Actress Barbara Allyne Bennet Dies at 76

Character actress Barbara Allyne Bennet died at City of Hope Hospital in Duarte, Calif., on Jan. 9. She was 76.

During a career that spanned more than five decades, Bennet worked in front of and behind the camera. She appeared in the 1988 feature “Mac and Me” and found steady work in TV series such as “The West Wing,” “The Office,” Brothers & Sisters,” “Shameless,” “Chicago Hope” and “NYPD Blue.”

She also lent her voice to national commercials for brands like Hyundai, Ford and Tide Laundry Detergent. Bennet worked as a production assistant on “The Rose,” production coordinator on “Flying High” and a casting coordinator on “A Killer in the Family.”

She performed in many productions as a member of Actors Alley Workshops in Los Angeles, including starring roles in “The Trolls” and “The Long Goodbye.”

Bennet served on the board of the Screen Actors Guild from 2005-07, chaired the SAG Casting Committee and served on the SAG Commercial Performers Committee from 2005-06. She also served on the SAG-AFTRA Film Society Executive Committee for several years. She worked on the Western Council of the Actors Fund, fundraising and producing the annual Tony party.

She was an active member of the Television Academy throughout her professional life.

Born in Cleveland, Bennet graduated from Case Western Reserve University with a B.A. in theater, then moved to New York City, where she appeared in “Gorilla Queen” on Broadway and “Boy on the Straight-Back Chair” Off Broadway. She moved to Hollywood in the 1970s to pursue a career film and television.

Bennet is survived by her family in Cleveland.

A special service and celebration will be announced soon.

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