Ben Browder

D.O.B: Dec 11, 1962 |  Memphis, Tennessee, USA

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Ben Browder is an American actor, writer and director born in Memphis, Tennessee on December 11, 1962, as Robert Benedict Browder. After a successful college football career with the Furman University Paladins as a Championship-winning Linebacker while staring in theatrical productions and gaining a degree in Psychology, Ben moved to London to study classical acting at the Central School of Speech and Drama.

Biography

Ben Browder is an American actor, writer and director born in Memphis, Tennessee on December 11, 1962, as Robert Benedict Browder. After a successful college football career with the Furman University Paladins as a Championship-winning Linebacker while staring in theatrical productions and gaining a degree in Psychology, Ben moved to London to study classical acting at the Central School of Speech and Drama. Bens acting career started in Charlotte, North Carolina where he was raised. In the late 60s he made TV commercials. In the late 70s he appeared in the childrens movie Duncans World playing Gates, one of Duncans best friends. While at drama school, he says he was highly influenced by Dame Judith Dench who was a visiting teacher at the school and directed him in several Shakespeare productions. In 1987, he and his future wife, Francesca Buller, were cast in Dustin Hoffmans West End London production of Shakespeares Merchant of Venice (which went on to play on Broadway in New York). He worked as a guest on various TV series, TV pilots and movies before he got his first noted TV series role as Sam Brody in Party of Fives 3rd season, beginning with episode 9, titled, Gimme Shelter. In 1999, Ben was cast after numerous auditions to play the lead on a science fiction TV series, Farscape which was filmed in Australia by a collaboration of The Jim Henson Company, Channel 9, Hallmark Company and The SciFi Channel. The dramatic and eccentric series where Ben played American astronaut John Crichton unique among a crew of renegade aliens, ran for four seasons on what was then known as the SciFi cable channel (until 2002, when it was cancelled). After finding financing, Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars was filmed to complete the Farscape series. During has time as lead actor on Farscape, Ben wrote two scripts for the show: Season 3s Green-Eyed Monster and Season 4s John Quixote.