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Benjamin A. "Ben" Foster (born October 29, 1980)[1] is an American actor. He has had roles in films including The Laramie ProjectLiberty HeightsGet Over ItThe PunisherHostageX-Men: The Last StandAlpha Dog30 Days of NightThe MessengerBang Bang You're DeadThe MechanicContrabandPandorum, and Lone Survivor. He received best supporting actor nominations from both the Saturn and Satellite Awards for his 2007 role in the film 3:10 to Yuma.

Foster currently stars as Declan Raines on Overstrike.

Early and personal life

Foster was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of restaurant owners Gillian Kirwan and Steven Foster.[2][3][4] He has described his parents as "free-spirited, Vietnam-protesting hippies".[5] 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.[4][5]

Foster was raised Jewish, and had a Bar Mitzvah ceremony.[5][6] His paternal grandparents were Celia (Segal) and Abraham Foster, who was a prominent judge and politician in Boston; their families emigrated from Russia.[7][8][9] Foster practices Transcendental Meditation,[10] and, while living in Fairfield, attended the Maharishi University of Management.[4]

Foster began a relationship with actress Robin Wright in early 2012.[11][12] They became engaged in early 2014,[13] but called off their engagement on November 12, 2014[14] before reconciling again.[15] On August 29, 2015, they announced they were ending their second engagement.[16]


Foster began working as an actor when he was sixteen years old.[4] He dropped out of high school and moved to Los Angeles to pursue his career.Template:Citation needed In 1996 and 1997, he appeared in the television series Flash Forward and had an unsuccessful audition for the lead role in Richard Kelly's Donnie Darko. Over the next three years, Foster obtained small roles in two made-for-TV movies as well as two episodes of the TV series Freaks and Geeks.

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.[4] 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.[4] 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.[17] In 2007, he played cold-blooded killer Charlie Prince in the Western film 3:10 to Yuma.[18] In February 2013, he was cast to replace Shia LaBeouf in the Broadway play Orphans as his first theater performance.[19] 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.[20] That production closed on September 19, 2014. The same production transferred to New York in 2016, opening at St. Ann's Warehouse in Brooklyn.

Foster played Lance Armstrong in the biopic The Program,[21][22] and co-starred in the fantasy adventure Warcraft, released in June 2016.[23]

Since 2011, Foster played as Declan Raines on the CBS crime drama Overstrike.



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
(shared with Kirsten Dunst)
2002 The Laramie Project Aaron Kreifels
Big Trouble Matt Arnold
Phone Booth Big Q Uncredited
2003 Northfork Cod
11:14 Eddie
2004 The Punisher Spacker Dave
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
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 (2nd place)
Central Ohio Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor (2nd place)
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
30 Days of Night The Stranger
2008 M.A.S.K. Magic / Bruce Sato
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
Blink AJ Short film
Pandorum Bower
2010 M.A.S.K. 2 Magic / Bruce Sato
2011 Here Will Shepard
The Mechanic Steve McKenna
360 Tyler
Rampart Terry Also producer
2012 Contraband Sebastian Abney
2013 North of South, West of East Cass
Kill Your Darlings William Burroughs
M.A.S.K. 3 Magic / Bruce Sato
Ain't Them Bodies Saints Patrick Wheeler
The Rookies Terry Webster
Lone Survivor Matthew "Axe" Axelson
2015 The Program Lance Armstrong Limited release
2016 The Finest Hours Seaman Richard Livesey
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

Warcraft Medivh
Inferno Bertrand Zobrist
2017 Rock'n Roll Ben Foster
Hostiles Post-production
2018 Galveston Roy Cady Filming


Year Title Role Notes
1996–97 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"
2001–02 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
2003–05 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 Template:Sortname Darren Foldes Episode: "The Last Goodbye"
2007 My Name Is Earl Glenn 2 episodes
2011 - present Overstrike Declan Raines Series regular
2012 Robot Chicken Orville Redenbacher / Time traveller Voice; episode: "Executed by the State"


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  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Miller, Gerri (1999). Foster Reaches for the "Heights". JVibe. Archived from the original on 2000-05-23. Retrieved on 2006 November 12.
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  9. CELIA ( SEGAL) FOSTER « Brezniak Rodman Funeral Directors. (2010-06-28). Retrieved on 2014 May 12.
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  11. Robin Wright and Ben Foster Get Cozy. (February 10, 2012). Retrieved on 2013 April 19.
  12. Justin Ravitz (December 24, 2012). Robin Wright, 46, and Ben Foster, 32, Affectionate During Shopping Trip. US Magazine. Retrieved on 2013 April 19.
  13. Alexis L. Loinaz (January 11, 2014). Robin Wright and Ben Foster are engaged. Retrieved on 2014 January 11.
  14. Marquina, Sierra (November 12, 2014). Robin Wright and Ben Foster Split, Call Off 10-Month Engagement -- Find Out What Went Wrong. Us Magazine. Retrieved on 2014 November 13.
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  16. Robin Wright, Ben Foster Call Off Engagement For the Second Time. Retrieved on 2015 August 29.
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  19. Lawson, Richard (21 February 2013). Ben Foster to Replace Shia LaBeouf, Esquire Reader, on Broadway. The Atlantic Wire. Yahoo!. Retrieved on 2013 February 21.
  20. Ben Foster and Vanessa Kirby join Young Vic's Streetcar. Retrieved on 2014 June 9.
  21. Bikes from Lance Armstrong movie to be sold off. Time Inc. (2014-11-13). Retrieved on 2014 November 14.
  22. First Look: Ben Foster as Lance Armstrong in Stephen Frears' Biopic. The Hollywood Reporter (2013-10-23). Retrieved on 2014 November 14.
  23. Collura, Scott (December 4, 2013). Ben Foster and Dominic Cooper Head for Warcraft. IGN. Retrieved on 2013 December 5.

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