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Mendelsohn at the Australian premiere of Killing Them Softly, 24 September 2012
|Born||Paul Benjamin Mendelsohn
3 April 1969
|Spouse(s)||Emma Forrest (m. 2012)|
Paul Benjamin "Ben" Mendelsohn (born 3 April 1969) is an Australian actor.
Mendelsohn was born in Melbourne, Australia, the son of Carole Ann (née Ferguson) and Frederick Arthur Oscar Mendelsohn. His father is a prominent medical researcher who heads the Howard Florey Institute in Melbourne. Ben and his two brothers, Tom and David, as well as his mother (deceased), a registered nurse, lived in Europe and the US for long periods of time, and returned to Melbourne in high school. He attended Heidelberg Primary School and Banyule High School. He took drama because he thought it was an easy class, and was the only one of his friends to follow up an audition for Crawford Productions which was being advertised.
In October 2009, Mendelsohn featured in the Australian series Who Do You Think You Are?, tracing his paternal grandfather's Jewish family. Searching for a connection to composer Felix Mendelssohn, which was eventually dismissed, he discovered links to 19th century Prussia. His ancestors were amongst the first Prussian Jews to be naturalised in Schneidemühl in the province of Posen, now Piła in modern Poland.
In 1983 while still at high school, he appeared in the role of an enslaved Inca in the Heidelberg Theatre Company's production of "The Royal Hunt of the Sun".
After several early television roles, including The Henderson Kids, he attracted notice in his breakout film, The Year My Voice Broke (1987), winning him the Australian Film Institute Award for Best Supporting Actor. His next major role was in The Big Steal (1990), and Spotswood (1992) co-starring with Anthony Hopkins; this was followed in 1996 by Cosi and Idiot Box. In 2000 he was in two contrasting films, the Australian Mullet and the Hollywood Vertical Limit.
In 2007, Mendelsohn starred in the third season of the TV series Love My Way and in 2008, he appeared in Baz Luhrmann's Australia and filmed the 10-part Melbourne series Tangle, which premiered on Showcase in 2009. In 2009, he appeared in the American science fiction film Knowing directed by Alex Proyas. The same year, Mendelsohn starred as Ned in Beautiful Kate, directed by Rachel Ward, opposite Bryan Brown and Rachel Griffiths.
In 2010, he appeared in Animal Kingdom, starring in the film as Andrew 'Pope' Cody, a criminal on the run from the law living in the notorious Melbourne Underworld. This role won him many awards including IF Award's Best Actor and the AFI's award for Best Actor in a Leading Role. He was also named GQ Australia's Actor of the Year for 2010.
In 2012, he appreared in Florence + the Machine's music video for Lover to Lover. The video was directed by Vincent Haycock. In 2013, he guest starred in the TV series Girls as the father of Jessa, played by Jemima Kirke.
|1986||The Still Point||Peter|
|1987||The Year My Voice Broke||Trevor Leishman|
|1990||The Big Steal||Danny Clarke|
|1990||Nirvana Street Murder||Luke|
|1990||Quigley Down Under||O'Flynn|
|1993||Say a Little Prayer||Nursery Manager|
|1993||Map of the Human Heart||Farmboy|
|1997||True Love and Chaos||Jerry|
|2000||Vertical Limit||Malcolm Bench|
|2001||Mullet||Eddie 'Mullet' Maloney|
|2002||Black and White||Rupert Murdoch|
|2005||The New World||Ben|
|2005||Second Chance||Dr. Larry Stewart|
|2009||Beautiful Kate||Ned Kendall|
|2010||Animal Kingdom||Andrew 'Pope' Cody|
|2012||The Dark Knight Rises||John Daggett|
|2012||Killing Them Softly||Russell|
|2012||The Place Beyond the Pines||Robin Van Der Zee|
|2014||How to Catch a Monster||Dave|
|1985||A Country Practice||Luke Dawson|
|1985||The Henderson Kids||Ted Morgan|
|1986||Prime Time||Batholomew 'Bart' Jones|
|1986||Fame and Misfortune|
|1988||All the Way||Lindsay Seymour|
|1987–1989||The Flying Doctors||Brad Harris / Brian|
|1989||This Man ... This Woman||Matthew Clarke|
|1989–1994||G. P.||Max Fisher / Phillip Barton|
|1995||Snowy River: The McGregor Saga||Dale Banks|
|1995||Police Rescue||Dean Forman|
|1995||Halifax f.p.||Peter Donaldson|
|1997||Good Guys Bad Guys||Brian O'Malley|
|1999||Queen Kat, Carmel & St Jude||Vince McCaffery|
|1999||Secret Men's Business||Doug Petersen|
|2001||Child Star: The Shirley Temple Story||Alexander Hall|
|2004||Petal to the Metal: The Making of 'Metal Skin'|
|2005||The Secret Life of Us||Rob|
|2006–2007||Love My Way||Lewis Feingold|
|2013||Girls||Season 2, Episode 7 as Jessa's father.|
- Who Do You Think You Are? Season 2, Episode 3, aired 11 October 2009 on SBS One.
- "Ben Mendelsohn: Mark Antony" on Life Matters, ABC Radio National (18 July 2005)
- , Ben Mendelsohn - GQ.
- Romei, Stephen. (2005). "The Face: Stephen Romei meets Ben Mendelsohn (actor)". Review liftout, p. 3, The Weekend Australian, 25–26 June 2005