Brian Benben

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Brian Benben
BornBrian Edward Benben
(1956-06-18) June 18, 1956 (age 58)
Winchester, Virginia, U.S.
OccupationFilm, stage and television actor
Spouse(s)Madeleine Stowe (1982–present)
ChildrenMay Benben
 
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Brian Benben
BornBrian Edward Benben
(1956-06-18) June 18, 1956 (age 58)
Winchester, Virginia, U.S.
OccupationFilm, stage and television actor
Spouse(s)Madeleine Stowe (1982–present)
ChildrenMay Benben

Brian Edward Benben (born June 18, 1956) is an American actor of stage and television, best known for his role as Martin Tupper in the HBO comedy television series Dream On (1990–1996), and also known as Dr. Sheldon Wallace on ABC medical drama Private Practice (2008–2013). Benben is married to Madeleine Stowe.

Life and career[edit]

Benben was born in Winchester, Virginia, the son of a produce buyer.[1] He later lived and attended high school in Marlboro, New York, followed by two years at Ulster County Community College in Stone Ridge, New York, after which he moved to New York City, where he worked various jobs while auditioning and acting.

In 1982, he married actress Madeleine Stowe, whom he met filming The Gangster Chronicles. Together they have one child, daughter May Theodora Benben (b. 1996). Benben and Stowe have a ranch home in Johnson City, Texas, west of Austin.

In 1983, Benben appeared in the Broadway play Slab Boys with Kevin Bacon, Sean Penn, Val Kilmer and Jackie Earle Haley. The play received tepid reviews[2] and only ran on Broadway for 48 performances.[3]

Although his first national exposure was in the 1981 NBC miniseries-then-series The Gangster Chronicles,[4] Benben is perhaps best known for his leading role in the 1990-96 HBO television series, Dream On. He played a "by the book" FBI agent in the 1990 film Dark Angel (known in the U.S. as I Come in Peace). He had a starring role in the 1994 film Radioland Murders playing Mary Stuart Masterson's estranged husband. In September 1998, he starred in an eponymous primetime CBS sitcom, The Brian Benben Show, which lasted only one month on the air.

Benben played Dr. Sheldon Wallace on Private Practice. His character was first introduced in December 2008,[5] later became a recurring character, and finally a featured series regular.[6]

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleOther notes
1981The Gangster ChroniclesMichael LaskerTV mini-series
1986Kay O'BrienDr. Mark Doyle13 episodes
1990–1996Dream OnMartin Tupper119 episodes

CableACE Awards for Actor in a Comedy Series (1993)

1998The Brian Benben ShowBrian Benbenalso co-executive producer
1998KingpinDr. Heywood KleinTV mini-series
2005Masters of HorrorDwight FaradayEpisode: "Deer Woman"
2008–2013Private PracticeDr. Sheldon WallaceRecurring (Seasons 2-3), Main Cast (Seasons 4-6)

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleOther notes
1981Gangster WarsMichael Lasker
1988Clean and SoberMartin Laux
1989Mortal SinsNathan Weinschank
1990Dark AngelSpecial Agent Arwood 'Larry' Smith
1994Radioland MurdersRoger Henderson

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Brian Benben profile at". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2012-10-23. 
  2. ^ New York Times review of Slab Boys[dead link]
  3. ^ The Broadway League. "IBDb profile/''Slab Boys''". Ibdb.com. Retrieved 2012-10-23. 
  4. ^ The Gangster Chronicles IMDb profile
  5. ^ Private Practice/IMDb
  6. ^ Exclusive: "Private Practice" Upgrades Brian Benben, Entertainment Weekly, June 15, 2010

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