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Ben Foster

Biography

Performed the role of course clown, Tucker James on Disney’s Display Forward and got a continuing role in HBO’s Six Feet Under. Then began focusing on several films, including starring jobs within the Messenger, 3:10 to Yuma, Contraband, Lone Survivor and Warcraft. He positively practiced Transcendental Deep breathing while participating in the Maharishi College of Enlightenment in his youngsters. He dropped away from senior high school to go after an acting profession. He shifted to Iowa along with his family members in 1984 and became involved to Robin Wright in 2014. They ultimately called away their engagement. Then got involved to Laura Prepon in 2016. He starred in X-Men: THE FINAL Stand with Hugh Jackman.

Quick Facts


Full Name Ben Foster
Salary 1.404 million GBP
Date Of Birth April 3, 1983
Place Of Birth Leamington Spa, England
Height 1.75 m
Profession Soccer Player
Education Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment
Nationality American
Parents Gillian Kirwan Foster, Steven Foster
Siblings Jon Foster
Partner Laura Prepon
Awards Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, Young Hollywood Award for Breakthrough Performance - Male, Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer In A Children/Youth/Family Special
Nominations Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Supporting Actor, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, Gotham Independent Film Award for Breakthrough Actor, Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture, Gemini Award for Best Performance in a Children's or Youth Program or Series, Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie: Chemistry
Movies Warcraft, Hell or High Water, The Program, Lone Survivor, Inferno, The Mechanic, Alpha Dog, 3:10 to Yuma, The Messenger, X-Men: The Last Stand, The Finest Hours, Pandorum, Contraband, Kill Your Darlings, Rampart, 30 Days of Night, Hostage, Ain't Them Bodies Saints, The Punisher, Get Over It, Liberty Heights, Big Trouble, The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things, Birds of America, Northfork, Bang Bang You're Dead, Kounterfeit, 11:14, The Laramie Project, I've Been Waiting for You, Hostiles, 360, The Life and Death of John Gotti, Here, Until We Could, Rock'n Roll, Breakfast with Einstein, Predatory Instinct, Strings, Blink, Outlaw King, 1973, Jackpot, Chronicle, Galveston
TV Shows Six Feet Under, Freaks and Geeks, Flash Forward
Star Sign Aries

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#Fact
1Engaged to Laura Prepon - 10/04/2016.
2Was formerly engaged to Robin Wright from January 11, 2014 to November 12, 2014. They got back together on January 2015.
3Attended the 2007 Comic-Con International in San Diego, California. [July 2007]
4Attended the 2006 Cannes Film Festival in France. [May 2006]
5Attended the 59th Berlin Film Festival in Germany. [February 2009]
6His paternal grandparents were Celia (Segal) and A. (Abraham) Frank Foster, who was a prominent judge in Boston.
7His paternal grandparents were both from Russian Jewish families that moved to Boston, Massachusetts. His mother, who is from Maryland, has English, French, Irish, and distant Welsh and Scottish, ancestry. Ben had a Bar Mitzvah ceremony.
8Risked his sight while filming Alpha Dog (2006) by adding glaucoma drops to his eyes for much of the shoot to dilate his pupils, making him appear to be high. He'd hide in the bushes at night and cover his eyes between takes to keep the lights from shining into them and also had to talk to director Nick Cassavetes with his eyes closed.
9His favorite movies are Husbands (1970), The Jerk (1979), Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964), All That Jazz (1979) and The Iron Giant (1999).
10One of Variety Magazine's 10 Actors to Watch (2007).
11Has been practicing Transcendental Meditation since he was four years old.
12Provided the voice on the tape reading of James Frey's "Bright Shiny Morning".
13Was ranked #16 on Entertainment Weekly's '30 Under 30' the actors list. (2008).
14For his role on 3:10 to Yuma (2007) he was trained by renowned Hollywood gun coach Thell Reed, who also trained actors Russell Crowe, Kurt Russell, Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, Sam Elliot, Girard Swan and Val Kilmer for Tombstone (1993).
15Casting director Cecily Adams saw the homemade audition tape Foster had sent from his home in Iowa. She called his parents and told them that, while she could make no guarantees, they should put him on a plane to Los Angeles, immediately. They did so and he landed the lead role in the pilot she was casting, Flash Forward (1996).
16Co-starred in two Marvel adaptations featuring Rebecca Romijn: The Punisher (2004) and X-Men: The Last Stand (2006).
17Was originally offered the part of Eddie O'Hare in The Door in the Floor (2004), but he thought he was too old for the role and gave up the role to younger brother, Jon Foster because he thought it was better suited for him.
18His favorite movies are Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964), The Jerk (1979) and Husbands (1970).
19His favorite actress is Gena Rowlands, and his favorite actors are Philip Seymour Hoffman and Gary Oldman.
20His favorite bands are Radiohead, Miles Davis, Johnny Cash.
21Raised in Fairfield, Iowa
22At age 12, he won second place in an international competition for a play that he wrote and directed.
23Older brother of actor Jon Foster.
24Dropped out of high school his freshman year to move to Los Angeles, California.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Galveston2017pre-productionRoy Cady
Hostiles2017post-production
Inferno2016/IBertrand Zobrist
Warcraft2016Medivh
Hell or High Water2016/IITanner Howard
Chris Stapleton: Fire Away2016ShortSherriff
The Finest Hours2016Richard Livesey
The Program2015/IILance Armstrong
National Theatre Live: A Streetcar Named Desire2014TV MovieStanley Kowalski
Until We Could2014ShortNarrator (voice)
Lone Survivor2013Matt 'Axe' Axelson
Ain't Them Bodies Saints2013Patrick Wheeler
Kill Your Darlings2013William Burroughs
North of South, West of East2013Cass
Robot Chicken2012TV SeriesOrville Redenbacher / Time Traveller
Contraband2012Sebastian Abney
Rampart2011General Terry
3602011Tyler
The Mechanic2011Steve McKenna
Here2011/IWill Shepard
Pandorum2009Bower
Blink2009/IShortAJ
The Messenger2009/IStaff Sergeant Will Montgomery
Birds of America2008Jay
30 Days of Night2007The Stranger
My Name Is Earl2007TV SeriesGlenn
3:10 to Yuma2007Charlie Prince
X-Men: The Last Stand2006Warren Worthington III Angel
Alpha Dog2006Jake Mazursky
Six Feet Under2003-2005TV SeriesRussell Corwin
The Dead Zone2005TV SeriesDarren Foldes
Hostage2005Mars Krupcheck
The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things2004Fleshy Boy
The Punisher2004Spacker Dave
11:142003Eddie
Northfork2003Cod
Phone Booth2002Big Q (uncredited)
Bang Bang You're Dead2002Trevor Adams
Big Trouble2002Matt Arnold
Boston Public2001-2002TV SeriesMax Warner
The Laramie Project2002TV MovieAaron Kreifels
Get Over It2001Berke Landers
Family Law2000TV SeriesJason Nelson
Freaks and Geeks1999-2000TV SeriesEli
Liberty Heights1999Ben Kurtzman
19731998TV MoviePeter
Breakfast with Einstein1998TV MovieRyan
You Wish1998TV SeriesEarl
I've Been Waiting for You1998TV MovieCharlie
Flash Forward1996-1997TV SeriesTucker James
Kounterfeit1996VideoTravis

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Rampart2011producer

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Ain't Them Bodies Saints2013performer: "I Will Go A'wandering No More"

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Time Out of Mind2014special thanks
Keep the Lights On2012thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Made in Hollywood2009-2016TV SeriesHimself
Today2016TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
Días de cine2016TV SeriesHimself
Weekend Ticket2016TV Series shortHimself
Lone Survivor: Bringing the Story to Light2014Video shortHimself
Lone Survivor: Learning the Basics2014Video shortHimself
Lone Survivor: Recreating the Firefight2014Video shortHimself
The Fallen Heroes of Operation Red Wings2014Video shortHimself
2014 Golden Globe Arrivals Special2014TV SpecialHimself (uncredited)
Charlie Rose2007-2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Love, Marilyn2012DocumentaryHimself
Under the Radar: The Making of 'Contraband'2012Video shortHimself
Up Close with Carrie Keagan2009-2012TV SeriesHimself
Tools of the Trade: Inside the Action of 'The Mechanic'2011Video shortHimself
Attack of the Show!2011TV SeriesHimself
15th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards2010TV SpecialHimself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2009TV SeriesHimself
Sidewalks Entertainment2009TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Destination: Yuma2008Video documentary shortHimself
X-Men: Evolution of a Trilogy2006Video documentary shortHimself
X-Men: The Excitement Continues2006Video documentary shortHimself
The Young Hollywood Awards2006TV SpecialHimself
Taking 'Hostage': Behind the Scenes2005Video shortHimself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien2005TV SeriesHimself
11th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2005TV SpecialHimself
10th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2004TV SpecialHimself
Reel Comedy2002TV SeriesHimself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2009WFCC AwardWomen Film Critics Circle AwardsBest ActorThe Messenger (2009)
2006Young Hollywood AwardYoung Hollywood AwardsBreakthrough Performance - MaleAlpha Dog (2006)
2004ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesSix Feet Under (2001)· Lauren Ambrose
· Frances Conroy
· Rachel Griffiths
· Michael C. Hall
· Peter Krause
· Peter Macdissi
· Justina Machado
· Freddy Rodríguez
· Mathew St. Patrick
· Lili Taylor
· Rainn Wilson
2003Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Performer in a Children's SpecialBang Bang You're Dead (2002)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2010OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest ActorThe Messenger (2009)
2009Gotham Independent Film AwardGotham AwardsBreakthrough ActorThe Messenger (2009)
2009SDFCS AwardSan Diego Film Critics Society AwardsBest ActorThe Messenger (2009)
2009SLFCA AwardSt. Louis Film Critics Association, USBest ActorThe Messenger (2009)
2008Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest Supporting Actor3:10 to Yuma (2007)
2008ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture3:10 to Yuma (2007)· Christian Bale
· Russell Crowe
· Peter Fonda
· Gretchen Mol
· Dallas Roberts
· Vinessa Shaw
· Alan Tudyk
· Logan Lerman
2007Golden SchmoesGolden Schmoes AwardsBest Supporting Actor of the Year3:10 to Yuma (2007)
2007Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Actor in a Supporting Role, Drama3:10 to Yuma (2007)
2005ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesSix Feet Under (2001)· Lauren Ambrose
· Frances Conroy
· James Cromwell
· Idalis DeLeon
· Peter Facinelli
· Sprague Grayden
· Rachel Griffiths
· Michael C. Hall
· Peter Krause
· Justina Machado
· Freddy Rodríguez
· Mathew St. Patrick
· Mena Suvari
· Justin Theroux
2001Teen Choice AwardTeen Choice AwardsFilm - Choice ChemistryGet Over It (2001)· Kirsten Dunst
1998GeminiGemini AwardsBest Performance in a Children's or Youth Program or SeriesFlash Forward (1996)
1997GeminiGemini AwardsBest Performance in a Children's or Youth Program or SeriesFlash Forward (1996)

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2008COFCA AwardCentral Ohio Film Critics AssociationBest Ensemble3:10 to Yuma (2007)· Peter Fonda
· Russell Crowe
· Christian Bale
· Vinessa Shaw
2008COFCA AwardCentral Ohio Film Critics AssociationBest Supporting Actor3:10 to Yuma (2007)
2007BSFC AwardBoston Society of Film Critics AwardsBest Supporting ActorAlpha Dog (2006)

TitleSalary
Pandorum (2009)$1,500,000

#Quote
1[on his Jewish upbringing, in Iowa] There was a Catholic church that got renovated, and they put a Jewish star on it and called it Beth Sholom. That was our temple... [while I'm not] that religious, Judaism has put a great deal of spirituality in my life which I value deeply.
2[when asked if he'd be up for singing and dancing in a film] I hope so! I'm hoping someone will let me, 'cause I think everything is a dance. I mean, my favorite movie is All That Jazz. I just eat it up.
3[when asked for acting advice] [...] be bad. Give yourself permission to be terrible and celebrate that 'cause it's really about moving through a room in the darkness, and you're bumping into furniture. It's okay to fail 'cause there's no failure, you're just informing the richness of your experience, and that's- that's the greatest gift you can possibly give yourself. Be terrible, because you're gonna find something gorgeous and stunning that will sustain you for the rest of your life.
4[re role in play "Orphans"] I hadn't been pursuing theater actively. This was really the first play that I'd read to be considered before. Reading it was like holding something electric in your hands. The language is deceptively simple and aggressive. There was this feeling of seizure: "I don't know if I can do this.'
5You spend all day thinking about something and considering. For example, the movie, The Messenger (2009)...(exploring) grief, loss, the inevitable. Something we all go through. Something we all have experience with. Making the phone call, receiving the phone call that a loved one is no longer with us. You spend all day considering that - it's hard to shake. It's natural. I think it's normal. I would be worried about people who could turn that off. Power to them. I'm grateful for every experience, every film that allows a period of time to consider that and to feel these presented questions. But it takes a while. And, hopefully, if you do ask these questions and you are truthful with yourself, you meet yourself along the way.
6(On wearing wings for the part of "Angel" in X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)) Angels don't sit, apparently, so they just kind of pose and stand or sleep on couches face-down.
7The heat around young actors burns out. Natural ability and magnetism only get you so far. The rest is hard work.
8(On creating his characters) "Every role, every gig, you have to find a quality and you have to love the person. Not just like him, but love the person so you can care about what they care about."
9When X-men came around, it was a vacation. Like living in a theme park for six months. I got to fly around and kick bad guys' asses.
10[on getting the part in Liberty Heights (1999)] "It was so surreal just to audition for it to begin with. When I got the call I was passed out. I was at my family's house, just taking a break from my apartment, and my mom came and knocked on my door. I said, "Leave me alone!". She said, "No, wake up!" I had drool down my face, I picked up the phone, and my manager said, "You got it!" and I proceeded to do a parade around the house in my underpants for a good couple hours."
11[on his movie Big Trouble (2002)] "It was more of a crappy farce than a black comedy. I took the job so I could work with such a great director. But in the end, it ended up living up it its name. I've learned that calling a film a black comedy is like the kiss of death."
12[on acting and his role in Alpha Dog (2006)] "It is cathartic. You do learn a lot. This part in particular was a lot of realizing where man's weaknesses, where my weaknesses, are. The best direction that Nick gave me was, "you're a fast car that doesn't handle well." So I just went for it. But if I try to over-intellectualize it, my heart leaves it. Because when I was in it, I was possessed."
13[Talking about meditation practices] It's always difficult. To feel, rather than to think, to tap into that source and let it come through you. It takes courage. Because we feel it and then we get scared and we analyze it. We live in this thought web, we identify things and put them away and distance ourselves from them. But to be completely present? That is source, that is art, that is spirituality. And meditation is a way to defy fear and experience that source. *Laughs* I know this is all esoteric and weird.
14I'm so sick of sarcasm and irony, I could kill! Sincerely, the real root of things is love and sacrifice. Everything else is an illusion. I'm not trying to preach here. I can't tell anybody anything. But I will say, if you're available to them, there are so many great secrets in the world, so many signs. It's when we stop for a moment and listening that the world gets interesting.
15[on director Nick Cassavetes] Nick is magic. He doesn't tell you what he wants, he allows. And as long as you're taking chances and he feels that you are being truthful to yourself, then you can do no wrong.
16[on preparing for his character in Liberty Heights (1999)] The big goal for me was just to get the mental state of mind, this kind of pure innocence. My generation is pretty jaded, pretty cynical. Everything happens really fast. Too much, too fast. So I got all the Life and Look magazines from '54 to '55, stuff that would be at the family's house, on the coffee table. I listened to all the Columbia years of Frank Sinatra, stuff that would probably be on the radio. I talked to my grandmother and looked through her photo album. I talked to my dad.
17[Discussing his role in Hostage (2005)] In the novel, my character was written as a 400-pound, 30-year-old massive force. Since I am not that, I had to find a different direction. I based my character on a serial who saw his parents die and now has a fetish for little girls and watching people die.

#Trademark
1Frantic fast paced delivery
2Intense acting style
3Soft hoarse voice
4Calm mellow voice
5Often plays crazed, violent characters

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