Ben Cross

Actor, Set builder, Window washer
Composed, cerebral actor Ben Cross first came to international attention as the Olympic runner Harold Abrahams in Hugh Hudson's inspiring drama "Chariots of Fire" (1981). The Oscar-winning drama set the tone for much of ... Read more »
Born: 12/16/1947 in London, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (66)

Banshee 2012 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

A Common Man 2013 (Movie)

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Viking Quest 2013 (Movie)

King Orn (Actor)

HawthoRNe 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ice 2010 (Movie)

Stephan (Actor)

Star Trek 2009 (Movie)

Sarek (Actor)

Hero Wanted 2008 (Movie)

Cosmo Jackson (Actor)

War, Inc. 2008 (Movie)

Medusa Hair (Actor)

Grendel 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Undisputed 2 2007 (Movie)

Stevie Parker (Actor)

When Nietzsche Wept 2006 (Movie)

Dr. Joseph Breuer (Actor)

Frederick Forsythe's Icon 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Exorcist: The Beginning 2004 (Movie)

Semelier (Actor)

Spartacus 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

She, Me and Her 2002 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Order 2002 (Movie)

(Actor)

Honey Sweet Love 2001 (Movie)

(Actor)

Young Blades 2001 (Movie)

(Actor)

Poltergeist: The Legacy 1995 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Invader 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The Venice Project 1998 (Movie)

Rudy Mestry/Bishop Orsini (Actor)

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The Corporate Ladder 1997 (Movie)

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Turbulence 1997 (Movie)

Captain Sam Bowen (Actor)

Robert Rylands' Last Journey 1996 (Movie)

Alfred Cromer-Blake (Actor)

First Knight 1995 (Movie)

Malagant (Actor)

Blood Song 1994 (Movie)

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The Criminal Mind 1994 (Movie)

Nick August--Los Angeles District Attorney (Actor)

The Temptress 1994 (Movie)

Dr Samudaya (Actor)

Cold Sweat 1993 (Movie)

Mark Cahill (Actor)

L' Attenzione 1993 (Movie)

Alberto (Actor)

The Ascent 1993 (Movie)

Major Farrell (Actor)

The Ray Bradbury Theater 1987 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Seance 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Dark Shadows 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Dark Shadows 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

L' Oeil de la Veuve 1991 (Movie)

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La Boutique de l'orfevre 1989 (Movie)

Stephan (Actor)

Nightlife 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Paperhouse 1989 (Movie)

Father (Actor)

Twist of Fate 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The Unholy 1988 (Movie)

Father Michael (Actor)

Arthur Hailey's "Strong Medicine" 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The Assisi Underground 1985 (Movie)

Padre Rufino (Actor)

The Citadel 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Chariots of Fire 1981 (Movie)

Harold Abrahams (Actor)

Great Expectations 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

Topper 1953 - 1955 (TV Show)

Actor

Black Forest (TV Show)

Actor

Coming Out of the Ice (TV Show)

Actor

Deep Trouble (TV Show)

Actor

Hellfire (TV Show)

Actor

Hellhounds (TV Show)

Actor

Live Wire (TV Show)

Actor

Lost City Raiders (TV Show)

Actor

SS Doomtrooper (TV Show)

Actor

She Stood Alone (TV Show)

Actor

Solomon (TV Show)

Actor

Species: The Awakening (TV Show)

Actor

Steal the Sky (TV Show)

Actor

The Diamond Fleece (TV Show)

Actor

The Far Pavilions (TV Show)

Actor

The Flame Trees of Thika (TV Show)

Actor

Tower Of The Firstborn (TV Show)

Actor

Twist of Fate (Movie)

Ben Grossman (Actor)

William and Kate (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Composed, cerebral actor Ben Cross first came to international attention as the Olympic runner Harold Abrahams in Hugh Hudson's inspiring drama "Chariots of Fire" (1981). The Oscar-winning drama set the tone for much of Cross' subsequent film and television career, which found him playing upstanding young men whose passions - either romantic or professional - clashed with the established order in projects like "The Citadel" (BBC, 1983) and "The Far Pavilions" (HBO, 1984). Cross' popularity cooled in subsequent years, but he remained remarkably active in a wide-ranging selection of projects around the globe, which cast him as everything from vampires in "Dark Shadows" (NBC, 1991) to Biblical kings in "Solomon" (1997). In 2009, he enjoyed a return to Hollywood with a small role in J.J. Abrams' big-screen revamp of "Star Trek" (NBC, 1966-68) before continuing his career as one of international film's most dependable and talented performers.

Relationships

Lauren Cross

Daughter

Theodore Cross

Son

Penelope Butler

Wife
Married in 1977

EDUCATION

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

London, England 1970

Milestones

2009

Had a small role as Sarek, the Vulcan father of Spock (Zachary Quinto), in J. J. Abrams' "Star Trek"

2006

Cast as Rudolf Hess in the BBC production, "Nuremberg: Nazis on Trial"

2004

Appeared in the USA Network remake of "Spartacus"

2004

Had a supporting role in "Exorcist: The Beginning"

2002

Composed and directed "The Best We've Ever Had" and "Nearly Midnight" at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

1997

Played the title character in the TV production of "Solomon"

1994

Appeared in the Italian production of "Caro Dolce Amore (Honey Sweet Love)"

1992

Co-starred as a cold-blooded Russian terrorist hunted by Pierce Brosnan in "Live Wire"

1991

Played Barnabas Collins in the short-lived primetime remake of "Dark Shadows" (NBC)

1985

Cast as an Italian priest aiding Jews in World War II-era Rome in "The Assisi Underground"

1984

Played a British cavalry officer in the ITV miniseries, "The Far Pavilions" (aired on HBO in the US)

1983

Played a 1920s Scottish physician in the BBC series, "The Citadel"

1981

Portrayed Jewish Olympic athlete Harold Abrahams in Hugh Hudson's multiple Oscar-winning, "Chariots of Fire"

1978

Played Billy Flynn, the slick lawyer of murderess Roxie Hart, in "Chicago

1977

Joined the Royal Shakespeare Company

1976

Screen acting debut in "A Bridge Too Far"

1973

After graduating from RADA, performed at the Duke's Playhouse and the Prospect Theatre Company

1962

Left home and school at age 15

Worked as a master carpenter for the Welsh National Opera and property master at the Alexandra Theatre in Birmingham

Made West End debut in "I Love My Wife"

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