Ben Mckenzie Net Worth, Bio, Wiki, Family Background, Education, Series, Movies, Awards and Relationships

Published Date   12th Jul. 2017, 00:48 am
Ben Mckenzie Net Worth, Bio, Wiki, Family Background, Education, Series, Movies, Awards and Relationships
Quick Info
Birth Name: Benjamin McKenzie Schenkkan
Date of Birth: 12/09/2017
Age: 3 years old
Nationality: American
Net Worth: $13 million

American actor Ben McKenzie net worth accelerated with his appearance in popular television series The O.C. as well as big screen.


Born in 1978, Ben McKenzie has appeared in television series Southland and The O.C. as Ryan Atwood. Similarly, he has also appeared in films namely, Junebag and 88 Minutes. Ben McKenzie net worth hiked up as he got to star in the film Johnny Got His Gun in 2008. In addition, he has also starred in television series Gotham as James Gordon.

Family Background and Early Days

Ben McKenzie was born as Benjamin McKenzie Schenkkan on September 12, 1978. His birthplace is Austin, Texas. Ben was born as American with white ethnicity to poet Frances Victory Schenkkan and an attorney, Pieter Meade.  He grew up with his two siblings. Ben is the grandson of Robert F. Schenkkan—professor at the University of Texas, who worked with President Lyndon B. Johnson on passing the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967.  His uncle, Robert Schenkkan, Jr. is the Pulitzer Prize winning playwright.

Ben attended St. Andrew’s Episcopal School where his friend was Super Bowl MVP Drew Brees. Later, he attended Stephen F. Austin High School where he played wide receiver and defensive back for school football team. Afterwards, he attended University of Virginia in 1997. He graduated in 2001 with major in foreign affairs and economics.

Professional Career

After graduating from the University of Virginia, he worked in part-time jobs until 2003. Later, he started off his career in acting in New York and Los Angeles. It was not until 2003; Ben got to cast as Ryan Atwood in The O.C.  The series portrays the story of affluent teenagers which rapidly became a huge success. With the appearance in successful TV show, Ben McKenzie net worth increased at high rate.

Apart from turning into a star overnight through his role in The O.C., Ben debut in Junebug with Amy Adams and Embeth Davidtz. He then appeared in the film 88 Minutes dropping out of the thriller film Snakes on a Plane. Similarly, he appeared on The Eight Percent in 2009.

His appearance in big screen did not diminish his chance of acting in television shows. Ben appeared in NBC crime drama Southland in 2009.  Another television show where he appeared was Gotham that premiered in September 22, 2014. The career advancement of Ben continued as he made his directorial debut with the episode “These Delicate and Dark Obsessions” of the series Gotham. These career advancements brought him into limelight in addition to increasing Ben McKenzie net worth.

Awards and Net Worth

Ben McKenzie net worth hiked up with his advancement in acting career. The successful TV show earned him “Choice Breakout TV Star – Male” as well as “Choice TV Chemistry” nominations in the Teens Choice Awards. Similarly, the same role won him “Choice TV Actor – Drama/Action Adventure” and “Choice TV Actor: Drama” awards.

The result of the show’s success also made him popular. He appeared in a number of magazines like People, In Touch Weekly and Us Weekly. Moreover, he grabbed the number 5 rank in the list of “100 Sexiest Men Alive”. He also appeared twice in Teen People magazine’s annual list of “25 Sexiest Stars under 25″. In addition, InStyle listed him in the list of “10 Hottest Bachelors of Summer” in July 2010 issue. However, his rankings dropped drastically towards the third and fourth seasons of the show.

His debut film earned nomination for “Best International Film”. Similarly, the film also got nominated for “Outstanding Ensemble Acting” and won the Sarasota Film Festival award for the category of “Outstanding Ensemble Acting”. His short movie The Eight Percent on the Delta Air Lines Fly-in Movie Contest, also entering Tribeca Film Festival.

It was not only awards and nominations that the show offered him. The show’s success also earned him $15,000 and $25,000 per episode, as reported. This cash prize also increased Ben McKenzie net worth.

Relationships and Net Worth

The fine looking successful actor, Ben McKenzie had an affair with Canadian actress Emily VanCamp; however, there is no availability of detailed information about their relationship. Similarly, Ben was also linked with Amanda Loncar and Shelly Hennig in the past. He also went through the rumors of dating Canadian model and actress Nina Dobrev, which Ben himself denied. Therefore, the rumor subsided.

Morena Baccarin is the co-star of Gotham with Ben McKenzie. They started dating from then onwards and engaged in September 2015. Ben and his then fiancée Morena have a child named Frances La Santa Schenkkan, born in 2016. The couple recently married on June 2, 2017.

With the astounding career and high fame, Ben McKenzie net worth elevated high as he earns handsome salary. The actor has a net worth of about 13 million USD according to the calculations available on of 2016.

The talented actor has paved his path in acting from a television series. With the perseverance and dedication, he earned name, fame and wealth. He also made his way high up to big screen and got to star in award winning movies.

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