Benedek, László (Ladislas) (Budapest, 5 March 1905 - Bronx, N.Y., 11 March 1992) – Producer, director, screenwriter. He was a writer, editor and photographer in Budapest. The film giant Metro-Goldwin-Mayer brought him to the US. His third feature film, the Death of a Salesman, an adaptation of Arthur Miller’s classic play, gained him wide acclaim and won a Golden Globe and the Director's Guild Award in 1951, and was nominated for five Oscars. In 1954 he directed the classic motorcycle rebel movie, The Wild One with Marlon Brando (1953). This was his most successful film. He produced successful television plays as well, including such hits as The Outer Limits, Mannix, The Untouchables, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, and Perry Mason. – B: 1279, 1283, T: 7103.
Benedek, Loránt (Budapest, 4 Appril 1944 - ) – Linguist and philosopher, he studied English and French linguistics and literature at Budapest University, graduating with the equivalent of an M.A. degree in 1970. When graduating he founded the English language teaching studio named Structura to utilise the findings of contemporary structural and generative transformational linguistics in foreign language teaching and to connect it with the intensive method. In 1984 he obtained a scholarship from Trinity College, Cambridge, and studied philosophy and general linguistics there from 1986 to 1989, graduating with his second M.A. degree. After the political transformation of Hungary in 1990, he published, in the radical national weekly Demokrata Fórum (no. 47, vol. V), a lengthy article in the philosophy of economics entitled Thoughts on the Basic Principles of Economic Policy (Gondolatok a gazdaságpolitika alapelveiről), pointing it out that neo-liberal economic policies destroy the country’s economy, and true economics can only be rightly conceived of as applied ethics. Between 1992 and 2004 he taught philosophy, English linguistics and ancient Greek at Károli Gáspár Reformed University in Budapest. Since 2001 he has been an editor of the international journal of philosophy Existentia published in Hungary, contributing with articles like Justice and Post-Communist Transformation (vol. XI/2001) and The New Hungarian Constitution (vol. XXI/2011). He also translates works in philosophy and theology into English and Hungarian. – B&T: 7666.→Károli Gáspár Reformed University.