Larry Drake, best known for his role as a developmentally delayed office clerk named Benny Stulwicz on the TV show L.A. Law, died on Thursday at his L.A. home.
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Drake's manager, Steven Siebert, confirmed his death. While the cause of death wasn't immediately known, Larry Drake had a number of health problems.
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Many fans of Larry Drake believed he was developmentally challenged himself. He considered that a huge compliment.
"It’s a wonderful compliment,” he said in an interview back in 1988. “Either I fool people, or they’re willing to play the game.”
In addition to his role as Benny Stulwicz on L.A. Law, Larry Drake appeared in a few movies in the 1990s, including Darkman, Dr. Giggles, and Bean.
Prior to his work on TV and in films, Drake performed in dinner theaters.
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In recent years Drake worked as an acting instructor. His real passion, however, was baseball. Larry Drake visited every major league ballpark in the United States, according to his close friend Esben Melbye.
Do you remember Benny Stulwicz on L.A. Law? Were you a fan of the show from the 1980s and 1990s?