Robby's Biography

Robby Benson is best known for starring in films such as Jeremy, Ice CastlesDeath be Not Proud, Ode to Billy JoeThe ChosenTributeRunning Brave, The End, Harry and SonWalk Proud, One on One (for which he wrote the screenplay), and, to new generations, as the voice of Beast in Academy Award nominated Beauty and the Beast. He has produced and directed feature films and television series, including directing episodes of Friends, Ellen, and many top 10 shows. Benson starred on Broadway in ZeldaThe Rothschilds, and the Joseph Papp production of The Pirates of Penzance, where he met and fell in love with his co-star and rock recording artist, Karla DeVito. Benson wrote the musical Open Heart published by Samuel French (2006). Open Heart was produced by and debuted at NYC’s historic Cherry Lane Theater. As an author, Benson penned best-selling novel, Who Stole The Funny? published by HarperCollins (2007), and his multi-media, medical memoir, I’m Not Dead…Yet (2012), receiving major kudos from Apple. As a composer, Robby has received RIAA Gold Records for songs including (‘We Are Not Alone’ for the library dance in John Hughes iconic film The Breakfast Club) and scores for films. Most recently he wrote the music for his daughter Lyric Benson’s cosmic-poetic Lyric’s Love Light Revolution (2012), and the score for his son Zephyr Benson’s impressive feature directing debut Straight Outta Tompkins (2015).  Benson’s most valued, professional accomplishment is that of college professor, teaching for two decades at universities around the country. As Professor of Film at NYU’s famed Tisch School of the Arts in the Maurice Kanbar Institute of Film and Television, Benson received the honor of being nominated for both NYU’s Distinguished Teaching Award in 2006, and the David Payne-Carter Award for Teaching Excellence in 2010. He has been a Professor of Practice at Indiana University since 2013, currently on hiatus developing his new musical I Hear A Song!