Indianapolis Native Abraham Benrubi: A Versatile and Thoughtful Actor

Indianapolis native Abraham Benrubi is best known for his role as Jerry Markovic in the hit television series, ER, but he has a long backlog of TV and film credits to his name. This famous person from Indianapolis also played Larry Kubiac (Kube) in the Parker Lewis Can’t Lose 1990s series, and the part of Ben Tomasson, the millionaire bartender in Men in Trees. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Benrubi was born in Indianapolis, into a show-business oriented family. His father was a successful radio host known to his fans as “Smash,” on a station out of St. Louis. He attended Broad Ripple High School, the same Indianapolis high school as another Hoosier media star, David Letterman. Evidently this bastion of Indianapolis education has what it takes to help create winners.

Abraham Benrubi is a big man, weighing in at 333 pounds and 6 feet, 7 inches. His middle name, quite appropriately, is Hercules. While his physique and presence tend to get him type-cast, the versatile actor has nevertheless portrayed everything from Hoss Cartwright clone Mose in the Western Open Range to the voice of Uncle in the animated movie, Charlotte’s Web. Other credits include:

Abraham Benrubi film credits

  • Without A Paddle (Dennis)
  • The Man Who Wasn’t There (Party Man)
  • ZigZag (Hector)
  • U Turn (Biker)
  • George of the Jungle (Thor)
  • Diving In (Rick)
  • Crossing the Bridge (Rinny)
  • The Program (Bud-Lite Kaminski)
  • Wagons East! (Abe Ferguson)
  • Under Oath (Geoff Carmichael)
  • Twister (Bubba)
  • Miss Congeniality 2 (Lou Steele)
  • Calvin Marshall (Coach Dewey)

Abraham Benrubi television credits

  • Wings (RJ Biggins, Jr)
  • Angel Street (Pilot episode)
  • Blossom (Francis)
  • Grace Under Fire (Mark)
  • Roseanne (Young Dan Conner)
  • Sleepwalkers (Vince Konefke
  • X-Files (Mike Raskub)
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Olaf the Troll)
  • Married with Children (Bundy Baby from Hell)
  • Pizza Time (Bruno)
See the video trailer for Oliver Stone’s U Turn, in which Abraham Benrubi plays the memorable biker.


One might surmise that Abraham Benrubi, with such an impressive list of acting credits, would likely be found living in a mansion in sunny Los Angeles or a sleek flat in New York City. His residence in Bloomington, however, is much closer to his native Indy, just about 40 miles southwest in Central Indiana.

Currently, the busy Benrubi is working on ABC’s Happy Town, in which he plays the character of Big Dave Duncan.

In an exclusive interview with TV Guide, Benrubi shares what it was like to participate in fifteen seasons of the blockbuster drama, ER. He shows himself to be a warm, thoughtful and articulate person, whose intelligence informs every scene he appears in.