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Ben McKenzie

McKenzie is the son of the lawyer Pieter Meade Schenkkan. His mother Mary Frances is a writer, journalist and professor at a university in Texas. He was born in Austin, Texas, where he grew up with his two younger brothers Zack and Nate. His uncle is actor and Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Schenkkan; his second cousin Sarah Drew is also an actress. 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. Since 2014 he portrayed in the crime series Gotham Detective James Gordon. McKenzie is politically interested and active. He was one of the speakers at the meeting of the Democrats in the summer of 2004.

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Sep 12, 1978 In Austin - Texas - USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series The District 2000-10-07
Latest Project:
Movie The Report 2019-01-26
Known For
Poster of Gotham
Poster of Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated
Poster of 88 Minutes
Poster of The Ellen DeGeneres Show
Movie The Report 2019-01-26
Movie Some Kind of Beautiful Brian 2015-07-16
Series Gotham James Gordon 2014-09-22
Movie Goodbye World Nick 2013-06-15
Movie Adventures in the Sin Bin Michael 2012-06-08
Movie Batman: Year One Batman/Bruce Wayne (voice) 2011-09-27
Series Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated Odnarb 2010-07-12
Series Southland Ben Sherman 2009-04-09
Movie Johnny Got His Gun Joe Bonham 2008-10-22
Movie Beyond The Ring Johnny 2008-01-08
Movie 88 Minutes Mike Stemp 2007-02-14
Movie Desperate Souls 2005-10-04
Movie Junebug Johnny 2005-08-03
Series The Ellen DeGeneres Show Unknown 2003-09-08
Series The O.C. Ryan Atwood 2003-08-05
Movie Dark Prince: The True Story of Dracula Joe Bonham 2000-10-31
Series The District Unknown 2000-10-07