Larry Drake was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma on February 21, 1949, the son of Raymond John Drake, a drafting engineer for an oil company, and Lorraine Ruth (née Burns), a homemaker. He graduated from Tulsa Edison High School and the University of Oklahoma. Larry Drake is mostly remembered for his portrayal of developmentally disabled Benny Stulwicz in L.A. Law, from 1987 until the show’s end in 1994, for which he won two consecutive Primetime Emmy Awards (1988, 1989). He returned to the role of Benny in L.A. Law: The Movie, a “reunion movie” that aired on NBC in 2002. He appeared in numerous film and television roles, including Time Quest, Dark Asylum, Paranoid, Bean, Overnight Delivery, The Beast, The Journey of August King, Murder in New Hampshire, Dr. Giggles, Darkman, Darkman II: The Return of Durant, The Taming of the Shrew, American Pie 2, and Dark Night of the Scarecrow. He was a regular on Prey. Drake provided the voice Pops in Johnny Bravo. In 2007, he co-starred in Gryphon, a Sci-Fi Pictures original film. Drake was married from 1989 to 1991 to Ruth de Sosa. The couple had no children. On March 17, 2016, Larry Drake was found dead in his Los Angeles home at the age of 67. Drake’s manager, Steven Siebert, reported that the actor had some health problems in the months before his death. It was later reported that Drake suffered from a rare form of blood cancer that caused his blood to thicken. Other causes were cardiac arrest, hypertension and morbid obesity.
- February, 21, 1949
- Tulsa, Oklahoma
- March, 17, 2016
- Hollywood, Los Angeles, California