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Brooklyn, New York, USA
Claim to Fame
In Plain Sight, Greek mobster Spiros "Vondas" Vondopoulos on the HBO drama series The Wire
Paul Ben-Victor (born Paul Friedman; July 24, 1965) is an American actor. He is best known for playing Greek mobster Spiros "Vondas" Vondopoulos on the HBO drama series The Wire.
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Actor Paul Ben-Victor has built a career on the small and big screen, with roles in over 50 films like Daredevil (2003), A Civil Action (1998), True Romance (1993), Tombstone (1993), Houseguest (1995), Crazy in Alabama (1999) and The Corruptor (1999).
On television, Paul stars as "Chief Inspector Stan McQueen" on USA's hit series, In Plain Sight (2008). Paul starred as "Special Agent Bobby Hobbes" in the international hit series The Invisible Man (2000), a role that earned him a Best Supporting Actor Audience Award for Sci-Fi. He received critical acclaim for his portrayal of "Moe Howard" in the ABC biopic The Three Stooges (2000), shined as the endearing hustler "Steve Richards" on NYPD Blue (1993), and made a lasting impression with his quiet ruthlessness as the Greek henchman, "Spiros Vondas", on the widely acclaimed HBO series, The Wire (2002). Paul has been a favorite on HBO with other standout roles including Warner Bros Studio Chief "Alan Grey" on the hit series Entourage (2004), the zany "Palaka" on John from Cincinnati (2007) and scalping tickets on Curb Your Enthusiasm (1999).
He recently produced, wrote and starred in the soon to be released feature comedy, Should've Been Romeo (2012) alongside Edward Asner, Carol Kane and Michael Rapaport and, directed by his lifelong friend, Mark Bennett.
After attending Carnegie Mellon University, he made his theater debut at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe on New York's lower east side with Miguel Pinero and Reinaldo Povod. He then became a member of the renowned Actor's Studio and appeared in several productions there including Lyle Kessler's "Robbers", which was then produced at the Seattle Repertory Theater directed by Daniel Sullivan, The Longwharf Theater starring Judd Hirsch and, the American Place Theater in NYC, directed by Marshall W. Mason.
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Carnegie Mellon University
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Industry Entertainment Productions Llc
TV commercial: IBM, (1998) TV commercial: Lotus Notes, (early to mid '90s) TV commercial: McDonald's burger restaurants
Brown - Dark
www.nndb.com/people/008/000030915/, www.starbuzz.tv/paulbenvictor/, twitter.com/paulben_victor
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