'Do The Right Thing' Actor Paul Benjamin Passed Away At The Age Of 81 In Los Angeles

Date July 8, 2019

Paul Benjamin was a very underrated Hollywood actor. Although he never found mainstream fame, Paul will forever be remembered for starring in numerous renowned movies.

Benjamin worked with such legends as Barbra Streisand, Clint Eastwood, Spike Lee, and many others. His fans might also remember his showstopping appearance on one of the episodes of Law & Order.

Paul Benjamin's passing

Sadly, on June 28, the world said goodbye to Benjamin's talent. Do The Right Thing (1989) star passed away at the age of 81.

The legendary director Spike Lee, who worked with Benjamin on the 1989 film, paid heartfelt tribute to the late actor on Instagram:

I'm Sad To Write That The Great Actor PAUL BENJAMIN (Who Played ML, {Far Left} One Of The Cornermen Passed This Past Friday,2 Days Before The 30th Anniversary Of DO THE RIGHT THING. Rest In Paradise. Born 1/1/38. Died 6/28/19.

Reactions from fans

Many fans shared their grief over Paul's passing on social media.


RIP Thank you for your art


Another amazing actor that never got the recognition he should have. Rest in love ❤️


Awe man he plays Whispers in Hoodlum too ! Legendary 👑❤️🙏🏽✊🏽 GOD Bless.

Even Paul Benjamin's son commented on Spike Lee's post, being absolutely moved by his tribute.


Mr. Spike Lee thank you so much for paying tribute. Paul Benjamin was my dad. And I think all of you for the kind words and condolences, my family and I really appreciate it.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Paul Benjamin's family at this difficult time.