Robby Benson

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The latest: Robby Benson on Oprah Winfrey Network, ABC’s Mind Games, EP of Zephyr Benson’s feature film Straight Outta Tompkins, Professor at Indiana University!

The past year and a half has been a wild ride for Robby Benson - executive producing his 21 year old son Zephyr Benson's writing, starring, and directing debut in STRAIGHT OUTTA TOMPKINS (full length feature; summer 2014 release), guest starring as former rock star on ABC's new Christian Slater and Steve Zahn series MIND GAMES, bringing Oprah Winfrey's WHERE ARE THEY NOW? to Bloomington, Indiana, following him as a Professor of Practice with his terrific students in IU's Telecommunications Department. Robby is helping IU with their innovative New Media School in the fall of 2014.  An advocate for people with congenital heart defects and mentor to thousands of patients in need of open heart surgery over the past 20 years, Benson discusses his recent medical memoir I'm Not Dead… Yet! Here's a quick look at Oprah's Where Are They Now featuring Robby. Watch it on the OWN Friday February 21st at 9PM...
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Apple puts I’m Not Dead… Yet! in their handpicked collection of multitouch books, and features the book in New in Non Fiction at iTunes iBookstore!

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I’m Not Dead… Yet! the enhanced multimedia medical memoir by Robby Benson now available for at the iBook Store on iTunes for the iPad! The iPad version only includes:

  • 200+ photographs
  • 20 original songs
  • 5 calming slideshows
  • 4 career film clips
  • Medical links to The Cleveland Clinic
  • Preface and Epilogue narrated by the author

This ‘flagship’ multitouch version of the book on iPad available only using the free iBooks 2 app on iTunes.  The print and standard ebook version of I’m Not Dead… Yet!  is on Amazon for all Kindle formats and I’m Not Dead… Yet!  is on Barnes & Noble for all Nooks

“A riveting medical memoir— actor/writer/director Robby Benson takes us on a candid journey from athletic soft-spoken heartthrob on Broadway and film, to husband, father, professor— and courageous survivor of 4 open-heart surgeries. From One on One, Ice Castles, The Chosen, and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast to directing Ellen and Friends, the funny and explicit narrative– with the author’s beautiful photography, career and personal photos, and helpful medical links– is a must for fans and essential reading for heart patients and their loved ones, and anyone searching for what should be the template for medical care in America.”

***Robby’s daughter Lyric Benson’s debut album LYRIC’S LOVE LIGHT REVOLUTION is on iTunes!  Beautiful  Lyric Benson brings the poetry of cosmic consciousness to Earth with the power of modern rock — flaming guitar, eco-psychedelic hip-pop, atmospheric electronica, and a big bottom. Play it loud. Produced by Robby Benson.  An author – arranger -composer – director - photographer – producer – professor – screenwriter – songwriter – sound engineer  – embarrassing amount of hyphenates be damned — he had a blast collaborating on LYRIC’S LOVE LIGHT REVOLUTION!!!

***Robby is currently an Executive Producer on his son 21 year old  Zephyr Benson’s screenwriting, starring and directing debut feature film STRAIGHT OUTTA TOMPKINS (summer 2014 release). Zephyr Benson’s STRAIGHT OUTTA TOMPKINS was shot  on Canon EOS C300 using Canon’s fantastic Cine Lens in NYC’s Lower East Side.

In his studio working on the score for Zephyr Benson's Straight Outta Tompkins

In his studio working on the score for Zephyr Benson’s Straight Outta Tompkins

Click BIOGRAPHY for information on his life work.  Here’s the quick list:

More than a mere heart throb in Ice Castles, Ode to Billy Joe, and his own screenplay for the Warner Bros. basketball classic, One on One, Robby Benson is a two time Golden Globe nominated actor who starred in projects with Paul Newman, Jack Lemmon, Burt Reynolds, Gene Hackman, Ossie Davis, George Burns, Maximillian Schell and Rod Steiger.

The cover of USA Today said “Robby Benson lifts Beauty and the Beast to Oscar heights” when he voiced Beast in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, the first animated film ever to receive a Best Picture Academy Award Nomination.

Director of Film and over 100 television episodes and pilots. Producer of Film and Television. Most recently he will be seen guest starring in new ABC series Mind Games, and was a co-star in Peter Tolan’s 2011 comedy pilot Brave New World for Sony/NBC.

Broadway Star. Received RIAA Gold Records for song writing. Film soundtrack composer. Open Heart, his original musical opened off Broadway at The Cherry Lane Theatre. Published by Samuel French (2006).

Robby’s first book Who Stole the Funny? A Novel of Hollywood (HarperCollins) made the best-seller list of the LA Times in 2007.

Robby new book I’M NOT DEAD… YET! is a medical memoir of surviving four open-heart surgeries for a congenital valve defect while forging ahead with a dynamic career in and out of Hollywood…to help patients and loved ones through open heart surgery with knowledge and humor.

As a Professor of Film at NYU’s famed Tisch School of the Arts in the Maurice Kanbar Institute of Film and Television, Robby Benson received the honor of being nominated for both New York University’s Distinguished Teaching Award in 2006, and the David Payne-Carter Award for Teaching Excellence in 2010. Benson currently is Professor of Practice in Telecommunications at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN (2013-2016)

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Music

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