Abraham Rubin Hercules Benrubi (born October 4, 1969) is an American character actor who portrayed Olaf in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. He is perhaps known for his appearances as Jerry Markovic on the long-running U.S. TV drama ER, for his first role as Francis Lawrence Kubiac III, aka "Larry Kubiac" or "Kube", on the early 1990s series Parker Lewis Can't Lose and for his voice acting on the Adult Swim claymation series Robot Chicken.
Benrubi stands at a height of 6'7" (2.01 meters) and weighs over 294 pounds (133 kg).
Benrubi was born in Bloomington, Indiana, the oldest son of Patricia and Asher Benrubi, who was a rock singer and is currently a radio personality known as "Smash" to St. Louis radio audiences. His paternal grandfather was from a Greek Jewish family. His paternal grandmother, who was born to a Greek Orthodox Christian family, helped shelter Jews in Greece during World War II and later converted to Judaism.
Benrubi graduated from Broad Ripple High School in Indianapolis, the same high school alma mater of David Letterman and former New England Patriots star Rosevelt Colvin.
Benrubi's first major role was on the show Wings, as Roy "R.J." Biggins, Jr., Roy's gay son. He would appear as R.J. twice: once during the show's second season, and again during the sixth season, shortly after he began working on NBC's ER.
Between the first and second seasons of Parker Lewis Can't Lose, Benrubi and co-star Taj Johnson worked as roadies for No Doubt's first tour.
Benrubi starred as one of the main characters in ABC's show Men in Trees, playing bartender/millionaire Ben Tomasson. This was a role where he got noticeably more main dialog and depth than with his previous longtime characters on ER and Parker Lewis Can't Lose, which primarily consisted of supporting dialog. Ben Tomasson was described as "the cuddliest TV character since Jorge Garcia's Hurley on Lost" by TV-critic David Bianculli. Other previous work includes playing Mose in the 2003 western Open Range, a role the actor won because he had been cut out of director Kevin Costner's previous film, The Postman. He frequently voices characters on Adult Swim's stop-motion animation show Robot Chicken, and has also contributed to a second show from Chicken's creators, Titan Maximum.
Following the cancellation of Men In Trees in early 2007, Benrubi returned to the cast of ER in late 2008 for the show's final season.
Benrubi played a young Dan Conner, the character portrayed by John Goodman, in a flashback episode of Roseanne.
Benrubi starred in the short lived (April 2010 to June 2010) ABC show, Happy Town where he played the part of Big Dave Duncan. Almost right after the series's cancellation was announced he appeared in a new show Memphis Beat, where he plays the part of police Sgt. Jody "JC" Lightfoot, a desk sergeant that is 1/16 Chickasaw by a distant relative, but chooses to embrace Native American culture all the same.
Benrubi is currently working on an independent film called To Kill a Memory.
In May 2011 it was announced that he would star in Glutton, a "3D psychological thriller" directed by David Arquette. Benrubi will play Jethro, a 1,200-pound man, forced to save his sister's life. Jethro's sister is played by Patricia Arquette, while Kacey Barnfield also stars as his blind neighbour and only friend.
Diving In ... Rick Crossing the Bridge ... Rinny The Shadow ... Marine Guard The Program ... "Bud-Lite" Kaminski Wagons East! ... Abe Ferguson George of the Jungle ... Thor Talking Dessert Tempting Fate (made-for-TV) ... John Bolladine Border To Border ... Geddy Paretti I Woke Up Early the Day I Died Under Oath ... Geoff Carmichael Out in Fifty Twister ... Bubba The Man Who Wasn't There ... Young Man at Dance War Story ... Erik Open Range ... Mose Harrison The Rugrats Movie (voice only) ... Serge Without a Paddle ... Dennis Charlotte's Web (voice only) ... Uncle Wristcutters: A Love Story ... Erik Venus and Vegas ... Bruno Miss Congeniality 2 ... Lou Steele Calvin Marshall ... Coach Dewey
Wings ... Roy "R. J." Biggins, Jr. Parker Lewis Can't Lose ... Francis Lawrence "Larry" Kubiac III Angel Street (pilot episode) Blossom ... Francis Growing Pains ... Really Big Kid Grace Under Fire ... Mark Roseanne ... Young Dan Conner ER ... Jerry Markovic Sleepwalkers ... Vince Konefke X-Files ... Mike Raskub Dark Angel ... Break A Touch of Hope ... Dr. Neil Bachman Buffy the Vampire Slayer ... Olaf the Troll ("Triangle" and "Selfless") Cold Feet (Unaired NBC pilot) Unscripted (pilot episode) ... Himself Going to California ... Harvey (Benrubi was also cast in the unaired pilot shopped around to the WB, but was not cast when the show was green-lighted by Showtime) Married With Children ... Bundy Baby from Hell ("She's Having a Baby, Pt 1")/Cousin Jimmy ("The Wedding Repercussuions") Criminal Minds Men In Trees ... Ben Thomasson Robot Chicken (voice only) ... Darth Vader, Optimus Prime, various characters Pizza Time ... Bruno 1% ... Citizen Dave (Unaired Pilot for an HBO series) Happy Town ... Big Dave Duncan (2010) Memphis Beat...Sgt. JC Lightfoot (2010)
He often drove Kate Shoup to school.
Attended Broad Ripple High school, Indianapolis, Indiana.
Is an avid comic book collector.
Plays City of Heroes and is an avid gamer.
His father, Asher Benrubi is better known as the DJ "Smash" to St. Louis radio audiences and as front the man to the band, The Smash Band - a popular St. Louis cover band.
"It's because of ER that I've gotten the opportunity to get the work."
"There is always going to be a little bit of me in each character."
- "The Gift" (Only mentioned)
- "Selfless" (Only in flashbacks)