Ben Shenkman

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Ben Shenkman
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Shenkman at 2009 Comic-Con
BornBenjamin Sheinkman
(1968-09-26) September 26, 1968 (age 46)
New York City, New York, USA
Years active1990s-present
Spouse(s)Lauren Bennett Greilsheimer (2005-present)[1]
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Ben Shenkman
Ben Shenkman.jpg
Shenkman at 2009 Comic-Con
BornBenjamin Sheinkman
(1968-09-26) September 26, 1968 (age 46)
New York City, New York, USA
Years active1990s-present
Spouse(s)Lauren Bennett Greilsheimer (2005-present)[1]

Benjamin Shenkman (born September 26, 1968) is an American television, film and stage actor, who is best known for his role as one of HankMed's concierge doctors, Dr. Jeremiah Sacani, in USA Network's hit TV series, Royal Pains.

Personal life[edit]

Shenkman was born Benjamin Sheinkman in New York City, the son of Katherine, who was an associate at a law firm, and Shepard A. Sheinkman, who worked for a consulting company.[1] He graduated from Brown University, and obtained a Masters of Fine Arts in 1993 from New York University's Graduate Acting Program at the Tisch School of the Arts.[1][2] Shenkman's sister is married to British publisher Jamie Byng.[3]


He began his professional acting career with a small role in the 1994 film Quiz Show directed by Robert Redford and a guest-starring role on Law & Order, his first of seven appearances throughout the run of the show.[4] He also began working in theatre, portraying Louis Ironson in Tony Kushner's play Angels in America at San Francisco's American Conservatory Theatre.[5] The production wasn't the first or last time Shenkman took part in this award-winning piece: while still at New York University, Shenkman played the role of Roy Cohn in a workshop production of the play, and he would reprise the role of Louis eight years later in the HBO miniseries adaptation, earning Emmy and Golden Globe nominations. Throughout the 1990s, Shenkman combined work in off-Broadway productions in NY with small roles in films such as Eraser (1996), The Siege (1998), π (1998), and Jesus' Son (1999), Chasing Sleep (2000), and Requiem for a Dream (2000).

In 2000, Shenkman gained success in the theatre, co-starring with Mary-Louise Parker in the Manhattan Theatre Club production of Proof, for which he received a 2001 Tony nomination. After the release of HBO's Angels in America miniseries, he returned to Manhattan Theatre club in 2004 in Sight Unseen opposite Laura Linney.

As his career continued, Shenkman moved between studio films such as Must Love Dogs (2005) and Just Like Heaven (2005), and independent movies such as Then She Found Me (2008), Brief Interviews with Hideous Men (2008), and Breakfast with Scot (2008), a gay-themed film made in Canada for which the NHL notably endorsed the use of a team's logo and uniforms.[6] In 2010, heappeared with Michael Douglas in Solitary Man and the Sundance premiere Blue Valentine.

He also kept busy in TV, as a series regular in the 2008 Julianna Margulies legal drama Canterbury's Law on Fox, and in recurring roles on Grey's Anatomy, Burn Notice, Damages, Drop Dead Diva, and FX's Lights Out.[4]

Shenkman co-starred in the short-lived NBC sitcom The Paul Reiser Show, which was a midseason replacement for the 2010-11 television season.[7]

Shenkman, as of 2014, plays Dr. Jeremiah Sacani in the USA Network show Royal Pains.


1993–2009Law & OrderNick Margolis7 episodes
1994Quiz ShowChildress
1996New York UndercoverGabe Green1 episode: 'Sympathy for the Devil'
1997Camp StoriesYehudah
1998PiLenny Meyer
The SiegeINS Agent Howard Kaplan
1999Thick as ThievesVeterinarian
Jesus' SonTom
30 DaysJordan Trainer
2000Table OneScott
Joe Gould's SecretDavid
Law & Order: Special Victims UnitMax Knaack1 episode: 'Chat Room'
Requiem for a DreamDr. Spencer
Chasing SleepOfficer Stewart
BedShort film
2001–2003EdFrank Carr/Andy Bednarik3 episodes
2002Personal Velocity: Three PortraitsMax
People I KnowRadio announcer (voice)
Roger DodgerDonovan
Stella shorts 1998-2002Hans
2003Angels in AmericaLouis Ironson6 episodes
Nomination - Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
Nomination - Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
2004Waking DreamsCharlesShort film
2005Law & Order: Trial by JuryIrv Kressel2 episodes
Must Love DogsCharlie
StellaCarl1 episode 'Meeting Girls'
Just Like HeavenBrett
2006Twenty QuestionsBrian
Love MonkeyScott6 episodes
2007The Key ManMartin
Wainy DaysClovie1 episode: 'My Turn'
Then She Found MeDr. Freddy Epner
Breakfast with ScotSam
2008Canterbury's LawRussell Krauss6 episodes
2009Body PoliticJim Sperlock
Brief Interviews with Hideous MenSubject 14
Private PracticeRob Harmon1 episode: 'Ex-Life'
Grey's AnatomyRob Harmon3 episodes
Burn NoticeTom Strickler4 episodes
Solitary ManPete Hartofilias
2010Lights OutMike Fumosa5 episodes
Blue ValentineSam Feinberg
DamagesCurtis Gates11 episodes
Love ShackSkip Blitzer
The Paul Reiser ShowJonathanSeries regular
2011Drop Dead DivaDr. Bill KendallRecurring role
2012Royal PainsDr. Jeremiah SacaniMain Cast (Season 5-present), recurring previously (Season 4).
Breathe InSheldon


  1. ^ a b c "Lauren Greilsheimer and Ben Shenkman." New York Times. September 18, 2005.
  2. ^ "NYU Graduate Acting Alumni". 2011. Retrieved 2011-12-01. 
  3. ^ "Elizabeth Sheinkman and James Byng". The New York Times. July 3, 2005. 
  4. ^ a b
  5. ^ Harvey, Dennis (October 31, 1994). "Angels in America Theater Review". Variety. 
  6. ^ DeGroot, Martin. "Queer Film Festival Hopes to Involve More of Public." Toronto Star. March 4, 2008.
  7. ^ "NBC Unveils 2010-11 Primetime Schedule Accented by Five New Comedies, Seven New Dramas and New Alternative Program". The Futon Critic. May 16, 2010. Retrieved May 31, 2010. 

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