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Ben McKenzie

McKenzie is the son of the lawyer Pieter Meade Schenkkan. His mother Mary Frances is a writer, journalist and professor at a university in Texas. He was born in Austin, Texas, where he grew up with his two younger brothers Zack and Nate. His uncle is actor and Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Schenkkan; his second cousin Sarah Drew is also an actress. After graduating in Economics and International Relations at the University of Virginia, he moved to New York in order to devote his attention to acting. There he received first in off-Broadway productions different roles, before moving to Los Angeles and was hired there for a starring role in the television series The OC, with the fourth season came to an end on 22 February 2007. For his portrayal of Ryan Atwood in the series he won several awards between 2003 and 2007. Since 2014 he portrayed in the crime series Gotham Detective James Gordon. McKenzie is politically interested and active. He was one of the speakers at the meeting of the Democrats in the summer of 2004.

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Sep 12, 1978 In Austin, Texas, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series LIVE with Kelly and Ryan 1988-09-05
Latest Project:
Movie Line of Duty 2019-12-25
Known For
Poster of The Report
Poster of Batman: Year One
Poster of Johnny Got His Gun
Poster of 88 Minutes
Movie Line of Duty Dean Keller 2019-12-25
Movie The Report Scrubbed CIA Officer 2019-09-12
Series The Accidental Wolf Cast 2017-05-01
Movie Night of Too Many Stars: America Unites for Autism Programs Himself 2017-11-18
Series The Late Late Show with James Corden Self 2015-03-23
Movie Some Kind of Beautiful Brian 2015-07-16
Series Gotham James "Jim" Gordon 2014-09-22
Movie Goodbye World Nick 2013-06-15
Movie The Advocates Henry Bird 2013-02-03
Movie Adventures in the Sin Bin Michael 2012-06-08
Movie Batman: Year One Batman / Bruce Wayne (voice) 2011-10-18
Series Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated Odnarb 2010-07-12
Series Southland Ben Sherman 2009-04-09
Movie Johnny Got His Gun Joe Bonham 2008-10-22
Movie 88 Minutes Mike Stemp 2007-02-14
Series The Reichen Show Unknown 2005-11-11
Movie Junebug Johnny 2005-08-03
Movie Desperate Souls Unknown 2005-10-04
Series Jimmy Kimmel Live! Himself 2003-01-26
Series Punk'd Himself 2003-03-17
Series Abby Unknown 2003-01-06
Series The O.C. Ryan Atwood 2003-08-05
Series The Ellen DeGeneres Show Self 2003-09-08
Series Good Day Live Unknown 2001-09-17
Series The District Unknown 2000-10-07
Series The View Unknown 1997-08-11
Series MADtv Unknown 1995-10-14
Series JAG Petty Officer Spencer 1995-09-23
Series Late Night with Conan O'Brien Unknown 1993-09-13
Series LIVE with Kelly and Ryan Unknown 1988-09-05