Victor Bennett is portrayed by
James Read
Victor Bennett is Prue, Piper, and Phoebe's father with Patti Haliwell. [Paige's father is Sam,
Patti's Whitelighter; Patti and Sam gave Paige up for adoption, for the baby's protection, and
no one ever knew about her.] One of the prerequisites of loving a Halliwell woman, is that any
progeny will take the name of Halliwell, which Victor was apparently cool with.  Magic,
that
may have been a different story. Victor had walked out on his young family when Prue was the
only child old enough to remember, but she remembered well.  Just after the sisters came into
their powers, Victor came back into their lives, and Prue really gave him a hard time, probably
deservedly so.  He's still a bit of a rogue, and it's taken several years, some difficult times,
but he's now welcome in the Halliwell Manor.
James Christopher Read was born on July 31,1953 in Buffalo, New York, and wasn't really interested in acting until he was in college, studying law at Oregon University.  After
graduating, he moved to NYC, and studied acting, appearing in off-Broadway plays and regional theatre. He appeared in television series such as
Cheers, Matt Houston, Hotel,
Fantasy Island, Trapper John, M.D., Murder She Wrote, 7th Heaven, Home Improvement, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, Becker, Star
Trek: Voyager, Touched by an Angel, Profiler
, and has a recurring role on American Dreams as George Mason.  He's appeared in films like Beaches and Legally Blonde. His
breakthrough role was as one of the leads in Remington Steele, in 1982.  His next big role was in the mini-series, North and South, both the original and it's 2 sequels. This was
also when he met his second -and current- wife, Wendy Kilbourne.  They married in 1988, and have two children.  James is 6' 2", enjoys sailing, tennis, skiing, and music, and
obtained a Master's degree in Psychology from Pepperdine University in 1996.  James and his family make their home in Santa Barbara, CA.
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