Benben in 2002
|Born||Brian Edward Benben
June 18, 1956
Winchester, Virginia, U.S.
|Occupation||Film, stage and television actor|
|Spouse(s)||Madeleine Stowe (1982–present)|
Brian Edward Benben (born June 18, 1956) is an American actor, best known for his role as Martin Tupper in the HBO comedy television series Dream On (1990–1996), and also known as Dr. Sheldon Wallace on ABC medical drama Private Practice (2008–2013). Benben is married to Madeleine Stowe.
Life and career
Benben was born in Winchester, Virginia, the son of Gloria Patricia (Coffman) and Peter Michael Benben, Sr., a produce buyer. He later lived and attended high school in Marlboro, New York, followed by two years at Ulster County Community College in Stone Ridge, New York, after which he moved to New York City, where he worked various jobs while auditioning and acting. In 1983 he appeared in the Broadway play Slab Boys with Kevin Bacon, Sean Penn, Val Kilmer and Jackie Earle Haley. The play received tepid reviews and only ran on Broadway for 48 performances.
Although his first national exposure was in the 1981 NBC miniseries-then-series The Gangster Chronicles, Benben is perhaps best known for his leading role in the 1990-96 HBO television series, Dream On. He played a "by the book" FBI agent in the 1990 film Dark Angel (known in the U.S. as I Come in Peace). He had a starring role in the 1994 film Radioland Murders playing Mary Stuart Masterson's estranged husband. In September 1998, he starred in an eponymous primetime CBS sitcom, The Brian Benben Show, which lasted only one month on the air. In 2000s, Benben played Dr. Sheldon Wallace on Shonda Rhimes' Private Practice. His character was first introduced in December 2008, later became a recurring character, and finally a featured series regular. In 2014 he joined the cast of another Shonda Rhimes drama, Scandal.
In 1982, Benben married actress Madeleine Stowe, whom he met filming The Gangster Chronicles. Together they have one child, daughter May Theodora Benben (b. 1996). Benben and Stowe have a ranch home in Johnson City, Texas, west of Austin.
|1981||The Gangster Chronicles||Michael Lasker||TV mini-series|
|1986||Kay O'Brien||Dr. Mark Doyle||13 episodes|
|1990–1996||Dream On||Martin Tupper||119 episodes|
|1998||The Brian Benben Show||Brian Benben||also co-executive producer|
|2003||Kingpin||Dr. Heywood Klein||TV mini-series|
|2005||Masters of Horror||Dwight Faraday||Episode: "Deer Woman"|
|2008–2013||Private Practice||Dr. Sheldon Wallace||Recurring (Seasons 2-3), Main Cast (Seasons 4-6)|
|2014||Scandal||Leonard Carnahan||Episode: "An Innocent Man"|
|2015||Grace and Frankie||Charlie (Graces Internet date)||Episode: "The Earthquake"|
|1981||Gangster Wars||Michael Lasker||Based on The Gangster Chronicles|
|1988||Clean and Sober||Martin Laux|
|1989||Mortal Sins||Nathan Weinschank|
|1990||Dark Angel||Special Agent Arwood 'Larry' Smith|
|1994||Radioland Murders||Roger Henderson|
- "Brian Benben Biography (1956-)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2012-10-23.
- New York Times review of Slab Boys[dead link]
- The Broadway League. "IBDb profile/''Slab Boys''". Ibdb.com. Retrieved 2012-10-23.
- The Gangster Chronicles IMDb profile
- Private Practice/IMDb
- Exclusive: "Private Practice" Upgrades Brian Benben, Entertainment Weekly, June 15, 2010
- Abrams, Natalie (September 16, 2014). "'Private Practice' alum Brian Benben heads to 'Scandal'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved September 17, 2014.