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Ben Foster (actor) biography

Date of birth : 1980-10-29
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Nationality : American
Category : Arts and Entertainment
Last modified : 2011-06-25
Credited as : Actor, X Men, 30 Days of Night, 3:10 to Yuma.

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Ben Foster is an American actor. His film roles include The Laramie Project, Liberty Heights, Get Over It, Hostage, X-Men: The Last Stand, Alpha Dog, 30 Days of Night, The Messenger, Bang Bang You're Dead and Pandorum. He received best supporting actor nominations from both the Saturn and Satellite Awards for his 2007 role in the film 3:10 to Yuma.

Making a name for himself by often taking roles unusually weighty for such a young actor, Ben Foster nevertheless began his career with such made-for-TV efforts as I've Been Waiting for You and Breakfast With Einstein (both 1998). Subsequently gaining positive notice for his portrayal of the mentally handicapped Eli in the short-lived series Freaks and Geeks, it wasn't long before Foster was challenging himself with such dramatic efforts as Liberty Heights and The Laramie Project. Born in Boston in October 1980, he began to realize his passion for acting after attending the Interlochen Theater Arts Summer Program. After writing, directing, and starring in his first play at the age of 12, it wasn't long before the venom of the acting bug had successfully worked its way into the budding thespian's blood. Devoting his life to acting, Foster dropped out of high school at 16 and prepared to face the challenges that accompany such a career. Following his film debut in the 1996 crime thriller Kounterfeit, a series of TV films followed. In 1999, he starred in Liberty Heights. Set in 1950s Baltimore, Foster starred as a Jewish high school student whose socially taboo relationship with an African-American classmate (Rebekah Johnson) finds him facing negative pressure from his family and friends. Following up with the musical comedy Get Over It! in 2001, Foster was next seen in The Laramie Project, a made-for-cable feature documenting small town in Laramie, WY, following the murder of Matthew Shepard. Foster appeared with Tim Allen in the ill-fated comedy Big Trouble in 2002, and his subsequent role in the made-for-TV feature Bang, Bang, You're Dead offered viewers a chilling look into the mind of a disturbed teen. It wasn't long after that Foster became a familiar face to cable viewers with his role in the acclaimed HBO series Six Feet Under. As the love interest of Claire Fisher (Lauren Ambrose), Foster's portrayal of a budding young artist found him essaying a complex character who is attempting to discover his true sexuality while simultaneously tapping his creative potential. Next appearing in director Michael Polish's Northfork, Foster later stepped behind the wheel for the non-linear thriller 11:14.


1996–1997 Flash Forward
1997 Kounterfeit
1998 I've Been Waiting for You ; You Wish ; Breakfast with Einstein ; 1973
1999 Liberty Heights ; Freaks and Geeks
2000 Family Law
2001 Get Over It ; Boston Public
2002 The Laramie Project ; Big Trouble ; Bang Bang You're Dead ; Phone Booth
2003 Northfork ; 11:14 ; Six Feet Under
2004 The Punisher ; The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things
2005 Hostage ; The Dead Zone
2006 X-Men: The Last Stand
2007 Alpha Dog ; 3:10 to Yuma ; My Name Is Earl ; 30 Days of Night
2008 Birds of America
2009 The Messenger ; Blink ; Pandorum
2010 Here
2011 The Mechanic ; Rampart
2012 Yellow ; Contraband ; 360

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