Ben Byer was born in Chicago in 1971. He was diagnosed with ALS in 2002. He studied film theory at The University of Paris, worked in Los Angeles for a producer of B-movies then returned to Chicago where he performed on many of that city's notable stages including Steppenwolf Theatre, Organic Theatre, Trap Door Theatre, European Repertory Company, Circle Theatre, Cafe Voltaire and the Staddschowburg Theatre in Amsterdam. Like many struggling actors he left for Los Angeles and found himself selling beef out of the back of a truck. This unsavory experience inspired him to write his first play, Take it Deep, which was produced with much success shortly before being diagnosed with this fatal neurodegenerative disease. Unable to write or perform, Ben turned his attention towards film directing, a vocation more suited to the disabled. In 2003 he co-founded ALS Film Fund with his sister Rebeccah Rush to produce original works of art, whether film, theatre, sculpture or other intended to create positive change for ALS sufferers around the world.
Candy movie trailer - starring James Coburn, Richard Burton, Walter Matthau, Marlon Brando, Ringo Starr, Ewa Aulin. Directed by Christian Marquand. Genre: Comedy
CeeLo and his rock 'n' roll finalist Juliet Simms rock the house with Steppenwolf's "Born to Be Wild."
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