Benjamin Walker (actor)
Walker in March 2012.
|Born||Benjamin Walker Davis
June 21, 1982 
|Spouse(s)||Mamie Gummer (2011-present)|
Benjamin Walker Davis (born June 21, 1982), better known as Benjamin Walker, is an American actor. He is best known for playing the title role in the 2012 film Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, as well as for his appearances in the movies Kinsey (as Alfred Kinsey at age 19), Harlon Block in Clint Eastwood's Flags of Our Fathers, and his critically acclaimed portrayal of Andrew Jackson in the Off-Broadway and Broadway incarnations of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson.
Walker was born Benjamin Walker Davis in Georgia, the son of Jeannine (née Walker), a music teacher, and Greg Davis, who owned a movie rental store and works in financial services. He took his mother's maiden name as his stage name because there was another Benjamin Davis already registered with the Screen Actors Guild. Walker attended Cartersville High School in Cartersville, Georgia, the Interlochen Arts Academy in Traverse City, Michigan, and the Juilliard School in New York City. He graduated from the Juilliard Actor Training Program in 2004. Walker became engaged to actress Mamie Gummer, the daughter of actress Meryl Streep, in 2009, and they were married in 2011. They lived in an apartment in Park Slope, Brooklyn, New York City. In March 2013, it was announced that Gummer and Walker have amicably separated and plan to divorce. 
In February 2007, Walker portrayed Bertram Cates in the Broadway revival of Inherit the Wind opposite two-time Tony Award winners Christopher Plummer and Brian Dennehy, and Tony Award winner Denis O'Hare, under the direction of Doug Hughes. The production of Inherit the Wind opened at the Lyceum Theatre on April 12 and enjoyed a 10-week run to a capacity house. Inherit the Wind was nominated for four Tony awards including best revival.
In April 2008, Walker appeared as the Chevalier Danceny in the Roundabout Theatre Company's production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses directed by Rufus Norris and starring Laura Linney, Ben Daniels and Mamie Gummer. Benjamin Walker played the inexperienced lover who becomes the sex pawn of the pernicious La Marquise de Merteuil (Linney). Described as the "definitive battle of the sexes" by Broadway World the production enjoyed a capacity house and was nominated for six Tony awards.
In 2010-2011 Walker starred as Andrew Jackson in Alex Timber's "Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson" off-Broadway at the Public Theater and then making a transfer to Broadway's Jacob's Theater. The emo rock musical with lyrics and music by Michael Friedman enjoyed a successful but short run. The show was also a critical hit but was not nominated for awards except for set design.
Walker initially starred as Andrew Jackson in the Alex Timbers/Michael Friedman musical Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, during its December 2007 world premiere at the Center Theatre Group's Kirk Douglas Theatre in Los Angeles, CA.
An irreverent rock musical retelling of the life and legacy of Jackson, Walker had continued to star in the show's numerous incarnations to great critical acclaim since its debut, including Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson: The Concert Version (a four week workshop run at New York's Public Theater in March 2009), and its thrice-extended return engagement at The Public in March 2010. He went on to reprise his performance in the Broadway production at the Bernard Jacobs Theatre, which opened on October 13, 2010 to rave reviews. The production closed on January 2, 2011.
Walker's other theater credits include The Arrangements at the Atlantic Theatre Company (NYC - 2005), the Lincoln Center Theater workshop of Spring Awakening (NYC - 2005), Lady Windermere's Fan (Williamstown Theatre Festival - 2005), and Romeo and Juliet (Williamstown Theatre Festival - 2006).
Also a stand-up comedian, Walker has performed at Caroline's (NYC), Comedy Village (NYC) and The Comedy Store (Los Angeles). His comedy show, "Find the Funny", which features comics and taped short narratives and skits, is performed regularly in New York City.
Walker starred in Will Frears' short narrative film, All Saint's Day (2007), which ran at Tribeca, Sarasota, and SCADs film festivals. The film was the Savannah College of Art and Design winner for the narrative short category.
Walker appeared in two independent films in 2009: in Will Frears' Coach as "Andy" and in Ron Daniel's film adaption of Naomi Wallace's play The War Boys (2009) as "David".
It was announced on January 28, 2011, that Walker would play the starring role in the film adaptation of Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter. The film was released on June 22, 2012. Walker told Rolling Stone magazine that he read a number of biographies on Lincoln to help prepare for the role.
|2006||My Favorite Fairy Tales Volume 2||Voice only|
|2006||My Favorite Fairy Tales Volume 4||Voice only|
|2004||Kinsey||Kinsey at 19|
|2006||3 lbs||Nick Ross||TV series 1 episode|
|2006||Flags of Our Fathers||Harlon Block|
|2007||All Saints Day||Matthew|
|2009||The War Boys||David|
|2011||The Hot Potato||Danny|
|2012||Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter||Abraham Lincoln|
|2012||Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight||Kevin Kennedy|
- "Mamie Gummer Engaged to Stage Actor Ben Walker". BroadwayWorld.com. October 20, 2009.
- "30 Under 30 - Benjamin Walker". BroadwaySpace.com. 2011. "Age: 28"
- "INTERVIEW: Benjamin Walker". Broadway.com. April 19, 2007.
- "The War Boys: Press Notes" (PDF). Retrieved September 12, 2011.
- "Meryl Streep's daughter Mamie Gummer marries". Entertainment Weekly. July 20, 2011.
- Yuan, Jada (January 6, 2013). "Benjamin Walker Returns to Broadway for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof". Vulture.com. Retrieved February 27, 2013.
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- Opening Night: Inherit the Wind, Video Feature: Broadway.com Buzz[dead link]
- "Photo Coverage: Arrivals for 'LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES'". BroadwayWorld.com. May 2, 2008.
- "BLOODY, BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON Plays The Public Theatre, Previews 3/23/2010". BroadwayWorld.com. October 22, 2009.
- "BLOODY BLOODY Opens at Bernard Jacobs Theatre, 10/13". BroadwayWorld.com. October 13, 2010.
- Widdicombe, Lizzie (May 24, 2010). "Finding The Funny". The New Yorker.
- "Coach". Lightning Entertainment.
- "Benjamin Walker to Star in Broadway Transfer of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson". Broadway.com. July 15, 2010. Retrieved October 6, 2010.
- "Ben Walker is Abe Lincoln, 'Vampire Hunter'". Variety.com. January 28, 2011. Retrieved January 28, 2011.
- Gavin Edwards (May 2012). "Big Dead President: Benjamin Walker". Rolling Stone (Summer Bonus Issue): 51.
- "Legendary Pictures Scraps Alex Proyas' PARADISE LOST Starring Bradley Cooper". Collider.com. February 9, 2012. Retrieved May 17, 2012.
- "Gawking at the shoot of Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight". AllOverAlbany.com. May 10, 2012. Retrieved May 17, 2012.