Benjamin A. Foster|
October 29, 1980
|Partner||Laura Prepon (engaged)|
|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.
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. 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 Willis, Kevin 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.
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."
|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|
|2003–2005||Six Feet Under||Russell Corwin||22 episodes (1 uncredited)|
|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)|