Ben Foster
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Born Benjamin A. Foster
October 29, 1980 (1980-10-29) (age 38)
Residence New York
Occupation Actor
Years active 1996–present
Partner Laura Prepon (engaged)
Children 1
Relatives Jon Foster (brother)

Benjamin A. "Ben" Foster (born October 29, 1980) is an American actor. He has had roles in films including The Punisher (2004), X-Men: The Last Stand (2006), Alpha Dog (2006), The Messenger (2009), Pandorum (2009), The Mechanic (2011), Contraband (2012), Lone Survivor (2013) and The Program (2015). He was nominated for a Saturn Award and a Satellite Award for his role in 3:10 to Yuma (2007) and won an Independent Spirit Award for portraying Tanner Howard in Hell or High Water (2016).

Early life Edit

Foster was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of restaurant owners Gillian Kirwan and Steven Foster. He has described his parents as "free-spirited, Vietnam-protesting hippies". He has a younger brother, Jon, who is also an actor. When Foster was four years old, his family relocated to Fairfield, Iowa, after their Boston home was broken into by robbers while they were present.

Foster was raised Jewish, and had a Bar Mitzvah ceremony. His paternal grandparents were Celia (Segal) and Abraham Foster, who was a prominent judge and politician in Boston; their families emigrated from Russia. While living in Fairfield, he attended the Maharishi University of Management.

Career Edit

Foster began working as an actor when he was sixteen years old. He dropped out of high school and moved to Los Angeles to pursue his acting career.[citation needed] In 1996 and 1997, he appeared in the television series Flash Forward. Over the next three years, Foster obtained small roles in two made-for-TV movies as well as two episodes of the TV series Freaks and Geeks.

In 2001, he acted in the film Get Over It. Foster also had a recurring role as Russell Corwin (22 episodes) in the HBO Original Series, Six Feet Under. After appearing in the films 11:14 and The Punisher, Foster appeared in Hostage with Bruce WillisKevin Pollak and Michelle Horn. In 2006, Foster appeared in X-Men: The Last Stand as the comic-book hero Angel / Warren Worthington III. In the crime thriller Alpha Dog, he played the character Jake Mazursky and added glaucoma drops to his eyes to simulate the appearance of a drug addict in the film. In 2007, he played cold-blooded killer and outlaw Charlie Prince in the Western film 3:10 to Yuma. In February 2013, he was cast to replace Shia LaBeouf in the Broadway play Orphans as his first theater performance. In May 2014 it was announced that he would star opposite Gillian Anderson and Vanessa Kirby in Benedict Andrews' new production of A Streetcar Named Desire at the Young Vic in London. That production closed on September 19, 2014. The same production transferred to New York in 2016, opening at St. Ann's Warehouse in Brooklyn.

Foster played Lance Armstrong in the biopic The Program, and co-starred in the fantasy adventure Warcraft, released in June 2016.

Also in 2016, Foster appeared in Hell or High Water as the dangerous Tanner Howard, opposite Chris Pine and Jeff Bridges. Foster was acclaimed for his roles and has received numerous awards nominations.

Foster has continuously received praise from critics for his "intense" and "unhinged" performances in numerous films. Film critic Matt Zoller Seitzdescribed Foster in 2016 as "one of those actors who makes even a bad film worth seeing. Sometimes he suggests the film you'd rather be watching."

Filmography Edit


Year Title Role Notes
1996 Kounterfeit Travis
1999 Liberty Heights Ben Kurtzman
2001 Get Over It Berke Landers Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice Chemistry (shared with Kirsten Dunst)
2002 The Laramie Project Aaron Kreifels
2002 Big Trouble Matt Arnold
2002 Phone Booth Big Q Uncredited
2003 Northfork Cod
2003 11:14 Eddie
2004 The Punisher Spacker Dave
2004 The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things Fleshy Boy
2005 Hostage Marshall "Mars" Krupcheck
2006 Alpha Dog Jake Mazursky Young Hollywood Award for Breakthrough Performance—Male
2006 X-Men: The Last Stand Warren Worthington III / Angel
2007 3:10 to Yuma Charlie Prince Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor(2nd place)

Central Ohio Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor (2nd place) Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

2007 30 Days of Night The Stranger
2007 M.A.S.K.
2008 Birds of America Jay
2009 The Messenger Staff Sergeant Will Montgomery Women Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor

Nominated—San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor Nominated—St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor Nominated—Gotham Award for Breakthrough Actor/Actress

2009 Blink AJ Short film
2009 Pandorum Bower
2010 Call of Duty
2011 Here Will Shepard
2011 The Mechanic Steve McKenna
2011 360 Tyler
2011 Rampart Terry Also producer
2011 M.A.S.K. 2
2012 Contraband Sebastian Abney
2012 Call of Duty: Age of Extinction
2013 North of South, West of East Cass
2013 Kill Your Darlings William Burroughs
2013 Ain't Them Bodies Saints Patrick Wheeler
2013 M.A.S.K. 3
2013 The Rookies Terry Webster
2013 Lone Survivor Matthew "Axe" Axelson
2015 The Program Lance Armstrong Limited release
2016 The Finest Hours Seaman Richard Livesey
2016 Hell or High Water Tanner Howard Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male

Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble Nominated—Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Acting Ensemble Nominated—Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Supporting Actor Nominated—Houston Film Critics Society for Best Supporting Actor Nominated—Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor

2016 Warcraft Medivh
2016 Inferno Bertrand Zobrist
2017 Rock'n Roll Ben Foster
2017 Hostiles Phillip Wills
2017 Call of Duty: The Last Knight
2017 My Abandonment Will Post-production
2018 Galveston Roy Cady Post-production

Television Edit

Year Title Role Notes
1996–1997 Flash Forward Tucker "Tuck" James Lead role; 26 episodes

Nominated—Gemini Award for Best Performance in a Children's or Youth Program or Series (1997, 1998)

1998 You Wish Earl Episode: "Future Shock"
1998 I've Been Waiting for You Charlie Television film
1998 Breakfast with Einstein Ryan Television film
1999–2000 Freaks and Geeks Eli 2 episodes
2000 Family Law Jason Nelson Episode: "A Mother's Son"
2001–2002 Boston Public Max Warner 2 episodes
2002 Bang Bang You're Dead Trevor Adams Television film

Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer in Children's Programming

2003–2005 Six Feet Under Russell Corwin 22 episodes (1 uncredited)

Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2004) Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2005)

2005 The Dead Zone Darren Foldes Episode: "The Last Goodbye"
2007 My Name Is Earl Glenn 2 episodes
2012 Robot Chicken Orville Redenbacher / Time traveller Voice; episode: "Executed by the State"
2011-17 Overstrike Declan Raines Series regular (110 episodes)