Paul Ben-Victor

Paul Ben-Victor (born July 24, 1965) is an American actor. He is best known for playing Greek mobster Spiros "Vondas" Vondopoulos on the HBO drama series The Wire.

Paul Ben-Victor
Paul Ben-Victor

(1965-07-24) July 24, 1965
Years active1987present

Early life

Ben-Victor was born in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Leah Kornfeld, a playwright, and Victor Friedman.


Ben-Victor debuted on the small screen in 1987 in the television film Blood Vows: The Story of a Mafia Wife and on an episode of Cagney & Lacey. He was cast in important roles on HBO dramas The Wire (as mobster Spiros "Vondas" Vondopoulos) and Entourage, as well as making a 2006 appearance as Coach Lou on My Name Is Earl. He portrayed Moe Howard in the 2000 television film The Three Stooges.

Ben-Victor has been featured on many television cop dramas like "FBI, Monk and CSI, and also had a recurring role as two-bit con man Steve Richards on three episodes of NYPD Blue from 1994 to 1997. He also appeared as Steve Richards on a 1998 episode of the short-lived police drama Brooklyn South.

Ben-Victor had a starring role in the Sci-Fi channel television show The Invisible Man, alongside Vincent Ventresca. The two later guest starred together on the hit TV show Las Vegas. They were reunited again on an episode of the new USA Network series In Plain Sight ("Hoosier Daddy"), on which Ben-Victor has a supporting role.

Paul has roles in the upcoming movies The Irishman, The Banker, and Waldo.

He has co-written stage plays with his mother, including Club Soda and The Good Steno.[1]



Year Title Role Notes
1988 Pass the Ammo Eddie Depaul
1988 Assault of the Killer Bimbos Customer
1989 Wired Tom Perino
1990 Streets Officer #2
1990 The Rookie Little Felix
1991 Body Parts Ray Kolberg
1991 Alone Al (Short)
1992 Cool World Valet
1993 Tombstone Florentino "Indian Charlie" Cruz
1993 True Romance Luca
1994 Red Scorpion 2 Vince D'Angelo
1995 Houseguest Pauly Gasperini
1995 Bushwhacked Dana's Father
1996 Maximum Risk Agent Pellman
1997 The 6th Man Bernie
1997 Metro Clarence Teal
1998 Point Blank Howard
1998 A Civil Action Bobby Pasqueriella
1999 The Corruptor Schabacker
2000 Drowning Mona Deputy Tony Carlucci
2000 Gun Shy Howard
2003 Daredevil Jose Quesada
2006 Randy and The Mob Franco
2009 Clear Lake, WI Sheriff Joe Dietzer
2010 Should've Been Romeo Joey
2012 Mighty Fine Bobby
2013 Don Jon Priest
2013 Empire State Tommy
2013 Once Upon a Time in Queens Vinnie Nero
2013 Grudge Match Lou Camare
2014 By the Gun Vincent Tortano
2014 Friends and Romans Dennis Socio
2015 Get Hard Gayle
2016 Love Is All You Need? Principal Birdsell
2017 The Super Mr. Johnson
2018 All Rise Anthony Petrocelli
2018 Feast of the Seven Fishes Johnny
2019 The Irishman Jake Gottlieb
TBA Waldo Conady Post-production
TBA The Banker Donald Silverthorne


Year Title Role Notes
1988 Ohara Billy Episode: "They Shoot Witnesses, Don't They?"
1988 China Beach Lazaro Episode: "Chao Ong"
1988 Freddy's Nightmares Paul Episode: "Mother's Day"
1990 1st & Ten Rocko Episde: "Who Stole Johnny Gunn?"
1990 Dragnet Jack Middleton Episode: "Parachute to Death"
1990 After the Shock Dr. Steven Brattesani Television film
1990 Hunter Loan shark Episode: "This Is My Gun"
1990 Doogie Howser, M.D. Karl Episode: "TV or Not TV"
1990 The New Adam-12 Gregory Smith Episode: "Escapees"
1991 Father Dowling Mysteries Security Guard Episode: "The Fugitive Priest Mystery
1991 The 100 Lives of Black Jack Savage Charlie Dilwig Episode: "For Whom the Wedding Bells Toll"
1991 The Trials of Rosie O'Neill Vinnie Episode: "Knock, Knock"
1992 The Commish Benny Gorzo Episode: "Sex, Lies and Kerosene"
1992 Jumpin' Joe Patsy Lazerri Television film
1992 Sibs Lance Episode: "If I Only Had a Dad"
1994 State of Emergency Trevor Jacobs Television film
1994 The X-Files Dr. Aaron Monte Episode: "Tooms"
1996 Aaahh!!! Real Monsters Carney / Man on Stilts Episodes: "Baby It's You" & "Monsters Are Fun"
1994–1997 NYPD Blue Steve Richards 2 episodes
1998 Brooklyn South Episode: "Skel in a Cell"
1999 Early Edition Elliot Rosenfield Episode: "Funny Valentine"
2000 The Invisible Man Bobby Hobbes 46 episodes
2000 The Three Stooges Moe Howard Television film
2003–2008 The Wire Spiros Vondas 14 episodes
2005 Monk Al Nicoletto
2005–2008 Entourage Alan Gray 7 episodes
2006 The Shield Detective Paul Reyes
2006 My Name Is Earl Coach Lou
2007 John from Cincinnati Palaka 8 episodes
2008–2012 In Plain Sight Stan McQueen
2009 Everybody Hates Chris Thurman 7 episodes
2010 The Mentalist Noah Landau
2011 Childrens Hospital Spiros
2013 Vegas Barry Silver 4 episodes
2013 Mob City Jack Dragna 3 episodes
2013 Person of Interest Detective Cameron 1 episode
2014 True Detective Major Leroy Salter 1 episode
2014 Castle Dino Scarpella 1 episode
2015 Allegiance Special Agent Faber 5 episodes
2016 Vinyl Maury Gold
2017 The Mick Jerry Berlin 2 episodes
2017 Preacher Viktor Kruglov
2018 Goliath Cleft Chin 1 episode
2019 Bull Ryan Vance 1 episode
2019 Will & Grace Mario 1 episode


  1. "Paul Ben-Victor". Biography. Retrieved 2013-06-27.
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