Richard Benjamin (born May 22, 1938) is an American film actor and director, known for his leading performance in "Goodbye Columbus" and his direction of the Oscar-nominated "My Favorite Year" starring Peter O'Toole. Benjamin was born and raised in New York City where he attended the famed High School for the Performing Arts. His first acting work was in television, such as "He & She" and Quark in the late 1960s, but fared better in feature films such as "Catch-22," "Diary of a Mad Housewife," "The Last of Sheila" and "Westworld." In 1982, Benjamin moved behind the camera. His first film, "My Favorite Year" revived the career of Peter O'Toole and established Benjamin as a commercially and critically successful director. His other films include "City Heat" starring Clint Eastwood, "The Money Pit" with Tom Hanks and "Mermaids" starring Cher and Winona Ryder. In recent years, he has made occasional acting appearances in Woody Allen's "Deconstructing Harry" and "Pushing Daisies."