Ben McKenzie

Benjamin McKenzie Schenkkan (born September 12, 1978) is an American actor and commentator. He is best known for his starring television roles as Ryan Atwood on the teen drama The O.C. (2003–2007), Ben Sherman on the crime drama Southland (2009–2013), and James Gordon on the crime drama Gotham (2014–2019). After graduating in Economics and International Relations at the University of Virginia, he moved to New York in order to devote his attention to acting. There he received first in off-Broadway productions different roles, before moving to Los Angeles and was hired there for a starring role in the television series The OC, with the fourth season came to an end on 22 February 2007. For his portrayal of Ryan Atwood in the series he won several awards between 2003 and 2007. He made his film debut in the Academy Award-nominated film Junebug (2005), before appearing in films including 88 Minutes (2007), Goodbye World (2013), Some Kind of Beautiful (2014), and Line of Duty (2019). He has been married to actress Morena Baccarin since 2017; they have 2 children. His uncle is actor and Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Schenkkan; his second cousin is actress Sarah Drew.

88 Minutes (2007)

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A college professor who moonlights as a forensic psychiatrist for the FBI, receives a death threat claiming he has only 88 minutes to live.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jon Avnet
CAST:  Al Pacino  •  Alicia Witt  •  Leelee Sobieski  •  Amy Brenneman

A college professor who moonlights as a forensic psychiatrist for the FBI, receives a death threat claiming he has only 88 minutes to live.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jon Avnet
CAST:  Al Pacino  •  Alicia Witt  •  Leelee Sobieski  •  Amy Brenneman

Junebug (2005)

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On the way to meet with an independent artist in the South, newlywed art dealer Madeleine is convinced by her husband, George, that they should stop to meet his family in North Carolina. Madeleine's affluent lifestyle clashes with the family, but she befriends ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Phil Morrison
CAST:  Alessandro Nivola  •  Amy Adams  •  Embeth Davidtz  •  Celia Weston

On the way to meet with an independent artist in the South, newlywed art dealer Madeleine is convinced by her husband, George, that they should stop to meet his family in North Carolina. Madeleine's affluent lifestyle clashes with the family, but she befriends ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Phil Morrison
CAST:  Alessandro Nivola  •  Amy Adams  •  Embeth Davidtz  •  Celia Weston

Some Kind of Beautiful (2015)

By day, Richard Haig is a successful and well-respected English professor at renowned Trinity College in Cambridge. By night, Richard indulges his own romantic fantasies with a steady stream of beautiful undergraduates. But Richard has grown tired of the game ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tom Vaughan
CAST:  Jessica Alba  •  Pierce Brosnan  •  Malcolm McDowell  •  Salma Hayek Pinault

By day, Richard Haig is a successful and well-respected English professor at renowned Trinity College in Cambridge. By night, Richard indulges his own romantic fantasies with a steady stream of beautiful undergraduates. But Richard has grown tired of the game ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tom Vaughan
CAST:  Jessica Alba  •  Pierce Brosnan  •  Malcolm McDowell  •  Salma Hayek Pinault

Goodbye World (2013)

When a mysterious cyber-attack cripples civilization, a group of old college friends and lovers retreat to a remote country cabin, where they must cope with an uncertain future while navigating the minefield of their shared past.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Denis Hennelly
CAST:  Caroline Dhavernas  •  Adrian Grenier  •  Ben McKenzie  •  Gaby Hoffmann

When a mysterious cyber-attack cripples civilization, a group of old college friends and lovers retreat to a remote country cabin, where they must cope with an uncertain future while navigating the minefield of their shared past.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Denis Hennelly
CAST:  Caroline Dhavernas  •  Adrian Grenier  •  Ben McKenzie  •  Gaby Hoffmann

Decoding Annie Parker (2014)

The lives of a breast-cancer patient and a researcher who is trying to prove a genetic link to cancer intersect in a groundbreaking study.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Bernstein
CAST:  Samantha Morton  •  Helen Hunt  •  Aaron Paul  •  Alice Eve

The lives of a breast-cancer patient and a researcher who is trying to prove a genetic link to cancer intersect in a groundbreaking study.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven Bernstein
CAST:  Samantha Morton  •  Helen Hunt  •  Aaron Paul  •  Alice Eve

Batman: Year One (2011)

A wealthy playboy named Bruce Wayne and a Chicago cop named Jim Gordon both return to Gotham City where their lives unexpectedly intersect.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lauren Montgomery  •  Sam Liu
CAST:  Bryan Cranston  •  Ben McKenzie  •  Eliza Dushku  •  Jon Polito

A wealthy playboy named Bruce Wayne and a Chicago cop named Jim Gordon both return to Gotham City where their lives unexpectedly intersect.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lauren Montgomery  •  Sam Liu
CAST:  Bryan Cranston  •  Ben McKenzie  •  Eliza Dushku  •  Jon Polito

Adventures in the Sin Bin (2012)

Brian is a private school student who routinely lends his van out so fellow students can have sex in it. When he is invited to become friends with Tony, the school's big man on campus, he hopes to get some romantic pointers so that he might use his van himself with ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Billy Federighi
CAST:  Michael Seater  •  Emily Meade  •  Bo Burnham  •  Brian Petsos

Brian is a private school student who routinely lends his van out so fellow students can have sex in it. When he is invited to become friends with Tony, the school's big man on campus, he hopes to get some romantic pointers so that he might use his van himself with ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Billy Federighi
CAST:  Michael Seater  •  Emily Meade  •  Bo Burnham  •  Brian Petsos

Desperate Souls (2005)

Long protected by dark shadows and hidden by secrets, a tattered book of unspeakable power that was written by the ancient druids has survived on the Earth for centuries. But when a group of young orphans stumble upon the book and unleash its vengeful power through ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Chad Archibald  •  Philip Carrer
CAST:  Ry Barrett  •  Pete Soltesz  •  Matt Kowall  •  Breanne TeBoekhorst

Long protected by dark shadows and hidden by secrets, a tattered book of unspeakable power that was written by the ancient druids has survived on the Earth for centuries. But when a group of young orphans stumble upon the book and unleash its vengeful power through ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Chad Archibald  •  Philip Carrer
CAST:  Ry Barrett  •  Pete Soltesz  •  Matt Kowall  •  Breanne TeBoekhorst

Johnny Got His Gun (2008)

The story of a young American soldier hit by an artillery shell on the last day of the First World War. The film takes place in the mind of a quadruple amputee who has also lost his eyes, ears, nose, and mouth. Regaining consciousness, 20 year-old Joe Bonham slowly ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rowan Joseph
CAST:  Matty Ferraro  •  Rowan Joseph  •  Meredith Kendall  •  Ben McKenzie

The story of a young American soldier hit by an artillery shell on the last day of the First World War. The film takes place in the mind of a quadruple amputee who has also lost his eyes, ears, nose, and mouth. Regaining consciousness, 20 year-old Joe Bonham slowly ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rowan Joseph
CAST:  Matty Ferraro  •  Rowan Joseph  •  Meredith Kendall  •  Ben McKenzie

Night of Too Many Stars: America Unites for Autism Programs (2017)

Jon Stewart returns to television to host a live show presented from The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York. Benefiting NEXT for Autism, the special features stand-up performances, sketches and short films.  (more)

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CAST:  Jon Stewart  •  Adam Sandler  •  Vincent D'Onofrio  •  Steve Carell

Jon Stewart returns to television to host a live show presented from The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York. Benefiting NEXT for Autism, the special features stand-up performances, sketches and short films.  (more)

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CAST:  Jon Stewart  •  Adam Sandler  •  Vincent D'Onofrio  •  Steve Carell

The Report (2019)

The story of Daniel Jones, lead investigator for the US Senate’s sweeping study into the CIA's Detention and Interrogation Program, which was found to be brutal, immoral and ineffective. With the truth at stake, Jones battled tirelessly to make public what many in ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Scott Z. Burns
CAST:  Adam Driver  •  Annette Bening  •  Jon Hamm  •  Jennifer Morrison

The story of Daniel Jones, lead investigator for the US Senate’s sweeping study into the CIA's Detention and Interrogation Program, which was found to be brutal, immoral and ineffective. With the truth at stake, Jones battled tirelessly to make public what many in ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Scott Z. Burns
CAST:  Adam Driver  •  Annette Bening  •  Jon Hamm  •  Jennifer Morrison

Line of Duty (2019)

Frank Penny is a disgraced cop looking for a shot at redemption. When the police chief's 11-year-old daughter is abducted, Frank goes rogue to try and save her. But to find the girl, Frank will need the help of Ava Brooks, whose live-streaming news channel is ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven C. Miller
CAST:  Aaron Eckhart  •  Courtney Eaton  •  Ben McKenzie  •  Giancarlo Esposito

Frank Penny is a disgraced cop looking for a shot at redemption. When the police chief's 11-year-old daughter is abducted, Frank goes rogue to try and save her. But to find the girl, Frank will need the help of Ava Brooks, whose live-streaming news channel is ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven C. Miller
CAST:  Aaron Eckhart  •  Courtney Eaton  •  Ben McKenzie  •  Giancarlo Esposito

The Advocates (2013)

Revolves around a female lawyer and a male ex-con who team as victim advocates and go to the edge of the law to right wrongs and fight for the underdog.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Nutter
CAST:  Mandy Moore  •  Chasty Ballesteros  •  Ben McKenzie  •  Brit Morgan

Revolves around a female lawyer and a male ex-con who team as victim advocates and go to the edge of the law to right wrongs and fight for the underdog.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Nutter
CAST:  Mandy Moore  •  Chasty Ballesteros  •  Ben McKenzie  •  Brit Morgan

I Want You Back (2022)

Peter and Emma thought they were on the precipice of life’s biggest moments – marriage, kids, and houses in the suburbs – until their respective partners dumped them. Horrified to learn that the loves of their lives have already moved on, Peter and Emma hatch a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jason Orley
CAST:  Charlie Day  •  Jenny Slate  •  Gina Rodriguez  •  Scott Eastwood

Peter and Emma thought they were on the precipice of life’s biggest moments – marriage, kids, and houses in the suburbs – until their respective partners dumped them. Horrified to learn that the loves of their lives have already moved on, Peter and Emma hatch a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jason Orley
CAST:  Charlie Day  •  Jenny Slate  •  Gina Rodriguez  •  Scott Eastwood

Bloat

A military officer stationed in Turkey while his wife is vacationing in Japan with their kids. During the stay, their younger son almost drowns in a lake. Soon after the accident, the parents realize that something is wrong with their boy.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Pablo Absento
CAST:  Ben McKenzie  •  Bojana Novaković  •  Sawyer Jones  •  Malcolm Fuller

A military officer stationed in Turkey while his wife is vacationing in Japan with their kids. During the stay, their younger son almost drowns in a lake. Soon after the accident, the parents realize that something is wrong with their boy.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Pablo Absento
CAST:  Ben McKenzie  •  Bojana Novaković  •  Sawyer Jones  •  Malcolm Fuller