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

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