Benjamin McKenzie

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  • Birth Name: Benjamin McKenzie Schenkkan
  • Birth Place: Austin, TX
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 09/12/1978, Virgo
  • Profession: Actor
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Gotham Exclusive: Carol Kane on Playing the Penguin's Mom and Loving a Monster

Anyone who watched the first episode of Fox's Gotham could make the argument that James Gordon (Ben McKenzie) is actually responsible for turning low-level thug Oswald Cobblepot (Robin Lord Taylor) into the man who will eventually become the Penguin. 

But did Oswald's descent into evil start before he was marched to the end of that Gotham City pier at gunpoint? On Monday's episode (8/7c, Fox) viewers will meet Oswald's mother, a European immigrant named Gertrude Kabelput — and in a brilliant bit of casting, she'll be played by Oscar nominee and two-time Emmy winner Carol Kane. 

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"If you meet someone's mother, you immediately get an insight into their inner character," creator Bruno Heller tells TVGuide.com...read more

New Season Reviews: Gotham, Scorpion, Forever, Sleepy Hollow

Happens all the time in the Bat-verse: The bad guys get all the best material. And so it was in the beginning, or at least in the origin story as presented by Fox's stylish, vividly hardboiled Gotham (8/7c), an exercise in pulp-noir chic that, to be enjoyed properly, should be considered more Dick Tracy than Batman in approach.

As Robin might proclaim, if he were around (which he isn't): Holy corruption! The sordid Gotham City on display here reflects executive producer Bruno Heller's time spent on HBO's Rome rather than his sunnier stint with The Mentalist. This city of menace boasts a retro sheen cluttered with jarring contemporary details, projecting what's intended as an out-of-time (or timeless) quality to frame this iconic story. You know how it goes: Young Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz of Touch) is orphaned when his wealthy parents are murdered in a back-alley robbery, inspiring a lifetime devoted to vanquishing Gotham's most-wanted goons.

But that's another tale for another time, because the focus of Gotham is on clench-jawed, strait-arrow Detective (future Commissioner) James Gordon, played with a pugnacious dour solemnity by Ben McKenzie. read more

Gotham: 6 Things Fox's Batman Prequel Gets Right (And 3 Things We're Worried About)

Fox's Gotham is arguably the most anticipated new show of the fall season, but that doesn't necessarily mean it's destined to become a hit. 

The new drama, created by The Mentalist's Bruno Heller examines the city protected by Batman long before the Dark Knight was around to protect it. Stepping in as the city's hero is rookie detective (and future police commissioner) Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) who, along with his cynical partner Harvey Bullock (Donal Logue), encounter nascent versions of the Batman franchise's villains, including The Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor), Catwoman (Camren Bicondova) and The Riddler (Cory Michael Smith), while investigating the murders of the parents of a 12-year-old Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz).

On the Set:  Go behind-the-scenes of Fox's Gotham

But as anyone who watched the first two-thirds of ABC's Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. — last season's buzziest new show — knows, creating a superhero TV series without a superhero can be tricky business....read more

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SOUTHLAND Exclusive: Go behind the scenes with new partners Benjamin McKenzie and Shawn Hatosy
The Killer Came From There
The Legend Continues
The City of Opportunity

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Credits

Year Title Description
2014 Gotham TV Show Series, Actor - James Gordon
2010 Southland TV Show Series, Actor - Det. Ben Sherman
2008 88 Minutes Movie, Actor - Mike Stempt
2005 Junebug Movie, Actor - Johnny
2003 The O.C. TV Show Series, Actor - Ryan Atwood

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News

Fall TV Editors' Picks: Meet the Villains Who Run Gotham Without Batman

Can a Batman series succeed without actually containing Batman? Fox hopes so with its new prequel series Gotham.

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Gotham Exclusive Sneak Peek: Watch the Iconic Moment Gordon Meets Bruce and Alfred

There are quite a few iconic moments in the Batman franchise. But for Fox's new prequel series Gotham, there's one scene that sets the stage for all of those future instances to come.

On the Set: Behind the scenes at Gotham

Based on the DC Comics characters, the series explores the origin story of James Gordon (Benjamin McKenzie), a detective in the Gotham City Police Department who battles the villains who made the city (in)famous. In our exclusive clip from Monday's premiere, Gordon sits with a young Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) minutes after the brutal murder of his parents.

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Ben McKenzie Suffers Head Injury on the Set of Gotham

"Holy concrete wall, Batman!"

That was actor Ben McKenzie's good-natured response after he sustained a nasty gash on his head while filming Gotham.

McKenzie, who plays young Det. Gordon in Fox's upcoming Batman origin story, was injured on the show's set Friday (his birthday) while he was shooting a fight sequence.

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Exclusive: Gotham Debuts Fan-Made Trailer

Citizens of Gotham, you are a strange bunch.

As part of the big push for their pre-Batman drama (debuting Sept. 22), Fox invited fans to recreate the show's movie-style trailer — originally mastered by the... read more

Exclusive Video: Gotham's True Detective

As TV's new fall season inches closer, the baddies of DC Comics' most messed-up city are gearing up for a battle with "the last good man in Gotham." In this exclusive teaser for Fox's upcoming drama, star Ben McKenzie explains why his Det. Jim Gordon has his work cut out for him, set against clips of iconic DC villains doing their thing.

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