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‘Animal House’ alum James Widdoes readies for a new chapter, lists Benedict Canyon home

‘Animal House’ alum James Widdoes readies for a new chapter, lists Benedict Canyon home
Actor-director James Widdoes, who starred as Robert Hoover in "National Lampoon's Animal House," has listed his Benedict Canyon home for $3.25 million. (Joakim Blomdahl)

The Benedict Canyon home of actor and prolific sitcom director James Widdoes is for sale at $3.25 million.

Set on about an acre of grounds, the two-story home has traditional curb appeal with a clipped-gable roof, exposed brickwork and a covered entry. Blue-painted trim and shutters pop against white clapboard siding.

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Inside, the 4,356-square-foot interior has a two-story entry that opens to a living room with a fireplace. The formal dining room is covered from floor to ceiling in colorful patterned wallpaper, and the kitchen is equipped with a breakfast bar, an office nook and a pantry.

The home has a total of six bedrooms and 5½ bathrooms, including a vaulted-ceiling master suite with a private balcony.

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Outside, a trellis-topped and heated patio creates additional living space. A swimming pool and spa, gardens and landscaping fill out the grounds.

Widdoes, 64, is known for his memorable performance as Robert Hoover, president of Delta Tau Chi, in the 1978 film comedy “National Lampoon’s Animal House” and subsequent appearances in the spinoff series “Delta House.” Since transitioning to the director’s chair, he has accumulated hundreds of credits for the sitcoms “8 Simple Rules,” “Two and a Half Men” and “Mom.”

He bought the Beverly Hills Post Office-area property in 1990 for $1.1 million, records show.

Max Shapiro and Stephen Shapiro of Westside Estate Agency hold the listing.

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