Ben Foster

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Ben Foster
Foster in December 2007
BornBenjamin A. Foster
(1980-10-29) October 29, 1980 (age 34)
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
OccupationActor, producer
Years active1996–present
RelativesJon Foster (brother)
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Ben Foster
Foster in December 2007
BornBenjamin A. Foster
(1980-10-29) October 29, 1980 (age 34)
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
OccupationActor, producer
Years active1996–present
RelativesJon Foster (brother)

Benjamin A. "Ben" Foster (born October 29, 1980)[1] is an American actor. He has had roles in films including The Laramie Project, Liberty Heights, Get Over It, Hostage, X-Men: The Last Stand, Alpha Dog, 30 Days of Night, The Messenger, Bang Bang You're Dead, The Mechanic, Contraband, Pandorum,[2] and Lone Survivor. He received best supporting actor nominations from both the Saturn and Satellite Awards for his 2007 role in the film 3:10 to Yuma.[3]

Early and personal life[edit]

Foster was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of restaurant owners Gillian Kirwan and Steven Foster.[4][5][6] He has described his parents as "free-spirited, Vietnam-protesting hippies".[7] He has a younger brother, Jon, who is also an actor. When Foster was four years old, his family relocated to Fairfield, Iowa, after their Boston home was broken into by robbers while they were present.[6][7]

Foster was raised in his father's Jewish religion, and had a Bar Mitzvah ceremony.[7][8] His paternal grandparents were Celia (Segal) and A. (Abraham) Frank Foster, a prominent judge and politician in Boston; their families emigrated from Russia.[9][10][11] Foster practices Transcendental Meditation,[12] and, while living in Fairfield, attended the Maharishi University of Management.[6]

Foster began a relationship with actress Robin Wright in early 2012.[13][14] They became engaged in early 2014,[15] but called off their engagement on November 12, 2014.[16]


Foster began working as an actor when he was sixteen years old.[6] He dropped out of high school and moved to Los Angeles to pursue his career.[citation needed] In 1996 and 1997, he appeared in the television series Flash Forward and had an unsuccessful audition for the lead role in Richard Kelly's Donnie Darko. Over the next three years, Foster obtained small roles in two made-for-TV movies as well as two episodes of the TV series Freaks and Geeks.

In 2001, he acted in the film Get Over It. Foster also had a recurring role as Russell Corwin (22 episodes) in the HBO Original Series, Six Feet Under.[6] After appearing in the films 11:14 and The Punisher, Foster appeared in Hostage with Bruce Willis, Kevin Pollak and Michelle Horn. In 2006, Foster appeared in X-Men: The Last Stand as the comic-book hero Angel / Warren Worthington III.[6] In the crime thriller Alpha Dog, he played the character Jake Mazursky and added glaucoma drops to his eyes to simulate the appearance of a drug addict in the film.[17] In 2007, he played cold-blooded killer Charlie Prince in the Western film 3:10 to Yuma.[18] In February 2013, he was cast to replace Shia LaBeouf in the Broadway play Orphans as his first theater performance.[19] In May 2014 it was announced that he would star opposite Gillian Anderson and Vanessa Kirby in Benedict Andrews' new production of A Streetcar Named Desire at the Young Vic in London.[20] That production closed on September 19, 2014.

On December 4, 2013, Legendary Pictures announced that Foster would be joining the cast of the Warcraft film adaptation, set to be released in March 2016.[21] Foster is to play Lance Armstrong in an upcoming biopic.[22][23]


1998I've Been Waiting for YouCharlieTelevision film
1998Breakfast with EinsteinRyanTelevision film
1999Liberty HeightsBen Kurtzman
2001Get Over ItBerke Landers
2002The Laramie ProjectAaron Kreifels
2002Big TroubleMatt Arnold
2002Bang Bang You're DeadTrevor Adams
2002Phone BoothBig QUncredited
2004The PunisherSpacker Dave
2004The Heart Is Deceitful Above All ThingsFleshy Boy
2005HostageMarshall "Mars" Krupcheck
2006Alpha DogJake Mazursky
2006X-Men: The Last StandWarren Worthington III / Angel
20073:10 to YumaCharlie Prince
200730 Days of NightThe Stranger
2008Birds of AmericaJay
2009The MessengerStaff Sergeant Will Montgomery
2009BlinkAJShort film
2011HereWill Shepard
2011The MechanicSteve McKenna
2011RampartTerryAlso producer
2012ContrabandSebastian Abney
2013North of South, West of EastCass
2013Kill Your DarlingsWilliam Burroughs
2013Ain't Them Bodies SaintsPatrick Wheeler
2013Lone SurvivorMatthew "Axe" Axelson
2015The Finest Hours
2015IconLance ArmstrongFilming
2016WarcraftMedivhIn post-production
1996–1997Flash ForwardTucker "Tuck" JamesMain cast; 26 episodes
1998You WishEarlEpisode: "Future Shock"
1999–2000Freaks and GeeksEli2 episodes
2000Family LawJason NelsonEpisode: "A Mother's Son"
2001–2002Boston PublicMax Warner2 episodes
2003–2005Six Feet UnderRussell Corwin22 episodes (1 uncredited)
2005Dead Zone, TheThe Dead ZoneDarren FoldesEpisode: "The Last Goodbye"
2007My Name Is EarlGlenn2 episodes
2012Robot ChickenOrville Redenbacher / Time travellerVoice; episode: "Executed by the State"


1997Flash ForwardGemini AwardNominatedBest Performance in a Children's or Youth Program or Series (for episode "Fresh Start All Over Again")[24]
1998Flash ForwardGemini AwardNominatedBest Performance in a Children's or Youth Program or Series (for episode "Presents")[24]
2001Get Over ItTeen Choice AwardsNominatedFilm – Choice Chemistry (shared with Kirsten Dunst)[24]
2003Bang Bang You're DeadDaytime Emmy AwardWonOutstanding Performer in a Children's Special[24]
2004Six Feet UnderScreen Actors Guild AwardWonOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (shared with 11 others)[24]
2005Six Feet UnderScreen Actors Guild AwardNominatedOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (shared with 14 others)[24]
2006Alpha DogYoung Hollywood AwardsWonBreakthrough Performance – Male[24]
20073:10 to YumaSatellite AwardNominatedBest Actor in a Supporting Role, Drama[24]
20083:10 to YumaScreen Actors Guild AwardNominatedOutstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture (shared with 8 others)[24]
20083:10 to YumaSaturn AwardNominatedBest Supporting Actor[24]
2009Messenger, TheThe MessengerGotham AwardsNominated[24]
2009Messenger, TheThe MessengerSan Diego Film Critics SocietyNominatedBest Actor


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  2. ^ Ordona, Michael (November 1, 2009). "Ben Foster puts his heart into The Messenger". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved November 15, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Ben Foster". Yahoo! Movies. 2010. Retrieved November 15, 2010. 
  4. ^ Fee, Gayle; Laura Raposa (September 3, 1995). "Inside Track: Pool barons foster son's fledgling career". Boston Herald. Retrieved November 15, 2010.  (subscription required)
  5. ^ Sherman, Paul (December 9, 1999). "New Heights; After landing the lead role in Barry Levinson's latest film, Boston native Ben Foster is flying". Boston Herald. Retrieved November 15, 2010. (subscription required)
  6. ^ a b c d e f Abel, Judy (November 15, 2009). "Exploring life’s ‘darker corners’". The Boston Globe. Retrieved November 15, 2010. 
  7. ^ a b c Miller, Gerri (1999). "Foster Reaches for the "Heights"". JVibe. Archived from the original on 2000-05-23. Retrieved November 12, 2006. 
  8. ^ Sragow, Michael (December 16, 1999). "It's a boy's, boy's, boy's world (and a girl's)". Retrieved November 15, 2010. 
  9. ^ Breed, Allan G. (February 4, 1999). "Ben Foster reaches for new Heights". Lawrence Journal-World. Retrieved December 10, 2007. 
  10. ^ Lakshmanan, Indira A.R. (December 27, 1994). "A. Frank Foster, judge who once halted a man's beating; at 84". Boston Globe. 
  11. ^ "CELIA ( SEGAL) FOSTER « Brezniak Rodman Funeral Directors". 2010-06-28. Retrieved 2014-05-12. 
  12. ^ DeYoung, Bill (October 27, 2009). "Extreme closeup: Ben Foster". Connect Savannah. Archived from the original on 8 November 2010. Retrieved November 15, 2010. 
  13. ^ "Robin Wright and Ben Foster Get Cozy". February 10, 2012. Retrieved April 19, 2013. 
  14. ^ Justin Ravitz (December 24, 2012). "Robin Wright, 46, and Ben Foster, 32, Affectionate During Shopping Trip". US Magazine. Retrieved April 19, 2013. 
  15. ^ Alexis L. Loinaz (January 11, 2014). "Robin Wright and Ben Foster are engaged". Retrieved January 11, 2014. 
  16. ^ Marquina, Sierra (November 12, 2014). "Robin Wright and Ben Foster Split, Call Off 10-Month Engagement -- Find Out What Went Wrong". Us Magazine. Retrieved November 13, 2014. 
  17. ^ "X-Men star Foster risks eyesight to play druggie". Contact Music. December 12, 2006. Retrieved December 12, 2006. 
  18. ^ "Interview: Ben Foster, actor and producer". The Scotsman. February 17, 2012. Retrieved September 15, 2012. 
  19. ^ Lawson, Richard (21 February 2013). "Ben Foster to Replace Shia LaBeouf, Esquire Reader, on Broadway". The Atlantic Wire. Yahoo!. Retrieved 21 February 2013. 
  20. ^ "Ben Foster and Vanessa Kirby join Young Vic's Streetcar". London Theatre. Retrieved 9 June 2014. 
  21. ^ Collura, Scott (December 4, 2013). "Ben Foster and Dominic Cooper Head for Warcraft". IGN. Retrieved December 5, 2013. 
  22. ^ Windsor, Richard (2014-11-13). "Bikes from Lance Armstrong movie to be sold off". Time Inc. Retrieved 2014-11-14. 
  23. ^ Roxborough, Scott (2013-10-23). "First Look: Ben Foster as Lance Armstrong in Stephen Frears' Biopic". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2014-11-14. 
  24. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Awards: Ben Foster". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved September 15, 2012. 

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