Paul Benjamin, (Gregory Sierra) a radical Jewish reactionary, talking to Archie (Carroll O'Connor) in the Season 3 All in the Family episode "Archie is Branded".
|Jewish radical and militant activist |
Member, Hebrew Defense Association (HDA)
|A radical Jewish reactionary who offers the Bunkers protection from his group when the Bunker front door is defaced with a spray painted swastika; is killed by a bomb as he starts his car in front of the Bunker house.|
|Appeared on:||All in the Family|
|Episodes appeared in:||"Archie is Branded" (Season 3)|
|Character played by:||Gregory Sierra|
Paul Benjamin was a Jewish militant, and member of the "Hebrew Defense Association", a Jewish radical reactionary activist group who appears in the Season 3 episode of All in the Family titled "Archie Is Branded". The part of Paul is played by actor Gregory Sierra, who is perhaps best known for his roles as Julio Fuentes on the NBC-TV sitcom series Sanford and Son and also as Detective Chano on the ABC-TV sitcom series Barney Miller.
When The Bunker's front door is defaced with a spraypainted swastika, they find out that their home was mistaken for a school board member who lives nearby. As violence seems imminent, "Hebrew Defense Association" (echoing the Jewish Defense League) member Paul offers the family "protection". Surprisingly, Archie takes an immediate shine to the charismatic activist, who kept calling him "Boobie" and his reactionary tactics but Mike is appalled by the violent escalation of their methods. The episode ends abruptly when Paul is is tragically killed by a car bomb in front of the Bunker home. As the family looks on Archie exclaims..."Wholly jeez, that's Paul...they blew him up in his car."