Ben McKenzie

Biography

McKenzie is the son of the lawyer Pieter Meade Schenkkan. His mother Mary Frances is a writer, journalist and professor at a university in Texas. He was born in Austin, Texas, where he grew up with his two younger brothers Zack and Nate. His uncle is actor and Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Schenkkan; his second cousin Sarah Drew is also an actress. After graduating in Economics and International Relations at the University of Virginia, he moved to New York in order to devote his attention to acting. There he received first in off-Broadway productions different roles, before moving to Los Angeles and was hired there for a starring role in the television series The OC, with the fourth season came to an end on 22 February 2007. For his portrayal of Ryan Atwood in the series he won several awards between 2003 and 2007. Since 2014 he portrayed in the crime series Gotham Detective James Gordon. McKenzie is politically interested and active. He was one of the speakers at the meeting of the Democrats in the summer of 2004.

McKenzie is the son of the lawyer Pieter Meade Schenkkan. His mother Mary Frances is a writer, journalist and professor at a university in Texas. He was born in Austin, Texas, where he grew up with his two younger brothers Zack and Nate. His uncle is actor and Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Schenkkan; his second cousin Sarah Drew is also an actress. After graduating in Economics and International Relations at the University of Virginia, he moved to New York in order to devote his attention to acting. There he received first in off-Broadway productions different roles, before moving to Los Angeles and was hired there for a starring role in the television series The OC, with the fourth season came to an end on 22 February 2007. For his portrayal of Ryan Atwood in the series he won several awards between 2003 and 2007. Since 2014 he portrayed in the crime series Gotham Detective James Gordon. McKenzie is politically interested and active. He was one of the speakers at the meeting of the Democrats in the summer of 2004.

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Personal Info

Gender Male

Known Credits 23

Birthday 1978-09-12

Place of Birth Austin - Texas - USA

Adult Actor False

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Also Known As

  • Benjamin McKenzie

Known For

Acting TV ShowsMovies

2015 The Late Late Show with James Corden(1 episode) as Himself
2014 Some Kind Of Beautiful as Brian
2014 Gotham(46 episodes) as James Gordon
2013 Goodbye World as Nick
2012 Adventures in the Sin Bin as Michael
2011 Batman: Year One as Bruce Wayne/Batman
2010 Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated(54 episodes) as Odnarb
2009 Southland(20 episodes) as Ben Sherman
2008 Johnny Got His Gun as Joe Bonham
2007 88 Minutes as Mike Stemp
2005 Desperate Souls
2005 Junebug as Johnny
2003 The Ellen DeGeneres Show(2 episodes)
2003 The O.C.(124 episodes) as Ryan Atwood
2003 Punk'd(2 episodes) as Himself
2003 Abby(1 episode)
2001 Good Day Live(1 episode)
2000 The District(1 episode)
1997 The View(2 episodes)
1995 MADtv(1 episode)
1995 JAG(1 episode)
1993 Late Night with Conan O'Brien(2 episodes)
1983 Live with Regis and Kathie Lee(3 episodes)

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