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Ted Beniades, a veteran actor who as an old-school undercover cop busts Al Pacino’s Tony Montana for tax evasion in Scarface, has died. He was 91.
Beniades, who earlier starred as a detective on the gritty 1967-69 ABC series N.Y.P.D., died peacefully Oct. 24 at his home in Brookville, Pa., his family announced.
Beniades also appeared with Pacino in Serpico (1973) and was in The Next Man (1976), starring Sean Connery.
Born in the Bronx to Greek immigrants, Beniades served in World War II and studied acting at the Dramatic Workshop in New York with fellow students Marlon Brando, Walter Matthau, Tony Curtis, Rod Steiger and Bea Arthur.
He made his Broadway debut in the early 1950s in Mister Roberts with Henry Fonda and in 1953 had a role in the musical comedy Wonderful Town, where he met his eventual wife, actress Marion Lauer. They were married for 55 years until her death in 2009.
Beniades also appeared on TV’s The Jackie Gleason Show, Naked City, Dark Shadows and The Equalizer.
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