Ben Mendelsohn

Australian actor Ben Mendelsohn may have missed out on the first wave of Aussies to invade Hollywood in the '90s, but his standout role in 2010's crime drama "Animal Kingdom" marked the beginning of a new chapter in his ... Read more »
Born: 04/02/1969 in Melbourne, Victoria, AU

Filmography

Actor (45)

Black Sea 2015 (Movie)

Fraser (Actor)

Lost River 2015 (Movie)

Dave (Actor)

Mississippi Grind 2015 (Movie)

Gerry (Actor)

Slow West 2015 (Movie)

Payne (Actor)

Exodus: Gods And Kings 2014 (Movie)

Viceroy Hegep (Actor)

The Adventures of Beatle 2014 (Movie)

Kyle Sorenson (Actor)

Adore 2013 (Movie)

Harold (Actor)

Axe Cop 2013 (Tv Show)

Voice

Girls 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Place Beyond the Pines 2013 (Movie)

Robin (Actor)

Killing Them Softly 2012 (Movie)

Russell (Actor)

Starred Up 2012 (Movie)

Neville (Actor)

The Dark Knight Rises 2012 (Movie)

Daggett (Actor)

Killer Elite 2011 (Movie)

Martin (Actor)

Needle 2011 (Movie)

Detective Meares (Actor)

Trespass 2011 (Movie)

Elias (Actor)

Animal Kingdom 2010 (Movie)

Andrew "Pope" Cody (Actor)

Beautiful Kate 2009 (Movie)

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Knowing 2009 (Movie)

Phil Beckman (Actor)

Prime Mover 2009 (Movie)

Johnnie (Actor)

$9.99 2008 (Movie)

Voice of Lenny (Actor)

Australia 2008 (Movie)

Captain Dutton (Actor)

Hunt Angels 2006 (Movie)

Rupert Kathner (Actor)

The New World 2005 (Movie)

Ben (Actor)

Black and White 2004 (Movie)

Rupert Murdoch (Actor)

Farscape 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Amy 2001 (Movie)

Robert Buchanan (Actor)

Mullet 2001 (Movie)

Eddie 'Mullet' Maloney (Actor)

Sample People 2000 (Movie)

John (Actor)

Vertical Limit 2000 (Movie)

Malcolm Bench (Actor)

Cosi 1997 (Movie)

Lewis (Actor)

Idiot Box 1997 (Movie)

Kev (Actor)

True Love And Chaos 1997 (Movie)

Jerry (Actor)

Metal Skin 1995 (Movie)

Dazey (Actor)

Sirens 1994 (Movie)

Lewis (Actor)

Map of the Human Heart 1993 (Movie)

Farmboy (Actor)

Spotswood 1992 (Movie)

Carey (Actor)

Say a Little Prayer 1991 (Movie)

Nursery Manager (Actor)

Quigley Down Under 1990 (Movie)

O'Flynn (Actor)

The Big Steal 1990 (Movie)

Danny Clark (Actor)

Nirvana Street Murder 1989 (Movie)

Luke O'Hagan (Actor)

Return Home 1989 (Movie)

Gary Wilson (Actor)

The Year My Voice Broke 1988 (Movie)

Trevor (Actor)

Biography

Australian actor Ben Mendelsohn may have missed out on the first wave of Aussies to invade Hollywood in the '90s, but his standout role in 2010's crime drama "Animal Kingdom" marked the beginning of a new chapter in his long career. A fixture on '80s Down Under shows such as "Neighbours" (Seven Network, 1985- ), Mendelsohn landed a breakout role as a loud-mouthed rugby player in the 1987 critically-acclaimed film "The Year My Voice Broke." Though he continued working steadily in both Australia and the U.S., most notably appearing opposite Anthony Hopkins in "The Efficiency Expert" (1992), Mendelsohn languished in minor projects until being cast in the high-profile films "The New World" (2005) and "Australia" (2008). Then came "Animal Kingdom," which led to even bigger roles in the gritty "Killing Them Softly" (2012); the blockbuster "The Dark Knight Rises" (2012); and the epic "The Place Beyond the Pines" (2013). Finally, Hollywood had caught up to the talented actor from Oz.

Relationships

Emma Forrest Screenplay

Wife

Milestones

2012

Cast as a drug addict turned criminal in "Killing Them Softly"

2012

Featured in Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises"

2010

Portrayed an armed robber on the run in "Animal Kingdom"

2005

Landed a supporting role in Terence Malick's "The New World"

1987

Landed a breakout role in "The Year My Voice Broke"

1985

Cast as a series regular on Ten Network's "The Henderson Kids"

1984

Made TV debut on the Australian series "Special Squad"

Bonus Trivia

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In 2009, he appeared on the Australian TV show "Who Do You Think You Are?" and discovered his ancestors were among the first Prussian Jews to be naturalized Polish citizens.

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Was on the verge of quitting acting altogether when he received rave reviews for his performance as an armed robber in 2010's "Animal Kingdom."

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"I haven’t watched the films I’ve been in for 10 years prior to this but I’ve seen Killing Them Softly and The Place Beyond the Pines because both were in festivals where it would have been a big deal to walk out." - from Movieline.com, Dec. 12, 2012

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