Ben Koldyke

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Benjamin Koldyke
Born (1968-03-27) March 27, 1968 (age 50)
Chicago, Illinois, US
Occupation Actor
Years active 2000–present
Spouse(s) Maggie Lawson (m. 2015; div. 2017)[1]

Benjamin "Ben" Koldyke (born March 27, 1968) is an American actor who was most recently seen starring in Mr. Robinson for NBC.[2]

Career[edit]

Originally a high school English teacher and football coach in Chicago, Koldyke's acting career received a jump start after a chance encounter with It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia creator-star, Rob McElhenney. Regulars at the same Venice cafe, he covered Rob's tab with a note that said he "thought his show was fantastic," and this exchange led to Koldyke's first (of many) TV pilots, Boldly Going Nowhere for Fox, a few years later.[3]

After Boldly was not picked up, Koldyke went on to book recurring roles as Dale Tomasson in the HBO series Big Love and as Don Frank in How I Met Your Mother for CBS.[4]

In 2012, Koldyke starred as the lead character in the short-lived ABC comedy series Work It and later guest starred in HBO's The Newsroom.[5] 2013 saw him star in another ABC sitcom, Back in the Game, opposite James Caan and Maggie Lawson.[6] He has recently been seen in a significant arc on Showtime's Masters of Sex as teacher and football coach Paul Edley.[7]

Koldyke was seen on the big screen in 2016 in a supporting role for Disney's The Finest Hours alongside Chris Pine, Casey Affleck, Eric Bana, and Ben Foster.

Personal life[edit]

Koldyke was born in Chicago, Illinois, and grew up in nearby Kenilworth. His father, Martin J. "Mike" Koldyke, is a former investment banker who founded Frontenac Company in Chicago and is a life trustee of Northwestern University;[8] through his mother, Patricia Blunt Koldyke, he is a member of the family that controls Laird Norton Company, an investment company with roots in the timber industry of the Pacific Northwest.

After graduating high school, he did a post-graduate year at esteemed Choate Rosemary Hall .He graduated in 1991 from Dartmouth College, where he earned a bachelor's degree in English and was a quarterback for the football team.[9]

On August 8, 2015, Koldyke married actress Maggie Lawson in a ceremony at his family's ranch in Las Vegas, New Mexico.

In early 2017, Lawson filed for divorce from Koldyke.[1]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2000 The Next Best Thing Kelly's Boyfriend
2000 Thirteen Days RF-8 Pilot
2001 Red Zone Dutch Van Roble Also writer and director
2002 Osama Bin Laden: Behind the Madness Writer and director
2003 Say I Do Ben
2003 Stuck on You Officer Tommy Johnson
2008 Jedi Gym Master Flynn Short film, also writer and director
2016 The Finest Hours Sam

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2002 24 LAPD Officer Episode: "Day 2: 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m."
2009 Boldly Going Nowhere TV pilot
2009 It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Sean Episode: "The Gang Exploits the Mortgage Crisis"
2009 The Big D Will Dupree TV pilot
2009 This Little Piggy TV pilot
2010 Big Love Dale Tomasson 5 episodes
2009–2010 How I Met Your Mother Don Frank 6 episodes
2012 Work It Lee Standish Series regular, 11 episodes
2013 The Newsroom Cyrus West Episode: "First Thing We Do, Let's Kill All the Lawyers"
2013 Back in the Game Dick Slingbaugh Series regular
2014-2016 Gortimer Gibbon's Life on Normal Street Greg Gibbon Recurring
2015 Mr. Robinson Jimmy Series regular
2015 Masters of Sex Paul Edley Recurring
2017 Curb Your Enthusiasm Dave Episode: "The Accidental Text on Purpose"
2018 Silicon Valley Ben Episode: "Chief Operating Officer"

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Ben Koldyke Selling Updated 1920s Santa Monica Craftsman". Variety. February 9, 2018. Retrieved February 10, 2018. 
  2. ^ Nellie Andreeva. "Ben Koldyke To Co-Star In NBC Series 'Mr. Robinson', Manish Dayal In CW's 'Identity'". Deadline. Retrieved 7 January 2016. 
  3. ^ Nellie Andreeva; AP (21 October 2008). "Rookie takes lead in Fox's 'Boldly'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 7 January 2016. 
  4. ^ Waterman, Lauren (2001-01-30). "Ben Koldyke Talks Dale's Twist on Big Love and Getting Naked in How I Met Your Mother". New York Magazine. Retrieved 2010-02-20. 
  5. ^ Andriakos, Jacqueline (2012-01-14). "Work it is cancelled by ABC | Inside TV | EW.com". Insidetv.ew.com. Retrieved 2013-08-14. 
  6. ^ Lacey Rose (4 August 2013). "Cullen Brothers, James Caan Preview ABC's 'Back in the Game'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 7 January 2016. 
  7. ^ Denise Petski. "Brent Sexton Joins Amazon's 'Bosch' – Deadline". Deadline. Retrieved 7 January 2016. 
  8. ^ Lyon, Jeff (15 May 1988). "Grabbing the Wheel". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 10 August 2015. 
  9. ^ "Ben Koldyke biography". TVGuide.com. Retrieved 10 August 2015. 

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