Ben Foster (actor)
Foster in December 2007
October 29, 1980 |
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
|Relatives||Jon Foster (brother)|
Ben Foster (born October 29, 1980) is an American actor. His film roles include 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, and Pandorum. He received best supporting actor nominations from both the Saturn and Satellite Awards for his 2007 role in the film 3:10 to Yuma.
Early and personal life
Foster was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of restaurant owners Gillian Kirwan (née Sterling) and Steven Foster. He has described his parents as "free-spirited, Vietnam-protesting hippies". 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 burglarized while they were present.
Foster was raised in his father's Jewish religion. His paternal grandmother emigrated from Russia, to escape pogroms, in 1923. Foster practices Transcendental Meditation, and, while living in Fairfield, attended the Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment.
Foster began working as an actor when he was sixteen years old. Foster dropped out of high school and moved to Los Angeles to pursue his career. 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. 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. 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. In 2007, he played cold-blooded killer Charlie Prince in the critically acclaimed western film 3:10 to Yuma. In February 2013, he was cast to replace Shia LaBeouf in the Broadway play Orphans as his first theater performance.
|1996–97||Flash Forward||Tucker James||26 episodes|
|1998||I've Been Waiting for You||Charlie||Television film|
|1998||You Wish||Earl||Episode: "Future Shock"|
|1998||Breakfast with Einstein||Ryan||Television film|
|1999||Liberty Heights||Ben Kurtzman|
|1999||Freaks and Geeks||Eli|
|2000||Family Law||Jason Nelson||Episode: "A Mother's Son"|
|2001||Get Over It||Berke Landers|
|2001||Boston Public||Max Warner||Episode: "Chapter Twenty-Nine"|
|2002||The Laramie Project||Aaron Kreifels|
|2002||Big Trouble||Matt Arnold|
|2002||Bang Bang You're Dead||Trevor Adams|
|2002||Phone Booth||Big Q (uncredited)|
|2003||Six Feet Under||Russell Corwin||22 episodes|
|2004||The Punisher||Spacker Dave|
|2004||The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things||Fleshy Boy|
|2005||The Dead Zone||Darren Foldes||Episode: "The Last Goodbye"|
|2006||X-Men: The Last Stand||Warren Worthington III / Angel|
|2007||Alpha Dog||Jake Mazursky|
|2007||3:10 to Yuma||Charlie Prince|
|2007||My Name Is Earl||Glenn|
|2007||30 Days of Night||The Stranger|
|2008||Birds of America||Jay|
|2009||The Messenger||Staff Sergeant Will Montgomery|
|2011||The Mechanic||Steve McKenna|
|2013||Ain't Them Bodies Saints||Patrick Wheeler|
|2013||Kill Your Darlings||William Burroughs|
|2013||Lone Survivor||Matt Axelson||Post-production|
|1997||Flash Forward||Gemini Award||Nominated||Best Performance in a Children's or Youth Program or Series (for episode "Presents")|
|1998||Flash Forward||Gemini Award||Nominated||Best Performance in a Children's or Youth Program or Series (for episode "Fresh Start All Over Again")|
|2001||Get Over It||Teen Choice Awards||Nominated||Film — Choice Chemistry (shared with Kirsten Dunst)|
|2003||Bang Bang You're Dead||Daytime Emmy Award||Won||Outstanding Performer in a Children's Special|
|2004||Six Feet Under||Screen Actors Guild Award||Won||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (shared with 11 others)|
|2005||Six Feet Under||Screen Actors Guild Award||Nominated||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (shared with 14 others)|
|2006||Alpha Dog||Young Hollywood Awards||Won||Breakthrough Performance — Male|
|2007||3:10 to Yuma||Satellite Award||Nominated||Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Drama|
|2008||3:10 to Yuma||Screen Actors Guild Award||Nominated||Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture (shared with 8 others)|
|2008||3:10 to Yuma||Saturn Award||Nominated||Best Supporting Actor|
|2009||The Messenger||Gotham Awards||Nominated|||
|2009||The Messenger||San Diego Film Critics Society||Nominated||Best Actor|
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- Fee, Gayle; Laura Raposa (September 3, 1995). "Inside Track: Pool barons foster son's fledgling career". Boston Herald. Retrieved November 15, 2010.
- 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.
- Abel, Judy (November 15, 2009). "Exploring life’s ‘darker corners’". The Boston Globe. Retrieved November 15, 2010.
- Miller, Gerri (1999). "Foster Reaches for the "Heights"". JVibe. Retrieved November 12, 2006.
- Sragow, Michael (December 16, 1999). "It's a boy's, boy's, boy's world (and a girl's)". Salon.com. Retrieved November 15, 2010.
- Breed, Allan G. (February 4, 1999). "Ben Foster reaches for new Heights". Lawrence Journal-World. Retrieved December 10, 2007.
- DeYoung, Bill (October 27, 2009). "Extreme closeup: Ben Foster". Connect Savannah. Archived from the original on 8 November 2010. Retrieved November 15, 2010.
- "Robin Wright and Ben Foster Get Cozy". People.com. February 10, 2012. Retrieved April 19, 2013.
- Justin Ravitz (December 24, 2012). "Robin Wright, 46, and Ben Foster, 32, Affectionate During Shopping Trip". US Magazine. Retrieved April 19, 2013.
- "X-Men star Foster risks eyesight to play druggie". Contact Music. December 12, 2006. Retrieved December 12, 2006.
- "Interview: Ben Foster, actor and producer". The Scotsman. February 17, 2012. Retrieved September 15, 2012.
- Lawson, Richard (21 February 2013). "Ben Foster to Replace Shia LaBeouf, Esquire Reader, on Broadway". The Atlantic Wire. Yahoo!. Retrieved 21 February 2013.
- "Awards: Ben Foster". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved September 15, 2012.
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