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Starbase 515 surgeon

...as the Starbase 515 surgeon

Daniel Benzali (born 20 January 1950; age 64) is an actor who appeared as the surgeon at Starbase 515 in the Star Trek: The Next Generation second season episode "Samaritan Snare".

He has also had recurring roles on both L.A. Law (starring Corbin Bernsen and Larry Drake) and NYPD Blue (starring Sharon Lawrence and Gordon Clapp). He more recently was a regular on the CBS series The Agency, airing from 2001 through 2003 and co-starring Ronny Cox and David Clennon. Perhaps his best known television role, however, was that of attorney Ted Hoffman in the first season of critically-acclaimed series Murder One. Benzali received a Golden Globe nomination for his performance on the series, which co-starred the likes of John Fleck, Kevin Tighe, Barbara Bosson, Gregory Itzin, Donna Murphy, Stanley Kamel, Conor O'Farrell, Adam Scott, Ned Vaughn, Juliana Donald, Deborah May, Richard McGonagle, Victor Bevine, and Bruce Wright in regular and recurring roles. The show also featured guest appearances in its first season by Patti Yasutake, Marnie McPhail, Leland Orser, Jack Shearer, Thomas Kopache, Tony Plana, F.J. Rio, James Avery, Shelly Desai, Roy Brocksmith, Maury Ginsberg, Spencer Garrett, Miriam Flynn, Randy Oglesby, Benjamin Lum, John de Lancie, John Carroll Lynch, Stan Ivar, Hallie Todd, Concetta Tomei, Jeff Allin, Anne Haney, Natalia Nogulich, and Richard Riehle.

In addition, Benzali has appeared in a number of films, including the James Bond thriller A View to a Kill (1985, with Walter Gotell), White Nights (1985, with John Glover), Messenger of Death (1988, with Laurence Luckinbill and Jeff Corey), The Distinguished Gentleman (1993, with Noble Willingham), Murder at 1600 (1996, with Ronny Cox, Harris Yulin, and Charles Rocket), The End of Violence (1997, with Rosalind Chao), and The Grey Zone (2001, with Henry Stram). He also played a member of FEMA, along with Robert O'Reilly, in the 1990 made-for-TV movie By Dawn's Early Light (also featuring Glenn Morshower, Ann H. Gillespie, and Steve Rankin).

Benzali was once engaged to Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country actress Kim Cattrall, but the two separated before going through with the marriage.

Benzali is also also an accomplished singer and recorded an album covering several popular jazz and blues hits.

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