Ben Foster

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Ben Foster
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Ben Foster at the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con International.
Born Benjamin A. Foster
(1980-10-29) October 29, 1980 (age 35)
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1996–present
Relatives Jon Foster (brother)

Benjamin A. "Ben" Foster (born October 29, 1980)[1] is an American actor. He has had roles in films including The Laramie Project, Liberty Heights, Get Over It, The Punisher, Hostage, X-Men: The Last Stand, Alpha Dog, 30 Days of Night, The Messenger, Bang Bang You're Dead, The Mechanic, Contraband, Pandorum,[2] and Lone Survivor. He received best supporting actor nominations from both the Saturn and Satellite Awards for his 2007 role in the film 3:10 to Yuma.[3]

Early and personal life[edit]

Foster was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of restaurant owners Gillian Kirwan and Steven Foster.[4][5][6] He has described his parents as "free-spirited, Vietnam-protesting hippies".[7] 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 broken into by robbers while they were present.[6][7]

Foster was raised Jewish, and had a Bar Mitzvah ceremony.[7][8] His paternal grandparents were Celia (Segal) and Abraham Foster, who was a prominent judge and politician in Boston; their families emigrated from Russia.[9][10][11] Foster practices Transcendental Meditation,[12] and, while living in Fairfield, attended the Maharishi University of Management.[6]

Foster began a relationship with actress Robin Wright in early 2012.[13][14] They became engaged in early 2014,[15] but called off their engagement on November 12, 2014[16] before reconciling again.[17] On August 29th, 2015 they announced they were ending their second engagement.[18]


Foster in December 2007.

Foster began working as an actor when he was sixteen years old.[6] He dropped out of high school and moved to Los Angeles to pursue his career.[citation needed] 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.[6] 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.[6] 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.[19] In 2007, he played cold-blooded killer Charlie Prince in the Western film 3:10 to Yuma.[20] In February 2013, he was cast to replace Shia LaBeouf in the Broadway play Orphans as his first theater performance.[21] In May 2014 it was announced that he would star opposite Gillian Anderson and Vanessa Kirby in Benedict Andrews' new production of A Streetcar Named Desire at the Young Vic in London.[22] That production closed on September 19, 2014.

On December 4, 2013, Legendary Pictures announced that Foster would be joining the cast of the Warcraft film adaptation, set to be released in March 2016.[23] Foster is to play Lance Armstrong in an upcoming biopic.[24][25]



Year Title Role Notes
1996 Kounterfeit Travis
1999 Liberty Heights Ben Kurtzman
2001 Get Over It Berke Landers Nominated — Teen Choice Award for Choice Chemistry
(shared with Kirsten Dunst)
2002 The Laramie Project Aaron Kreifels
2002 Big Trouble Matt Arnold
2002 Phone Booth Big Q Uncredited
2003 Northfork Cod
2003 11:14 Eddie
2004 The Punisher Spacker Dave
2004 The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things Fleshy Boy
2005 Hostage Marshall "Mars" Krupcheck
2006 Alpha Dog Jake Mazursky Young Hollywood Award for Breakthrough Performance - Male
2006 X-Men: The Last Stand Warren Worthington III / Angel
2007 3:10 to Yuma Charlie Prince Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor (2nd place)
Central Ohio Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor (2nd place)
Nominated — Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2007 30 Days of Night The Stranger
2008 Birds of America Jay
2009 The Messenger Staff Sergeant Will Montgomery Women Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor
Nominated — San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor
Nominated — St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Nominated — Gotham Award for Breakthrough Actor/Actress
2009 Blink AJ Short film
2009 Pandorum Bower
2011 Here Will Shepard
2011 The Mechanic Steve McKenna
2011 360 Tyler
2011 Rampart Terry Also producer
2012 Contraband Sebastian Abney
2013 North of South, West of East Cass
2013 Kill Your Darlings William Burroughs
2013 Ain't Them Bodies Saints Patrick Wheeler
2013 Lone Survivor Matthew "Axe" Axelson
2015 The Program Lance Armstrong Limited release
2016 The Finest Hours Seaman Richard Livesey
2016 Warcraft Medivh Post-production
2016 Inferno Bertrand Zobrist Post-production
2016 Comancheria Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1996–1997 Flash Forward Tucker "Tuck" James Lead role; 26 episodes
Nominated — Gemini Award for Best Performance in a Children's or Youth Program or Series (1997, 1998)
1998 You Wish Earl Episode: "Future Shock"
1998 I've Been Waiting for You Charlie Television film
1998 Breakfast with Einstein Ryan Television film
1999–2000 Freaks and Geeks Eli 2 episodes
2000 Family Law Jason Nelson Episode: "A Mother's Son"
2001–2002 Boston Public Max Warner 2 episodes
2002 Bang Bang You're Dead Trevor Adams Television film
Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer in Children's Programming
2003–2005 Six Feet Under Russell Corwin 22 episodes (1 uncredited)
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2004)
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2005)
2005 Dead Zone, TheThe Dead Zone Darren Foldes Episode: "The Last Goodbye"
2007 My Name Is Earl Glenn 2 episodes
2012 Robot Chicken Orville Redenbacher / Time traveller Voice; episode: "Executed by the State"


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  2. ^ Ordona, Michael (November 1, 2009). "Ben Foster puts his heart into The Messenger". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved November 15, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Ben Foster". Yahoo! Movies. 2010. Retrieved November 15, 2010. 
  4. ^ Fee, Gayle; Laura Raposa (September 3, 1995). "Inside Track: Pool barons foster son's fledgling career". Boston Herald. Retrieved November 15, 2010.  (subscription required)
  5. ^ 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. (subscription required)
  6. ^ a b c d e f Abel, Judy (November 15, 2009). "Exploring life’s ‘darker corners’". The Boston Globe. Retrieved November 15, 2010. 
  7. ^ a b c Miller, Gerri (1999). "Foster Reaches for the "Heights"". JVibe. Archived from the original on 2000-05-23. Retrieved November 12, 2006. 
  8. ^ Sragow, Michael (December 16, 1999). "It's a boy's, boy's, boy's world (and a girl's)". Retrieved November 15, 2010. 
  9. ^ Breed, Allan G. (February 4, 1999). "Ben Foster reaches for new Heights". Lawrence Journal-World. Retrieved December 10, 2007. 
  10. ^ Lakshmanan, Indira A.R. (December 27, 1994). "A. Frank Foster, judge who once halted a man's beating; at 84". Boston Globe. 
  11. ^ "CELIA ( SEGAL) FOSTER « Brezniak Rodman Funeral Directors". 2010-06-28. Retrieved 2014-05-12. 
  12. ^ DeYoung, Bill (October 27, 2009). "Extreme closeup: Ben Foster". Connect Savannah. Archived from the original on 8 November 2010. Retrieved November 15, 2010. 
  13. ^ "Robin Wright and Ben Foster Get Cozy". February 10, 2012. Retrieved April 19, 2013. 
  14. ^ Justin Ravitz (December 24, 2012). "Robin Wright, 46, and Ben Foster, 32, Affectionate During Shopping Trip". US Magazine. Retrieved April 19, 2013. 
  15. ^ Alexis L. Loinaz (January 11, 2014). "Robin Wright and Ben Foster are engaged". Retrieved January 11, 2014. 
  16. ^ Marquina, Sierra (November 12, 2014). "Robin Wright and Ben Foster Split, Call Off 10-Month Engagement -- Find Out What Went Wrong". Us Magazine. Retrieved November 13, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Introducing Robin Wright, Our April 2015 Cover Star". Vanity Fair. 
  18. ^ Webber, Stephanie. "Robin Wright, Ben Foster Call Off Engagement For the Second Time". Retrieved 29 August 2015. 
  19. ^ "X-Men star Foster risks eyesight to play druggie". Contact Music. December 12, 2006. Retrieved December 12, 2006. 
  20. ^ "Interview: Ben Foster, actor and producer". The Scotsman. February 17, 2012. Retrieved September 15, 2012. 
  21. ^ Lawson, Richard (21 February 2013). "Ben Foster to Replace Shia LaBeouf, Esquire Reader, on Broadway". The Atlantic Wire. Yahoo!. Retrieved 21 February 2013. 
  22. ^ "Ben Foster and Vanessa Kirby join Young Vic's Streetcar". London Theatre. Retrieved 9 June 2014. 
  23. ^ Collura, Scott (December 4, 2013). "Ben Foster and Dominic Cooper Head for Warcraft". IGN. Retrieved December 5, 2013. 
  24. ^ Windsor, Richard (2014-11-13). "Bikes from Lance Armstrong movie to be sold off". Time Inc. Retrieved 2014-11-14. 
  25. ^ Roxborough, Scott (2013-10-23). "First Look: Ben Foster as Lance Armstrong in Stephen Frears' Biopic". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2014-11-14. 

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