Ben MacKenzie Schenkkan, professionally known as Ben McKenzie is an American actor who is famously known for his role in the 2003 tv series, The O.C., as Ryan Atwood. MacKenzie was born on 12th September 1978 in Austin, Texas and is of Dutch-Jewish, English, and Scottish descent. His parents Frances Victory Schenkkan, a poet, and an attorney, Peter Meade “Pete” Schenkkan.Image Credit: Gage Skidmore
So what is Ben McKenzie net worth in 2018? What are Ben McKenzie’s salary/earnings? Read on…
The roles that brought Ben McKenzie to the limelight in his acting journey were Ryan Atwood in the tv series The O.C., and as Ben Sherman in Southland. Before landing the role in The O.C., he had been working as a part-timer in different workplaces until he sought acting chances in Los Angeles and New York. That was when he was identified as a promising actor and given the role of Ryan Atwood in The O.C. The show was premiered by Fox on August 5, 2003, show that focused on affluent teenagers with stormy lives. It was an overnight hit which made MacKenzie become famous.
What followed was Ben McKenzie’s nomination for the Teen Choice Award “Choice TV Chemistry” and “Choice Breakout TV star – Male”. He also won the “Choice TV Actor: Drama” and Choice TV Actor – Drama/Action Adventure” awards. Around that time, he is reported to have been earning between $15,000 and $25,000 per every episode, throughout the show’s airing.
Ben McKenzie’s first lead act in a feature film, however, was in the indie 2008 release Johnny Got His Gun. MacKenzie also appeared in the films 88 Minutes and Junebug and has been active from 2002 to present. Since the year 2014, he has been acting and starring in the television series Gotham as James Gordon.
After The O.C., show, The New York Times described Ben McKenzie as a “quiet, guarded leading man.” He was later to exhibit these traits repeatedly. As the show registered a great success, MacKenzie started being featured in magazines. He appeared in several of them including In Touch Weekly, People, and the US Weekly. The Independent Online’s “100 Sexiest Men Alive” ranked him at number 5 and he appeared on Teen People magazine’s annual list of “25 Sexiest Stars Under 25” twice.
While The O.C. was still running, Ben McKenzie made his feature film debut. This was alongside Amy Adams in the film Junebug which was later nominated for “Outstanding Ensemble Acting” and “Best International Film”. MacKenzie is also reported to have been slotted to act in Snakes in the Plane, but he later dropped out to feature in the film 88 Minutes.
In 2009, Ben McKenzie featured in the movie The Eight Percent. This movie won the Delta Air Lines Fly-in contest. It also entered the Tribeca Film Festival’s Short Film category as an official selection. Ben MacKenzie also starred on the NBC drama Southland as the rookie police officer, Ben Sherman. The show, however, did not have a long span as it was canceled after its second season. After TNT bought the rights to air it, it ran up to the fifth season and was canceled again.
Ben McKenzie went back to the Fox production house and landed the role he has been playing in Batman. This is a prequel television show which premiered on September 22, 2014. He portrays James Gordon in the series. James Gordon is a young detective who is new to Gotham City. MacKenzie also made his directorial debut using the “These Delicate and Dark Obsessions” episode.
Ben McKenzie has clearly established a highly lucrative career, capitalizing on his successes including several nominations for Teen Choice Awards and People’s Choice Awards. According to TV Guide, the largest per-episode start perk for network drama tv shows is $125,000. Since MacKenzie is an already established star from shows like SouthLand and The O.C., his perk must command a figure close to that. In all, we estimate Ben McKenzie net worth 2018 at $13 million!