Ben Foster Biography |
  • Ben Foster Biography

    Born: October 29, 1980 in Boston, Massachusetts, United States

    BEN FOSTER was most recently seen in David Lowery’s Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, alongside Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck, and John Krokidas’ Kill Your Darlings, with Daniel Radcliffe, Dane DeHaan and Michael C. Hall.  The Village Voice noted about both performances that “Foster dazzled as the young William Burroughs on the edges of the Beat true-crime tale Darlings, then impressed even more as a kindly deputy trying to keep the peace in Saints, a performance that evokes the young Gene Hackman in its understated masculine authority.”  In an Indiwire survey of critics, Foster’s work in Ain’t Them Bodies Saints was ranked the Best Supporting Performance of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

    Earlier this year, Foster made his Broadway debut opposite Alec Baldwin and Tom Sturridge in a revival of Lyle Kessler’s play Orphans.

    In 2009, Foster starred opposite Woody Harrelson and Samantha Morton in Oren Moverman’s The Messenger.  The film, a moving portrayal of one soldier’s journey to re-assimilate after his turn in Iraq, was an official selection at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and won the Silver Bear for Best Screenplay and the Peace Film Award at the 2009 Berlin International Film Festival.  It also won the Grand Special Prize for Best Film at the 2009 Deauville Film Festival.  Foster reteamed with Moverman in 2011 to co-star in and produce Rampart, which tells the story of a veteran police officer who gets caught up in a corruption scandal.  Foster portrays a homeless man at the center of the scandal.

    In 2007, his portrayal of outlaw and a cold-blooded killer Charlie Prince in James Mangold’s 3:10 to Yuma, earned Foster rave reviews.  Of his performance, Todd McCarthy of Variety noted that Foster “puts the kind of indelible imprint on this juicy role that, in earlier eras, allowed such thesps as Lee Marvin, Richard Boone, Dan Duryea, James Coburn, Jack Palance, Lee Van Cleef, Strother Martin and others to immortalize themselves in the annals of Western villainy.  He is a mad delight to watch.”  The cast received a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.

    Foster’s additional credits include Fernando Meirelles’ 360, Baltasar Kormákur’s Contraband, Braden King’s Here, Simon West’s The Mechanic, Nick Cassavetes’ Alpha Dog, Brett Ratner’s blockbuster X-Men: The Last Stand, David Slade’s 30 Days of Night, Florent-Emilio Siri’s Hostage and Barry Levinson’s Liberty Heights, which marked his film debut.

    On the small screen, Foster portrayed Russell Corwin for three seasons on HBO’s critically acclaimed drama Six Feet Under, which won the 2004 SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series.  He was also a part of the Primetime Emmy-nominated HBO telefilm The Laramie Project.  Foster appeared on several episodes of the cult hit Freaks and Geeks as the mentally handicapped student Eli, and Foster’s lead performance in Showtime’s Bang Bang You’re Dead garnered him a Daytime Emmy Award.

    Foster is currently shooting as the lead in Stephen Frears’ biopic of Lance Armstrong, for Working Title Films.

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