Larry Drake, who is remembered for his two-time Emmy Award winning role as mentally-impaired office worker Benny Stulwicz on NBC drama “L.A. Law,” was found dead in his Hollywood home on Thursday. He was 66 and the cause of his passing is unknown.
Born on Feb. 21, 1950 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Drake performed in dinner theater across the South and later in Dallas before moving to Los Angeles in the late 1970s. He joined the cast of “L.A. Law” in 1987 and remained with the series until its conclusion in 1994. Drake was also a series regular in ABC 1998 sci-fi drama “Prey,” and appeared in several movies in the 1990s including horror films “Darkman” and “Dr. Giggles.” He also voiced the role of Pops in animated “Johnny Bravo” and guest-starred in TV series “7th Heaven,” “Six Feet Under” and “Boston Legal” later in his career.
In recent years, Drake led classes twice a week at the Stephen Book Acting Workshop in Hollywood. He was married briefly to Ruth de Sosa, an actress, during his “L.A. Law” years. The marriage ended in divorce.