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Karly Rayner

Actor Larry Drake, best known for his Emmy-winning role as Benny Stulwicz on L.A. Law, has died aged 66.

The cause of his death is not yet known, but TMZ reports that the star was found unresponsive in his Hollywood home by a friend on Thursday and paramedics were called but Drake was pronounced dead at the scene.

Larry Drake receives his Emmy award
Larry Drake receives his Emmy award

Drake was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1950 and his passion for acting began when he was a young man. He began his career with minor roles in movies such as American Playhouse and The Karate Kid before landing his biggest role as Benny Stulwicz in L.A. Law.

Drake's character, Stulwicz, was an office assistant with a developmental disability and the role earned praise for handling Benny with surprising sensitivity. Stulwicz eventually got his own apartment and a girlfriend, along with having a job, which was a refreshing, progressive outlook for the time. Drake won two Emmys for this seminal role.

Drake has also appeared in Sam Raimi’s Darkman as mobster Robert G. Durant alongside Liam Neeson, and horror fans might remember him from his role in 1992's Dr. Giggles.

Although Drake hasn't had a major role for some time, TMZ reports that he was still in the business working as an acting coach.

(Source: Variety and TMZ)


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