Ben Shenkman


Date Of Birth

September 26, 1968


Actor Ben Shenkman was born on September 26, 1968 in New York City. He graduated from Brown University, and later left with an MFA degree in 1993 from New York University. He began his acting career immediately after, appearing in an episode of Law & Order, and later making his film debut in the Robert Redford-directed feature Quiz Show. His early career was marked by occasional minor roles in films such as Eraser, Camp Stories, The Siege, Pi and Thick as Thieves; he later took the lead role in the unsuccessful romantic comedy 30 Days, released in 1999.

Shenkman would gain more prominence at the start of the 2000s. During this time, he intensified his television appearances, with recurring roles in Ed, Law & Order and Love Monkey. He also appeared in several independent films, such as Requiem for a Dream, Chasing Sleep and Americanese. He gained wider acclaim in 2003, when he joined the cast of the acclaimed miniseries Angels in America. His portrayal of gay Jew Louis Ironson, as well as of the Angel Oceania, earned him nominations for an Emmy and a Golden Globe. His first regular television role was in Canterbury’s Law, a legal drama which premiered in 2008 and lasted for only six episodes.

Shenkman also had a successful theater career. His most notable stage role was as Harold Dobbs in the Broadway play Proof, where he co-starred with eventual Angels in America co-star Mary-Louise Parker. It earned him a Tony nomination in 2001. Since then, he has appeared in Damages as Curtis Gates and was seen in the 2010 film Blue Valentine. Later that year, he was cast as Jonathan in NBC's The Paul Reiser Show.

After landing recurring roles on Lights Out and Drop Dead Diva, he joined the cast of Royal Pains.

Place of Birth

New York City

Birth Name

Ben Shenkman



Fun Facts

- He married Lauren Greilsheimer on September 17, 2005.

- In 1993, he received his Masters of Fine Arts degree from New York University.



2012-present Royal Pains
2013: Breathe In
2013: Concussion
2012: Made in Jersey
2011: Drop Dead Diva
2011: The Paul Reiser Show (TV series) - Jonathan
2011: The Key Man - Martin
2011: Lights Out (TV series) - Mike Fumosa
2010: Love Shack (video) - Skip Blitzer
2010: Damages (TV series) - Curtis Gates
2010: Blue Valentine - Dr. Feinberg
1993-2009: Law & Order (TV series) - Nick Margolis/Mark Ferris
2009: Solitary Man - Pete Hartofilias
2009: Burn Notice (TV series) - Tom Strickler
2009: Grey's Anatomy (TV series) - Rob Harmon
2009: Private Practice (TV series) - Rob Harmon
2009: Brief Interviews with Hideous Men - Subject #14
2009: Body Politic (TV movie) - Jim Sperlock
2008: Canterbury's Law (TV series) - Russell Krauss
2007: Breakfast with Scot - Sam
2007: Then She Found Me - Freddy
2007: Wainy Days (TV series short) - Clovie
2006: Love Monkey (TV series) - Scott Tucker
2006: Americanese - Steve
2006: Twenty Questions (TV movie) - Brian
2005: Just Like Heaven - Brett
2005: Stella (TV series) - Carl
2005: Must Love Dogs - Charlie
2005: Law & Order: Trial by Jury (TV series) - Irv Kressel
2004: Waking Dreams (short) - Charles
2003: Angels in America (TV mini-series) - Louis Ironson
2001-2003: Ed (TV series) - Frank Carr/Andy Bednarik
2002: Stella Shorts 1998-2002 (video) - Hans
2002: Roger Dodger - Donovan
2002: People I Know - Radio Announcer
2002: Personal Velocity: Three Portraits - Max
2000: Bed (short)
2000: Chasing Sleep - Officer Stewart
2000: Requiem for a Dream - Dr. Spencer
2000: Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV series) - Max Knaack
2000: Joe Gould's Secret - David
2000: Table One - Scott
1999: 30 Days - Jordan Trainer
1999: Jesus' Son - Tom
1999: Thick as Thieves - Veterinarian
1998: The Siege - INS Agent Howard Kaplan
1998: Pi - Lenny Meyer
1997: Camp Stories - Yehudah
1996: Eraser - Reporter
1996: New York Undercover (TV series) - Gabe Green
1994: Quiz Show - Childress


6' 3" (1.91 m)

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