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Ben Vereen


Few entertainers today are as accomplished or versatile as Ben Vereen. His legendary performances transcend time and have been woven into the fabric of this country's artistic legacy. His first love and passion is and always will be the stage. "The theater was my first training ground. It taught me discipline, dedication and appreciation of hard ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

All That Jazz
All That Jazz O'Connor Flood
(1979)
Grey's Anatomy
Grey's Anatomy Archie Roche
(2007)
Roots
Roots 'Chicken' George Moore / Chicken George Moore
(1977)
Pippin: His Life and Times
Pippin: His Life and Times The Leading Player
(1981)

Filmography

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 2017 Making History (TV Series)
Dr. Theodore Anthony Cobell
- Body Trouble (2017) ... Dr. Theodore Anthony Cobell
- Night Cream (2017) ... Dr. Theodore Anthony Cobell
- The Boyfriend Experience (2017) ... Dr. Theodore Anthony Cobell
 2017 Sneaky Pete (TV Series)
Porter
- The Roll Over (2017) ... Porter
- Lieutenant Bernhardt (2017) ... Porter
- The Longest Day (2017) ... Porter
 2014 Hot in Cleveland (TV Series)
Mayor Deacon
- Out of Our Minds (2014) ... Mayor Deacon
 2014 Time Out of Mind
Dixon
 2014 Top Five
Carl
 2010-2014 How I Met Your Mother (TV Series)
Sam Gibbs / Sam
- The End of the Aisle (2014) ... Sam Gibbs
- Mom and Dad (2013) ... Sam Gibbs
- False Positive (2010) ... Sam
- Cleaning House (2010) ... Sam
 2014 Love That Girl! (TV Series)
Judge
- Business Is Business (2014) ... Judge
 2013 NCIS (TV Series)
Lamar Addison
- Homesick (2013) ... Lamar Addison
 2013 Khumba
Mkhulu (voice)
 2011 Mama I Want to Sing
Horace Payne
 2010 House of Payne (TV Series)
Clarence Sanderson
- Curtis Sings the Blues (2010) ... Clarence Sanderson
 2009 21 and a Wake-Up
General Garner
 2009 Tapioca
Nuts
 2008 Accidental Friendship (TV Movie)
Wes
 2007 Law & Order: Criminal Intent (TV Series)
Rev. Jeremiah Morris
- Senseless (2007) ... Rev. Jeremiah Morris
 2007 Grey's Anatomy (TV Series)
Archie Roche
- Love/Addiction (2007) ... Archie Roche
 2007 And Then Came Love
Chuck Cooper
 2006 Idlewild
Percy Senior
 2002 Oz (TV Series)
#02W424 A.R. Whitworth
- Good Intentions (2002) ... #02W424 A.R. Whitworth
 2001 The Feast of All Saints (TV Movie)
Rudolphe Lermontant
 2001 The Painting
Whistlin' Willie Weston
 2001 Great Performances: Dance in America (TV Series)
Performer
- From Broadway: Fosse (2001) ... Performer
 1999 I'll Take You There
Mr. Gwin
 1999 Promised Land (TV Series)
Lawrence Taggert, Sr.
- Wounded Hearts (1999) ... Lawrence Taggert, Sr.
- It's All in the Family (1999) ... Lawrence Taggert, Sr.
- The Visitor (1999) ... Lawrence Taggert, Sr.
 1999 The Jamie Foxx Show (TV Series)
Royal
- Taps for Royal (1999) ... Royal
 1998 Soldier of Fortune, Inc. (TV Series)
Senator Stanford Parks
- Party Girl (1998) ... Senator Stanford Parks
 1998 Why Do Fools Fall in Love
Richard Barrett
 1997 American Masters (TV Series documentary)
Narrator
- Vaudeville (1997) ... Narrator (voice)
 1997 Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child (TV Series)
Snake
- Goldilocks and the Three Bears (1997) ... Snake (voice)
 1997 Second Noah (TV Series)
Sweet Billy
- Desperately Seeking Mickey (1997) ... Sweet Billy
 1996 Touched by an Angel (TV Series)
Ulysses Dodd
- Secret Service (1996) ... Ulysses Dodd
 1995 New York Undercover (TV Series)
Louie
- Eliminate the Middleman (1995) ... Louie
 1994 The Nanny (TV Series)
Ben Vereen
- Pishke Business (1994) ... Ben Vereen
 1994 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (TV Series)
Lou Smith
- Papa's Got a Brand New Excuse (1994) ... Lou Smith
 1994 Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (TV Series)
Dr. Andre Novak
- Illusions of Grandeur (1994) ... Dr. Andre Novak
 1993 Star Trek: The Next Generation (TV Series)
Dr. Edward La Forge
- Interface (1993) ... Dr. Edward La Forge
 1993 Once Upon a Forest
Phineas (voice)
 1991-1993 Silk Stalkings (TV Series)
Captain Ben Hutchinson
- Meat Market (1993) ... Captain Ben Hutchinson
- Was It Good for You Too? (1993) ... Captain Ben Hutchinson
- Powder Burn (1992) ... Captain Ben Hutchinson
- Lady Luck (1992) ... Captain Ben Hutchinson
- Internal Affair (1992) ... Captain Ben Hutchinson
 1992 Intruders (TV Series)
Gene Randall
- Episode #1.2 (1992) ... Gene Randall
- Episode #1.1 (1992) ... Gene Randall
 1991 Bordertown (TV Series)
Issac West
- Hired Hand (1991) ... Issac West
 1990 The Kid Who Loved Christmas (TV Movie)
 1990 Mother Goose Rock 'n' Rhyme (TV Movie)
Itsy Bitsy Spider
 1990 Booker (TV Series)
Carl McQueen
- The Life and Death of Chick Sterling (1990) ... Carl McQueen
 1988 Jenny's Song (TV Movie)
Joe
 1988 J.J. Starbuck (TV Series)
E.L. 'Tenspeed' Turner
- The Rise and Fall of Joe Piermont (1988) ... E.L. 'Tenspeed' Turner
- Rag Doll (1988) ... E.L. 'Tenspeed' Turner
- Permanent Hiatus (1988) ... E.L. 'Tenspeed' Turner
- A Song from the Sequel (1988) ... E.L. 'Tenspeed' Turner
- Cactus Jack's Last Call (1988) ... E.L. 'Tenspeed' Turner
 1988 Buy & Cell
Shaka
 1987 CBS Summer Playhouse (TV Series)
Pianist in Bar
- The Saint in Manhattan (1987) ... Pianist in Bar
 1986 Zoobilee Zoo (TV Series)
Mayor Ben
- Without a Sound (1986) ... Mayor Ben
- Winter Wonderland (1986) ... Mayor Ben
- Vaudeville Star (1986) ... Mayor Ben
- Two's a Crowd (1986) ... Mayor Ben
- Trading Places (1986) ... Mayor Ben
 1985 Lost in London (TV Movie)
Paul Williams
 1983-1985 Webster (TV Series)
Uncle Phillip Long / Ben Vereen
- Great Expectations: Part 2 (1985) ... Uncle Phillip Long
- Great Expectations: Part 1 (1985) ... Uncle Phillip Long
- What is Art? (1985) ... Uncle Phillip Long
- It's a Dog's Life (1985) ... Uncle Phillip Long
- God Bless the Child (1984) ... Uncle Phillip Long
 1985 Faerie Tale Theatre (TV Series)
Puss in Boots
- Puss in Boots (1985) ... Puss in Boots
 1985 The Zoo Gang
The Winch
 1985 A.D. (TV Mini-Series)
Ethiopian
- Part 5 (1985) ... Ethiopian
- Part 4 (1985) ... Ethiopian
- Part 3 (1985) ... Ethiopian
- Part 2 (1985) ... Ethiopian
- Part 1 (1985) ... Ethiopian
 1984 Breakin' Through (TV Movie)
 1984 Ellis Island (TV Mini-Series)
Roscoe Haines
- Episode #1.3 (1984) ... Roscoe Haines
- Episode #1.2 (1984) ... Roscoe Haines
- Episode #1.1 (1984) ... Roscoe Haines
 1984 The Jesse Owens Story (TV Movie)
Herb Douglas
 1983 The Charmkins (TV Short)
Dragonweed (voice)
 1982 Sabine
Stanley
 1981 Pippin: His Life and Times (TV Movie)
The Leading Player
 1980 Tenspeed and Brown Shoe (TV Series)
E.L. 'Tenspeed' Turner
- Diamonds Aren't Forever (1980) ... E.L. 'Tenspeed' Turner
- The Treasure of Sierra Madre Street (1980) ... E.L. 'Tenspeed' Turner
- Untitled (1980) ... E.L. 'Tenspeed' Turner
- This One's Gonna Kill Ya (1980) ... E.L. 'Tenspeed' Turner
- Loose Larry's List of Losers (1980) ... E.L. 'Tenspeed' Turner
 1979 All That Jazz
O'Connor Flood
 1977 Roots (TV Mini-Series)
'Chicken' George Moore / Chicken George Moore
- Part VIII (1977) ... 'Chicken' George Moore
- Part VI (1977) ... Chicken George Moore
- Part V (1977) ... Chicken George Moore
- Part IV (1977) ... 'Chicken' George Moore
 1976 Louis Armstrong - Chicago Style (TV Movie)
Louis Armstrong
 1976 Mary's Incredible Dream (TV Movie)
Devil / Noah / Man
 1975 Ben Vereen... Comin' at Ya (TV Series)
Host
 1975 Funny Lady
Bert Robbins
 1969 Sweet Charity
Dancer
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Height:

5' 8" (1.73 m)
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Personal Quote:

Live stage is being made as you go along. You feel the energy. There's nothing like a live audience. See more »

Trivia:

Ben met first wife Andrea Townsley when they were young and singing together at her father's Brooklyn church in the gospel choir. The marriage, which produced son Ben Jr., lasted only a few years. Andrea is now a pastor at her late father's church. See more »

Trademark:

His smile

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Libra

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