade  •  Grant Heslov  •  Tim Matheson

When dignified Albert Donnelly runs for Governor, his team moves to keep his slow-witted and klutzy younger brother, Mike, out of the eye of the media. To baby-sit Mike, the campaign assigns sarcastic Steve, who gets the experience of a lifetime when he tries to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Penelope Spheeris
CAST:  Chris Farley  •  David Spade  •  Grant Heslov  •  Tim Matheson

George of the Jungle 2 (2003)

George and Ursula now have a son, George Junior, so Ursula's mother arrives to try and take them back to "civilization".  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Grossman
CAST:  Christopher Showerman  •  Julie Benz  •  Thomas Haden Church  •  Christina Pickles

George and Ursula now have a son, George Junior, so Ursula's mother arrives to try and take them back to "civilization".  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Grossman
CAST:  Christopher Showerman  •  Julie Benz  •  Thomas Haden Church  •  Christina Pickles

Inventing the Abbotts (1997)

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In the 1950s, brothers Jacey and Doug Holt, who come from the poorer side of their sleepy Midwestern town, vie for the affections of the wealthy, lovely Abbott sisters. Lady-killer Jacey alternates between Eleanor and Alice, wanting simply to break the hearts of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Pat O'Connor
CAST:  Joaquin Phoenix  •  Liv Tyler  •  Jennifer Connelly  •  Billy Crudup

In the 1950s, brothers Jacey and Doug Holt, who come from the poorer side of their sleepy Midwestern town, vie for the affections of the wealthy, lovely Abbott sisters. Lady-killer Jacey alternates between Eleanor and Alice, wanting simply to break the hearts of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Pat O'Connor
CAST:  Joaquin Phoenix  •  Liv Tyler  •  Jennifer Connelly  •  Billy Crudup

Jawbreaker (1999)

Three of Reagan High School's most popular girls pretend to kidnap their friend by shoving a jawbreaker into the victim's mouth to keep her from screaming. Their plan goes awry when the girl swallows the jawbreaker, choking to death. Now the leader of the pack will ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Darren Stein
CAST:  Rose McGowan  •  Rebecca Gayheart  •  Julie Benz  •  Carol Kane

Three of Reagan High School's most popular girls pretend to kidnap their friend by shoving a jawbreaker into the victim's mouth to keep her from screaming. Their plan goes awry when the girl swallows the jawbreaker, choking to death. Now the leader of the pack will ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Darren Stein
CAST:  Rose McGowan  •  Rebecca Gayheart  •  Julie Benz  •  Carol Kane

Shriek If You Know What I Did Last Friday the Thirteenth (2000)

In this horror parody, a masked serial killer menaces the town of Bulimia Falls with various sharp objects. Attention-seeking television personality Hagitha Utslay is soon on the scene, reporting on the ever-growing body count. Former mall security guard Doughy ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Blanchard
CAST:  Aimee Graham  •  Chris Palermo  •  Kim Greist  •  Harley Cross

In this horror parody, a masked serial killer menaces the town of Bulimia Falls with various sharp objects. Attention-seeking television personality Hagitha Utslay is soon on the scene, reporting on the ever-growing body count. Former mall security guard Doughy ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Blanchard
CAST:  Aimee Graham  •  Chris Palermo  •  Kim Greist  •  Harley Cross

The Brothers (2001)

This is the story of four African-American "yuppies" (a banker, a doctor, a lawyer, and a "playboy") who call themselves "The Brothers". When the playboy gets engaged, the other three friends find themselves having to come to terms with their own issues of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gary Hardwick
CAST:  Morris Chestnut  •  D. L. Hughley  •  Bill Bellamy  •  Shemar Moore

This is the story of four African-American "yuppies" (a banker, a doctor, a lawyer, and a "playboy") who call themselves "The Brothers". When the playboy gets engaged, the other three friends find themselves having to come to terms with their own issues of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gary Hardwick
CAST:  Morris Chestnut  •  D. L. Hughley  •  Bill Bellamy  •  Shemar Moore

Two Evil Eyes (1990)

Two horror segments based on Edgar Allan Poe stories set in and around the city of Pittsburgh. "The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar" concerns a cheating wife who is trying to scam her dying husband out of millions by having her doctor/hypnotist lover hypnotize the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  George A. Romero  •  Dario Argento
CAST:  Adrienne Barbeau  •  Harvey Keitel  •  Ramy Zada  •  E.G. Marshall

Two horror segments based on Edgar Allan Poe stories set in and around the city of Pittsburgh. "The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar" concerns a cheating wife who is trying to scam her dying husband out of millions by having her doctor/hypnotist lover hypnotize the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  George A. Romero  •  Dario Argento
CAST:  Adrienne Barbeau  •  Harvey Keitel  •  Ramy Zada  •  E.G. Marshall

Punisher: War Zone (2008)

Waging his one-man war on the world of organized crime, ruthless vigilante-hero Frank Castle sets his sights on overeager mob boss Billy Russoti. After Russoti is left horribly disfigured by Castle, he sets out for vengeance under his new alias: Jigsaw. With the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lexi Alexander
CAST:  Ray Stevenson  •  Dominic West  •  Doug Hutchison  •  Julie Benz

Waging his one-man war on the world of organized crime, ruthless vigilante-hero Frank Castle sets his sights on overeager mob boss Billy Russoti. After Russoti is left horribly disfigured by Castle, he sets out for vengeance under his new alias: Jigsaw. With the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lexi Alexander
CAST:  Ray Stevenson  •  Dominic West  •  Doug Hutchison  •  Julie Benz

Bedrooms (2010)

Bedrooms tells a story about the walls that separate people, the heartbreak and infidelity that's often the result and the redemption that comes from tearing those walls down. The film is told in 4 stories by 3 filmmakers. Three of the stories deal with married ...  (more)

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CAST:  Jordan Belfi  •  Julie Benz  •  Xander Berkeley  •  Moon Bloodgood

Bedrooms tells a story about the walls that separate people, the heartbreak and infidelity that's often the result and the redemption that comes from tearing those walls down. The film is told in 4 stories by 3 filmmakers. Three of the stories deal with married ...  (more)

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CAST:  Jordan Belfi  •  Julie Benz  •  Xander Berkeley  •  Moon Bloodgood

Answers to Nothing (2011)

Against the backdrop of a missing girl case, lost souls throughout Los Angeles search for meaning and redemption and affect each other in ways they don't always see.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Matthew Leutwyler
CAST:  Dane Cook  •  Elizabeth Mitchell  •  Julie Benz  •  Barbara Hershey

Against the backdrop of a missing girl case, lost souls throughout Los Angeles search for meaning and redemption and affect each other in ways they don't always see.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Matthew Leutwyler
CAST:  Dane Cook  •  Elizabeth Mitchell  •  Julie Benz  •  Barbara Hershey

Darkdrive (1997)

Set in some distant future, one man must restore order when a mainframe system crashes in a virtual reality prison where computers control the inmates thoughts.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Phillip J. Roth
CAST:  Julie Benz  •  Ken Olandt  •  Claire Stansfield  •  Gian-Carlo Scandiuzzi

Set in some distant future, one man must restore order when a mainframe system crashes in a virtual reality prison where computers control the inmates thoughts.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Phillip J. Roth
CAST:  Julie Benz  •  Ken Olandt  •  Claire Stansfield  •  Gian-Carlo Scandiuzzi

Held Hostage (2009)

Michelle a single mother is kidnapped by three masked men and held hostage until she is forced to rob a bank which is the only option she has to saving her only child's life while they are both wired to explode.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Grant Harvey
CAST:  Julie Benz  •  Brendan Penny  •  Natasha Calis  •  Bruce McGill

Michelle a single mother is kidnapped by three masked men and held hostage until she is forced to rob a bank which is the only option she has to saving her only child's life while they are both wired to explode.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Grant Harvey
CAST:  Julie Benz  •  Brendan Penny  •  Natasha Calis  •  Bruce McGill

Uncorked (2009)

Johnny is a high-powered executive who is definitely not looking to fall in love but a business conference takes her to wine country she meets a handsome widower Andrew who invites Johnny to meet his family after she loses her job. In helping his parents' winery ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David S. Cass Sr.
CAST:  Julie Benz  •  Scott Elrod  •  JoBeth Williams  •  Elliott Gould

Johnny is a high-powered executive who is definitely not looking to fall in love but a business conference takes her to wine country she meets a handsome widower Andrew who invites Johnny to meet his family after she loses her job. In helping his parents' winery ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David S. Cass Sr.
CAST:  Julie Benz  •  Scott Elrod  •  JoBeth Williams  •  Elliott Gould

The Long Shot (2004)

Annie Garret is a young woman who moves with her irresponsible husband Ross and their seven-year-old daughter Taylor from Colorado to a ranch in northern California where Ross abandons them after he fails to land a job. With no money and no friends, and Taylor and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Georg Stanford Brown
CAST:  Julie Benz  •  Marsha Mason  •  Paul Le Mat  •  Gage Golightly

Annie Garret is a young woman who moves with her irresponsible husband Ross and their seven-year-old daughter Taylor from Colorado to a ranch in northern California where Ross abandons them after he fails to land a job. With no money and no friends, and Taylor and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Georg Stanford Brown
CAST:  Julie Benz  •  Marsha Mason  •  Paul Le Mat  •  Gage Golightly

The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day (2009)

Skillfully framed by an unknown enemy for the murder of a priest, wanted vigilante MacManus brothers Murphy and Connor must come out of hiding on a sheep farm in Ireland to fight for justice in Boston.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Troy Duffy
CAST:  Sean Patrick Flanery  •  Norman Reedus  •  Billy Connolly  •  Clifton Collins Jr.

Skillfully framed by an unknown enemy for the murder of a priest, wanted vigilante MacManus brothers Murphy and Connor must come out of hiding on a sheep farm in Ireland to fight for justice in Boston.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Troy Duffy
CAST:  Sean Patrick Flanery  •  Norman Reedus  •  Billy Connolly  •  Clifton Collins Jr.

Kidnapping Caitlynn (2009)

A dark comedy about accidentally kidnapping your ex-boyfriend's new girlfriend.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kat Coiro
CAST:  Jenny Mollen  •  Jason Biggs  •  Julie Benz  •  Rhys Coiro

A dark comedy about accidentally kidnapping your ex-boyfriend's new girlfriend.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kat Coiro
CAST:  Jenny Mollen  •  Jason Biggs  •  Julie Benz  •  Rhys Coiro

Bad Girls from Valley High (2005)

Brooke, Danielle, and Tiffany are three attractive and popular teenage girls who have risen to the top of the pecking order at their high school, and that's just the way they want things to stay. A sexy exchange student, however, arrives at the school and soon ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John T. Kretchmer
CAST:  Julie Benz  •  Monica Keena  •  Nicole Bilderback  •  Aaron Paul

Brooke, Danielle, and Tiffany are three attractive and popular teenage girls who have risen to the top of the pecking order at their high school, and that's just the way they want things to stay. A sexy exchange student, however, arrives at the school and soon ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John T. Kretchmer
CAST:  Julie Benz  •  Monica Keena  •  Nicole Bilderback  •  Aaron Paul

Satan's School for Girls (2000)

A young woman enrolls at an all-girls college in New England to investigate her sister's suicide and is slowly lured into a witchcraft cult by a quartet of students wanting to make her their fifth member of their evil circle.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Christopher Leitch
CAST:  Shannen Doherty  •  Julie Benz  •  Daniel Cosgrove  •  Richard Joseph Paul

A young woman enrolls at an all-girls college in New England to investigate her sister's suicide and is slowly lured into a witchcraft cult by a quartet of students wanting to make her their fifth member of their evil circle.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Christopher Leitch
CAST:  Shannen Doherty  •  Julie Benz  •  Daniel Cosgrove  •  Richard Joseph Paul

Dirt Merchant (1999)

A slacker turns P.I. to solve a rock star's murder.  (more)

DIRECTION:  B.J. Nelson
CAST:  Danny Masterson  •  David Faustino  •  Brion James  •  David DeLuise

A slacker turns P.I. to solve a rock star's murder.  (more)

DIRECTION:  B.J. Nelson
CAST:  Danny Masterson  •  David Faustino  •  Brion James  •  David DeLuise
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