Ben Shenkman

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Ben Shenkman
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Shenkman at 2009 Comic-Con
Born Benjamin Shenkman
(1968-09-26) September 26, 1968 (age 47)
New York City, New York, USA
Years active 1990s-present
Spouse(s) Lauren Bennett Greilsheimer (2005-present)[1]

Benjamin "Ben" Shenkman (born September 26, 1968) is an American television, film, and stage actor, who is best known for his role as one of HankMed's concierge doctors, Dr. Jeremiah Sacani, in USA Network's TV series, Royal Pains.

Personal life[edit]

Shenkman was born in New York City, the son of Katherine, who was an associate at a law firm, and Shepard A. Sheinkman, who worked for a consulting company.[1] He graduated from Brown University, and obtained a Masters of Fine Arts in 1993 from New York University's Graduate Acting Program at the Tisch School of the Arts.[1][2] Shenkman's sister, Elizabeth, is married to British publisher Jamie Byng.[3]


He began his professional acting career with a small role in the 1994 film Quiz Show directed by Robert Redford and a guest-starring role on Law & Order, his first of seven appearances throughout the run of the show.[4] He also began working in theatre, portraying Louis Ironson in Tony Kushner's play Angels in America at San Francisco's American Conservatory Theatre.[5]

While still at New York University, Shenkman played the role of Roy Cohn in a workshop production of the play, and he would reprise the role of Louis eight years later in the HBO miniseries adaptation, earning Emmy and Golden Globe nominations. Throughout the 1990s, Shenkman combined work in off-Broadway productions in New York with small roles in films such as Eraser (1996), The Siege (1998), π (1998), and Jesus' Son (1999), Chasing Sleep (2000), and Requiem for a Dream (2000). In 2000, Shenkman gained success in the theatre, co-starring with Mary-Louise Parker in the Manhattan Theatre Club production of Proof, for which he received a 2001 Tony nomination. After the release of HBO's Angels in America miniseries, he returned to Manhattan Theatre club in 2004 in Sight Unseen opposite Laura Linney.[citation needed]

As his career continued, Shenkman moved between studio films such as Must Love Dogs (2005) and Just Like Heaven (2005), and independent movies such as Then She Found Me (2008), Brief Interviews with Hideous Men (2008), and Breakfast with Scot (2008), a gay-themed film made in Canada for which the NHL notably endorsed the use of a team's logo and uniforms.[6] In 2010, he appeared with Michael Douglas in Solitary Man and the Sundance premiere Blue Valentine.[citation needed]

He also acted on TV as a series regular in the 2008 Julianna Margulies legal drama Canterbury's Law on Fox, and in recurring roles on Grey's Anatomy, Burn Notice, Damages, Drop Dead Diva, and FX's Lights Out.[4] He co-starred in the short-lived NBC sitcom The Paul Reiser Show, which was a midseason replacement for the 2010-11 television season.[7]

In 2012, he joined USA network's Royal Pains as the recurring character Dr. Jeremiah Sacani, and was promoted to series regular the following season, the show's fifth. In the fall of 2015, the series wrapped production of its final season, which aired in the summer of 2016. In 2015, Shenkman also was on Broadway opposite Larry David, and later Jason Alexander, in David's hit comedy Fish in the Dark, which had a sold-out six-month limited run at the Cort Theater.[citation needed]


Year Film Role Notes
1993–2009 Law & Order Nick Margolis 7 episodes
1994 Quiz Show Childress
1996 New York Undercover Gabe Green 1 episode: 'Sympathy for the Devil'
Eraser Reporter
1997 Camp Stories Yehudah
1998 Pi Lenny Meyer
The Siege INS Agent Howard Kaplan
1999 Thick as Thieves Veterinarian
Jesus' Son Tom
30 Days Jordan Trainer
2000 Table One Scott
Joe Gould's Secret David
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Max Knaack 1 episode: 'Chat Room'
Requiem for a Dream Dr. Spencer
Chasing Sleep Officer Stewart
Bed Short film
2001–2003 Ed Frank Carr/Andy Bednarik 3 episodes
2002 Personal Velocity: Three Portraits Max
People I Know Radio announcer (voice)
Roger Dodger Donovan
Stella shorts 1998-2002 Hans
2003 Angels in America Louis Ironson 6 episodes
Nomination - Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
Nomination - Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
2004 Waking Dreams Charles Short film
2005 Law & Order: Trial by Jury Irv Kressel 2 episodes
Must Love Dogs Charlie
Stella Carl 1 episode 'Meeting Girls'
Just Like Heaven Brett
2006 Twenty Questions Brian
Americanese Steve
Love Monkey Scott 6 episodes
2007 The Key Man Martin
Wainy Days Clovie 1 episode: 'My Turn'
Then She Found Me Dr. Freddy Epner
Breakfast with Scot Sam
2008 Canterbury's Law Russell Krauss 6 episodes
2009 Body Politic Jim Sperlock
Brief Interviews with Hideous Men Subject 14
Private Practice Rob Harmon 1 episode: 'Ex-Life'
Grey's Anatomy Rob Harmon 3 episodes
Burn Notice Tom Strickler 4 episodes
Solitary Man Pete Hartofilias
2010 Lights Out Mike Fumosa 5 episodes
Blue Valentine Sam Feinberg
Damages Curtis Gates 11 episodes
Love Shack Skip Blitzer
The Paul Reiser Show Jonathan Series regular
2011 Drop Dead Diva Dr. Bill Kendall Recurring role
2012–2016 Royal Pains Dr. Jeremiah Sacani Main Cast (Season 5-8), recurring previously (Season 4).
2013 Concussion Graeme
Breathe In Sheldon
2016 Billions Ira 2 episodes
The Night Of Sgt. Klein


  1. ^ a b c "Lauren Greilsheimer and Ben Shenkman." New York Times. September 18, 2005.
  2. ^ "NYU Graduate Acting Alumni". 2011. Retrieved 2011-12-01. 
  3. ^ "Elizabeth Sheinkman and James Byng". The New York Times. July 3, 2005. 
  4. ^ a b "Ben Shenkman". IMDb. 
  5. ^ Harvey, Dennis (October 31, 1994). "Angels in America Theater Review". Variety. 
  6. ^ DeGroot, Martin. "Queer Film Festival Hopes to Involve More of Public", Toronto Star, March 4, 2008.
  7. ^ "NBC Unveils 2010-11 Primetime Schedule Accented by Five New Comedies, Seven New Dramas and New Alternative Program". The Futon Critic. May 16, 2010. Retrieved May 31, 2010. 

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