Biography

A character actor with a distinctly menacing and ominous look (and a frequently bald pate), Michael Benyaer parlayed his countenance into an effective movie career, typecast as brutal guards, thugs, terrorists, and all sorts of other seedy and threatening types. Benyaer began his screen career in the late '80s with bit parts in productions such as the telemovie Higher Ground (1988) and the slasher vehicle Friday the 13th Part VIII (1989), and then -- in the mid- to late '90s -- enjoyed a slight change of pace when he voiced a number of characters (most prominently Hadji) on the animated cartoon The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest (1996). Benyaer then returned to involvement in live-action films, and ascended to supporting billing as Mohammed in director Uwe Boll's action comedy Postal (2007). ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi