Ben Foster, co-star of the "Hostage" Movie!
Making a name for himself by often taking roles unusually weighty for such a young actor, Ben Foster nevertheless began his career with such made-for-TV efforts as I've Been Waiting for You and Breakfast With Einstein (both 1998). Subsequently gaining positive notice for his portrayal of the mentally handicapped Eli in the short-lived series Freaks and Geeks, it wasn't long before Foster was challenging himself with such dramatic efforts as Liberty Heights and The Laramie Project. Born in Boston in October 1980, he began to realize his passion for acting after attending the Interlochen Theater Arts Summer Program. After writing, directing, and starring in his first play at the age of 12, it wasn't long before the venom of the acting bug had successfully worked its way into the budding thespian's blood. Devoting his life to acting, Foster dropped out of high school at 16 and prepared to face the challenges that accompany such a career. Following his film debut in the 1996 crime thriller Kounterfeit, a series of TV films followed. In 1999, he starred in Liberty Heights. Set in 1950s Baltimore, Foster starred as a Jewish high school student whose socially taboo relationship with an African-American classmate (Rebekah Johnson) finds him facing negative pressure from his family and friends. Following up with the musical comedy Get Over It! in 2001, Foster was next seen in The Laramie Project, a made-for-cable feature documenting small town in Laramie, WY, following the murder of Matthew Shepard. Foster appeared with Tim Allen in the ill-fated comedy Big Trouble in 2002, and his subsequent role in the made-for-TV feature Bang, Bang, You're Dead offered viewers a chilling look into the mind of a disturbed teen. It wasn't long after that Foster became a familiar face to cable viewers with his role in the acclaimed HBO series Six Feet Under. As the love interest of Claire Fisher (Lauren Ambrose), Foster's portrayal of a budding young artist found him essaying a complex character who is attempting to discover his true sexuality while simultaneously tapping his creative potential.
At just 23 years old, Ben Foster who just received a Screen Actors Guild Award for his role on Six Feet Under, has already established himself as one of the industry's most promising and accomplished talents, having appeared in numerous film and television projects with some of Hollywood's most respected actors and directors.
Ben has landed leading roles in two movies that will showcase his versatility as an actor. On April 16, 2004 audiences everywhere saw Foster starring alongside John Travolta in Artisan Entertainment/Marvel Studios' The Punisher, based on the Marvel Comics hero Frank Castle. Ben next stars opposite Bruce Willis in Hostage, which began filming mid-January 2004. Ben plays one of three perpetrators holding a suburbanite family hostage after a failed robbery attempt.
Foster's credits include eclectic and impressive performances in both television and film. Ben continues his memorable role this season on HBO's award winning series Six Feet Under, as Lauren Ambrose's love interest "Russell." He also received a 2003 Daytime Emmy® Award for his dramatic portrayal of 'Trevor Adams,' in Showtime's Original film Bang Bang You're Dead.
Ben starred in Northfork, a Polish brothers film, opposite James Woods, Anthony Edwards, Darhyl Hannah, and Nick Nolte, as well as 11:14 starring opposite Hillary Swank, Colin Hanks and Rachel Leigh Cook.
Foster's big break came when director Barry Levinson chose him to star as "Ben Kurtzman" in his Baltimore-based coming of age feature Liberty Heights. In 2000, Foster starred opposite Kirsten Dunst in Get Over It and later opposite Tim Allen and Rene Russo in Disney's Big Trouble. Foster was also part of the ensemble cast in the Emmy nominated HBO original film The Laramie Project. Foster also had a cameo last year in Joel Schumacher's Phone Booth.
In addition to watching movies, creating characters and writing screenplays, Ben Foster enjoys tennis, basketball and listening to music.
More fun facts about Ben Foster
# Ben grew up in Fairfield, Iowa.
# His nickname is 'Curly Boy.'
# Ben dropped out of school to pursue acting.
# Ben played a mentally-challenged high schooler in the television series 'Freaks And Geeks.'
# Ben dated actress, Kirsten Dunst from August 2000 to March 2001.
# Ben is the older brother of actor, Jon Foster.
Kirsten Dunst Head Over Heels In Love
American actress Kirsten Dunst is looking forward to a cosy Thanksgiving holiday - with her new lover Ben Foster. The pair met on the set of her new movie Get Over It (2001) and having been very unlucky in love in the past, Dunst is very excited about her new romance and its future. She says, "It's hard for me to truly connect with people. So when it clicks it's amazing. I can't go just halfway. Maybe I'm a weird girl and I just needed a good freak to match with me. I don't fall in love with every one of my co-stars. It's nice to have those sparks because that's what makes it magical on screen."