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Ben McKenzie (III)

Ben McKenzie was born Benjamin McKenzie Schenkkan in Austin, Texas on September 12, 1978, to Mary Frances (Victory), a poet, and Pieter Meade Schenkkan, an attorney. His uncle is playwright Robert Schenkkan. Ben is of Dutch Jewish (from his paternal grandfather), English, and Scottish descent. He attended Austin High School, and played wide ... See full bio »

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The O.C.
The O.C. Ryan Atwood
Gotham James Gordon
Batman: Year One
Batman: Year One Bruce Wayne / Batman
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88 Minutes Mike Stempt


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 2016 Gotham Stories (TV Series)
James Gordon
- Chapter 5 (2016) ... James Gordon (voice)
- Chapter 3 (2016) ... James Gordon (voice)
- Chapter 2 (2016) ... James Gordon (voice)
- Chapter 1 (2016) ... James Gordon (voice)
- Chapter 4 (2016) ... James Gordon (voice)
 2014 Judy Greer Is the Best Friend (Short)
 2013 The Advocates (TV Movie)
Henry Bird
 2013 Men at Work (TV Series)
- Tyler the Pioneer (2013) ... Bryan
 2011 Batman: Year One (Video)
Bruce Wayne / Batman (voice)
 2011 Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated (TV Series)
- The Wild Brood (2011) ... Odnarb (voice)
 2007 88 Minutes
Mike Stempt (as Benjamin McKenzie)
 2005 Junebug
 2004 MADtv (TV Series)
Ryan Atwood
- Episode #9.22 (2004) ... Ryan Atwood
 2003 JAG (TV Series)
Petty Officer Spencer
- Empty Quiver (2003) ... Petty Officer Spencer (as Benjamin McKenzie)
 2002 The District (TV Series)
Tim Ruskin
- Faith (2002) ... Tim Ruskin (as Benjamin McKenzie)
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Alternate Names:

Benjamin McKenzie | Benjamin Schenkkan


5' 8" (1.73 m)

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"I've always been kind of a loner. Continue to be. So, in that sense, Ryan and I are the same. I played football in Texas, but I didn't really hang out with the jocks. I did honors courses, but I didn't hang out with those kids, either. I sort of had my own group I hung with occasionally, but I've always been kind of by myself." - When asked about his high school experience. See more »


One of his grandfathers, Robert F. ("Bob") Schenkkan, was an early proponent of both PBS and NPR. In recognition of his work, Austin, Texas' public radio and television stations KUT-FM and KLRU-TV hosted a 90th birthday celebration for him in March 2007, at which McKenzie and many of Schenkkan's other grandchildren spoke. See more »

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