Behrens, Sam 1950- (Stan Birnbaum, Stanley Birnbaum)

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Behrens, Sam 1950- (Stan Birnbaum, Stanley Birnbaum)


Original name, Stanley Birnbaum; born July 24, 1950, in Brooklyn, New York, NY; married Dale Kristien (an actress and singer), 1982 (divorced); married Shari Belafonte (an actress and model), December 31, 1989; son-in-law of Harry Belafonte (a singer, composer, actor, and activist). Education: Studied at HB Studios; studied acting with Wynn Handman, Peggy Feury, Aaron Frankel, and Harry Mastrogeorge. Avocational Interests: Golfing.


Contact—The Michael Bruno Group Los Angeles, 13576 Cheltenham Dr., Sherman Oaks, CA 91423.


Actor. Bucks County Playhouse, New Hope, PA, apprentice. Worked as a waiter and held other jobs.

Awards, Honors:

Soap Opera Digest Award, outstanding villain: prime time, 1991, for Knots Landing; Soap Opera Digest Award nominations, outstanding villain, 1998 and 1999, and named performer of the week, Soap Opera Digest, 1999, all for Sunset Beach.


Television Appearances; Series:

(Credited as Stanley Birnbaum or Stan Birnbaum) Dr. Adam Cohen, Ryan's Hope, ABC, 1979-80.

Jake Meyer, General Hospital (also known as Hopital central and Hospital general), ABC, c. 1983-88.

Danny Waleska, Knots Landing, CBS, c. 1990.

Phil Havel, Homefront, ABC, 1993.

Gregory Richards, Sunset Beach, NBC, 1997-99.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Lewis Carter, Uncut Gem, TBS, 1990.

Tom Herschell, Unspeakable Acts, ABC, 1990.

Philip Parrish, Shadow of Obsession, NBC, 1994.

John Everman, Bermuda Triangle, ABC, 1996.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Gregory Richards, Sunset Beach: Shockwave, NBC, 1988.

An All Star Party for Aaron Spelling, ABC, 1998.

Television Appearances; Awards Presentations:

Presenter, The 24th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, ABC, 1997.

Presenter, The 14th Annual Soap Opera Digest Awards, NBC, 1998.

The 15th Annual Soap Opera Digest Awards, NBC, 1999.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Charles Craft, "Beauty and Obese," L.A. Law, NBC, 1988.

Charles Craft, "Hand Roll Express," L.A. Law, NBC, 1988.

Charles Craft, "Pettycoat Injunction," L.A. Law, NBC, 1988.

Kevin Styles, "J.B. as in Jailbird," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1988.

Wes Mitchell, "The Beginning of the Beginning," The Facts of Life, NBC, 1988.

Wes Mitchell, "The Beginning of the End," The Facts of Life, NBC, 1988.

Steve Lockner, "Unauthorized Obituary," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1991.

The man, "Dancing with the Man," Beyond Reality, USA Network, 1992.

Frederick Lang, "Past Tense," Viper, NBC, 1994.

Himself, Larry King Live, Cable News Network, 1999.

Maxwell Hollister, The Young and the Restless (also known as Y&R, The Innocent Years, Atithasa niata, Les feux de l'amour, Schatten der Leidenschaft, and Tunteita ja tuoksuja), CBS, 2002.

Himself, "Pieces of History," In the Life, PBS, 2006.

Ken Scott, "Lover's Leap," The Closer (also known as L.A.: Enquetes prioritaires and Se apostasi anapnois), TNT, 2007.

Appeared as Robert Comiskey in "Baum's Thesis," an episode of That's Life.

Film Appearances:

(Uncredited) Businessperson, Star 80, Warner Bros., 1983.

Lee, Murder by Numbers (also known as Murder 1, Murder 2), 1990.

Nat Joy, American Blue Note (also known as Fakebook), Panorama Entertainment, 1991.

Steve Franklin, And You Thought Your Parents Were Weird (also known as And You Thought Your Parents Were Weird!), Trimark Pictures, 1991.

Javier Methol, Alive (also known as Alive: The Miracle of the Andes), Buena Vista, 1993.

Stage Appearances:

Vince Fontaine, Grease (musical), Broadway production, c. 1970.

Appeared as Pierre, The Madwoman of Chaillot; appeared in other productions, including Carousel (musical), Hamlet, and Tamara.

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