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Ben McKenzie

- Officer Ben Sherman
Ben McKenzie was born and raised in Texas. Following his graduation from the University of Virginia, where he was a foreign affairs and economics major, he moved to New York to pursue acting.

While in New York, McKenzie appeared off Broadway in "Life is a Dream" at the Soho Rep. Additionally, he performed in numerous productions at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, including "Street Scene" and "The Blue Bird," as well as the University of Virginia in "Measure for Measure" and "Zoo Story." He later moved to Los Angeles, where he landed the lead role on "The O.C."

In addition to starring in the critically acclaimed independent ensemble drama "Junebug," McKenzie has also starred opposite Al Pacino in the thriller "88 Minutes" and received praise for his solo turn in the independent film "Johnny Got His Gun," based on a novel by Dalton Trumbo. McKenzie recently starred in "The Glass Menagerie" at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles.

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