Brian Benben

Actor
Engaging lead of TV who has made the occasional venture into films. Benben started performing in off-off-Broadway productions at the age of 17. He moved to TV in the early 80s, debuting on the crime series, "The ... Read more »
Born: 06/18/1956 in Winchester, Virginia, USA

Filmography

Actor (20)

My So Called Wife 2016 - 2017 (TV Show)

Actor

Scandal 2014 (Tv Show)

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Private Practice 2008 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Masters of Horror 2005 (Tv Show)

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Kingpin 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

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The Brian Benben Show 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Radioland Murders 1994 (Movie)

Roger (Actor)

AFI Presents "TV or Not TV?" 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

I Come in Peace 1990 (Movie)

Laurence Smith (Actor)

Mortal Sins 1990 (Movie)

Nathan (Actor)

Clean & Sober 1988 (Movie)

Martin Laux (Actor)

Kay O'Brien 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Mr. Sunshine 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

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Family Business 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

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Lovers and Other Strangers 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

The Gangster Chronicles 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Dream On (TV Show)

Actor

Sister Mary Explains It All (TV Show)

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The Flamingo Rising (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (1)

Unbound Captives (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Biography

Engaging lead of TV who has made the occasional venture into films. Benben started performing in off-off-Broadway productions at the age of 17. He moved to TV in the early 80s, debuting on the crime series, "The Gangster Chronicles." He began to work regularly, appearing in TV-movies and in the Broadway production of "Slab Boys" (1983) opposite Sean Penn, Kevin Bacon and Val Kilmer. After co-starring and providing recurring characters in a number of short-lived series in the 80s ("Kay O'Brien" 1986, "A Year in the Life" 1988) Benben landed the lead role of Martin Tupper in HBO's "adult" sitcom "Dream On." As a baby-boomer book editor who responds to life's daily anxieties and absurdities by conjuring up hilariously apt clips from old TV and films, Benben conveyed a warmth and wit little evident in his previous efforts. The scripts often show Martin in a less than flattering light but he retains audience sympathy perhaps since we see most of his world through his eyes. "Dream On" received numerous accolades and jumpstarted Benben's feature career, beginning with a lead role opposite Dolph Lundgren in the futuristic thriller "I Come in Peace" (1990). More impressively, he starred in a George Lucas production, "The Radioland Murders" (1994). He returned to series TV briefly in the fall of 1998 as star and executive producer of "The Brian Benben Show" (CBS), which had him playing a TV newsman.

Relationships

May Benben

Daughter
Born in 1996; mother, Madeleine Stowe

Madeleine Stowe Actor

Wife
Began dating in 1980 Married Aug. 8, 1986 Met in 1980 while playing husband-and-wife on "The Gangster Chronicles" (NBC)

Milestones

2008

Joined the cast of ABC medical drama "Private Practice" as unlucky in love psychiatrist Sheldon Wallace

2003

Co-starred in crime miniseries "Kingpin" (NBC)

1998

Returned to series TV as star and co-executive producer of the short-lived CBS sitcom "The Brian Benben Show"

1994

Cast as Mary Stuart Masterson's estranged husband in "Radioland Murders"

1990

First film in a leading role, "I Come in Peace"

1990

Starred as NYC book editor Martin Tupper on HBO's "adult" sitcom "Dream On"

1988

Feature acting debut, "Clean and Sober"

1986

Co-starred in the series "Kay O'Brian" (CBS)

1983

TV-movie debut, "Lovers and Other Strangers" (ABC)

1983

Appeared on Broadway in "Slab Boys"

1981

TV series debut, "The Gangster Chronicles" (NBC); met future wife Madeleine Stowe during filming

Moved to NYC at age 17

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