Ben Foster

Ben Foster

Birth name: Benjamin A. Foster
Born: October 29, 1980
Age: 43
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
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Benjamin A. Foster (born October 29, 1980)[1] is an American actor. He has had roles in films including The Punisher (2004), X-Men: The Last Stand (2006), Alpha Dog (2006), The Messenger (2009), Pandorum (2009),[2] The Mechanic (2011), Contraband (2012), Kill Your Darlings (2013), Lone Survivor (2013), The Program (2015), and Leave No Trace (2018). He was nominated for a Saturn Award and a Satellite Award for his role in 3:10 to Yuma (2007)[3] and won an Independent Spirit Award for portraying Tanner Howard in Hell or High Water (2016).[4]

Foster was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of restaurant owners Gillian Kirwan and Steven Foster.[5][6][7] He has described his parents as "free-spirited, Vietnam-protesting hippies".[8] He has a younger brother, Jon, who is also an actor. When Foster was four years old, his family relocated to Fairfield, Iowa, after their Boston home was broken into by robbers while they were present.[7][8]

Foster was raised Jewish, and had a Bar Mitzvah ceremony.[8][9] His paternal grandparents were Celia (Segal) and Abraham Foster, who was a prominent judge and politician in Boston; their families emigrated from Russia.[10][11][12] While living in Fairfield, he attended the Maharishi University of Management.[7]



Foster at the Toronto Film Festival in 2015

Foster began working as an actor when he was sixteen years old.[7] In 1996 and 1997, he starred in the Disney Channel television series Flash Forward.

In 2001, he acted in the film Get Over It. Foster also had a recurring role as Russell Corwin (22 episodes) in the HBO Original Series, Six Feet Under.[7] After appearing in the films 11:14 and The Punisher, Foster 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.[7] In the crime thriller Alpha Dog, he played the character Jake Mazursky and added glaucoma drops to his eyes to simulate the appearance of a drug addict in the film.[13] In 2007, he played cold-blooded killer and outlaw Charlie Prince in the Western film 3:10 to Yuma.[14] In February 2013, he was cast to replace Shia LaBeouf in the Broadway play Orphans as his first theater performance.[15] In May 2014, it was announced that he would star opposite Gillian Anderson and Vanessa Kirby in Benedict Andrews' new production of A Streetcar Named Desire at the Young Vic in London.[16] That production closed on September 19, 2014. The same production transferred to New York in 2016, opening at St. Ann's Warehouse in Brooklyn.[17]

Foster played Lance Armstrong in the biopic The Program,[18][19] and co-starred in the fantasy adventure Warcraft, released in June 2016.[20]

Also in 2016, Foster appeared in Hell or High Water as the dangerous Tanner Howard, opposite Chris Pine and Jeff Bridges. Foster was acclaimed for his roles and has received numerous awards nominations.

Foster has continuously received praise from critics for his "intense" and "unhinged" performances in numerous films.[21][22][23] Film critic Matt Zoller Seitz described Foster in 2016 as "one of those actors who makes even a bad film worth seeing. Sometimes he suggests the film you'd rather be watching."[24]

Personal life

Foster was in a relationship with German actress Antje Traue, his co-star in the movie Pandorum. Traue revealed in an interview that she had moved to Los Angeles and lived with Foster until their relationship ended around 2010. [25] Foster began a relationship with actress Robin Wright in early 2012.[26][27] They became engaged in early 2014,[28] but called off their engagement on November 12, 2014.[29] Foster and Wright reconciled in early 2015,[30] however, on August 29, 2015, they announced they were ending their second engagement.[31]

In October 2016, Foster announced his engagement to actress Laura Prepon.[32] In January 2017, it was announced that the couple were expecting their first child.[33] Prepon gave birth to their daughter Ella in August 2017. Foster and Prepon married in June 2018.[34]

Foster practices Transcendental Meditation.[35]



Year Title Role Notes
1996 Kounterfeit Travis
1999 Liberty Heights Ben Kurtzman
2001 Get Over It Berke Landers Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice Chemistry
2002 The Laramie Project Aaron Kreifels
2002 Big Trouble Matt Arnold
2002 Phone Booth Big Q Uncredited
2003 Northfork Cod
2003 11:14 Eddie
2004 The Punisher Spacker Dave
2004 The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things Fleshy Boy
2005 Hostage Marshall "Mars" Krupcheck
2006 Alpha Dog Jake Mazursky Young Hollywood Award for Breakthrough Performance—Male
2006 X-Men: The Last Stand Warren Worthington III / Angel
2007 3:10 to Yuma Charlie Prince Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor
Central Ohio Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2007 30 Days of Night The Stranger
2008 Birds of America Jay
2009 The Messenger Staff Sergeant Will Montgomery Women Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor
Nominated—San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor
Nominated—St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Gotham Award for Breakthrough Actor/Actress
2009 Blink AJ Short film
2009 Pandorum Bower
2011 Here Will Shepard
2011 The Mechanic Steve McKenna
2011 360 Tyler
2011 Rampart Terry Also producer
2012 Contraband Sebastian Abney
2013 North of South, West of East Cass
2013 Kill Your Darlings William Burroughs
2013 Ain't Them Bodies Saints Patrick Wheeler
2013 Lone Survivor Matthew "Axe" Axelson
2015 The Program Lance Armstrong Limited release
2016 The Finest Hours Seaman Richard Livesey
2016 Hell or High Water Tanner Howard Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble
Nominated—Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Acting Ensemble
Nominated—Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Houston Film Critics Society for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
2016 Warcraft Medivh
2016 Inferno Bertrand Zobrist
2017 Rock'n Roll Ben Foster
2017 Hostiles Sergeant Charles Wills
2018 Leave No Trace Will
2018 Galveston Roy Cady
2020 Medieval Jan Žižka


Year Title Role Notes
1996-1997 Flash Forward Tucker "Tuck" James Lead role; 26 episodes
Nominated—Gemini Award for Best Performance in a Children's or Youth Program or Series (1997, 1998)
1998 You Wish Earl Episode: "Future Shock"
1998 I've Been Waiting for You Charlie Television film
1998 Breakfast with Einstein Ryan Television film
1999-2000 Freaks and Geeks Eli 2 episodes
2000 Family Law Jason Nelson Episode: "A Mother's Son"
2001-2002 Boston Public Max Warner 2 episodes
2002 Bang Bang You're Dead Trevor Adams Television film
Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer in Children's Programming
2003-2005 Six Feet Under Russell Corwin 22 episodes (1 uncredited)
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2004)
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2005)
2005 The Dead Zone Darren Foldes Episode: "The Last Goodbye"
2007 My Name Is Earl Glenn 2 episodes
2012 Robot Chicken Orville Redenbacher / Time traveller Voice; episode: "Executed by the State"

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