Saturday, December 6, 2008

Now It Can Be Told

Friend of OPC Eric sends over news of the death of Paul Benedict, best known for his role as Mr. Bentley, next-door neighbor to George and Weezy Jefferson. Benedict was 70, although it seems like he should have been a lot older.

Now that he has left us, I feel free to reveal Paul Benedict's deep, dark secret: He was not British. Benedict was actually born in Silver City, New Mexico, of all places. But his voice and mien were perfectly English on The Jeffersons, and he even looked British. That had something to do with his acromegaly, which turned his jaw into a bony mass not unlike that of some middle-school don in Newcastle.

His dying words were: "Ja'net Du Bois lives on. Did I say that right?"

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