Ben Piazza
Ben Piazza played the recurring role of Texas State Land Commission member Walt Driscoll on the CBS-TV series "Dallas".
Ben Piazza
General Information
Birth Name: Benito Daniel Piazza
Born: (1933-07-30)July 30, 1933
Birthplace: Little Rock, Arkansas, U.S.
Died: September 7, 1991(1991-09-07) (aged 58)
Deathplace: Sherman Oaks, California, U.S.
Occupation: Actor
Years active: 1951-1991
Appeared on/in
(or involved with):
Dallas (first series)
Appeared as: Walt Driscoll
Episodes appeared in
/involved with:
11 in Season 6

Ben Piazza (born July 30, 1933-died September 7, 1991) appeared in the recurring role of Texas State Land Commisson official and J.R. Ewing nemisis Walt Driscoll on the original Dallas TV series, which aired on CBS-TV, in a total of eleven Season 6 episodes.

A prolific television and film character actor, Piazza is perhaps most widely recognized as the wealthy restaurant patron in John Landis' 1980 comedy hit The Blues Brothers from whom Jake (John Belushi) offers to purchase his wife and daughter. Prior to that, he also played the violent boyfriend who scars Liza Minelli's character's face in Otto Preminger's Wikipedia:Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon (1970). Piazza's other film appearances include The Candy Snatchers (1973), The Bad News Bears (1976), I Never Promised You a Rose Garden (1977), Nightwing (1979), Peter Bogdanovich's Mask (1985) and Guilty by Suspicion (1991).

Personal life/DeathEdit

Ben was married to actress Dolores Dorn.[1] He died of AIDS-related cancer and was survived by his companion of 18 years, Wayne Tripp, two sisters, and two brothers.[2]


  1. Ben Piazza at Encyclopedia of Arkansas website
  2. "Ben Piazza; Broadway, Screen Actor". Los Angeles Times. September 14, 1991. Retrieved February 9, 2016. 

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