Created on Tuesday, 05 July 2011 10:10
Ben Browder (nee Robert Benedict Browder) is an American actor and writer born in Memphis, Tennessee on December 11, 1962.
After a successful college football career, college theatrics and a degree in Psychology at Furman University in South Carolina, Ben moved to London to study classical acting at the Central School of Speech and Drama where he met his wife Francesca Buller. Ben and Francesca have two children.
Ben's acting career started in Charlotte, North Carolina where he was raised. In the late 60's he made a TV commercial for Jello pudding with actor and comedian Bill Crosby. In the late 70's he appeared in the children's movie Duncan's World where he played the character Gates, one of Duncan's best friends.
He worked as a guest on various TV series, TV pilots and movies before he got his first noted TV series role as Sam Brody in Party of Five's 3rd season beginning with episode 9, titled Gimme Shelter.
In 1999, Ben got his major break as the star of the science fiction TV series Farscape in which he played astronaut and scientist John Robert Crichton. The series ran for four seasons on what was then known as the SciFi cable channel until 2002 when it was canceled. After finding financing, Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars was created to finish the Farscape series which had ended with a cliffhanger at the end of the 4th season.
Ben also starred as Lt. Colonel Cameron Mitchell in the 9th and 10th seasons of the science fiction TV show Stargate SG-1 after series star and producer Richard Dean Anderson left the show.
Since May 2010, Ben has been involved in a web series project titled Naught for Hire, a noir/detective/sci-fi web series, as the star and executive producer. Naught is currently in development and is produced by Jeffrey Berman, RDRR Productions and co-written with science fiction writer and Nick Naught creator John E. Stith. A comic book prequel co-written by Jeffrey Berman and Ben is expected to be released before the web series.
In 2011, Ben was cast as a pivotal character, Max Rainwater, in the horror-comedy movie Bad Kids Go to Hell. The movie premiered privately March 1, 2012 and will be released on DVD in April 2013.
Fall 2012 saw Ben on the very popular BBC series Doctor Who. Season (Series) 7, Episode three is entitled A Town Called Mercy. In January 2013, Ben will made a guest appearance on the CW TV series Arrow.
Ben has been nominated for the genre industry's Saturn award five times. He took home the award in 2002 for Best Actor in a Television Series (Farscape) and again in 2005 for Best Actor on Television (Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars).
Ben makes a few convention appearances each year. In 2012, that included the US and Australia. In 2013, so far, he will be in the US and Germany.