Ben McKenzie was born and raised in Texas. Following his graduation from the University of Virginia where he was an Economics and Political Science major, he moved to New York to find work as an actor.
In 2003, he was cast as the lead of the hit Fox series _The OC _which aired for four seasons.
Ben has appeared in several films, including _Junebug_ with Amy Adams and _88 Minutes _starring_ _Al Pacino. He received praise for his solo turn in the independent film _Johnny Got His Gun_, based on a novel by Dalton Trumbo and he also co-starred in _Some Kind of Beautiful_ with Pierce Brosnan and Salma Hayek.
Ben’s other film credits include _Decoding Annie Parker _opposite Helen Hunt and a starring role in the short film _The Eight Percent_ which screened at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival.
In 2009, Ben returned to series television as a patrol officer on the streets of Los Angeles in _Southland_ Executive Produced by John Wells. The critically acclaimed show ran for five years. Ben has also guest starred on the comedy _Men at Work_.
Ben starred as ‘Detective James Gordon’ on the hit Fox series _Gotham,_ which was the origin story behind Detective Gordon’s rise to prominence in Gotham City in the years before Batman’s arrival. The show premiered in the fall of 2014 and aired for five seasons.
Ben made his directorial debut in the Season 3 of _Gotham, _with episode 316. In Season 4, Ben became even more creatively involved in the show by writing episode 404 and directing his second episode, 416. For the fifth and final season, Ben directed episode 506 and wrote episode 509.
In 2019, Ben returned to the big screen in Scott Z Burns’ _The Report_, alongside Adam Driver and Annette Benning, which premiered at Sundance where it was acquired by Amazon Studios.
Ben also starred alongside Aaron Eckhart in Steve C. Miller’s action-thriller _Line of Duty _as the antagonist in the film which follows a cop to find a kidnap victim whose abductor was accidentally killed.