Who is Julie Benz?
Julie Marie Benz was born on 1 May 1972, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania USA, and is an actress, probably best known for playing the role of Rita Bennett in the television series “Dexter”. She is also known for her role in “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”, as well as its spin-off “Angel” playing the character Darla.
The Wealth of Julie Benz
How rich is Julie Benz? As of mid-2018, sources estimate a net worth that is over $6 million, earned through a successful career in acting. She won numerous awards for her role in “Dexter”, and has also starred in numerous other shows throughout her 25-year career. As she continues her endeavors, it is expected that her wealth will also continue to increase.
Early Life and Career Beginnings
While born in Pittsburgh, Julie actually grew up in nearby Murrysville, where she attended Franklin Regional High School. Her father is a surgeon, while her mother was a noted figure skater, so Julie also learned how to ice skate, and competed in junior ice dancing at the 1988 US Championships, finishing in 13th place. However, she suffered a stress fracture to her right leg, which ended her skating career.
She then pursued acting, despite being discouraged by acting teachers, and became involved with local theatre. Her first role came in a small speaking part in the horror movie “Two Evil Eyes”, and the following year she was cast in the television series “Hi Honey, I’m Home!” which lasted two years before its cancellation. She matriculated from high school in 1990, and then enrolled in New York University to study acting. She graduated in 1993, and then moved to Los Angeles to continue her pursuit of an acting career.
— Julie Benz (@juliebenz) April 27, 2018
Acting ProminenceJust two weeks after moving to Los Angeles, Benz got her first role as a guest in “Married…with Children” which led her to numerous other roles. She had support or guest roles in shows such as “Boy Meets World”, “Step by Step” and “Hang Time”, and appeared as a skater in an episode of “Diagnosis: Murder”, before being cast in the series “Sliders”.
In 1997, she had a lead role in the film “Dark Drive” before auditioning for the role of Buffy Summers in the series “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”. However, she lost out to Sarah Michelle Gellar, but was instead offered the role of vampire Darla during the pilot episode, which was well-received, and led to her appearing in more episodes over the next few years. With this success she started to get more roles, in shows such as “The Big Easy”, and “Fame LA”, and a recurring role in the show “Ask Harriet”, before guest starring in “The King and Queens”.
Later Career and Dexter
In 2000, Julie reprised her role of Darla in the spin-off series “Angel”, appearing in each season of the show, then took over the role of Ursula for the film “George of the Jungle 2”. After gaining more guest roles, she had a lead role in the television movie “The Long Shot”. Other projects she had during this time included appearances in episodes of “Supernatural”, “Law & Order”, and “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”, and a supporting role in the film “Punisher: War Zone”, before co-starring with Sylvester Stallone in the fourth “Rambo” film, released in 2008.
One of her next notable roles was in the series “Dexter”, in which she played Rita Bennett. The show focuses on forensic technician Dexter Morgan, who specializes in blood spatter analysis but leads a secret life as a vigilante serial killer. She stayed with the show for three seasons until 2009, and was instrumental in the series winning several awards. She then had a recurring role in “Desperate Housewives”, playing the role of a stripper with a master’s degree in education, who gets offered the chance for a more legitimate career. A few of her latest projects include a recurring role in the series “Hawaii Five-O”, casting her as one of the newer team members.
For her personal life, it is known that Benz married actor John Kassir in 1998. John is best known for being the voice of the Crypt Keeper from the “Tales from the Crypt” franchise by HBO. However, their marriage ended in divorce in 2007. Four years later, she was reported to be engaged to Rich Orosco who is the co-founder of the talent management company called Firebrand LA which was formerly B360 Studios, and they were married in 2012. Benz is known to collect antique things from various places she visits. She also owns a dog named Bamboo.