Ben Shenkman

Ben Shenkman

Born: September 26, 1968
Age: 55
Birthplace: New York City, New York, U.S.
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Benjamin "Ben" Shenkman (born September 26, 1968) is an American actor. He is known for his roles in the USA Network drama series Royal Pains and the HBO miniseries Angels in America, which earned him Primetime Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award nominations.

Shenkman was born to a Jewish family[2] in New York City, the son of Katherine, who was an associate at a law firm, and Shepard A. Sheinkman, who worked for a consulting company.[1] He graduated from Brown University, and obtained a Masters of Fine Arts in 1993 from New York University's Graduate Acting Program at the Tisch School of the Arts.[1][3] Shenkman's sister, Elizabeth, is married to British publisher Jamie Byng.[4]



He began his professional acting career with a small role in the 1994 film Quiz Show directed by Robert Redford and a guest-starring role on Law & Order, his first of seven appearances throughout the run of the show.[5] He also began working in theatre, portraying Louis Ironson in Tony Kushner's play Angels in America at San Francisco's American Conservatory Theatre.[6]

While still at New York University, Shenkman played the role of Roy Cohn in a workshop production of the play. He would reprise the role of Louis seven years after playing the role at ACT in the HBO miniseries adaptation, earning Emmy and Golden Globe nominations. Throughout the 1990s, Shenkman combined work in off-Broadway productions in New York with small roles in films such as Eraser (1996), The Siege (1998), π (1998), and Jesus' Son (1999), Chasing Sleep (2000), and Requiem for a Dream (2000). In 2000, Shenkman gained success in the theatre, co-starring with Mary-Louise Parker in the Manhattan Theatre Club production of Proof, for which he received a 2001 Tony nomination. After the release of HBO's Angels in America miniseries, he returned to Manhattan Theatre club in 2004 in Sight Unseen opposite Laura Linney.[7]

As his career continued, Shenkman moved between studio films such as Must Love Dogs (2005) and Just Like Heaven (2005), and independent movies such as Then She Found Me (2008), Brief Interviews with Hideous Men (2008), and Breakfast with Scot (2008), a gay-themed film made in Canada for which the NHL notably endorsed the use of a team's logo and uniforms.[8] In 2010, he appeared with Michael Douglas in Solitary Man and the Sundance premiere Blue Valentine.[citation needed]

He also acted on TV as a series regular in the 2008 Julianna Margulies legal drama Canterbury's Law on Fox, and in recurring roles on Grey's Anatomy, Burn Notice, Damages, Drop Dead Diva, and FX's Lights Out.[5] He co-starred in the short-lived NBC sitcom The Paul Reiser Show, which was a midseason replacement for the 2010-11 television season.[9]

In 2012, he joined USA network's Royal Pains as the recurring character Dr. Jeremiah Sacani, and was promoted to series regular the following season, the show's fifth. In the fall of 2015, the series wrapped production of its final season, which aired in the summer of 2016. In 2015, Shenkman also was on Broadway opposite Larry David, and later Jason Alexander, in David's hit comedy Fish in the Dark, which had a sold-out six-month limited run at the Cort Theater.[citation needed]

Since 2016 Shenkman has played the recurring role of Ira Schirmer on the Showtime series "Billions." 2016 also saw him as Desk Sgt. Klein in the acclaimed HBO limited series "The Night Of." He is currently a series regular in the Shondaland drama For the People (2017 TV series).



Year Title Role Notes
1994 Quiz Show Childress
1996 Eraser Reporter
1997 Camp Stories Yehudah
1998 Pi Lenny Meyer
1998 The Siege INS Agent Howard Kaplan
1999 Thick as Thieves Veterinarian
1999 Jesus' Son Tom
1999 30 Days Jordan Trainer
2000 Joe Gould's Secret David
2000 Requiem for a Dream Dr. Spencer
2000 Chasing Sleep Officer Stewart
2000 Bed Short film
2000 Table One Scott
2002 Personal Velocity: Three Portraits Max
2002 Roger Dodger Donovan
2002 People I Know Radio announcer (voice)
2002 Stella Shorts 1998-2002 Hans
2004 Waking Dreams Charles Short film
2005 Must Love Dogs Charlie
2005 Just Like Heaven Brett
2006 Americanese Steve
2007 Then She Found Me Dr. Freddy Epner
2007 Breakfast with Scot Sam
2009 Brief Interviews with Hideous Men Subject #14
2009 Solitary Man Peter Hartofilias
2010 Blue Valentine Dr. Sam Feinberg
2010 Love Shack Skip Blitzer
2011 The Key Man Martin
2013 Breathe In Sheldon
2013 Concussion Graham Bennet


Year Title Role Notes
1993 Law & Order Mark Ferris Episode: "Born Bad"
1996 New York Undercover Gabe Green Episode: "Sympathy for the Devil"
1999-2009 Law & Order Nick Margolis 6 episodes
2000 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Max Knaack Episode: "Chat Room"
2001 Ed Frank Carr 2 episodes
2003 Ed Andy Bednarik Episode: "Frankie"
2003 Angels in America Louis Ironson Miniseries; 6 episodes
2005 Law & Order: Trial by Jury Irv Kressel 2 episodes
2005 Stella Carl Episode: "Meeting Girls"
2006 Love Monkey Scott 5 episodes
2007 Wainy Days Clovie Web series; episode: "My Turn"
2008 Canterbury's Law Russell Krauss Main cast; 6 episodes
2009 Grey's Anatomy Rob Harmon 3 episodes
2009 Private Practice Rob Harmon Episode: "Ex-Life"
2009 Burn Notice Tom Strickler 4 episodes
2010 Damages Curtis Gates 11 episodes
2011 Lights Out Mike Fumosa 5 episodes
2011 The Paul Reiser Show Jonathan Main cast; 2 episodes
2011 Drop Dead Diva Dr. Bill Kendall 5 episodes
2012-16 Royal Pains Dr. Jeremiah Sacani Recurring (season 4), main cast (seasons 5-8); 45 episodes
2012 Made in Jersey Andrew Treaster Episode: "Pilot"
2016 Billions Ira 10 episodes
2016 The Night Of Sgt. Klein 2 episodes
2018 For the People Roger Gunn

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2003 Online Film & Television Association Awards Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture or Miniseries
Angels in America
2004 Golden Globe Awards Best Supporting Actor - Series, Miniseries or Television Film Nominated
Gold Derby Awards Best Miniseries/TV Movie Supporting Actor Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie Nominated

[ Source: Wikipedia ]

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