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Ben Foster

Biography

British isles composer/arranger/conductor Ben Foster studied on the Country wide Film and Tv School with the Guildhall College of Music and Play. He previously his initial credits on albums by rock and roll and teenage pop acts such as for example Toploader, Gary Barlow, S Membership, and Nikki Cleary in the first 2000s. Shortly, he begun to obtain work scoring brief movies, and in 2004, he do the full-length feature Playground Reasoning. As an arranger/orchestrator and/or conductor, he taken care of more prominent tasks like the Hitchhiker’s Instruction to the Galaxy (2005), Loss of life in a Funeral (2007), and 27 Dresses (2008). Following the BBC made a decision to resurrect the research fiction series Dr. Who, he was employed to set up and carry out the rating music supplied by Murray Silver, and he offered those features on three causing soundtrack albums released by Silva Display screen Information in 2007 and 2008. For the spin-off series Torchwood, Foster was co-credited with Silver as composer, having a soundtrack recording released on Sept 22, 2008. He only scored the next mini-series Torchwood: Kids of Globe, its soundtrack recording released August 11, 2009.

Quick Facts


Full Name Ben Foster
Salary 1.404 million GBP
Date Of Birth October 29, 1980
Height 1.75 m
Profession Film producer, Child actor
Education Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment
Nationality American
Parents Gillian Kirwan Foster, Steven Foster
Siblings Jon Foster
Partner Laura Prepon, Laura Prepon
Awards Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, Young Hollywood Award for Breakthrough Performance - Male, Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer In A Children/Youth/Family Special
Albums Doctor Who: Series 3, Doctor Who: Series 4, Torchwood: Children of Earth, Doctor Who: Series 4 – The Specials, Doctor Who: Series 5 (soundtrack), Doctor Who: A Christmas Carol, Doctor Who: Series 7, Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor/The Time of the Doctor, Doctor Who: Series 8
Nominations Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Supporting Actor, Gotham Independent Film Award for Breakthrough Actor, Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture, Gemini Award for Best Performance in a Children's or Youth Program or Series, Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie: Chemistry
Movies Hell or High Water, Warcraft, Inferno, Lone Survivor, The Mechanic, Alpha Dog, 3:10 to Yuma, The Program, X-Men: The Last Stand, The Messenger, The Finest Hours, Pandorum, Kill Your Darlings, Contraband, Rampart, Hostage, 30 Days of Night, The Punisher, Get Over It, Ain't Them Bodies Saints, Liberty Heights, Big Trouble, 11:14, The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things, Bang Bang You're Dead, Northfork, Kounterfeit, Birds of America, The Laramie Project, Hostiles, 360, I've Been Waiting for You, Breakfast with Einstein, Here, Gotti, Until We Could, Rock'n Roll, Galveston, Predatory Instinct, Blink, 1973, Chronicle, Outlaw King, Jackpot
TV Shows Six Feet Under, Freaks and Geeks, Flash Forward


  • Facts
  • Filmography
  • Awards
  • Salaries
  • Quotes
  • Trademarks
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#Fact
1 Engaged to Laura Prepon - 10/04/2016.
2 Was formerly engaged to Robin Wright from January 11, 2014 to November 12, 2014. They got back together on January 2015.
3 Attended the 2007 Comic-Con International in San Diego, California. [July 2007]
4 Attended the 2006 Cannes Film Festival in France. [May 2006]
5 Attended the 59th Berlin Film Festival in Germany. [February 2009]
6 His paternal grandparents were Celia (Segal) and A. (Abraham) Frank Foster, who was a prominent judge in Boston.
7 His paternal grandparents were both from Russian Jewish families that moved to Boston, Massachusetts. His mother, who is from Maryland, has English, French, Irish, and distant Welsh and Scottish, ancestry. Ben had a Bar Mitzvah ceremony.
8 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.
9 His favorite movies are Husbands (1970), The Jerk (1979), Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964), All That Jazz (1979) and The Iron Giant (1999).
10 One of Variety Magazine's 10 Actors to Watch (2007).
11 Has been practicing Transcendental Meditation since he was four years old.
12 Provided the voice on the tape reading of James Frey's "Bright Shiny Morning".
13 Was ranked #16 on Entertainment Weekly's '30 Under 30' the actors list. (2008).
14 For his role on 3:10 to Yuma (2007) he was trained by renowned Hollywood gun coach Thell Reed, who also trained actors Russell Crowe, Kurt Russell, Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, Sam Elliot, Girard Swan and Val Kilmer for Tombstone (1993).
15 Casting director Cecily Adams saw the homemade audition tape 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).
16 Co-starred in two Marvel adaptations featuring Rebecca Romijn: The Punisher (2004) and X-Men: The Last Stand (2006).
17 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 younger brother, Jon Foster because he thought it was better suited for him.
18 His favorite movies are Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964), The Jerk (1979) and Husbands (1970).
19 His favorite actress is Gena Rowlands, and his favorite actors are Philip Seymour Hoffman and Gary Oldman.
20 His favorite bands are Radiohead, Miles Davis, Johnny Cash.
21 Raised in Fairfield, Iowa
22 At age 12, he won second place in an international competition for a play that he wrote and directed.
23 Older brother of actor Jon Foster.
24 Dropped out of high school his freshman year to move to Los Angeles, California.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Galveston 2017 pre-production Roy Cady
Hostiles 2017 post-production
Inferno 2016/I Bertrand Zobrist
Warcraft 2016 Medivh
Hell or High Water 2016/II Tanner Howard
Chris Stapleton: Fire Away 2016 Short Sherriff
The Finest Hours 2016 Richard Livesey
The Program 2015/II Lance Armstrong
National Theatre Live: A Streetcar Named Desire 2014 TV Movie Stanley Kowalski
Until We Could 2014 Short Narrator (voice)
Lone Survivor 2013 Matt 'Axe' Axelson
Ain't Them Bodies Saints 2013 Patrick Wheeler
Kill Your Darlings 2013 William Burroughs
North of South, West of East 2013 Cass
Robot Chicken 2012 TV Series Orville Redenbacher / Time Traveller
Contraband 2012 Sebastian Abney
Rampart 2011 General Terry
360 2011 Tyler
The Mechanic 2011 Steve McKenna
Here 2011/I Will Shepard
Pandorum 2009 Bower
Blink 2009/I Short AJ
The Messenger 2009/I Staff Sergeant Will Montgomery
Birds of America 2008 Jay
30 Days of Night 2007 The Stranger
My Name Is Earl 2007 TV Series Glenn
3:10 to Yuma 2007 Charlie Prince
X-Men: The Last Stand 2006 Warren Worthington III Angel
Alpha Dog 2006 Jake Mazursky
Six Feet Under 2003-2005 TV Series Russell Corwin
The Dead Zone 2005 TV Series Darren Foldes
Hostage 2005 Mars Krupcheck
The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things 2004 Fleshy Boy
The Punisher 2004 Spacker Dave
11:14 2003 Eddie
Northfork 2003 Cod
Phone Booth 2002 Big Q (uncredited)
Bang Bang You're Dead 2002 Trevor Adams
Big Trouble 2002 Matt Arnold
Boston Public 2001-2002 TV Series Max Warner
The Laramie Project 2002 TV Movie Aaron Kreifels
Get Over It 2001 Berke Landers
Family Law 2000 TV Series Jason Nelson
Freaks and Geeks 1999-2000 TV Series Eli
Liberty Heights 1999 Ben Kurtzman
1973 1998 TV Movie Peter
Breakfast with Einstein 1998 TV Movie Ryan
You Wish 1998 TV Series Earl
I've Been Waiting for You 1998 TV Movie Charlie
Flash Forward 1996-1997 TV Series Tucker James
Kounterfeit 1996 Video Travis

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Rampart 2011 producer

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Ain't Them Bodies Saints 2013 performer: "I Will Go A'wandering No More"

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Time Out of Mind 2014 special thanks
Keep the Lights On 2012 thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Made in Hollywood 2009-2016 TV Series Himself
Today 2016 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest
Días de cine 2016 TV Series Himself
Weekend Ticket 2016 TV Series short Himself
Lone Survivor: Bringing the Story to Light 2014 Video short Himself
Lone Survivor: Learning the Basics 2014 Video short Himself
Lone Survivor: Recreating the Firefight 2014 Video short Himself
The Fallen Heroes of Operation Red Wings 2014 Video short Himself
2014 Golden Globe Arrivals Special 2014 TV Special Himself (uncredited)
Charlie Rose 2007-2013 TV Series Himself - Guest
Love, Marilyn 2012 Documentary Himself
Under the Radar: The Making of 'Contraband' 2012 Video short Himself
Up Close with Carrie Keagan 2009-2012 TV Series Himself
Tools of the Trade: Inside the Action of 'The Mechanic' 2011 Video short Himself
Attack of the Show! 2011 TV Series Himself
15th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards 2010 TV Special Himself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson 2009 TV Series Himself
Sidewalks Entertainment 2009 TV Series Himself - Guest
Destination: Yuma 2008 Video documentary short Himself
X-Men: Evolution of a Trilogy 2006 Video documentary short Himself
X-Men: The Excitement Continues 2006 Video documentary short Himself
The Young Hollywood Awards 2006 TV Special Himself
Taking 'Hostage': Behind the Scenes 2005 Video short Himself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien 2005 TV Series Himself
11th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2005 TV Special Himself
10th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2004 TV Special Himself
Reel Comedy 2002 TV Series Himself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2009 WFCC Award Women Film Critics Circle Awards Best Actor The Messenger (2009)
2006 Young Hollywood Award Young Hollywood Awards Breakthrough Performance - Male Alpha Dog (2006)
2004 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Six Feet Under (2001) · Lauren Ambrose
· Frances Conroy
· Rachel Griffiths
· Michael C. Hall
· Peter Krause
· Peter Macdissi
· Justina Machado
· Freddy Rodríguez
· Mathew St. Patrick
· Lili Taylor
· Rainn Wilson
2003 Daytime Emmy Daytime Emmy Awards Outstanding Performer in a Children's Special Bang Bang You're Dead (2002)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2010 OFTA Film Award Online Film & Television Association Best Actor The Messenger (2009)
2009 Gotham Independent Film Award Gotham Awards Breakthrough Actor The Messenger (2009)
2009 SDFCS Award San Diego Film Critics Society Awards Best Actor The Messenger (2009)
2009 SLFCA Award St. Louis Film Critics Association, US Best Actor The Messenger (2009)
2008 Saturn Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Supporting Actor 3:10 to Yuma (2007)
2008 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture 3:10 to Yuma (2007) · Christian Bale
· Russell Crowe
· Peter Fonda
· Gretchen Mol
· Dallas Roberts
· Vinessa Shaw
· Alan Tudyk
· Logan Lerman
2007 Golden Schmoes Golden Schmoes Awards Best Supporting Actor of the Year 3:10 to Yuma (2007)
2007 Satellite Award Satellite Awards Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Drama 3:10 to Yuma (2007)
2005 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Six Feet Under (2001) · Lauren Ambrose
· Frances Conroy
· James Cromwell
· Idalis DeLeon
· Peter Facinelli
· Sprague Grayden
· Rachel Griffiths
· Michael C. Hall
· Peter Krause
· Justina Machado
· Freddy Rodríguez
· Mathew St. Patrick
· Mena Suvari
· Justin Theroux
2001 Teen Choice Award Teen Choice Awards Film - Choice Chemistry Get Over It (2001) · Kirsten Dunst
1998 Gemini Gemini Awards Best Performance in a Children's or Youth Program or Series Flash Forward (1996)
1997 Gemini Gemini Awards Best Performance in a Children's or Youth Program or Series Flash Forward (1996)

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2008 COFCA Award Central Ohio Film Critics Association Best Ensemble 3:10 to Yuma (2007) · Peter Fonda
· Russell Crowe
· Christian Bale
· Vinessa Shaw
2008 COFCA Award Central Ohio Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actor 3:10 to Yuma (2007)
2007 BSFC Award Boston Society of Film Critics Awards Best Supporting Actor Alpha Dog (2006)

TitleSalary
Pandorum (2009) $1,500,000

#Quote
1 [on his Jewish upbringing, in Iowa] There was a Catholic church that got renovated, and they put a Jewish star on it and called it Beth Sholom. That was our temple... [while I'm not] that religious, Judaism has put a great deal of spirituality in my life which I value deeply.
2 [when asked if he'd be up for singing and dancing in a film] I hope so! I'm hoping someone will let me, 'cause I think everything is a dance. I mean, my favorite movie is All That Jazz. I just eat it up.
3 [when asked for acting advice] [...] be bad. Give yourself permission to be terrible and celebrate that 'cause it's really about moving through a room in the darkness, and you're bumping into furniture. 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. Be terrible, because you're gonna find something gorgeous and stunning that will sustain you for the rest of your life.
4 [re role in play "Orphans"] I hadn't been pursuing theater actively. This was really the first play that I'd read to be considered before. Reading it was like holding something electric in your hands. The language is deceptively simple and aggressive. There was this feeling of seizure: "I don't know if I can do this.'
5 You spend all day thinking about something and considering. For example, the movie, The Messenger (2009)...(exploring) grief, loss, the inevitable. Something we all go through. Something we all have experience with. Making the phone call, receiving the phone call that a loved one is no longer with us. You spend all day considering that - it's hard to shake. It's natural. I think it's normal. I would be worried about people who could turn that off. Power to them. I'm grateful for every experience, every film that allows a period of time to consider that and to feel these presented questions. But it takes a while. And, hopefully, if you do ask these questions and you are truthful with yourself, you meet yourself along the way.
6 (On wearing wings for the part of "Angel" in X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)) Angels don't sit, apparently, so they just kind of pose and stand or sleep on couches face-down.
7 The heat around young actors burns out. Natural ability and magnetism only get you so far. The rest is hard work.
8 (On creating his characters) "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."
9 When X-men came around, it was a vacation. Like living in a theme park for six months. I got to fly around and kick bad guys' asses.
10 [on getting the part in Liberty Heights (1999)] "It was so surreal just to audition for it to begin with. When I got the call I was passed out. I was at my family's house, just taking a break from my apartment, and my mom came and knocked on my door. I said, "Leave me alone!". She said, "No, wake up!" I had drool down my face, I picked up the phone, and my manager said, "You got it!" and I proceeded to do a parade around the house in my underpants for a good couple hours."
11 [on his movie Big Trouble (2002)] "It was more of a crappy farce than a black comedy. I took the job so I could work with such a great director. But in the end, it ended up living up it its name. I've learned that calling a film a black comedy is like the kiss of death."
12 [on acting and his role in Alpha Dog (2006)] "It is cathartic. You do learn a lot. This part in particular was a lot of realizing where man's weaknesses, where my weaknesses, are. The best direction that Nick gave me was, "you're a fast car that doesn't handle well." So I just went for it. But if I try to over-intellectualize it, my heart leaves it. Because when I was in it, I was possessed."
13 [Talking about meditation practices] It's always difficult. To feel, rather than to think, to tap into that source and let it come through you. It takes courage. Because we feel it and then we get scared and we analyze it. 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. *Laughs* I know this is all esoteric and weird.
14 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.
15 [on director Nick Cassavetes] Nick is magic. He doesn't tell you what he wants, he allows. And as long as you're taking chances and he feels that you are being truthful to yourself, then you can do no wrong.
16 [on preparing for his character in Liberty Heights (1999)] The big goal for me was just to get the mental state of mind, this kind of pure innocence. My generation is pretty jaded, pretty cynical. Everything happens really fast. Too much, too fast. So I got all the Life and Look magazines from '54 to '55, stuff that would be at the family's house, on the coffee table. I listened to all the Columbia years of Frank Sinatra, stuff that would probably be on the radio. I talked to my grandmother and looked through her photo album. I talked to my dad.
17 [Discussing his role in Hostage (2005)] In the novel, my character was written as a 400-pound, 30-year-old massive force. Since I am not that, I had to find a different direction. I based my character on a serial who saw his parents die and now has a fetish for little girls and watching people die.

#Trademark
1 Frantic fast paced delivery
2 Intense acting style
3 Soft hoarse voice
4 Calm mellow voice
5 Often plays crazed, violent characters

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