Shaun Benson

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Shaun Benson
Born (1976-01-16) January 16, 1976 (age 42)
Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Nationality Canadian
Occupation Actor, director
Years active 1990s–present

Shaun Benson (born January 16, 1976) is a Canadian actor and director.[1]

Early life[edit]

Benson was born in Guelph, Ontario.[1] He is the son of Eugene Benson, an English professor and a prolific novelist, playwright and librettist.[2] He later graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a bachelor of science in chemistry and biochemistry, before studying acting at the George Brown College Theater School in Toronto.[2]

Career[edit]

As an actor[edit]

His early roles as an actor included theatrical productions of John Palmer's Singapore,[3] Fabrizio Filippo's Waiting for Lewis,[4] William Shakespeare's Love's Labour's Lost[5] and Robin Fulford's Steel Kiss.[6]

In 2000, he appeared in a Molson Canadian commercial as a Canadian office worker who unleashes a torrent of hockey-style violence on an American coworker taunting him with Canadian stereotypes.[7] In 2001, he was cast in a lead role in the television drama series The Associates.[8]

In 2002, following the cancellation of The Associates he was cast in the legal drama series Just Cause, which ran for one season.[9]

Benson played the recurring role of Dr. Steven Lars Webber on the soap opera General Hospital from 2004 to 2005, which attracted him considerable attention compared to his previous roles.[1][10] Since his time on General Hospital, Benson has guest starred in numerous television series, including Cold Case, The Unit, and Being Erica.

In 2012, Benson starred in the IMAX 3D documentary film Flight of the Butterflies[11] and in French comedy Populaire.[12]

In the 2015 made-for-TV movie Kept Woman Shaun played an eccentric professor, Simon, who kidnaps his neighbor Jessica, played by Courtney Ford. Also in 2015, he starred in the Starz television series The Girlfriend Experience, alongside Riley Keogh.[13]

In 2016 Benson appeared in the Netflix time loop thriller ARQ as Sonny, as well as Season 2 of the series Gangland Undercover as Crowbar. He subsequently appeared in the SyFy series Channel Zero as the town sheriff, Gary Yolen.

As a director[edit]

In 2013 Benson directed Stop Kiss for the Toronto Fringe Festival. The production had a sold out run which was extended as a result of winning Best of Fringe honours.

In 2014, Benson directed the independent film Barn Wedding, which won the HMV People's Pick For Best Flick award at the 2015 Canadian Film Fest.[14]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2002 K-19: The Widowmaker Leonid Pashinski
2009 Tornado Valley Bobby Canada Television film
2010 Wedding for One Jeff Doyle Television film
2011 Stay with me Davis Sakeris Television film
2012 Populaire Bob Taylor
2013 The Beautiful Risk William
2015 Kept Woman Simon Canada Television film
2016 ARQ Sonny Netflix film
2016 Edge of Winter Ted

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2002 Just Cause Patrick Heller Main role; 22 episodes
2002 The Associates Jonah Gleason Recurring role; 6 episodes
2006 Cold Case Truck Sugar Episode: "The Red and the Blue"
2007 The Unit Interrogater #1 Episode: "Sub-Conscious"
2010 Being Erica Will Appleyard Guest role; 3 episodes
2011 Against the Wall Mike Fletcher Episode: "Obsessed and Unwanted"
2011 Flashpoint Geoff Daikin Episode: "Grounded"
2012 The Listener Jack Newman Episode: "The Bank Job"
2012 Haven Robert Taylor Episode: "Reunion"
2012 Republic of Doyle Eric Langtson / Eric Howlett Guest role; 2 episodes
2013 Played Charlie Mulcair Episode: "Revenge"
2013 Cracked Damian Tremblay Episode: "The Hold Out"
2013 Heartland Adrian Gilson Guest role; 2 episodes
2013 Lucky 7 Phil Episode: "Cable Guy"
2014 Darknet Desmond Episode: "Darknet 3"
2014 Defiance: The Lost Ones Lenny Recurring role; 5 episodes
2014 Working the Engels Ken Episode: "Jenna vs. The Momfia"
2014 That's My DJ Mark Television mini-series; 1 episode
2015 Saving Hope Lane Berkley Recurring role; 6 episodes
2016 Inhuman Condition William "Will" Bader Recurring role; 10 episodes
2016 The Girlfriend Experience Ryan Recurring role; 4 episodes
2016 Gangland Undercover Crowbar Recurring role; 6 episodes
2016 Channel Zero: Candle Cove Gary Yolen Main role; 6 episodes

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Famous Guelphites: Benson, Shaun". Guelph Public Library. Archived from the original on August 20, 2016. Retrieved July 14, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "Just Cause for Benson: The actor can stay in Vancouver - series gets an extension". The Province, March 7, 2003.
  3. ^ "A bad taste that lingers". National Post, April 3, 2000.
  4. ^ "Plays about teens not up to challenge ; Productions confront questions of fame and homophobia". Toronto Star, April 17, 1999.
  5. ^ "Oakville ups ante on outdoor Shakespeare Review". Toronto Star, July 24, 1999.
  6. ^ "From a gang of thugs to a bunch of losers". National Post, January 15, 1999.
  7. ^ "'I am Canadian' the sequel: Meet the obnoxious American". Toronto Star, July 29, 2000.
  8. ^ "The associates deliver their verdict: How close does CTV's new television series come to life at a law firm?". National Post, January 13, 2001.
  9. ^ "Fall TV looks to Vancouver: Several new shows are being filmed here or feature local talent". Vancouver Sun, September 11, 2002.
  10. ^ "Soapfest lures dedicated fans". Windsor Star, February 22, 2005.
  11. ^ "a Canadian story that's top flight". The Globe and Mail, April 12, 2013.
  12. ^ "A slight rom-com, but that's all; Paint-by-numbers Populaire powered by chemistry between stars". Montreal Gazette, February 8, 2013.
  13. ^ "Riley Keough smiles as Shaun Benson kisses her on set of Starz series". The Daily Mail. March 16, 2015. Retrieved July 14, 2016. 
  14. ^ Julianna Cummins March (March 30, 2015). "Canadian Film Fest unveils 2015 winners". Playback. Retrieved July 14, 2016. 

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