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Ben Foster
Also known as: Benjamin A. Foster
Actor
Born: October 29, 1980 in Boston, Massachusetts, United States Of America
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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.

Early life
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

Personal life
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.

Movie career
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.

Television career
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.
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Did You Know? (10)

  • Foster dropped out of high school in his freshman year to move to Los Angeles, California.
  • At age 12, Foster won second place in an international competition for a play that he wrote and directed.
  • Foster was originally offered the part of Eddie O'Hare in The Door in the Floor (2004), but he thought he was too old for the role and gave up the role to his younger brother, Jon Foster because he thought it was better suited for him.
  • Casting director Cecily Adams saw the homemade audition tape Ben Foster had sent from his home in Iowa. She called his parents and told them that, while she could make no guarantees, they should put him on a plane to Los Angeles, immediately. They did so and he landed the lead role in the pilot she was casting, Flash Forward (1996).
  • Casting director Cecily Adams saw the homemade audition tape Ben Foster had sent from his home in Iowa. She called his parents and told them that, while she could make no guarantees, they should put him on a plane to Los Angeles, immediately. They did so and he landed the lead role in the pilot she was casting, Flash Forward (1996).
  • For his role in 3:10 to Yuma (2007) he was trained by renowned Hollywood gun coach Thell Reed, who also trained actors like Russell Crowe, Kurt Russell, Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, Sam Elliot, Girard Swan and Val Kilmer for Tombstone (1993).
  • Foster was ranked #16 on Entertainment Weekly's '30 Under 30' the actors list. (2008).
  • Foster provided the voice on the tape reading of James Frey's "Bright Shiny Morning".
  • Ben Foster has been practicing Transcendental Meditation since he was four years old.
  • Foster risked his sight while filming Alpha Dog (2006) by adding glaucoma drops to his eyes for much of the shoot to dilate his pupils, making him appear to be high. He'd hide in the bushes at night and cover his eyes between takes to keep the lights from shining into them and also had to talk to director Nick Cassavetes with his eyes closed.
  • Personal Quotes (7)

  • "I'm so sick of sarcasm and irony, I could kill! Sincerely, the real root of things is love and sacrifice. Everything else is an illusion. I'm not trying to preach here. I can't tell anybody anything. But I will say, if you're available to them, there are so many great secrets in the world, so many signs. It's when we stop for a moment and listening that the world gets interesting."
  • ""Every role, every gig, you have to find a quality and you have to love the person. Not just like him, but love the person so you can care about what they care about.""
  • "The heat around young actors burns out. Natural ability and magnetism only get you so far. The rest is hard work."
  • "Every job is a blessing. Everyone has to take into account what is available. Are you paying rent, who do you get to work with? There are a lot of variables in the job. What I'm drawn to is things that I don't completely understand maybe, and want to get a better feel for it."
  • "It's okay to fail 'cause there's no failure, you're just informing the richness of your experience, and that's - that's the greatest gift you can possibly give yourself."
  • "The roles I'm interested in or have been interested in, you know, it's going to get down to conflict. Drama is conflict - conflict of interests."
  • "We live in this thought web; we identify things and put them away and distance ourselves from them. But to be completely present? That is source, that is art, that is spirituality. And meditation is a way to defy fear and experience that source."
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