Martin Benson
Mr Solo in Goldfinger


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Tall, grim-faced British actor Martin Benson worked concurrently on stage and in films throughout the late 1940s.

He then apperared in shows such as The Vise, Douglas Fairbanks Presents, Passage Home, Doctor At A Sea and perhaps his most familiar role to American audiences, was his portrayal of the dour Kralahome in The King and I (1956).

For 39 weeks in 1957, Martin Benson appeared as the Duke de Medici on the weekly Renaissance-based TV adventure series Sword of Freedom and then appeared in a number of episodes of Assignment Foreign Legion, Dangerman; as well as The Pure hell Of St Trinians, Captain Clegg, Cleopatra and A Shot In The Dark. He then played Mr. Solo, the ill-tempered American gangster with a "pressing engagement," in Goldfinger (1964).

Martin subsequently appeared in episodes of The Saint, The Champions, The Protectors, The Adventurer and, in 1976, played the chilling Father Spiletto in The Omen.

Martin then appeared in films such as The Sea Wolves, Sphinx and Angela's Ashes as well as balancing a formidable TV output with The Bill, Campion, Casualty, Last of the Summer Wine, The Hitchhikers Guide To the Galaxy and Tales Of the Unexpected.


Martin Benson Filmography @ IMDB