All are invited to hear Robby Benson speak at the IU Cinema Tuesday 4 December 9.30 – 10.45. a.m.
Robby Benson’s talk “Life of a Story” covers the stages of a film script from story conception through development and production. Drawing on his 40 years in show business, Benson will focus on the first script he sold at age 18, the life and death of a 10 million dollar feature he was set to direct, and the success of a million dollar indie film he made with his film students while teaching in South Carolina. Q & A will follow.
Robby Benson Biography
Best known for starring in films such as Ice Castles, Ode to Billy Joe, The Chosen, Tribute, Running Brave, Harry and Son, in his own screenplay for the Warner Bros. basketball classic, One on One, and to a new generation as the voice of Beast in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, the first animated film ever to receive a Best Picture Academy Award nomination, Robby Benson is also a two time Golden Globe nominated actor whom has co-starred with legends Paul Newman, Jack Lemmon, Burt Reynolds, Gene Hackman, George Burns, Maximillan Schell, and Rod Steiger.
His four decades of show business versatility include producing and directing feature films and television series. Robby directed over 100 sitcom episodes and pilots, including episodes of Friends, and an entire season of Ellen. Most recently he helmed Billy: The Early Years (2009) casting actor Armie Hammer in his first starring role.
Benson starred on Broadway in Zelda, The Rothschilds, and the Joseph Papp production of The Pirates of Penzance, where he met and fell in love with his co-star, Karla DeVito.
Robby Benson has composed film soundtracks, and has been the recipient of several RIAA Gold Records for song writing, most notably “We Are Not Alone” for John Hughes seminal teenage film The Breakfast Club. Most recently Robby collaborated with Lyric Benson co-writing, arranging, engineering, and producing her debut album, Lyric’s Love Light Revolution (2012).
For the theatre, Mr. Benson wrote the libretto and score of his musical Open Heart, which debuted in New York at the historic Cherry Lane Theatre, and is published and licensed by Samuel French (2006).
Robby Benson added author to his career accomplishments with the release of his first book, Who Stole the Funny? A Novel of Hollywood published by HarperCollins (2007) and praised by the Editor in Chief of Variety Peter Bart as “an irreverent and hilarious stroll down the dark alleys of Hollywood’s TV landscape.” Who Stole the Funny? made The Los Angeles Times bestsellers list (2007).
Robby Benson’s new medical memoir I’m Not Dead…Yet! is a funny, explicit look at surviving four open heart surgeries for a congenital valve defect while continuing a dynamic creative career in and out of Hollywood.