Benzali's instant acclaim has translated into motion picture stardom. His post MURDER ONE roles include Arnold Kopelson's "MURDER AT 1600" with Wesley Snipes, the upcoming Wim Wenders' production "END OF VIOLENCE", and the British film "ALL THE LITTLE ANIMALS", with John Hurt. Benzali's sudden stardom quickly found a new home on the big screen.
Chosen to head the "Murder One" cast following his riveting guest-star appearances on the LA LAW and NYPD BLUE series, Benzali came to his series star opportunity supremely prepared. He is one of the few American actors ever to be a member of England's Royal Shakespeare Company. Raised in Brooklyn, tempered on the mean streets (or, at least, not-overly-kind streets) of Brownsville, Daniel Benzali has become one of the leading lights of the elite London stage scene.
The actor's commanding presence, evident in his London stage portrayals of Juan Peron in EVITA and Max in SUNSET BOULEVARD, derives from a honed dramatic training and acting blood inherited from his father.
Daniel Benzali was born in Rio de Janeiro to Brazilian-Jewish parents. His father was an actor in the Brazilian theatre. The family moved to Brooklyn, and Daniel devoted his childhood and teens to sports and singing. However, viewing a community theatre stage production, his first exposure to theatre, proved a turning point in his life. He had been too young to see his father in performance, but now his heritage was awakened. He recalls having an "I can do that" experience, and acting became his prime dedication.
A special personal highlight of that period was his first appearance on the stage of The Old Vic, with Mary Steenbergen and Malcolm McDowell in the Lindsey Anderson directed production of HOLIDAY. In this performance, Benzali so impressed English director Anthony Page that he chose him to co-star with Teri Garr as the husband and wife spy team in Hallmark Hall of Fame's award-winning PACK OF LIES, which also starred Ellen Burstyn and Alan Bates.
As a result of his work in PACK OF LIES, Benzali was called to Hollywood for the first time for an assignment which lead to a recurring role on L.A. LAW and such films as DISTINGUISHED GENTLEMAN and CITIZEN COHN. His progression to his MURDER ONE starring role took a giant step with his special guest appearance in NYPD BLUE, playing the role of mob attorney James Sinclair, a performance which garnered a great deal of praise. His powerful work earned him the opportunity to compete for the starring role in MURDER ONE, which he won in competition with many of the industry's leading actors.
THE CASTReggie...DANIEL BENZALI
Chad...DAVID A. BROOKS
Eddie...MICHAEL D. ROBERTS
Sean...DARREN GRAY WARD
Detective Laughlin...TIM THOMERSON
Big Scar...JIMMIE WOOD
Mrs. Lenox...ADRIENNE ANDERSEN
Mr. Lenox...ERIC POPPICK
Mr. Garcia...JAMES DALESANDRO
Shower Customer...PETER BREITMAYER
Texas Customer...RICK HURST
Blonde Customer...KAREN KING
Pathetic Customer...LARRY BROWN
Mrs. Kojima...JEANNE CHINN
Mr. Kojima...PHIL NEE
Clay...WALTER EMANUEL JONES
JJ's Girlfriend...LISA LEWIS