Burr DeBenning was an American character actor, who has done work in both film and television. DeBenning appeared in nearly 100 films and TV shows during his career. His credits include the television films The House on Greenapple Road, Wolfen, The Incredible Melting Man, A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Dream Child, St. Ives, Cruising, and Love Field. He appeared in such television programs as Custer, Matlock, Matt Houston, Mike Hammer, Magnum, P.I., Rockford Files, Matt Helm, Medical Center, McCloud, Columbo and Medical Story. Co-starred with Robert Wagner in City Beneath the Sea. His character was called "Aquila" and had gills. Other appearances were in a war movie Beach Red and Sweet November. In 1977 he guest starred in the second pilot film titled The Death Scouts for the TV Series called Man from Atlantis. He played the role of Lt. Jim Porter, a Navy Intelligence agent, in the 1978 science fiction TV movie, The Return of Captain Nemo, originally shown on U.S. TV as a three part mini-series and later released theatrically outside the U.S. in a 102-minute widescreen version renamed The Amazing Captain Nemo. From 1981 to 1982 he played the evil town boss Paul Garrett in the TV series Father Murphy. DeBenning's last media appearance was a cameo in a music video for The Avalanches' hit song "Frontier Psychiatrist" in 2000. He died in California at age 66 from undisclosed causes.