Benjamin A. "Ben" Foster is an American actor most known for films like Liberty Heights
, Get Over It, The Punisher, Hostage, X-Men: The Last Stand, Alpha Dog, 30 Days of Night, The Messenger, The Mechanic, Contraband
, Pandorum, and Lone Survivor
He also portrayed writer William S. Burroughs in the indie drama Kill Your Darlings, opposite Daniel Radcliffe
and Dane DeHaan
. He received best supporting actor nominations for both the Saturn and Satellite Awards for his role in the 2007 film 3:10 to Yuma
Foster was born in Boston, Massachusetts. His parents, Gillian Kirwan and Steven Foster, were restaurant owners. His younger brother, Jon Foster, is also an actor. Foster’s family relocated to Fairfield, Iowa, when he was four years old after their Boston home was broken into by robbers. He was raised Jewish, and had a Bar Mitzvah ceremony. His paternal grandparents were Celia (Segal) and Abraham Foster, who was a prominent judge and politician in Boston. He practices Transcendental Meditation and attended the Maharishi University of Management while living in Fairfield
Foster started dating actress Robin Wright
in early 2012 and they got engaged in early 2014. This did not last long and the couple called off their engagement in November, in the same year. The two got back together in the very next year, but in August announced about ending their second engagement. In October 2016, Foster got engaged to actress Laura Prepon
Ben Foster kick-started his acting career when he was just sixteen years old. His passion for acting made him drop out of high school and drove him to Los Angeles. He first started with appearances in various television series before working in movies. His film debut came with a small role in Kounterfeit in 1996, followed by many made-for-TV movies and appearances on television series. The 1999 movie Liberty Heights, starring Adrien Brody
and Joe Mantegna
saw the actor play the role of a rebellious Jewish teenager who gets involved in a forbidden relationship with a Black girl. Foster’s first starring role was in the 2001 film Get Over It, opposite Kirsten Dunst
, as a lovelorn teenager. After this, the actor continued with some small parts in a few movies, and was appreciated for doing justice to all of them. After appearing in the films 11:14, The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things and The Punisher, his next role was of Marshall Krupcheck in the 2005 thriller drama Hostage with Bruce Willis
, Kevin Pollak
and Michelle Horn. The movie revolves around a former hostage negotiator who moves from Los Angeles, leaving his family behind after faced with a failed career, but falls prey to a messed up store robbery. Foster’s intense acting in the film got audiences and filmmakers to recognize his potential, landing him a lot of major roles. He appeared in the commercially successful film X-Men: The Last Stand directed by Brett Ratner,
as the comic-book hero Angel / Warren Worthington III. Then came the crime thriller Alpha Dog in 2006, in which he played the character of Jake Mazursky, friend of a young marijuana dealer essayed by Emile Hirsch
. His role won him the Young Hollywood Award Breakthrough Performance – Male.
The actor’s 2007 releases were 3:10 to Yuma and 30 Days of Night
. In 3:10 to Yuma, he played a fictional character, Charlie Prince, the right-hand man of the main antagonist, Ben Wade portrayed by Russell Crowe
. His role in 3:10 to Yuma won him Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor (2nd place), Central Ohio Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor (2nd place), and nominations for Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor, Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor, and Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. In the horror film 30 Days of Night, Foster essayed the role of the stranger. In the following year, Craig Lucas
’ independent comedy-drama Birds of America saw him play the role of Jay Tanager in which his character is prone to antisocial experiments.
2009 war drama The Messenger was the actor’s next in which he co-starred with Woody Harrelson
, Samantha Morton
, Steve Buscemi
, and Jena Malone
. The movie revolves around a lone rebellious U.S. Army staff sergeant and declared war hero played by Ben Foster
, who falls into a tricky situation when he gets attracted to a widow. The Messenger won him Women Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor, and nominations for San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor, St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor, and Gotham Award for Breakthrough Actor/Actress. Post this, he appeared in a short film – Blink. He also worked in the German-British science fiction horror film Pandorum directed by Christian Alvart
Foster had quite a few releases in the year 2011 including Here, The Mechanic, 360 and Rampart. The drama romance Here featured him as a solitary young man who travels across Armenia for a survey. Contrary to this, he worked in the thriller drama The Mechanic that revolves around a cold-blooded murder. His next was the 2012 movie Contraband
seen as a former smuggler who owns a legitimate construction company. His 2013 releases include Meredith Danluck’s North of South, West of East, followed by thriller-drama Kill Your Darlings
, drama film Ain't Them Bodies Saints and thriller-drama Lone Survivor
. This followed with his 2015 release The Program.
His 2016 projects include The Finest Hours
as Seaman Richard Livesey, Hell or High Water
as Tanner, Warcraft
as Medivh and Inferno
as Bertrand Zobrist.
Ben Foster enjoyed a good start to his television career with a lead role as Tucker "Tuck" James in the Disney Channel Original series Flash Forward. He was nominated for Gemini Award for Best Performance in a Children's or Youth Program or Series (1997, 1998). After this, till 2002, he appeared in television series like You Wish, Freaks and Geeks, Family Law and Boston Public, and television films like I've Been Waiting for You, and Breakfast with Einstein. This followed with the television film Bang Bang You're Dead in 2002 in a starring role where he played Trevor Adams. He won the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer in Children's Programming for this film. From 2003 to 2005, he played the character of Russell Corwin in the television series Six Feet Under. For this, he won Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2004) and was nominated for Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2005). In 2005, he was also seen in The Dead Zone as Darren Foldes for one episode. This followed with My Name is Earl in 2007, and Robot Chicken in 2012.