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Paul Ben-Victor (born July 24, 1965) is an American actor. He stars as Spiros Vondas in the second season and also has guest starring appearances in season 4 and 5.

Ben-Victor was born Paul Friedman in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Leah Kornfeld, a playwright, and Victor Friedman. Ben-Victor debuted on the small screen in 1987 in the made-for-TV movie Blood Vows: The Story of a Mafia Wife and on an episode of Cagney & Lacey. Fifteen years after beginning his television career with bit parts, Ben-Victor found himself cast in important roles on HBO dramas The Wire and Entourage, as well as making a 2006 appearance as Coach Lou on My Name is Earl. He portrayed Moe Howard in the 2000 made-for-TV film The Three Stooges.

Ben-Victor has been featured on many television cop dramas like Monk and CSI, and also had a recurring role as two-bit con man Steve Richards on three episodes of NYPD Blue from 1994 to 1997.

Ben-Victor has co-written stage plays with his mother. At least two of their plays have been staged in the Manhattan area, including "Club Soda" and "The Good Steno".

Ben-Victor had a starring role in the Sci-Fi channel television show, The Invisible Man, along side Vincent Ventresca. The two later guest starred together on the hit tv show Las Vegas.

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