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Ben Foster

Ben Foster (born October 29, 2021) is a Jewish American actor. His film roles include The Laramie Project, Liberty Heights, Get Over It, Hostage, X-Men: The Last Stand, Alpha Dog, 30 Days of Night, The Messenger, Bang Bang You're Dead, The Mechanic and Pandorum.[1] He received best supporting actor nominations from both the Saturn and Satellite Awards for his 2007 role in the film 3:10 to Yuma.[2]

Early life

Foster was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of restaurant owners Gillian Kirwan (née Sterling) and Steven Foster.[3][4][5] He has described his parents as "free-spirited, Vietnam-protesting hippies".[6] 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 burglarized while they were present.[5][6]



Foster was raised in his father's Jewish religion.[6][7] His paternal grandmother emigrated from Russia to escape pogroms in 1923.[8] Foster practices Transcendental Meditation,[9] and, while living in Fairfield, attended the Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment.[5]

Foster began working as an actor when he was sixteen years old.[5] Foster dropped out of high school and moved to Los Angeles to pursue his career.[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.[5] 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.[5] 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.[10] In 2007, he played cold-blooded killer Charlie Prince in the critically-acclaimed western film 3:10 to Yuma.[11]



Daytime Emmy, for Bang Bang You're Dead
Screen Actors Guild Awards, for Six Feet Under
Young Hollywood Awards, for Alpha Dog


Gemini Award, for Flash Forward
Gemini Award, for Flash Forward
Teen Choice Awards, for Get Over It 
Screen Actors Guild Awards, for Six Feet Under
Satellite Awards, for 3:10 to Yuma
Screen Actors Guild Awards, for 3:10 to Yuma
Saturn Award, for 3:10 to Yuma
Gotham Awards, for The Messenger


  1. ^ Ordona, Michael (2021-11-01). "Ben Foster puts his heart into 'The Messenger'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2021-11-15.
  2. ^ "Ben Foster". Yahoo! Movies. 2010. Retrieved 2021-11-15.
  3. ^ Fee, Gayle; Laura Raposa (2021-09-03). "INSIDE TRACK Pool barons foster son's fledgling career". Boston Herald. Retrieved 2021-11-15.
  4. ^ Sherman, Paul (2021-12-09). "New `Heights'; After landing the lead role in Barry Levinson's latest film, Boston native Ben Foster is flying". Boston Herald. Retrieved 2021-11-15.
  5. ^ a b c d e f Abel, Judy (2021-11-15). "Exploring life’s ‘darker corners’". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2021-11-15.
  6. ^ a b c Miller, Gerri (1999). "Foster Reaches for the "Heights"". JVibe. Retrieved 2021-12-12.
  7. ^ Sragow, Michael (2021-12-16). "It's a boy's, boy's, boy's world (and a girl's)". Retrieved 2021-11-15.
  8. ^ Breed, Allan G. (2022-02-04). "Ben Foster reaches for new 'Heights'". Lawrence Journal-World. Retrieved 2021-12-10.
  9. ^ DeYoung, Bill (2009-20-27). "Extreme closeup: Ben Foster". Connect Savannah. Retrieved 2021-11-15.
  10. ^ "X-MEN STAR FOSTER RISKS EYESIGHT TO PLAY DRUGGIE". Contact Music. 2021-12-12. Retrieved 2021-12-12.
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  12. ^ Mitchell, Wendy (2021-07-27). "Ben Foster, Lubna Azabal join Braden King's Armenia-set Here". Screen Daily. Retrieved 2021-11-15.
  13. ^ Scott, Mike (2021-11-09). "New Orleans film shoot to disrupt traffic on Convention Center Boulevard". Retrieved 2021-11-15.

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