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Ben Foster

Foster in December 2007
Born October 29, 1980 (1980-10-29) (age 29)
Boston, Massachusetts,
United States
Occupation Actor
Years active 1996—present

Ben Foster (born October 29, 1980) is an American actor. He is known for his roles in the teen movies Liberty Heights and Get Over It, as well as the action films Hostage, X-Men: The Last Stand, Alpha Dog, 3:10 to Yuma, 30 Days of Night, and most recently in the science fiction film Pandorum.


Early life

Foster was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of Gillian and Stephen Foster, who own several restaurants.[1][2][3] He has a younger brother, Jon, who is also an actor. Foster's parents, whom he has described as "free-spirited, Vietnam-protesting hippies", relocated to the small town of Fairfield, Iowa four years after he was born, after their Boston home was burglarized while they were present.[3][4] Foster has practiced Transcendental Meditation since he was four years old,[5] and, while in Fairfield, attended a school where Transcendental Meditation was part of the curiculum.[3]

Foster is Jewish; his paternal grandmother emigrated from Russia to escape Pogroms.[4][6]


Foster left school and moved to Los Angelas to pursue acting. Foster has worked as an actor since he was sixteen years old. [3] In 1996-97, he appeared in the television series Flash Forward. He auditioned for the role of Donnie Darko in Richard Kelly's Donnie Darko. The role eventually went to Jake Gyllenhaal. In the next three years, Foster had small roles in two made-for-TV movies and in two episodes of the series Freaks and Geeks. In 2001, he acted in Get Over It. Foster also had a recurring role as the bisexual Russell Corwin (22 episodes) in the HBO Original Series, Six Feet Under.<[3] After he made 11:14 and The Punisher, Foster also appeared in Hostage with Bruce Willis, Kevin Pollak and Michelle Horn. In 2006, Foster appeared in X-Men: The Last Stand as the comic-book hero Angel/Warren Worthington III.[3] A notable role was in the crime thriller Alpha Dog, in which he played Jake Mazursky, a drug addict. Foster added glaucoma drops to his eyes during filming in order to simulate the appearance of a drug abuser.[7] In 2007, he played cold-blooded killer Charlie Prince in the critically acclaimed 3:10 to Yuma.


Year Film Role Other notes
1996 Kounterfeit Travis
1998 I've Been Waiting for You Charlie TV Film
Breakfast with Einstein Ryan TV Film
1999 Liberty Heights Ben Kurtzman
2001 Get Over It Berke Landers
The Laramie Project Aaron Kreifels
2002 Big Trouble Matt Arnold
Bang Bang You're Dead Trevor Adams Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer in a Children's Special
2003 Phone Booth Big Q Uncredited
Northfork Cod
11:14 Eddie
2004 The Punisher Spacker Dave
The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things Fleshy Boy
2005 Hostage Mars Krupcheck
2006 Alpha Dog Jake Mazursky Young Hollywood Award for Best Breakthrough Performance - Male
X-Men: The Last Stand Warren Worthington III / Angel
2007 3:10 to Yuma Charlie Prince SAG Award nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
30 Days of Night The Stranger
2008 Birds of America Jay
2009 The Messenger Will Montgomery Nominated — San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor
Pandorum Bower
2010 Here Will Shepard in production[8]
The Mechanic Steve McKenna filming [9]

Television appearances

Year Title Role Other notes
1996 Flash Forward Tucker James Seventeen episodes, lead role
1998 You Wish Earl One episode, "Future Shock"
2000 Freaks and Geeks Eli Two episodes
Family Law Jason Nelson One episode, "A Mother's Son"
2001—2002 Boston Public Max Warner Two episodes
2005 The Dead Zone Darren Foldes One episode, "The Last Goodbye"
2003—2005 Six Feet Under Russel Corwin Twenty-two episodes, supporting character
SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
2007 My Name Is Earl Glenn One two-part episode, "My Name Is Inmate 28301-016"


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  2. ^'%3B+After+landing+the+lead+role+in+Barry+Levinson's+latest+film%2C+Boston+native+Ben+Foster+is+flying&pqatl=google
  3. ^ a b c d e f The Boston Globe, Exploring Lifes Darker Corners, Jude Abel, Nov 15, 2009 [1]
  4. ^ a b Miller, Gerri (1999). "Foster Reaches for the "Heights"". JVibe. Retrieved 2006-12-12. 
  5. ^ Connect Savannah, "Extreme Closeup: Ben Foster", Bill DeYoung, October 27, 2009 [2]
  6. ^ Breed, Allan G. (1999-01-25). "Ben Foster has been stealing the show since second grade". Associated Press Archive. Retrieved 2007-12-10. 
  7. ^ "X-MEN STAR FOSTER RISKS EYESIGHT TO PLAY DRUGGIE". Contact Music. 2006-12-12. Retrieved 2006-12-12. 
  8. ^ Mitchell, Wendy (July 27, 2009). "Ben Foster, Lubna Azabal join Braden King's Armenia-set Here". Retrieved July 27, 2009. 
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