Larry Drake (February 21, 1950 – March 17, 2016) was an American actor, best known as Benny Stulwicz on L.A. Law.
Drake was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the son of Lorraine Ruth (née Burns), a homemaker, and Raymond John Drake, a drafting engineer for an oil company. He graduated from Tulsa Edison High School and the University of Oklahoma.
Drake is best known for his portrayal of developmentally disabled Benny Stulwicz on the television show L.A. Law from 1987 until the show’s end in 1994, for which he won two consecutive Primetime Emmy Awards (1988, 1989). He returned to the part of Benny in L.A. Law: The Movie, a “reunion movie” that aired on NBC in 2002.
Drake appeared in numerous television and film roles, including: Time Quest, Dark Asylum, Paranoid, Bean, Overnight Delivery, The Beast, The Journey of August King, Murder in New Hampshire, Dr. Giggles,Darkman, Darkman II: The Return of Durant, The Taming of the Shrew (1983), American Pie 2, and Dark Night of the Scarecrow. He was a regular on the 1998 science fiction TV show Prey. Drake provided the voice acting for Pops on Johnny Bravo. In 2007 he co-starred in the made for TV movie Gryphon, a Sci-Fi Pictures original film.