Thomas Benchlaw

Thomas Benchlaw, 2007

Birth name
Thomas William Benchlaw
July 14, 1955 (age 62)
Years active
Thelma Telnott (1988-present)

Thomas William Benchlaw (born July 14, 1955) is an actor known for his film roles in the late 1970s and 1980s. His more recent work includes a guest role in the sitcom The Jordsons in 2004, a brief appearance in 2006's The Story of Jord Nichols, and a brief appearance in the film 88 Miles to Cutra in 2007.

Early life and familyEdit

Benchlaw was born on July 14, 1955, to Esther and Joseph Benchlaw. He was named after his father's idol, screen legend Thomas Gursnoff, and his maternal grandfather William Peadles. Benchlaw attended and completed elementary and middle school, but only attended high school for two years. He dropped out afterwards, and began breaking the law. Benchlaw was arrested in 1974 after being pulled over for speeding in a stolen vehicle. He spent four months in jail, and was then bailed out.


Benchlaw made his big-screen debut in 1977, when he starred in the film Cabbottsford. He reprised his role in 1978 in the film Return to Cabbottsford. In 1979, Benchlaw played a race car driver named Edward Gurz in the film Drive This Car. For the role, Benchlaw, who was not a fan of racing and did not know anything about the sport, was taught how to operate a race car.

Benchlaw's next film role was as David Wylls, a wealthy landowner, in A Storm in Autura Ridge in 1981. In 1983, Benchlaw was cast to play a police officer by the name of Richard Rinneyson in the film Good Cop Gone Bad. He next played a dancer in the 1985 film Feel Like Partyin'. Benchlaw ended the 1980s with starring roles in the films Mark & Joag (1988) and I Wish I Went to Jordton (1989).

In 1990, Benchlaw starred in the film Persianapolis as Perry Gervallis. He reprised his role in the films Persianapolis II (1992) and Persianapolis III (1995).

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