Ken Baumann

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Ken Baumann
Born Kenneth Robert Baumann
(1989-08-08) August 8, 1989 (age 25)
Urbana, Illinois, U.S.
Other names Kenny Baumann
Occupation Actor, writer, publisher
Years active 2003–present
Spouse(s) Aviva Farber (2012–present)

Kenneth Robert "Ken" Baumann (born August 8, 1989) is an American actor, writer, and publisher. He is most known for playing Ben Boykewich on The Secret Life of the American Teenager. His first novel, Solip, will be published by Tyrant Books in 2013.[1] He owns and operates Sator Press, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit publishing company, and co-publishes No Colony, a literary journal, with Blake Butler (author). He is an angel investor in the learning platform Memrise.

Personal life[edit]

Baumann was born in Urbana, Illinois, the son of Vicki and Robert Baumann.[2] He grew up in Abilene, Texas, where his family owned and operated a miniature horse ranch and wildlife rescue. He is diagnosed with Crohn's disease.[3] He married actress Aviva Farber on June 16, 2012 in Malibu, California.[4]


Ken Baumann started acting at the age of 11 in New York and Texas. He moved to Los Angeles at age 14 and almost immediately landed a role as one of the leads in a pilot for Fox, alongside Alan Ruck and Kristen Johnson, penned by playwright Nicky Silver. Most recently, Ken shot the independent feature The Cottage', starring David Arquette, directed by Christopher Jaymes, and written by his friend Nick Antosca.

In 2013, Baumann wrote a nonfiction book relating his personal life to the cult-classic videogame Earthbound.[5]


Year Title Role Notes
2003 Riding the 9 Scott
2004 Tojenkawa puppet master
Birdie and Bogey Party Boy
Consideration Albert
2005 Don't Ask Calvin Collins
Falling Little Jimmy
2006 Sixty Minute Man Michael Hendersen
The Other Mall Trevor
Wolves in the Woods Peter
2008 Eli Stone Pete Johnson 1 episode
Spring Break '83 Jimmy
Whore Kenny
2008–2013 The Secret Life of the American Teenager Ben Boykewich Series Regular
2009 Here's Herbie Mike
2010–2011 Castle Ashley 3 episodes
The Cottage Justin
2013 Call Me Crazy: A Five Film Luke


Year Result Award Category Nominated Work
2009 Nominated Teen Choice Awards Choice Summer TV Star: Male The Secret Life of the American Teenager
Nominated Choice TV Actor: Drama
2010 Nominated Choice TV Actor: Drama
Nominated Choice Summer TV Star: Male
2012 Nominated Choice Summer TV Star: Male


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