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Elman at the 2004 Movieline Young Hollywood Awards
|Born||Benjamin David Elman
July 5, 1976
New York City, New York, U.S.
Life and career
Elman was born in New York City, and was raised in Montreal, Quebec. He attended Jewish day school in Montreal and has taught fourth-graders at a synagogue religious school in Southern California.
In Montreal, Elman began performing in plays such as The Children's Hour and Annie Get Your Gun before landing his first roles in TV (Are You Afraid of the Dark?) and film (Johnny Mnemonic). Elman graduated from McGill University with a BA in English.
He was part of the ensemble cast of the film Shattered Glass opposite Hayden Christensen and Peter Sarsgaard, and has guest-starred on numerous popular series including Crossing Jordan, Criminal Minds, Without a Trace, CSI: NY and The Closer. Recent roles include starring opposite Armand Assante in California Dreaming which won the Un Certain Regard award at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival; portraying a young Sigmund Freud, again opposite Assante and Ben Cross, in When Nietzsche Wept; and on the small screen, where he improvised with Larry David in HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm.
Elman and Eli Batalion direct and act in YidLife Crisis, a series of short comedy sketches about two 30-something Jewish friends. Most of the dialog is in Yiddish, which the two use (with only moderate success) as a secret language, but subtitles are provided in English and French.
|2001||Girl's Best Friend||Lucas White|
|2003||Shattered Glass||Aaron Bluth|
|2005||Mystery Woman: Game Time||Randy Lawrence||TV movie|
|2007||California Dreamin'||Sg. David McLaren|
|When Nietzsche Wept||Sigmund Freud|
|2010||Crazy/Sexy/Awkward||Ben Hoffman||Short movie|
|The Scientist||David Williams|
|Here and Now||Sam Walters||Short movie|
|2011||The Chicago 8||John Froines|
|2012||Crisis Point||Adam Wills||TV movie|
|A Night at the Office||Henry||Short movie|
|Wreck-It Ralph||Rancis Fluggerbutter||Voice|
|2013||Saving Lincoln||General George McClellan|
|Random Encounters||Zack Steiner|
|1992–1993||Are You Afraid of the Dark?||Friend / Student||2 episodes, uncredited|
|1996||My Hometown||Dennis Thompson|
|1997–2000||Student Bodies||Cody Anthony Miller||65 episodes|
|2002–2005||American Dreams||Luke Foley||26 episodes|
|2003||See Jane Date||Larry Fishtail|
|Without a Trace||Alex Durphy||Episode: "Sons and Daughters"|
|2005||The Closer||Dennis Burke||Episode: "Standards and Practices"|
|CSI: NY||Adam Sorenson||Episode: "Summer in the City"|
|2006||Criminal Minds||Kenneth Roberts||Episode: "Empty Planet"|
|2007||What About Brian||Max||Episode: "What About Finding Your Place..."|
|Crossing Jordan||Jonathan||Episode: "D.O.A."|
|The Business||The Writer||Episode: "Field Trip to Hollywood: Part 2"|
|Curb Your Enthusiasm||Jamie the Bartender||Episode: "The Freak Book"|
|2009||Mad Men||Howard Mann||Episode: "Out of Town"|
|Brainstorm||Ben Speilman||8 episodes|
|2010||The Young and the Restless||Jamie Peterson|
|NCIS||Realtor||Episode: "Royals & Loyals"|
|2012||House||Dr. Peter Treiber||Episode: "Post Mortem"|
|Rizzoli & Isles||Dan Hargrove||Episode: "Throwing Down the Gauntlet"|
|Covert Affairs||John Dexter||Episode: "Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)"|
|2014–||YidLife Crisis||Chaimie||Nominated – Canadian Screen Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Program or Series Produced for Digital Media (2017)|
|2011||Star Wars: The Old Republic||Theran Cedrax|||
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 17, 2013. Retrieved January 15, 2013.
- "Irreverent Yiddish comedic web series back for season ‘tsvey’". The Times of Israel. September 25, 2015. Retrieved 2016-04-02.
- "2017 Digital Media Nominees - Academy.ca". Academy.ca. Retrieved 10 March 2017.
- BioWare (2011-12-20). Star Wars: The Old Republic. Electronic Arts, LucasArts. Scene: closing credits, 9:50 in, English Cast.
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