Ben Mendelsohn Biography
Ben Mendelsohn (Paul Benjamin Mendelsohn) is an Australian actor born on 3rd April 1969 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. He is popularly known for his role as Andrew “Pope” Cody in ‘Animal Kingdom’. He starred in the Netflix series Bloodline, for which he has won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.
Ben Mendelsohn is the son of Frederick Arthur Oscar Mendelsohn, a prominent medical researcher who previously headed the Howard Florey Institute in Melbourne, where he maintains the status of Professor Emeritus, and Carole Ann who was a registered nurse. The has two brothers Tom and David.
They lived in Europe and the US for long periods of time, and returned to Melbourne in high school. He attended Heidelberg Primary School and Eltham High and Banyule High Schools. He took drama because he thought it was an easy class.
Ben Mendelsohn Age
Ben Mendelsohn was born on 3rd April 1969
Ben Mendelsohn Height
Ben Mendelsohn is 1.8 m
Ben Mendelsohn Career
Ben Mendelsohn began his career in television with the shows including The Henderson Kids and Neighbours. He made his fil debut on ‘The Year My Voice Broke’ (1987) which won him the Australian Film Institute Award for Best Supporting Actor. His next major role was in The Big Steal and Spotswood (1992) co-starring with Anthony Hopkins; this was followed in 1996 by Cosi and Idiot Box. In 2000, he was in two contrasting films, the Australian Mullet and the Hollywood Vertical Limit.
In 2007, Ben Mendelsohn starred in the third season of the TV series Love My Way and in 2008, he appeared in Baz Luhrmann’s Australia and filmed the 10-part Melbourne series Tangle, which premiered on Showcase in 2009. In 2009, he appeared in the American science fiction film Knowing directed by Alex Proyas. The same year, Mendelsohn starred as Ned in Beautiful Kate, directed by Rachel Ward, opposite Bryan Brown and Rachel Griffiths.
In 2010, Ben Mendelsohn appeared in Animal Kingdom, starring in the film as Andrew “Pope” Cody, a criminal on the run from the law living in the notorious Melbourne Underworld. This role won him many awards including IF Award’s Best Actor and the AFI’s award for Best Actor in a Leading Role. He was also named GQ Australia’s Actor of the Year for 2010.
Ben Mendelsohn was selected as one of the entrants to the Who’s Who in Australia 2012 edition. In 2012, Ben Mendelsohn played the supporting roles of John Daggett in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises and Robin Van Der Hook in Derek Cianfrance’s The Place Beyond the Pines.
In 2012, Ben Mendelsohn appeared in Florence + the Machine’s music video for “Lover to Lover”. The video was directed by Vincent Haycock. In 2013, he guest starred in the TV series Girls as the father of Jessa, played by Jemima Kirke.
In 2014, Ben Mendelsohn joined the cast of Bloodline, a Netflix original from the creators of Damages. The first season premiered on the site on 20 March 2015 and was well received. Ben Mendelsohn performance on the series has been critically lauded, resulting in a Primetime Emmy Award win as well as a Golden Globe Award nomination. In September 2016, Netflix announced that the show had been cancelled and that it will end after its third season in 2017.
In the Autumn of 2016, he appeared in video as an onstage “stand-in” during the Nostalgia For the Present concert tour of Australian singer Sia Furler for her song, “Breathe Me.”
In December 2016, Ben Mendelsohn had a supporting role in the Star Wars franchise’s Rogue One, portraying villain Director Krennic. He called the opportunity to act in a Star Wars film “a childhood dream come true.” Mendelsohn also narrated the virtual band Gorillaz’ fourth album Humanz.
Ben Mendelsohn Bloodline
Ben Mendelsohn played the main antagonist in the Netflix family drama Bloodline,
for which he won an Emmy. He played Danny Rayburn, a down-on-his-luck drifter who attempts to reconnect with his well-to-do family in Florida. Unfortunately, Danny’s return isn’t exactly welcome, and instead stirs up long-buried secrets and resentments. Mendelsohn explains the weight of playing such a heavy role and butting heads with his primary sibling rival (Kyle Chandler), especially their fatal oceanside confrontation in the series’ penultimate installment.
Ben Mendelsohn Rogue One
In 2016 Ben Mendelsohn appeared as the main villain – Director Orson Krennic, in the Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and won the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.
Ben Mendelsohn character Director Orson Krennic is an imperial who seems all too happy to carry out the whims of the Empire. But that doesn’t mean he expects to in any way overstep his boundaries, especially when it comes to Darth Vader.
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“Well, I think it’s hard to go past Vader,” Mendelsohn recently told IndieWire when asked about where his new character fits in the hierarchy of “Star Wars” villains. “I mean, it’s pretty hard to go past him. It’s hard to think of anyone that tops it, the big guy itself.”
Ben Mendelsohn Movies and Tv Shows
- 1986: The Still Point as Peter
- 1987: The Year My Voice Broke as Trevor Leishman
- 1989: Lover Boy as Gazza
- 1989: Nirvana Street Murder as Luke
- 1989: Return Home as Gary
- 1989: Quigley Down Under as O’Flynn
- 1992: Spotswood Carey as Mark Joffe
- 1992: Map of the Human Heart as Farmboy
- 1993: Say a Little Prayer as Nursery Manager
- 1994: Metal Skin as Dazey
- 1996: Idiot Box as Kev
- 1996: Cosi as Lewis Riley
- 1997: True Love and Chaos as Jerry
- 1997: Amy as Robert Buchanan
- 1999: Love Brokers
- 2000: Vertical Limit as Malcolm Bench
- 2000: Sample People as John
- 2001: Mullet as Eddie “Mullet” Maloney
- 2002: Black and White as Rupert Murdoch
- 2005: The New World as Ben
- 2008: $9.99 as Lenny Peck (voice)
- 2008: Australia as Captain Dutton
- 2009: Prime Mover as Johnnie
- 2009: Beautiful Kate as Ned Kendall
- 2009: Knowing as Phil Beckman
- 2010: Needle as Detective Meares
- 2010: Animal Kingdom as Andrew “Pope” Cody
- 2011: Killer Elite as Martin
- 2011: Trespass as Elias
- 2012: The Dark Knight Rises as John Daggett
- 2012: Killing Them Softly as Russell
- 2012: The Place Beyond the Pines as Robin Van Der Hook
- 2013: Starred Up as Neville Love
- 2013: Two Mothers as Harold
- 2014: Lost River as Dave
- 2014: Exodus: Gods and Kings as Viceroy Hegep
- 2015: Black Sea as Fraser
- 2015: Slow West as Payne
- 2015: Mississippi Grind as Gerry
- 2015: Gun for Hire as Kyle Sullivan
- 2016: Una as Ray Brooks
- 2016: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story as Director Orson Krennic
- 2017: Darkest Hour as King George VI
- 2018: Ready Player One as Nolan Sorrento
- 2018: Untogether as Martin
- 2018: Robin Hood as Sheriff of Nottingham
- 2018: The Land of Steady Habits as Anders Hill
- 1984: Special Squad
- 1985: A Country Practice as Luke Dawson
- 1985: The Henderson Kids as Ted Morgan
- 1986: Prime Time as Bartholomew “Bart” Jones
- 1986–1987: Neighbours as Warren Murphy
- 1987, 1989: The Flying Doctors as Brad Harris / Brian
- 1988: All the Way as Lindsay Seymour
- 1989: This Man… This Woman as Matthew Clarke
- 1989, 1994: G.P. as Max Fisher / Phillip Barton
- 1994: Roughnecks as Joe 90
- 1995: Snowy River: The McGregor Saga as Dale Banks
- 1995: Police Rescue as Dean Forman
- 1995: Halifax f.p. as Peter Donaldson
- 1996: Close Ups as Biz
- 1997: Good Guys, Bad Guys as Brian O’Malley
- 1999: Queen Kat, Carmel & St Jude as Vince McCaffery
- 1999: Secret Men’s Business as Doug Petersen
- 2001: Child Star: The Shirley Temple Story as Alexander Hall
- 2002: Farscape as Sko
- 2005: The Secret Life of Us as Rob
- 2005: Second Chance as Dr. Larry Stewart
- 2006–2007: Love My Way as Lewis Feingold
- 2009: Tangle as Vince Kovac
- 2013: Girls as Salvatore Johansson
- 2015–2017: Bloodline as Danny Rayburn
Ben Mendelsohn Family; Wife and Children
In June 2012 Ben Mendelsohn married British author Emma Forrest but they divorced in 2012. He has two daughters, one with Forrest born in 2014 and one from a previous relationship.