Ben Mankiewicz

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Ben Mankiewicz
Born Benjamin Fredrick Mankiewicz
(1967-03-25) March 25, 1967 (age 48)
Washington, D.C.
Residence Santa Monica, California, United States
Alma mater Tufts University
Columbia University
Occupation Analyst, critic, journalist
Years active 2003-present
Spouse(s) Contessa Kellogg (2005–2009)
Lee Russo (m. 2013)
Relatives Frank Mankiewicz (father)
Holly Jolley Reynolds (mother)
Josh Mankiewicz (brother)
Tom Mankiewicz (cousin)
Nick Davis (cousin)
Herman Mankiewicz (grandfather)
Joseph L. Mankiewicz (great-nephew)

Benjamin Fredrick "Ben" Mankiewicz[1] (born March 25, 1967) is an American radio and television personality. He attended Georgetown Day High School, Tufts University, and Columbia University.[2]


Mankiewicz was born in Washington, D.C.[3] He is the son of Holly (née Jolley) and Frank Mankiewicz,[4] the cousin of the screenwriter Tom Mankiewicz, grandson of screenwriter Herman Mankiewicz, and great-nephew of screenwriter, producer, and director, Joseph L. Mankiewicz.[5][6] He is the brother of NBC News reporter Josh Mankiewicz. His cousin is filmmaker/television producer Nick Davis. His father was Jewish and his mother is a Mormon.[5]

On December 12, 2013, Mankiewicz married Lee Russo during the 2013 TCM Cruise aboard the Disney Magic. Film actor Robert Wagner walked Russo down the aisle. Mankiewicz and Russo have one child, Josie,[7] born on March 25, 2013, Mankiewicz's forty-sixth birthday.


Mankiewicz began his professional career as a reporter and an anchor for WCSC-TV (a CBS affiliate) in Charleston, South Carolina. In 1998, he joined WAMI in Miami, Florida, where he served as anchor of The Times, a daily news magazine show and the station’s highlight program.[8]

He is a regular fill-in and co-host of the progressive YouTube talk show The Young Turks, along with Cenk Uygur, and hosts TYT Sports and What The Flick?!, two spinoff shows on The Young Turks Network. On weekends, he presents classic movies on the American cable television channel, Turner Classic Movies. From 2004–07, he hosted TCM's Cartoon Alley, shown weekly on Saturday mornings and has acted as occasional fill-in host for TCM's full-time host, Robert Osborne.

In 2008, he and Ben Lyons replaced Roger Ebert and Richard Roeper on the syndicated TV program At the Movies.[9] In August 2009, Lyons and Mankiewicz were replaced by Michael Phillips from the Chicago Tribune and A.O. Scott from The New York Times.

Mankiewicz has made cameo appearances in the movies The Bling Ring (2013) and White House Down (2013).

Controversial statements[edit]

In January 2015, Mankiewicz, one of four main hosts, appeared on an episode of What the Flick?! to review the children's film Strange Magic and created a minor scandal by joking about and elaborating on his own experiences with watching "incest porn."[10][11] The clip later went viral and was lampooned on Comedy Central's Tosh.0, gaining the internet based movie review show additional public exposure. Popular film site Cinemablend described his comments as "bizarre and insanely inappropriate."[12]


  1. ^ Broadcasting – Google Books. Retrieved 2013-07-11. 
  2. ^ ""Ben Mankiewicz" at ''Huffington Post''". Retrieved 2013-07-11. 
  3. ^ "Ben Mankiewicz: Why the World Cup Is Better Than Twilight". 2010-07-01. Retrieved 2013-07-11. 
  4. ^ "What Mom taught me... – Inside Dateline". Retrieved 2013-07-11. 
  5. ^ a b Bonnett, Margie. "Frank Mankiewicz". Retrieved 2013-07-11. 
  6. ^ "". Retrieved 2013-07-11. 
  7. ^ "Grandson of ‘Citizen Kane’ co-writer continues a family tradition as a TCM host". Washington Post. 
  8. ^ "Ben Mankiewicz profile". Retrieved 2013-07-11. 
  9. ^ "Lyons, Mankiewicz named 'At the Movies' hosts". CNN. [dead link]
  10. ^ "Ben Mankiewicz: Film Critic Makes Astonishing Incest Porn Reference While Discussing Kids Movie". The Inquisitr News. 
  11. ^ What's Trending: Film Critic Makes Bizarre Incest Porn Reference On Show. I think "Incest Porn" = 2 stars on the Mankiewicz scale? by Jonathan Harris for What's Trending January 2015. Accessed online March 18, 2015
  12. ^ Movie News: Film Critic Drops A Disgusting Porn Reference In The Middle Of His Strange Magic Review by Joseph Baxter Accessed online August 2, 2015

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