Ben McKenzie On Stage - Theater Credits, Bio and Tickets
Benjamin McKenzie Schenkkan was born on September 12, 1978 in Austin, Texas, and is perhaps best known for his television roles on long-running series such as "The O.C." on Fox, NBC/TNT's "Southland," and Fox's "Gotham."
McKenzie attended St. Andrew's Episcopal School and the Stephen F. Austin High School in Austin, Texas, before going on to major in economics and foreign affairs at the University of Virginia. His big break came after landing the role of Ryand Atwood in Fox's hit series "The O.C." He would star in 92 episodes from 2003 through 2007, achieving instant fame. In 2005, he made his feature film debut in "Junebug," garnering wide acclaim in the industry including the Sundance Film Festival, and he followed this up in 2007 with "88 Minutes."
After "The O.C.," McKenzie was cast in his first starring role as Joe Bonham in a film with 2009's "Johnny Got His Gun." His next big role was Officer Ben Sherman in the hit series "Southland" which aired for one season on NBC (2009) and a further four seasons on TNT (2010-2013), starring in a total of 43 episodes. During this time, he also made his debut in animation, voicing the role of Bruce Wayne/Batman in "Batman: Year One" as well as a guest role in "Scooby Doo! Mystery Incorporated" in 2011.
In 2014, McKenzie would once again return to the world of Batman to star in the leading role of Jim Gordon in the prequel television series "Gotham" on Fox, charting the character's journey from young detective to commissioner of the Gotham City Police Department. The DC Comics series would conclude in 2019 with McKenzie starring in a total of 100 episodes, and even directing and writing various episodes himself.
Thanks to Second Stage Theater, McKenzie made his Broadway debut in Bess Wohl's Grand Horizons, starring as Ben at the Hayes Theater from December 23, 2019 through March 1, 2020.