Great interview in the SF Chronicle by Michael Ordona!

Robby is interviewed by Michael Ordona in the San Francisco Chronicle Friday, October 15th, 2010.

Funny and revealing.

On Beast:  “I’ve never been so perfectly typecast.”

On love:  “I do completely believe in love…I’m a complete romantic.”

Also discusses his upcoming book I’M NOT DEAD… YET!

Click on the link  “Robby Benson’s role as the Beast” and check it out!

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21 Responses to “Great interview in the SF Chronicle by Michael Ordona!”

  1. Karen Says:

    I believe Robby Benson is the most “gracefully aged” actor I have ever seen. It’s incredible. And, such an incredble talent, as well. I remember years ago wishing I had half the acting talent as this man. What a wonderful teacher he must be. Anyone who has been taught by him is very, very very lucky!!!!!!!!!

  2. April Captain Says:

    I have been a big fan of Robby’s since the first time I saw him, it’s nice to see he still has the same hair and that he’s still with his wife… I would really like to see him in a move or a sitcom… I fell in love with the movie Beauty and the Beast because I knew that was his voice…

    Good to see he’s doing so well, I will be going out and getting his books..


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  4. RobbyBenson Says:

    Dear Karen and April,
    thank you so much for your kind words. I hope when my book comes out (soon) it will help someone you know. It’s the only reason I wrote the book. To be able to put people at ease who are facing open-heart surgery (something I’ve dealt with 4 times now).
    Again… thank you both so much. I really appreciate your compassion.
    Sincerely, robby

  5. Samantha Says:

    I’m a huge fan and I just want to say I wish you and your family all the best!
    Looking forward to getting you new book.
    Love, Sam

  6. RobbyBenson Says:

    Thank you Samantha,
    the book is coming very soon.
    Sincerely, robby

  7. Carol Mees Says:


  8. RobbyBenson Says:

    Thank you. One of the reasons I was behind the camera so much was the fact that I had to have 4 open-heart surgeries — but I’m doing well, and I think this new book “I’m Not Dead…Yet!” will help a lot of people who are frightened and facing this, either for themselves or facing open-heart surgery with a loved one…
    Thank you for your kind words. r

  9. Crispin Says:

    You’re back! Yes! Way to go, Doctors Who Operated on Robby Benson! That’s performing. Thank you. Robby tell me did you utter any clever quips to the Doctors before being operated on, like Reagan when he said, “I hope you’re all Republicans”? Seriously I’m glad to hear you’ve got your mojo thing back. I’m so curious what it was like when the first surgery took you away from the lens for a while. Guess I have to wait for the book. Then maybe, just maybe, those old music recordings!

  10. Linda Says:

    So looking forward to your book. It cannot come out soon enough for me. My father is dying of lung and heart complications. He is not healthy enough for heart surgery so we are impatiently waiting for FDA approval of the MitraClip procedure here in the USA. Facing the procedure is an frightening prospect, but the alternative is even scarier…doing nothing. Nothing helps more than the words of someone who has been there. I’ve always been a big fan, and growing more so as the years pass. Thanks for sharing.

  11. frances Says:

    Wow I didnt know you went thru heart surgery 4 times ? ! It explains a lot I used to wonder why hollywood didnt get to exploit you to the maximum with your looks and talent ! LOL Now I know why !! I hope your book is available to buy in Australia where i live atm I have missed you so much over the yrs and will never forget the film “Ode to Billy Joe” (my family had just migrated to australia I hated living here I was 15yrs old and ODE to Billy Joe , was the first film i saw in this country , as depressing as the movie was? in a weird way it made me feel better in my own misery SO thankyou for being in that movie (ps im a hetrosexual white female btw so it wasnt the gay thing that made me like the movie just the connection to the human suffering and prejudice of the few against the majority We were migrants and suffered the ignorance of the stupid redneck australian mentality of the time

  12. frances Says:

    OPPS sorry I meant the prejudice of the …….majority against the few…. (my family being the few , as in new migrants ) My youngest sister Clare just died this week in her sleep , she had crones disease and other health issues You remind me of her in her charector she was much like you… Brave, Beautiful and sweet despite the odds against her physically and like you she was a Class act !

  13. Dedra Glover Says:

    I have been a fan since I was 14 yrs old…(I am 47 now)…I have watched all of your movies, my favorites are Death of Richie, One on One and Ode to Billy Joe…it is so admirable what you have been through and have survived you are such a wonderful role model to those who are facing the fear of open heart surgery…I have been a Registered Nurse for 26 yrs and I have dealt with patients and their families during that time….would love to see you on the screen again, I haven’t read your books yet but I do plan on reading them. Thanks so much for all the wonderful entertainment you have given us over the years. Glad to hear you are doing well.

  14. Dedra Says:

    You have been my favorite actor since I was 14 (I am 47 now)…..You are such a talented actor those who work with you are truly blessed….It is admirable what you have been through (surviving 4 open heart surgeries)…I have been a Registered Nurse for 26 years now and I have cared for patients who have had open heart surgery as well as the family (especially the caregiver)… is a very delicate surgery and very stressful and worrisome for the family as well….keep up the good work, writing your books and would love to see you back on the screen again…

  15. Gary Says:

    Just saw “Ode to Billy Joe” last night for the first time. You were really great (other good actors as well) and I’m so sorry for your difficulties in life. I always wondered what happened and glad you are well.

    Hope to see you in front of the screen some time. Take care and my prayers are with you.


  16. Jan O Says:

    It has been a very long time since I have watched at movie with Robbie, but I have always had a crush on him. I loved the movies with Burt, thought he played very well against Burt Reynolds. Very happy to find out he is still with us and waiting for the book to come in the mail. Thought he was the sexiest young man ever, love his smile.

  17. Gayla Says:

    Robby, I have been a fan and admirer for years. I have enjoyed your music and movies. So glad to hear you are doing better. I lost my father to a fatal heart attack at the age of 54. I am always so glad to hear that someone has over come this illness. I look forward to reading your book.
    I hope your pilot is picked up by NBC. We need some good tv for a change. So glad I found your webpage tonight. You are looking better than ever. Thank you for just being you…..

  18. Rodrick Louviere Says:

    Thank you for devoting your God given talents to our kids!

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  20. fran Says:

    Robbie-just watched”Modern Romance”…………..Karla and you were amazing…. Funniest thing eeeever…so relate Karla, and Robbie. Our son is 25, and stil lives down the hall….Your daughter skipped a century or two…as well you know…kudos, Fran

  21. Jay Hoppenstein Says:

    I was a life-long friend to your uncle, Gerald. He told me after your first valve surgery that you would have to have another in the future – about 10 years. Until now I did not know that your had to have 3 additional interventions. Your mother is as lovely as every. I will look for your father’s new book and i hope your new book is very successful.

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