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Julie Benz

Happy Birthday To Julie Benz, 35 Today !

Tuesday 1 May 2007, by Webmaster

Date of Birth : 1 May 1972

Location : Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Height : 5’ 4" (1.63 m)

Mini Biography

Born in Pennsylvania, Julie Benz’s father is a Pittsburgh surgeon, her mother a figure ice skater. The family settled in nearby Murrysville when Julie was two, and she stared ice skating at age three. She competed in the 1988 U.S. Championships in junior ice dancing with her partner David Schilling, coming in 13th. Her older brother and sister, Jeffrey and Jennifer, were in the 1987 U.S. Junior Champions in ice dancing and competed internationally. When Julie was 14, she had a bad stress fracture and had to take time off.

By 1989, with her figure skating career over, Julie turned to acting and got involved in the local theater where she got a role in the play Street Law. Her first movie role was a small, credited, speaking part in in the Black Cat episode in the Dario Argento/George A. Romero co-direction horror flick, Due occhi diabolici (1990) playing in one scene alongside Harvey Keitel. A year later, she got a role on a TV show called "Hi Honey, I’m Home" (1991).

After graduating from high school, Julie entered New York University to study acting there. After graduation, Julie moved to Los Angeles to further pursue her career and landed some small roles in movies and TV shows including a guest appearance on _"Married... with Children" (1987)_ and in the Aaron Spelling TV pilot "Cross Town Traffic".

In 1996, Julie auditioned for the role of Buffy in the series "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (1997), but lost out to Sarah Michelle Gellar. However, she was offered a small role as a vampire girl in which she did such a good job that her part was expanded to a few more episodes in playing the vamp Darla. With that, Julie Benz’s career had finally taken off. She reprised her role as Darla in the Buffy spinoff series _"Angel" (1999/I)_ for two years and has had several small roles in various film productions. She also had a small, but memorable, role playing a receptionist in the movie As Good as It Gets (1997). IMDb Mini Biography By: Matt Patay

Spouse : John Kassir (30 May 1998 - present)


She competed in the 1988 U.S. Championships in junior ice dancing with David Schilling, placing 13th. Her older sister and brother, Jennifer and Jeffrey, were the 1987 U.S. Junior Champions in ice dancing and competed internationally.

Auditioned for a role in Eyes Wide Shut (1999). She was called back to audition for the role again, but decided against it when she was going to have to do the scene topless.

Was once ranked the number 12 ice skater in the United States. Julie has lost two roles to Sarah Michelle Gellar. The first was the role of Kendall Hart on "All My Children" (1970). The second was the role of Buffy on TV’s "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (1997).

She was originally cast to play the character "Ellie Sparks" in the un-aired pilot of the TV show "Glory Days" (2002).

Attended Franklin Regional Sr. High School in Murrysville, Pennsylvania

Was originally picked to play the part of Matty Jensen in the film West of Brooklyn (2007) but was replaced by Natalia Livingston.

Appeared in both: "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (2000) and "CSI: Miami" (2002).