Benjamin McKenzie

Actor
Although Hollywood attempted to embrace him as a disposable teen heartthrob, Benjamin McKenzie chose to follow the path of a serious actor instead, and his intense persona set him apart from his flashier peers. With ... Read more »
Born: 09/12/1978 in Austin, Texas, USA

Filmography

Actor (22)

Gotham 2014 - 2016 (TV Show)

Actor

Late Night with Seth Meyers 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Guest

Some Kind Of Beautiful 2015 (Movie)

Brian (Actor)

Decoding Annie Parker 2014 (Movie)

Tom (Actor)

Goodbye World 2014 (Movie)

Nick (Actor)

Adventures in the Sin Bin 2013 (Movie)

Michael (Actor)

Conan 2013 (Tv Show)

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Southland 2008 - 2013 (TV Show)

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Jimmy Kimmel Live 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

88 Minutes 2008 (Movie)

Mike Stempt (Actor)

Dalton Trumbo's Johnny Got His Gun 2008 (Movie)

Joe Bonham (Actor)

Ruby Blue 2008 (Movie)

Whisky Boy (Actor)

The O.C. 2002 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Punk'd 2002 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Junebug 2005 (Movie)

Johnny (Actor)

The O.C.: Obsess Completely 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

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Welcome To The OC: A Day in the Life 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

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Nickelodeon's 17th Annual Kids' Choice Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

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The 2003 Billboard Music Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

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JAG 2003 (Tv Show)

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The District 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Biography

Although Hollywood attempted to embrace him as a disposable teen heartthrob, Benjamin McKenzie chose to follow the path of a serious actor instead, and his intense persona set him apart from his flashier peers. With only a handful of theater and minor television credits, McKenzie hit the Hollywood jackpot by landing the star-making role of bad-boy-with-a-heart-of-gold Ryan Atwood on the ultimate 21st-century glossy teen drama, "The O.C." (FOX, 2003-07). Instead of milking his teen appeal with lucrative and lightweight projects, McKenzie took a supporting role in the Southern family drama "Junebug" (2005). He jumped at the chance to work with his idol, Al Pacino, in the real-time thriller "88 Minutes" (2007) and tackled the ultra-demanding "live on stage, on film" solo piece "Johnny Got His Gun" (2008), where, completely alone, he believably channeled the spirit of a World War I soldier too physically damaged to communicate with the outside world, but whose mind remained poignantly vital. Interested more in honing his craft than in winning the fame game, McKenzie continued to make choices based on the work rather than on prestige, playing a rookie cop on the sprawling, challenging LAPD drama "Southland" (NBC, 2009; TNT, 2010- ) and appearing onstage in a 2010 revival of Tennessee Williams' classic "The Glass Menagerie." Although the career path McKenzie chose was more difficult and less glamorous than that of many of his peers, his was perhaps ultimately more rewarding.

Relationships

Nate

Brother
Younger graduated from Yale University

Zack

Brother
Younger

Morena Baccarin Actor

Girlfriend
Relationship revealed after Baccarin announced that she was pregnant with McKenzie's child

Mischa Barton Actor

Companion
Starred together on the FOX series, "The O.C." briefly linked in 2003

Sarah Drew Actor

Cousin

Pete Schenkkan

Father

Frances Schenkkan

Mother

EDUCATION

Austin High School

Austin , Texas
Played football

University of Virginia

Charlottesville , Virginia 2001
(foreign affairs and economics)

Milestones

2014

Co-starred as police officer James Gordon in Fox's Batman origin story "Gotham"

2013

Co-starred in post-apocalyptic drama "Goodbye World"

2009

Cast as rookie police officer Ben Sherman on the drama series "Southland"

2008

Earned critical acclaim for his solo performance in "Johnny Got His Gun"

2008

Co-starred with Al Pacino in the thriller "88 Minutes"; also co-produced

2005

Made film debut in the southern-set independent drama "Junebug" opposite Amy Adams

2003

Made television debut as Ryan Atwood on the Fox drama "The O.C."

Bonus Trivia

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During his sophomore year at the University of Virginia, McKenzie worked as an intern in the office of Austin congressman Lloyd Doggett.

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