Benzali was a notable theatre actor before making guest-star recurring roles on television series such as Star Trek: The Next Generation, The X-Files, L.A. Law (starring Corbin Bernsen and Larry Drake) and NYPD Blue (starring Sharon Lawrence, Gordon Clapp, and Michael Buchman Silver).
He more recently was a regular on the CBS series The Agency, airing from 2001 through 2003 and co-starring Ronny Cox and David Clennon. Perhaps his best known television role, however, was that of attorney Ted Hoffman in the first season of critically-acclaimed series Murder One. Benzali received a Golden Globe nomination for his performance on the series, which co-starred the likes of John Fleck, Kevin Tighe, Barbara Bosson, Gregory Itzin, Donna Murphy, Stanley Kamel, Conor O’Farrell, Adam Scott, Ned Vaughn, Juliana Donald, Deborah May, Richard McGonagle, Victor Bevine, and Bruce Wright in regular and recurring roles.
In addition, Benzali has appeared in a number of films, including the James Bond thriller A View to a Kill (1985, with Walter Gotell), White Nights (1985, with John Glover), Messenger of Death (1988, with Laurence Luckinbill and Jeff Corey), The Distinguished Gentleman (1993, with Noble Willingham), Murder at 1600 (1996, with Ronny Cox, Harris Yulin, and Charles Rocket), The End of Violence (1997, with Rosalind Chao), and The Grey Zone (2001, with Henry Stram). He also played a member of FEMA, along with Robert O’Reilly, in the 1990 made-for-TV movie By Dawn’s Early Light (also featuring Glenn Morshower, Ann H. Gillespie, and Steve Rankin).
Benzali is also also an accomplished singer and recorded an album covering several popular jazz and blues hits.